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UN Secretary-General Visits Nigeria, Discusses 2030 Agenda [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw24 August 2015: During an official visit to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed ways in which state governors can contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also met with Nigeria's business and philanthropy leaders to address their role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change. The visit took place from 23-24 August 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG [viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strategize and come up with a common message on how the UN system intends to support countries in achieving the environmental sustainability dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the Summit. In a note regarding the Meeting, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and EMG Chair, proposed that the EMG discuss, among other things: UN system wide strategies so that the UN system can contribute to the environmental sustainability dimension of the SDGs; maximizing the EMG's effectiveness to be fit for purpose in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; and the EMG's role in coordinating UN system wide support for implementing the SDGs, including monitoring and reviewing progress of the environmental dimension. He also proposed the following modalities for the meeting's organization, including a technical preparatory segment and a senior officials segment, with the technical segment expected to meet twice prior to SOM-21 on 9 September by audio conference and on 21 September in person in New York.

Also in preparation for SOM-21, the second mid-term technical segment meeting of senior EMG officials convened on 6 May 2015, with the aim of providing an update on progress made by the EMG since SOM20, and initiating a discussion on strategic and possible future issues for consideration and inclusion in the EMG 2016-2017 Programme of Work. SOM-21 will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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IRENA, C2E2 Measure Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Synergies [viewed]

IRENA11 August 2015: Combining energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce global primary energy demand by 25% by 2030, compared to business as usual, according to a working paper published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2). According to the study, energy efficiency measures would account for 50-75% of these savings.

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Event: Solutions Summit [viewed]

On the sidelines of the three-day UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the Solutions Summit will seek to highlight "exceptional innovators" (technologists, engineers, scientists, and others) who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also seek to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers. During the event, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a 'lightning talk outlining their breakthrough efforts' to senior policymakers, investors, and industry leaders. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the US' White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, and the Estonian Information System Authority, with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join.  

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Climate Change Action, SD Implementation [viewed]

ban_ki_moonAugust 2015: In his report on the 'Work of the Organization,' UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses optimism that “we will soon arrive at a new vision for sustainable development, new directions for the maintenance of peace and security, a renewed embrace of human rights, and a stronger United Nations to help bring our goals to life.” He calls on all countries to submit ambitious national contributions that detail how they will address climate change in the post-2020 period.

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UN Secretary-General Reports to UNGA 70 on SD, Environmental Issues [viewed]

United NationsAugust 2015: The UN Secretary-General has issued reports to be considered by the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), during the 70th UNGA session. UNGA 70 opens on 15 September 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Second Committee is expected to begin its work in October.

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International Day Spotlights Indigenous Peoples' Health, Wellbeing [viewed]

international_day_worlds_indigenous-peoples10 August 2015: The UN marked the 2015 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples with a call for improving access to healthcare services. It also launched a publication focusing on health-related needs for indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The 2015 Day was organized on the theme, 'Post-2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples' health and wellbeing.'

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Event: Caring for Climate Business Forum at COP 21 [viewed]

Hosted in conjunction with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, the third annual Caring for Climate Business Forum will bring stakeholders from the business and investment community together with representatives from the UN, civil society and governments to focus on driving action on climate change. The first day of the event will consist of a plenary session, as well as thematic sessions on carbon pricing, science-based target setting, responsible policy engagement, adaptation and finance. It will also feature announcements of new commitments to climate action. During the second day, a high-level meeting of government representatives, Chief Executives of Caring for Climate and UNEP Finance Initiative (FI) signatories will take place. The event is being jointly organized by UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNFCCC Secretariat in coordination with the French COP 21 Presidency.  

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High-level Group Makes Recommendations on Financing Sustainable Transport [viewed]

United Nations30 July 2015: The UN Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has expressed support for establishing a global infrastructure forum to help improve coordination among infrastructure initiatives, multilateral and national development banks, UN agencies, national institutions, development partners and the private sector. In a position paper, the Group highlights the need for international cooperation to address issues related to transport and transit corridors as an important element of sustainable development, and to mobilize financing to this end.

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Event: UN Private Sector Forum 2015 [viewed]

This event, hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will focus on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted during the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. The Forum aims to: increase the understanding of efforts underway by the private sector and civil society; showcase contributions businesses are making to sustainable development, including by setting ambitious goals and engaging in cross-sector partnerships; create a shared understanding of the private sector's role in contributing to the SDGs, focusing on how business contributions to governance issues, such as anti-corruption, peace and stability, and the rule of law, can help advance the SDG agenda; highlight the importance of long-term goal-setting by businesses aligned with the 2030 SDG time frame; and provide a platform for business, investors, governments, foundations and civil society organizations to explore pathways for enhancing the impact of business contributions to sustainable development, including through public-private partnerships. Approximately 350 participants are expected to attend the Forum, including CEOs, and high-level representatives from governments, UN agencies, funds and programmes, civil society organizations, and business associations, foundations and investor groups. The UN Global Compact is organizing the Forum, in collaboration with the Office of the Post-2015 Development Planning.  

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