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GSDR 2015: Improved Science Needed for Sustainable Development Decision-Making [viewed]

global-sustainable-development1 July 2015: The 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) underscores the importance of science in guiding policy decisions for sustainable development. The report, called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), provides a survey of scientific findings on oceans and livelihoods, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), disaster risk reduction (DRR), industrialization and the use of big data in Africa, among other issues.

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UN Global Compact Celebrates 15th Anniversary, New Executive Director Appointed [viewed]

globalcompact26 June 2015: Marking its 15th anniversary, the UN Global Compact convened a meeting titled 'Business as a Force for Good,' bringing together business and civil society to illustrate how the private sector is taking action and partnering to advance societal priorities, as well as the UN's post-2015 development agenda. During the meeting, Global Compact platforms and working groups convened their respective annual events, while smaller meetings focused on how to contribute to achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Vienna Energy Forum Focuses on Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development [viewed]

viena-energy-forum20 June 2015: The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) Initiative, convened under the theme ‘Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development.'

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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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Advisory Group Discusses Measures to Promote Sustainable Transport [viewed]

United Nations12 June 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport agreed on measures to accelerate a shift towards more efficient, healthy, safe and sustainable transport systems at its meeting in Milan, Italy. The Group will produce an outlook report on global, sustainable transport that will address all modes of transport and a range of issues, including climate change, clean fuels, health and road safety.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights G7 Countries' "Responsibility to Lead" [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw5 June 2015: In an opinion piece for CNN, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon argues that G7 countries have a “special responsibility to lead” in securing prosperity and dignity for all. The piece was published ahead of the Schloss Elmau Summit, held in Germany on 7-8 June 2015. Ban called on G7 leaders to “show they are serious about … protecting people and the planet.”

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.

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UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change Calls for Renewed Momentum Towards Climate Deal [viewed]

UN4 June 2015: Calling for renewed momentum towards a global climate agreement during a press briefing at UN Headquarters, Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change Janos Pasztor highlighted recent initiatives meant to facilitate a successful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris, France, at the end of 2015.

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CEB Reports on 2014 Activities to Support Climate, MDGs, and Post-2015 Preparations [viewed]

CEB29 April 2015: In its 2014 annual overview report, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) concludes that the Board has contributed to efforts by the UN system to enhance coordination and coherence on various programmatic, management and operational issues in support of intergovernmental mandates and priorities. The report to the UN Economic and Social Council (E/2015/71) provides information on progress and initiatives undertaken by the UN system on the the post-2015 development agenda and climate change, among other issues.

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UNECE Highlights Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE2 June 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Partnership (UNEP DTU Partnership) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency serving as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative, has released a report, titled 'Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency,' outlining best policy options for promoting energy efficiency in the UNECE region and beyond.

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