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UN-NGLS Publishes Policy Brief for OWG 7 [viewed]

NGLS8 January 2013: Based on consultations with civil society, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has produced a paper to inform the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The issue brief highlights recommendations from civil society members on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and climate change mitigation.

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People's Voices Brief Released for OWG 7 [viewed]

UNDG3 January 2014: The UN Development Group (UNDG) has issued a 'People's Voices Issue Brief' conveying views on topics for the seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including consumption and production patterns, urbanization, climate change, and disaster risk reduction.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Climate Change Envoys [viewed]

United Nations23 December 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonhas  appointed two Special Envoys on Climate Change. John Kufuor, former President of Ghana, and Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime Minister of Norway, will assist him in mobilizing political will and action, and raising ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints DRR and Water Special Envoy [viewed]

United Nations19 December 2013: Han Seung-soo, Republic of Korea, has been appointed to the position of UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Water, with the aim to engage private sector and civil society support for water-related DRR work being undertaken by the UN.

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Stakeholders Provide Input on SDGs Online [viewed]

UndsdDecember 2013: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) has posted stakeholder input on the issues for discussion at the upcoming meetings of the UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Major Groups and other stakeholders were invited to share information through the online Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform, including regarding the civil society steering committees and panelists for each topic.

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UN Secretary-General Outlines Tasks Ahead in 2014 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw16 December 2013: Addressing the UN press corps in an end-of-year news conference on 16 December 2013, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said 2014 will be “crucial for development,” and offered his vision for the Climate Change Summit he will convene.

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Transport NAMA Database Prototype Launched [viewed]

transport-nama-database28 November 2013: The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) has announced the launch of the prototype of the Transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) Database, which aims to facilitate access to and learning from existing transport NAMAs at all stages of development.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Importance of Climate Finance [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw20 November 2013: Addressing a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the importance of climate finance for addressing climate change, saying it can both fuel confidence in the negotiations and scale up action on the ground. In turn, a new climate agreement by 2015 will “do more than anything else to unlock the huge investment necessary" for adaptation and mitigation.

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Secretary-General Calls on Countries in Warsaw to Act Wisely and Urgently [viewed]

christiana-figueres-and-ban-ki-moon19 November 2013: The high-level segment of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference opened with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on countries to rise to the climate challenge with "wisdom and urgency," paving the way to a binding climate change deal by 2015.

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UN Secretary-General Reflects on Science, Technology, Innovation in Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the roles that science, technology and innovation play in promoting progress and peace, ranging "from climate change to public health; from food security to sanitation; from disarmament to disaster preparedness.”

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