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UN, World Bank, EU Pledge Support to Sahel [viewed]

un-worldbank8 November 2013: Development leaders traveled to the Sahel region in Africa to discuss governance, resilience, peace and security with the leaders of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger. During the trip, from 4-8 November 2013, the World Bank and EU announced over US$8 billion in investments to boost economic growth and tackle poverty in the region.

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OWG 7 Issue Briefs Released [viewed]

UNGAOctober 2013: The UN Technical Support Team (TST) has issued three briefs in preparation for the seventh session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The documents address the three topics for OWG 7: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements; and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), including Chemicals and Waste.

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SLoCaT Partnership Invites Input on Draft Warsaw Declaration on Low Carbon Transport [viewed]

slocat23 October 2013: The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) has invited input on a draft Warsaw Declaration on Low Carbon Transport and Sustainable Development, which it is being developed in collaboration with sustainable transport and development institutions. 

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UN Secretary-General Launches SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Hub [viewed]

United Nations23 October 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) opened a new global center for Energy Efficiency  as part of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The Energy Efficiency Hub (EE Hub), in Copenhagen, Denmark, will seek to help “drastically increase” energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment.

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OCHA Meeting Agrees to Support Humanitarian Hub in Panama [viewed]

UNOCHA19 October 2013: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) convened a three-day meeting that concluded with agreement to support a Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance for the Americas in Panama, as well as a sub-regional hub in Jamaica, to facilitate effective delivery of assistance for disasters.

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Event: Transport Day 2013 [viewed]

Organized by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport and the Bridging the Gap Initiative, Transport Day 2013 will convene during the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), land transport is the fastest growing source of carbon dioxide emissions, contributing to 13% of global emissions and 23% of all energy-related emissions. The Day aims to: demonstrate the contribution that transport can make to mitigation and adaptation, specifically in the context of sustainable development; promote the integration of transport into policy making on climate change under the UNFCCC; and ensure that modalities for financing, capacity building and technology transfer under the UNFCCC are appropriate for the transport sector. The event will address such issues as: the mitigation potential of the transport sector; policy making on sustainable, low carbon transport in the developing world; ensuring effective nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) on transport; integrating adaptation into transport policies; and financing sustainable, low-carbon transport. Transport Day 2013 is expected to conclude with the adoption of the 'Warsaw Statement on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport,' which will contain recommendations on how to strengthen the integration of sustainable, low-carbon transport in the UNFCCC process, particularly the new global agreement on climate change. SLoCaT is a Type II Partnership under the UN. It is hosted by UN-DESA. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) act as regional focal points.  

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Greater Financial Investment in Climate Change [viewed]

idfc13 October 2013: Addressing the annual meeting of the International Development Finance Club in Washington D.C, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for greater financial investment in climate change and stressed the role of the private sector. 

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Event: 2014 Climate Summit [viewed]

The 2014 Climate Summit, which will be organized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place in September 2014 with the aim to mobilize political will for a universal and a legally-binding comprehensive agreement in 2015.  

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UN Women Events Highlight Role of Women in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UN Women Logo19 September 2013: The UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and partner organizations highlighted the importance of including women's rights and gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda druing events held on the margins of the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA), in New York, US.

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UNDP Launches Portal on Anti-Corruption for Development [viewed]

UNDPOctober 2013: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group has launched the Global Portal on Anti-Corruption for Development, a web platform on anti-corruption for sustainable development. The platform provides knowledge on efforts to address corruption alongside development challenges such as climate change, gender equality and empowerment, human rights, illicit financial flows and natural resource management (NRM).

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