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Closing UNGA 67, President Stresses Urgency of Sustainability Agenda [viewed]

United Nations16 September 2013: The 67th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) officially closed on 16 September 2013, in New York, US. Vuk Jeremic, President of UNGA 67, described the task of developing a post-2015 development agenda as “the most challenging endeavor in the history of multilateral diplomacy.”

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UN Commemorates International Day for Preserving Ozone Layer [viewed]

Ozone Secretariat16 September 2013: The UN Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on 16 September 2013. The UN marked this year's Day under the theme 'A Healthy Atmosphere, the Future We Want.'

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UNSG Releases Report on Sustainable Mountain Development [viewed]

United NationsSeptember 2013: The UN Secretary-General has released his report on sustainable mountain development (SMD), which describes the status of SMD at the national and international levels, including an analysis of future challenges.

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UN Secretary-General's Report Reviews Support for SIDS' Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations31 July 2013: The UN Secretary-General has issued a report on UN and national efforts to implement sustainable development in small island developing States (SIDS). The report concludes that, while SIDS have had an uneven path towards implementation of sustainable development, some activities have been successful.

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UN Statistics Division Drafts Ecosystem Accounting Guidelines [viewed]

united-nations-statistics-division11 September 2013: In an effort to better include environmental costs in economic data and policy, the UN Statistics Division has developed draft Experimental Ecosystem Accounting Guidelines, which outline concepts in ecosystem accounting.

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Pacific Islands Leaders Call for Climate Leadership [viewed]

PIFS7 September 2013: In the context of calls for concrete action to ensure the survival of small island developing States (SIDS), the 44th Pacific Islands Forum convened under the theme 'Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge.'

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UNSG Reports on UN's 2013 Work, Highlights Future Challenges [viewed]

United Nations3 September 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released his annual report on the work of the United Nations. It highlights new global realities to which the UN must adapt, such as environmental degradation, increasing inequality within and among States, growing interconnectedness and rising unemployment. The report describes the UN's efforts to address these challenges through, inter alia, facilitating consultations on the post-2015 development agenda, addressing climate change, promoting human rights, tackling democratic transitions and maintaining peace and security.

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G20 Urged to Address Development Issues [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA30 August 2013: In a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) ahead of its 2013 Leaders' Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on the Group to take leadership on issues of sustainability. He encourages the member countries to promote inclusive growth and job creation, while implementing a sustainable development agenda. The G20 will hold its annual summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 5-6 September 2013.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Ambition on Climate and Post-2015 Development [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon23 August 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on governments to show ambition in the "twin processes" of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and discussions toward the post-2015 development agenda.

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Secretary-General Reports on Progress towards Poverty Eradication [viewed]

United Nations24 July 2013: A new report of the UN Secretary-General examines progress towards poverty eradication worldwide. Drawing links between poverty, hunger, unemployment, inequality and climate change, the report recommends policies that put sustainable development at the core of the post-2015 development agenda to reach the goal of complete eradication of poverty.

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