Poverty Eradication

UNGA 70 Opening Highlights Agenda 2030, Climate Agreement [viewed]

unga7016 September 2015: The 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened with expressions of optimism for a historic year in which the UN is expected to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a universal agreement on climate change. Speakers also recognized the turmoil of peace and security, and migration challenges. UNGA 70 opened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 15 September 2015.

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Experts Discuss SDGs' Creation, Implementation [viewed]

WRI16 September 2015: The World Resources Institute (WRI) hosted a press call on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with experts and officials who were closely involved in formulating the Goals. The speakers reviewed how the Goals were created, emphasized novel characteristics of the SDGs, particularly universality, highlighted key steps in SDG implementation, and noted the Goals' resonance with civil society. The SDGs are part of the post-2015 development agenda, also called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Clean Energy Ministerial Roundtables Summary Released [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial11 September 2015: A summary report of the six public-private roundtables held at the 6th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) has been published, highlighting outcomes from dialogues on topics ranging from accelerating energy productivity to sustainable urban energy transitions. The publication compiles key messages and recommendations shared by private-sector and government leaders during the roundtables.

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Event: Climate Week NYC 2015 [viewed]

The Climate Group is organizing Climate Week in New York City, US, to highlight the transformational actions and commitments that innovative leaders from sub-national governments and business are taking to tackle climate change. The week-long series will include over 70 events intended to drive climate action. Hosted by governments, companies, universities and organizations, the events include a wide range of topics, such as: 'Energy Productivity Index for Companies: Increasing Profits While Reducing Emissions' and 'Improving the Lives of Women and Communities through Cookstoves and Fuels' (21 September); 'The Case for Removing CO2 from Air: Connecting Problem to Solution' (22 September); 'Corporations and Climate Adaptation: Innovation in Emerging Economies' and 'Exterior Air Barrier Systems - High Performance Buildings' (23 September); the International Conference on Sustainable Development (23-24 September); the Carbon Forum North America and a Climate Data Summit (24 September); 'Managing Carbon Risk: From Principles to Practice' and the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative Roundtable III (25 September); the UN Private Sector Forum (26 September); the Social Good Summit (27-28 September); and 'Next Generation of Environmental Finance' (28 September).  

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Officials Highlight 2030 Agenda as UNGA 69's "Crowning Achievement" [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 September 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69), Sam Kutesa of Uganda, offered reflections on the session during the last plenary meeting of UNGA 69. Kutesa and Ban highlighted the Assembly's agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), reform of the UN Security Council, and changes to the selection process for the next UN Secretary-General.

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ECLAC Reports on MDGs Progress [viewed]

ECLAC9 September 2015: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on progress in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) finds "a mixed picture”: while the region as a whole has made significant strides toward some MDG targets, progress has been uneven from one country to the next.

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Civil Society Speakers Selected for Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

sustainable_summit_20158 September 2015: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has finalized the selection of 24 representatives of civil society organizations, NGOs and the Major Groups to speak during the UN Sustainable Development Summit's opening plenary, six interactive dialogues and other plenary meetings. The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) notes that 435 applications were received, and speakers were selected through "an open, transparent and participatory process" based on a short-list produced by a civil society Selection Committee.

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UNCTAD Calls for Climate and Trade Policies to Support Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNCTAD8 September 2015: A policy brief by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the relationship between climate change and trade policies draws attention to changes in the policy landscape resulting from the adoption of the UN post-2015 development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a global climate change agreement. The brief calls for this relationship to support the achievement of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

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Event: G20 Energy Ministers Meeting [viewed]

Organized by the Turkish Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20), the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October. Among other things, G20 energy ministers are expected to endorse an Energy Access Action Plan as a voluntary collaboration mechanism. Other priorities of the Turkish G20 presidency in the area of energy include: energy efficiency; the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration; rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies; and the Joint Organisations Data Initiative.  

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Rachel Kyte Named SE4All Head [viewed]

SE4ALL3 September 2015: Rachel Kyte has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to SE4All. Kyte's appointment will begin on 1 January 2016. Kandeh Yumkella, who has served as SE4All CEO and Special Representative since the launch of the initiative in 2011, announced his resignation in March 2015 to return home to Sierra Leone.

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