Sustainable Development

This section covers issues related to the mainstreaming of climate change issues in development processes, as well as the way the impacts of climate change may hinder progress towards achieving development goals. Activities related to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development are highlighted in this section.

Arab Countries Highlight Regional Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR16 September 2014: The 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) provided the opportunity for approximately 400 Arab government officials, donors, policy makers, planners, academics, civil society representatives and development experts to discuss DRR in the region. The Conference highlighted progress made in DRR efforts, reviewed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 in the region, and discussed regional priorities towards the post-2015 DRR framework.

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World Reconstruction Conference: DRR Critical to Sustainable Development [viewed]

gfdrr12 September 2014: The second World Reconstruction Conference (WRC 2) brought together over 500 practitioners and policymakers from governments, civil society and the private sector to share lessons learned in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. The conference aimed to help countries incorporate disaster recovery into their policies and institutions given the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters.

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Euro-Asia Dialogue Addresses Climate Change, Urban Resilience [viewed]

UN-HABITAT10 September 2014: The Euro-Asia Dialogue on Climate Diplomacy and Urban Resilience, which aimed to enhance discussions and achieve greater cooperation between European and Asian partners on climate change and urban resilience, met in Yangon, Myanmar, from 3-4 September 2014.

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Event: Towards a Deforestation-free Future: The Demand-side Challenge [viewed]

To be held at the margins of Climate Week, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID), in collaboration with other partners, are facilitating a discussion on reducing deforestation while promoting economic growth, drawing on examples from Indonesia. Registration for the event is required prior to 15 September 2014.  

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UNITAR, Yale Organize Third Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy [viewed]

Unitar7 September 2014: Over 150 scholars and policy experts discussed the role of human rights and the environment in the post-2015 development agenda and future climate change regime at the third UNITAR/Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy.

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NGOs Outline Position on Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris.20158 September 2014: Christian Aid, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) have published a report outlining what needs to be agreed at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris, France, in December 2015, what has changed since 1992 on the road from Rio to Paris, the prospects for an agreement and why a global agreement is needed.

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UN Circulates Member States' Proposals on WCIP Outcome Document [viewed]

wcip5 September 2014: The President of the UN General Assembly issued a matrix compiling Member States' proposals on the draft outcome document of the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), in preparation for further intergovernmental negotiations. The WCIP will take place as a Special Session of the UN General Assembly, on 22-23 September 2014, in New York, US.

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Event: Seminar on Post-2015 Development Agenda, Climate Change, and Island Partnership [viewed]

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY), the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) are co-hosting a seminar on the 'Post-2015 Development Agenda, Climate Change and Island Partnership,' at the TECO-NY office on 22 September 2014, from 2-5 pm. The seminar will explore the intersections between the negotiation on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, and the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in 2014.  

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNDP Executive Board Briefed on Post-2015 Agenda, Accountability [viewed]

UNDP5 September 2014: At the second regular session of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark discussed: UNDP responses to current crises; UNDP's support for global development processes; implementation of UNDP's Strategic Plan; UNDP resources; and transparency and accountability. The UN development system is "determined to be fit for purpose for the post-2015 agenda,” Clark said, and the UN Development Group (UNDG) is assessing ways to ensure its members work together in a coherent, results-oriented and strategic manner.

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