Sustainable Development

Event: CDKN Workshop: Climate Change and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

The Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) is hosting a workshop to explore the linkages between climate change and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and to bring together climate change and sustainable development experts and practitioners from across Southeast Asia. This workshop is one in a series of events on this theme that CDKN will convene in developing countries in the coming months, the outcomes of which will feed into the UN Climate Summit, being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September 2014. Experts from government, civil society, academia and the private sector are expected to discuss how to include climate change in the SDGs. Participants will discuss, inter alia: advantages and disadvantages of a stand-alone goal on climate change and of mainstreaming climate change impacts into the SDGs; challenges to ensuring an outcome that is mutually beneficial for both climate change and development, and how to overcome them; and how developing countries can influence the two processes. A briefing paper will capture the key messages emerging from the discussions, which will help to clarify the SDG/climate change linkages, and enable developing country voices to be heard.  

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ADB Evaluation Calls for Focus on Socially Inclusive, Environmentally Sustainable Growth [viewed]

ADB4 March 2014: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Independent Evaluation Department has released its mid-term review of the Bank's operations, calling for a stronger focus on socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth. The recommended shifts are expected to support social inclusion through job creation and improving livelihoods, advance environmental care and climate action, and generate high growth.

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Pacific Region Develops Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development [viewed]

pacificdisasterMarch 2014: The Pacific Region is preparing a Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) to more effectively address the risks and challenges posed by climate change and disasters within the context of sustainable development.

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SIDS PrepCom Commences Negotiations for September 2014 Conference [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo26 February 2014: The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) elected the Bureau and discussed the objectives and substantive theme of the Conference, as well as organizational and procedural matters, during its first meeting. 

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Event: 2nd World Summit of Legislators [viewed]

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

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African Ministers Agree Wealth Accounting, Valuation Critical for Growth [viewed]

UNEP24 February 2013: Participants at the African High-level Conference of Green Economy recognized the role of wealth accounting and the valuation of ecosystem services as critical to Africa's future growth. Ministers also discussed the role of new energy sources, job creation and wealth generation in driving Africa's future investment and innovation.

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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Event: 3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy [viewed]

The Third UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will meet under the theme of 'Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime'. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge regarding themes that are at the nexus of human rights and the environment, including: whether constitutional environmental rights are a driver for environmental policy-making; human rights and environmental justice cases from countries and the field; why and how procedural environmental rights matter; human rights, environment and corporate responsibility; and effective participation of civil society and vulnerable groups. The outcomes and conclusions are expected to contribute to: discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda; negotiations of a future climate change regime; the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment (UNIEHRE). Yale and UNITAR are organizing the conference, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UNIEHRE.  

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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Eastern Nile Council of Ministers Renew Cooperation Commitment [viewed]

Nile Basin Initiative3 February 2014: The 26th meeting of the Eastern Nile Council of Ministers (ENCOM), the governing body of the Eastern Nile Subsidiary Action Program (ENSAP) of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI), discussed challenges faced in the basin, such as population growth, rapid urbanization, high economic growth rates and climate change.

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