Sustainable Development

Event: UN Private Sector Forum 2015 [viewed]

This event, hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will focus on the role of the private sector in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted during the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. The Forum aims to: increase the understanding of efforts underway by the private sector and civil society; showcase contributions businesses are making to sustainable development, including by setting ambitious goals and engaging in cross-sector partnerships; create a shared understanding of the private sector's role in contributing to the SDGs, focusing on how business contributions to governance issues, such as anti-corruption, peace and stability, and the rule of law, can help advance the SDG agenda; highlight the importance of long-term goal-setting by businesses aligned with the 2030 SDG time frame; and provide a platform for business, investors, governments, foundations and civil society organizations to explore pathways for enhancing the impact of business contributions to sustainable development, including through public-private partnerships. Approximately 350 participants are expected to attend the Forum, including CEOs, and high-level representatives from governments, UN agencies, funds and programmes, civil society organizations, and business associations, foundations and investor groups. The UN Global Compact is organizing the Forum, in collaboration with the Office of the Post-2015 Development Planning.  

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UN Finalizes 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [viewed]

post2015-in82 August 2015: The final version of the draft post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' was adopted by acclamation at the conclusion of an informal plenary of intergovernmental negotiations. The adoption came at the end of a two-week session and concluded a seven-month process to agree on the UN's development agenda to follow up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and seek to achieve sustainable development.

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UNEP Conference Establishes Pan-African Institution on Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security [viewed]

ebafosc231 July 2015: Africa has a new regional institution, the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), dedicated to promoting ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) as a tool to address chronic food insecurity in Africa, while contributing to sustainable agricultural production and rural livelihoods. The Assembly was formally established during the closing session of the 2nd EBA for Food Security Conference (EBAFOSC 2), which took place from 30-31 July 2015, at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

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July 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

july2015_se_finance1 August 2015: During the month of July, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), AfDB, the European Commission, EIB and the World Bank also released publications on financing and deploying clean energy.

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UN Security Council, US Department of Defense Address Security Implications of Climate Change [viewed]

dod_sc30 July 2015: The UN Security Council, under the presidency of New Zealand, held an open debate on the subject of 'Maintenance of international peace and security: peace and security challenges facing small island developing States (SIDS).' In related news, the US Department of Defense (DoD) released a report, titled 'National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate.'

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Event: GEO-XII Plenary and Mexico City Ministerial Summit [viewed]

The twelfth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) will convene from 11-12 November 2015, followed by the GEO 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit, which will take place on 13 November. Side events will take place from 9-12 November. The GEO-XII Plenary Session will meet at the Hilton Reforma on 11 November and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores - SRE) on 12 November. Caucus Meetings and the Executive Committee Meeting and GEO Side Events will also take place throughout the week, and a GEO exhibit will be on display.  

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UNEP, UN-REDD Programme Address Bank and Investor Risk Policies on Soft Commodities [viewed]

banking_on_redd29 July 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Bank and Investor Risk Policies for Soft Commodities,' along with an accompanying Soft Commodities Forest-risk Assessment Tool addressing deforestation and forest degradation risk in the agricultural value chain. A UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) information brief, titled 'Banking on REDD+: Can Bank and Investor Risk Policies on Soft Commodities Benefit REDD+?' was produced in parallel.

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Pacific Islands, Partners to Strengthen Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

wmo-sprep25 July 2015: The Third Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-3), which met under the theme 'Sustainable Weather and Climate Services for a Resilient Pacific,' brought together over 100 Pacific Meteorological Directors, partners and stakeholders to discuss how to strengthen meteorology in the Pacific. The meeting, which convened from 20-23 July 2015, in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, preceded the first Pacific Ministers Meeting on Meteorology (PMMM) on 24 July.

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Stakeholders Assess SLCPs' Impacts on Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

ccac_who_unep_igsd24 July 2015: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), and the World Bank co-sponsored a side event focused on how fast mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) could contribute to the post-2015 development agenda and the fulfillment of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Africa Kick Starts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation [viewed]

unisdr_au23 July 2015: African Governments gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 20-23 July 2015, to launch a global drive to apply the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Representatives from 37 African Governments agreed to work together towards substantial reductions in disaster losses over the next 15 years, including reductions in mortality, the numbers of people affected and the economic damage caused by natural and human-induced hazards.

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