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UN-NGLS interviews Simone Lovera, Director of the Global Forest Coalition

arton4404In this interview, UN-NGLS speaks with Simone Lovera, Director of the Global Forest Coalition (GFC), on a wide range of issues, including the interlinkages between women’s access to forests, protection of biodiversity, and poverty eradication. Ms. Lovera also reflects on a goal proposed by the Women’s Major Group during the 8th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, entitled “Conservation of Ecosystems and Sustainable Use of Land and other Natural Resources.”

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OWG on SDGs discusses “Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment”

arton4405The eighth session of the Open Working Group (OWG8) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held from 3-7 February 2014 at UNHQ. OWG8 discussed the following issues: 
> Oceans and seas, forests, biodiversity (3-4 February); 
> Promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment (5-6 February); 
> Conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance (6-7 February).

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OWG on SDGs releases progress report and focus areas document

The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG on SDGs) has recently released two documents following the completion of its "stocktaking phase": a progress report and a focus areas document.

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Invitation to Participate’s "Work with Us" exhibition, UN New York, 3-7 March

Participate invites all to the "Work with Us" exhibition at the UN, New York between 3-7 March. Hosted in partnership with the Permanent Mission of Ireland, the exhibition tells stories from people living in the margins, and demonstrates the obstacles, complexities and impossible choices of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups. Find out more about Work With Us at www.workwithus2015.org.

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OWG on SDGs discusses sustainable consumption and production, including waste and chemicals

arton4392The seventh session of the OWG on SDGs was held from 6-10 January 2014 at UNHQ. OWG7 discussed the following issues:
> Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (6 and 7 January);
> Sustainable consumption and production, including chemicals and waste (8 January and morning session on 9 January); and
> Climate change and disaster risk reduction (9 January afternoon session and 10 January).

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UN-NGLS interviews Paul Divakar, convenor of Wada Na Todo Abhiyan

UN-NGLS interviews Paul Divakar, convenor of Wada Na Todo AbhiyanIn this interview, UN-NGLS speaks with Paul Divakar of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights and Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, about issues of inequality and discrimination in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 process more broadly. Mr. Divakar reflects on the topics raised during OWG7, and shares his organization’s plans for OWG8.

UN-NGLS: Having followed the post-2015 processes so far and attended the most recent session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), what are your reflections on the current state of the process? Regarding the theme of climate change and disaster relief reduction in particular, what are your impressions of progress made in the discussion?

Paul Divakar: Compared to the previous process of MDGs, this consultation process has been highly participatory and much more transparent than before. I would like to commend the Secretary-General, Member States, and the various UN bodies who have made this process widely visible to the countries and the civil society therein.

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Should the SDGs address climate change through a standalone goal and/or a cross-cutting approach? Civil society perspectives from the 7th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

arton4396On 9 January 2014, during theseventh sessionof the OWG on SDGs, Ambassador Csaba Kõrösi, OWG Co-Chair and Ambassador of Hungary, opened a morning hearing with civil society by stating that climate change is one of the main reasons the OWG must deliver a transformational agenda. "It is not a question of whether or not we should or can address climate change in the context of the framework of SDGs and targets," he continued. "The real question is how." 

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UN-NGLS interviews Paul Ladd, Head of UNDP’s Team on the Post-2015 Agenda

arton4390In this interview, UN-NGLS asks Paul Ladd, Head of UNDP’s Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, about the forthcoming second round of global consultations orchestrated by the UN Development Group (UNDG).

UN-NGLS:The UNDG has recently published theconcept notefor its second round of consultations, to be held throughout 2014. This phase will concentrate on means of implementation. What is the added value of that focus?


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The 2015 Post: Issue #3 Published

arton4397UN-NGLS has just released Issue #3 of the 2015 Post. The January issue includes a new, interactive format, as well as articles on the seventh session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals; new resources; interviews with civil society and UN staff; and a list of upcoming post-2015 events.

To access Issue #3 of The 2015 Post, please clickhere.


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OWG discusses sustainable cities and human settlements; sustainable transport

arton4393The Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) began itsseventh sessionwith a discussion on sustainable cities and human settlements, as well as sustainable transport, on 6-7 January 2014. In summarizing the key points that emerged from the debate, the OWG Co-Chairs noted that the world is rapidly urbanizing, and so cities are where “the battle for sustainable development will be won or lost,” as one participant had put it.

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UN-NGLS interviews Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo, IBON International

arton4391In this interview, UN-NGLS asks Jennifer del Rosario-Malonzo from IBON International about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the recent Human Rights and Business Forum, and the role of the private sector in the post-2015 agenda.

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Dates announced for the PGA High-Level Events and Thematic Debates on the post-2015 development agenda

arton4389The Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) has announced the dates of six events - three High-Level Events and three Thematic Debates - related to the post-2015 agenda, to be held this February through June at UN Headquarters. In addition, the OPGA has released concept notes for each of the six events, which are available here. (Please click on the title of each event on the left side of the web page to access each note.)

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AINA E-Consultation for the OWG on SDGs on “Promoting Equality, including Social Equity” extended through 17 January 2014

arton4381UN-NGLS joins the Addressing Inequalities Networked Alliance (AINA), co-convened by UNICEF and UN Women, to co-moderate an online consultation centered on (though not limited to) the UN Technical Support Team issue brief on the subject of Promoting Equality, including Social Equity, which discusses how best to address inequalities in post-2015 agenda. Additional consultation moderators include the Major Group of Children and Youth and the Feminist Task Force of the Global Campaign for Action against Poverty (GCAP). We are seeking to deepen, broaden and contextualize the inequalities related proceedings in the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) by including your feedback, opinions, and positions.

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