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General Assembly: High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (11-12 September)

arton4570The 68th President of the General Assembly, Dr. John Ashe, convened a High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda from 11-12 September that sought to identify possible inputs to the synthesis report of the Secretary-General.

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European Regional Ministerial Consultation “Monitoring and Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda – The Regional Dimension”

arton4554The European Regional Ministerial Consultation “Monitoring and Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda – The Regional Dimension” was held in Geneva from 15-16 September, organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the R-UNDG for Europe and Central Asia. Bringing together over 165 representatives from Member States, international organizations, civil society and the private sector, the Consultation sought to discuss essential elements of a sound accountability and monitoring framework for the post-2015 development agenda from a European regional view.

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Building on the Cairo Consensus: 20-year Review of the International Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014

arton4553On 22 September, over 140 leaders from around the world, along with representatives from UN agencies and civil society, including women’s organizations, came together for the UNGASS on the 20-year review of theInternational Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994, which had affirmed the close links between sustainable development, reproductive health and gender equality. 

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OHCHR: Call for Human Rights Indicators for Freedoms of Association and Peaceful Assembly (through 31 December)

Human rights indicators are essential in the implementation of human rights standards and commitments, to support policy formulation, impact assessment and transparency. OHCHR’s Human Rights Indicators Team is developing indicators for freedoms of association and peaceful assembly until the end of December 2014. More information is available here.

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UN-NGLS and ETC Group side event explores “A Critical Link in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Technology Access and Assessment”

arton4552On 12 September, in the context of the President of the General Assembly’s High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, UN-NGLS and the ETC Group co-hosted a side event entitled “A Critical Link in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Technology Access and Assessment.” The event featured Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in DESA; Ambassador Guillherme de Aguiar Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil and Co-Moderator of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) Dialogues; Amit Narang, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations; Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning; Pat Mooney, Executive Director, ETC Group; and Susan Alzner, Officer in Charge - New York Office, UN-NGLS.

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Contribute to MY Green World Survey before 31 October

A first round of consultations to support the building of MY Green World – a MYWorld spin-off survey – seeks to gather citizen perceptions of climate change solutions and popular support for government-led initiatives. The goal is to provide governments and world leaders with perceptions data to support their negotiations on climate change solutions from the Climate Summit on through COP 21, Paris, 2015.

Click here to contribute. Please note the deadline to contribute is 31 October. For further information, click here.

Standing ovation for Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at UN Climate Summit

arton4549Teacher, poet, journalist, and environmental activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands delivered “haunting words” that “have made the most lasting impression” at the 2014 UN Climate Summit that took place on Tuesday 23 September. Kathy delivered a two-minute statement and a poem, "Dear Matafele Peinem", written to her seven-month-old daughter, which brought world leaders to tears. As the poem concluded, Kathy’s partner Makerusa Porotesano brought their daughter, young Matafele, to center stage. Kathy received a standing ovation from the audience, including over 120 Heads of State, civil society, the private sector and UN staff in the audience. Kathy was one of the 38 civil society representatives selected through UN-NGLS’ global, open nomination process, conducted at the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary General for the Climate Summit.

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50 Civil Society Representatives Selected for UN Climate Summit

UN Climate Summit logoAt the request of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, UN-NGLS issued an open call for nominations of civil society speakers and attendees for the 2014 UN Climate Summit, with a deadline of 15 August. UN-NGLS received 544 nominations, which can be viewed here (multiple submissions for the same person were consolidated into one entry). Between 16-25 August, UN-NGLS facilitated a civil society Selection and Drafting Committee to review all nominees. 

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UN-NGLS presents Issue #9 of The 2015 Post

arton4538.pngUN-NGLS presents Issue #9 of The 2015 Post, available here.

Below please find the Table of Contents.

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Standing ovation for Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at UN Climate Summit

arton4549.jpgTeacher, poet, journalist, and environmental activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands delivered “haunting words” that “have made the most lasting impression” at the 2014 UN Climate Summit that took place on Tuesday 23 September.

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Next steps for the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

arton4518During the months of July and August 2014, work concluded for three distinct post-Rio+20 processes that together lay a foundation for the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda: the OWG on SDGs, the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) and the GA Structured Dialogues on possible arrangements for a technology facilitation mechanism. Building toward next year’s negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda, a number of events and processes will occur during the remaining months of 2014 that include roles for civil society.

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PrepCom 1 for Habitat III - Registration/accreditation deadline: 31 August

The UN General Assembly decided to hold a United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) to take place in 2016. Registration/accreditation for PrepCom 1 closes on 31 August. PrepCom 1 will take place from 17-18 September at UNHQ in New York.

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Overview of the 2014 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference

arton4519The third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will be held in Apia from 1 - 4 September. In this article, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) provides an overview of the Conference.

Samoa will host the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia from 1 - 4 September.

 

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Reflection on the consultations for the Outcome Document for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (18-19 August)

arton4512In this opinion piece, Tracey Castro Whare, from the Secretariat of the Indigenous Global Coordinating Group (GCG), reflects on the third round of consultations held from 18-19 August in relation to the Outcome Document for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.

 

 

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Recommendations of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

arton4516The Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) held its fifth and final plenary session from 4-8 August in New York. At the end of the session, it adopted its final report proposing options on an effective sustainable development financing strategy, which will be presented to the GA in September 2014, as mandated by the Rio+20 Outcome Document.

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Special event celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, while also calling for stronger implementation of their rights (8 August)

arton4513On 8 August a special event was held to celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at UNHQ. “Bridging the gap: implementing the rights of Indigenous Peoples” was organized by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues DSPD/DESA, the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It explored ways to ensure the full implementation of the provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

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