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Opinion: Water and the World We Want

HAMILTON, Canada, Feb 25 2015 (IPS) - We have entered a watershed year, a moment critical for humanity.

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FEATURE: Climate change and sustainability key to future development agenda, says former UN official

24 February 2015 – As United Nations Member States come together to launch the future sustainable development agenda, 2015 seems set to be a year of momentous change for the international community.

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Ending subsidies, water sector graft key for global development - UN - TRFN

LONDON, Feb 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A crackdown on corruption in the water sector and increasing investment in infrastructure are essential to avoid conflicts over water, "life's most vital resource", a United Nations University report said on Tuesday.

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UN talks focus on post-2015 development agenda declaration

UN delegates charged with elaborating text for a post-2015 development agenda began work last week in New York on its declaration component. The section has been slated by a number of stakeholders as having a key role to play in outlining the multilateral vision or narrative for sustainable deve ...

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Top officials say UN development system must adapt to challenges posed by post-2015 agenda

23 February 2015 – Top United Nations officials today underlined the importance of ongoing review and reform of the Organization’s development system as Member States met to begin the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Operational Activities Segment

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Defining sustainable development: The woman who started it all

Ahead of the Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum (MIECF), keynote speaker Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Special Envoy on Climate Change for the UN, looks back on nearly 30 years of the sustainable development movement.

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New UN initiative to boost access to science, technology for world’s least developed countries

18 February 2015 – The world’s poorest nations are one step closer to gaining access to critical science, technology and innovation (STI) that is vital to their sustainable development, poverty eradication, and changing the lives of millions of people who live in some of the poorest segments of ...

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Post-2015 agenda must give real voice to developing nations: Bhagwant Bishnoi

UNITED NATIONS: With the post-2015 development agenda set to be adopted later this year at the UN, India has said developing nations must be given the "necessary space" to pull their people out of poverty while pursuing socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth.

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UN warned of pitfalls of vague SDG targets

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may struggle to achieve their stated objectives due to a lack of clearly defined targets, a report warns.

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Getting Bang for the Buck on New Development Goals

COPENHAGEN, Feb 13 2015 (IPS) - Right now, the United Nations is negotiating one of the world’s potentially most powerful policy documents.

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Global Sustainable Development Goals need clearer, more measurable targets, according to new report

The proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - a universal set of goals to guide international development to 2030 - will struggle to achieve their stated policy objectives without clearer, more measurable targets, according to a new report released today by the International Council for ...

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OPINION: Four hurdles to getting data and science into the SDGs

Sustainable development is an elusive concept, one that is open to interpretation and difficult to define, let alone measure. UN negotiators therefore have a challenging task: how to specify a clear set of indicators to track the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before they are finalised in ...

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The challenge for 2015: Ensuring global development within planetary guard rails

2015 is a key year for global cooperation, with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, the replacement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and the global climate conference in Paris at the end of the year, write Clara Brandi and Dirk Messner from the German Deve ...

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Regions Refocus 2015 Urges For Structural Shifts to Achieve Sustainable Development

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 29 2015 (IPS) - The new initiative Regions Refocus 2015, housed at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, draws attention to the systemic and structural shifts required to achieve sustainable development.

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OPINION: Brazil Can Help Steer SDGs Towards Ambitious Targets

BRASILIA, Jan 29 2015 (IPS) - With the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring at the end of this year to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will set priorities for the next fifteen years, 2015 will be a crucial year for the future of global development.

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2015 a ‘Once in a Generation Opportunity’ for Sustainable Development

The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today that while there is tremendous volatility and turmoil around the world, this year presented a unique opportunity to eradicate poverty and agree on a path for sustainable development.

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UN opens for business: the Sustainable Development Goals Fund explained

Paloma Durán, director of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund at the United Nations Development Programme, answers questions about the lessons the UN has learned on bringing in businesses to achieve development goals

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Globalizing sustainable development

The question of how the world can end extreme poverty and improve human wellbeing will take on new urgency in 2015, as the millennium development goals (MDGs) expire and a new set of goals—the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs)—are finalized.

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S&T investment needed to hit water SDG targets

[ZARAGOZA] Dedicated investment in science and technology will be needed to have any chance of reaching the proposed water and sanitation-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, delegates at the UN-Water conference in Zaragoza, Spain, heard last week

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Marking international year, UN chief celebrates role of light in boosting sustainable growth

19 January 2015 – The role light-based technologies play in spurring sustainable development can help the international community tackle the challenges of the 21st century, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as he unveiled the International Year of Light – the United Nations effort sho ...

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The Guardian view on sustainable development: Davos can set the tone

We need a global effort to end extreme inequality. The gap between rich and poor isn’t just a moral question, it damages the economy

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Africa Must Prioritise Water in Its Development Agenda

ZARAGOZA, Jan 15 2015 (IPS) - Although African countries have been lauded for their efforts towards ensuring that people have access to safe drinking water in keeping with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), they have nonetheless come under scrutiny for failure to prioritise water in their deve ...

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A thousand aid groups launch ‘action/2015’

More than a thousand global development aid and philantropic organisations around the world launched a campaign today (15 January) named action/2015, which is likely to be one of the largest ever launched.

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Single SDG targets are impractical and unrealistic

Numbers should be used to engage stakeholders, not benchmark nations’ progress

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Eight months until new development goals are agreed. Then what?

This is a big year for global gatherings on existential topics. There’s the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons planned for New York, then in September, still at the United Nations headquarters, a new set of global development goals will be ...

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2015: The Year Biodiversity And Sustainable Development Finally Tie The Knot?

8 January 2015 | The 12th Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) didn’t grab the global headlines of the year-end climate talks in Lima (COP 20), and it didn’t even generate the excitement of the early CBD COP 10, where Parties agreed on the Aichi Targ ...

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Big accounting firms taking the lead on sustainable development

Accountants around the world are currently considering how the organisations they work for can meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. As experts in measurement and data controls, analysis, reporting and monitoring, it makes sense for them to take the lead.

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SA on track for millennium goals - Zuma

Johannesburg - South Africa is on track to achieve most of the United Nations millennium development goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

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Sustainable development goals: eight ways to make reality match ambition

Next year, governments will agree a new global development framework of breathtaking ambition. We already know the likely shape of the sustainable development goals (SDGS) , which will include targets ranging from ending poverty to reducing inequality both within and between countries; from bett ...

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The Year of Sustainable Development

NEW YORK - The year 2015 will be our generation's greatest opportunity to move the world toward sustainable development.

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Sustainable development goals could be compromised by cuts, MPs warn UK

Britain will undermine the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) by trying to reduce their numbers and continuing to give tax breaks and susbsidies to the fossil fuel industry, a powerful group of MPs has warned.

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The year of sustainable development

Columbia University professor of sustainable development Jeffrey Sachs outlines three high-level negotiations in 2015 that can reshape the global sustainable development agenda.

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Paula Caballero: See Sustainable Development Goals through landscapes prism

LIMA, Peru—Paula Caballero, Senior Director of Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice at the World Bank, says the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are currently under development should be seen through the prism of landscapes.

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EU Provides $6.4m Sustainable Development Grant for Seychelles

VENTURES AFRICA – Two new grant agreements have been signed between Seychelles and the executive body of the European Union providing as much as $6.4 million to foster sustainable development and combat climate change in the small island state of about 90,000 inhabitants.

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UN secretary general says no plans to reduce sustainable development goals

In his report, Ban Ki-moon backs the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the UN working group, despite the difficulty member states may have in communicating them

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U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals Remain Intact

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 4 2014 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has refused to jettison any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by an Open Working Group of member states: goals aimed at launching the U.N.’s new post-2015 development agenda through 2030.

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UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda

4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of ...

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Climate and Post-2015 Development Agenda Talks Share the Same Path

LIMA, Dec 4 2014 (IPS) - The international community’s post-2015 development agenda will depend, in key aspects, on whether the delegates of 195 countries meeting now at the climate summit in the Peruvian capital reach an agreement to reduce global warming, since climate change affects all human ...

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Sustainable palm oil enters the UN environmental agenda

The development program for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable palm oil is poised to accelerate following the signing of a cooperation agreement between the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

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Push for biodiversity to have deeper role in SDGs

Biodiversity is moving up the global development agenda, following a major meeting of policymakers at the 12th Conference of Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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Q&A on science advice and the development goals

The Scientific Advisory Board, launched last year and hosted by UNESCO, is busy writing its first papers. SciDev.Net spoke to Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, one of the advisors, director-general of India’s Energy and Resources Institute, and chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a ...

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For Post-2015, International Community Should Focus on Enabling Sustainable Development

Now that the high-level meetings have concluded, and the echoing of motorcade sirens has faded from the canyons of Manhattan's East Side, it is time for the international community to roll up its sleeves and get to the business of deciding the world's new development agenda, known as the Post-20 ...

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Influencing the Post-2015 Agenda

As we move closer to the publication of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moons’s final report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, a welcome new report by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) suggests research by the IDS-led Participate Initiative is having a positive impact on the Post-2015 p ...

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Africa: Sustaining Africa's Development By Leveraging On Climate Change

Marrakech — By leveraging knowledge about climate change, through adopting improved agriculture technologies and using water and energy more effectively, Africa can accelerate its march towards sustainable development.

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Sustainable wildlife management essential for protecting biodiversity

Wildlife is an important renewable natural resource, with economic, cultural, nutritional and recreational value to humans, Parties at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea concluded.

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$2.5tn shortfall for sustainable development in developing countries

A step change is needed in the amount of private finance available for sustainable development. The bad news is the financial sector is still headed in the wrong direction

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Sustaining Africa’s Development by Leveraging on Climate Change

MARRAKECH, Oct 23 2014 (IPS) - By leveraging knowledge about climate change, through adopting improved agriculture technologies and using water and energy more effectively, Africa can accelerate its march towards sustainable development.

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Africa: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development - Vital Interlinkages

As the world moves towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the post-2015 era, there is an emerging debate about how target-setting and implementation might integrate across the 17 goals proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) so that the inextricable links between, say, climate change, ...

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Focus on Poverty: The top issues in the SDG in-tray

The UN General Assembly has just reviewed progress towards an international agreement on how to tackle climate change and a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As SciDev.Net reported, President Obama announced a set of scientific initiatives.

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An unsustainable course

The precipitous decline in the population of wild animals should serve as a clear warning to humanity that it is living beyond its mean

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