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EU development finance needs 'completely new approach', report says

The European Union needs to adopt a “completely new approach” to development finance and switch its focus from merely providing funding to devising and supporting policies that have a long-term, transformative impact, a new report argues.

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Algeria: UN Post-2015 Development Agenda - Algeria Urges African Countries to Support Common Position, Adopted in 2014

Algiers — Algeria on Sunday called on African countries to support the common position on the UN post-2015 development agenda, adopted in January 2014 in Addis Ababa, so to play an "active and constructive" role in defining this future program.

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New Handbook Explores How Trade Can Drive the Transition to a Green Economy

Geneva, 28 April 2015 - A new handbook released today aims to boost the interaction between trade and the Green Economy, thus opening up new possibilities to drive sustainable development.

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New sustainability agenda must harmonize man’s relationship with planet – UN Assembly President

27 April 2015 – As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.”

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Ethiopia: Sustainable Development Goals - Means to Strengthen Global Partnership

When the World Economic Forum (WEF) met last January in Switzerland, attended mostly by the rich and the super-rich, the London-based charity Oxfam unveiled a report with an alarming statistic: if current trends continue, the world's richest one percent would own more than 50 percent of the worl ...

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Decoupled ideals

Humanity faces two fundamental challenges this century. The first is to lift billions of people out of poverty and give them the opportunity to live healthy and dignified lives. The second is to ensure that this development does not destabilize the climatic and ecological systems that have enabl ...

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Policy: Five priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Restructure data-gathering and evaluation networks to address climate change, energy, food, health and water provision, say Yonglong Lu and colleagues.

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Africa: Accurate and Timely Data Vital to Post-2015 Agenda, Says UN Assembly President

At an event today where participants discussed the importance of the data revolution to sustainable development, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed the importance of data to negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and on financing for development.

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Sustainable development won't happen without the means to implement it

Predictably, the world has spent four years getting excited about ambitious targets and has given itself little more than four months to work out how to pay for them.

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At thematic debate, UN chief urges efficient private sector funding for post-2015 development

8 April 2015 – The international community needs a financial framework capable of confronting the multifaceted crises of the day in a predictable and effective manner if it is to delineate a successful post-2015 sustainable development agenda, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon confirmed.

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Worthy of support

THE United Nations General Assembly will agree on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the successor arrangement to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in September.

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UN Post-2015 Talks Focus on Draft Sustainable Development Goals

Divisions on how best to finalise a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) moved to the fore last week during a New York meeting of delegates charged with hammering out a post-2015 development agenda.

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Sustainable development goals matter

Following the progress made under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which guided global development efforts in the years 2000-2015, the world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2016-2030.

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UN post-2015 talks focus on draft sustainable development goals

Divisions on how best to finalise a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) moved to the fore last week during a New York meeting of delegates charged with hammering out a post-2015 development agenda.

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Pollution a Key but Underrated Factor in New Development Goals

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Mar 26 2015 (IPS) - Pollution is likely to be the most pressing global health issue in the coming years without effective prevention and clean-up efforts, experts say.

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No jargon, more action: The key to sustainable development

The year 2015 is shaping up to be a momentous one. In September, world leaders will meet at the United Nations in New York to adopt a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a roadmap for social, environmental and economic progress that will re-define development for the next decade and beyond.

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Sustainable development guru seeks active Indonesian role on climate change

Jeffrey Sachs, the noted American economist now championing global sustainable development, on Wednesday urged Indonesia to take an active part to ensure success in ongoing international diplomacy over climate change, sustainable development goals and their international financing.

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Push for soil indicators to help monitor SDGs

A group of land and soil specialists has proposed three indicators to measure soil health that they say could help the UN monitor its future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Opinion: Sustainable Development Goals Could Be a Game-Changer for Water

WASHINGTON, Mar 20 2015 (IPS) - Suppose money was being deposited and withdrawn from your bank account, but you didn’t know how much. And suppose you knew you had bills coming due, but you didn’t know when or what amount would be required to cover them.

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It’s a forest, not a ‘museum’: What sustainable development means in the tropics

BOGOR, Indonesia—A tropical forest: A habitat for wildlife, untouched by humans? Or trees ripe to be cleared for profit?

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Community based innovation promotes sustainable development in Madagascar

Talata Volonondry is a small village with big aspirations. Located just 26 kilometers from Madagascar's capital, Antananarivo, the small community is being transformed into an eco village.

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[Jeffrey D. Sachs] Open sustainable development

One year ago, I was in Brazil to launch the Brazilian chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an initiative of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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Investing in disaster resilience vital for sustainable development – senior UN official

4 March 2015 – Reducing poverty, improving health and education for all, achieving of sustainable and equitable economic growth and protecting the health of our planet now depend on the management of disaster risks in the day-to-day decisions of governments, companies, investors, civil society o ...

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Opinion: Bridging the Gap – How the SDG Fund is Paving the Way for a Post-2015 Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 5 2015 (IPS) - The countdown has begun to September’s Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with world leaders discussing the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the United Nations Open Working Group.

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Why we need to think about implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Enormous amounts of time and effort are going into getting agreement on a strategy for sustainable development this September.

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Focus on Gender: SDG targets are no such thing

A report published by two science organisations earlier this month criticised the current framework for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as being largely ill-defined, not based on the latest science, lacking in synergy and with no narrative of development.

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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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