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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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The world after Millennium Development Goals

India needs to urgently improve its policy mix if it wants to abolish poverty

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Proposed SDGs won't capture the imagination

Last week, leaders of U.N. member states began talks on the Sustainable Development Goals. Beginning 2016, the SDGs will guide the efforts of governments, international organizations, nongovernment organizations and others on some of our largest collective challenges — reducing poverty and disea ...

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WB-IMF Report Gauges Progress on Development Goals, Including New Target of Promoting Shared Prosperity of Bottom 40 Percent

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2014 – Much more work needs to be done to end poverty and close the gap in living standards between those in the bottom 40 percent and the top 60 percent of the population around the world, says the Global Monitoring Report 2014/2015, released today by the World Bank and I ...

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Aligning the agendas of Sustainable Development Goals and the European Environment and Health Process

The world is entering a crucial phase in the global negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda—the framework following in the footsteps of the Millennium Development Goals concluding next year.

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Floods Wash Away India’s MDG Progress

MORIGAON, India, Oct 7 2014 (IPS) - The northeastern Indian state of Assam is no stranger to devastating floods.

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Peru's President says development must align with core UN Charter principles

25 September 2014 - Among several speakers from the Latin American and Caribbean region addressing the General Assembly today, Peru"s President, Ollanta Humala Tasso, outlined in his address several ways his country was making strides in sustainable development without straying away from the fun ...

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Africa Rising: leaders meet to discuss sustainable development that leaves no one behind

How to realize Africa’s potential for the future of all its peoples and build international support for the continent’s development were key questions explored in the first session of the Africa Rising Forum held this week in New York.

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Why we need the UN’s sustainable development goals

Jeffrey Sachs outlines how the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals can and should address the intersecting issues of sustainability, poverty, and the need for good governance.

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Agricultural science is the backbone of sustainable development

In order to fulfil the sustainable development objectives of food security and resource efficiency, it is essential to support research in agricultural science, says CGIAR chief executive Frank Rijsberman.

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World risks spending $250 bln just to monitor U.N. development goals

OSLO, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The world risks having to spend about $250 billion just to monitor U.N. development targets for 2030, diverting cash from goals such as ending poverty or protecting the environment, according to a study published on Wednesday.

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Africa: Q&A: Making Equality Central to the Development Agenda

Alicia Bárcena, executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), tells SciDev.Net that the future development agenda and its SDGs must be universal and apply not just to developing countries.

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Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015

STOCKHOLM, Sep 23 2014 (IPS) - A gift of nature, or a valuable commodity? A human right, or a luxury for the privileged few? Will the agricultural sector or industrial sector be the main consumer of this precious resource? Whatever the answers to these and many more questions, one thing is clear ...

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Africa: Empowering Indigenous Peoples Is a Must for Sustainable Rural Development, Says Ifad President

The President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) called for greater support to indigenous peoples whose economic and social empowerment is a prerequisite for the kind of sustainable development that can transform struggling rural areas in developing countries.

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Ending poverty through sustainable development and leaving no one behind

As two African women and development leaders deeply involved in efforts to irreversibly end poverty and set the world on a more inclusive and sustainable path, we have reason to celebrate the great strides made in the 14 years since world leaders signed up to the Millennium Development Goals.

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Biodiversity informatics vital for sustainable growth: Prakash Javadekar

New Delhi, Sep. 16 (ANI): Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar today said that the concept of sustainability was an integral part of Indian ethos which ensured balanced approach to issues pertaining to conservation, access and growth.

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Senior UN officials urge Member States to craft ‘bold, pragmatic’ post-2015 agenda

With an “intense and important year ahead,” United Nations Member States must work to build a framework that will sustain and finish what was accomplished with the landmark Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease, while rising to challenges old and ne ...

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Climate change and the SDGs: Where do we go from here?

In less than two weeks, world leaders will travel to New York for the U.N. secretary-general’s widely anticipated climate summit. On Sept. 23, they will have a unique opportunity to take stock of the latest warnings about climate change, and commit to work harder than ever to tackle rising emiss ...

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