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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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How to Prioritize U.N. Goals

Cambridge, Mass. — In France, children grow up hearing the story of the 100 times good cake: A cat and a dog preparing a cake start from the idea that if the cake has 100 delicious ingredients, it will be “100 times good.” So they make a cake with strawberries and cream, garlic and pepper (and t ...

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Indigenous Peoples Seek Presence in Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 4 2014 (IPS) - The world’s 370 million indigenous people, who say they were marginalised in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), want to play a key role in the U.N.’s post-2015 development agenda, which will be finalised next year.

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SAMOA: In Apia, Ban sets sail for sustainable development

2 September 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sailed with a Polynesian voyaging canoe crew, whose mission is to spotlight the need for action on sustainable development by going around the world using only traditional navigation methods.

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SAMOA: Urging sustainable action, UN officials link small islands to global issues at conference opening

31 August 2014 – Calling small island developing nations a magnifying glass for vulnerabilities around the world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged the international community to support sustainable development in these countries through multi-stakeholder partnerships.

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Access to open data ‘key to sustainable development’

[NAIROBI] Open access to scientific and technological data could help Africa achieve sustainable development goals, a meeting has heard. According to information and communication technology (ICT) experts who attended the International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in De ...

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Africa: UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative Leads the Way Towards an Inclusive Green Economy

When the global financial crisis began in 2008-09, environmental sustainability dwindled as a policy priority for many countries and budgets for environment and sustainable management of natural resources were cut across the globe.

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends

August 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable ...

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Jamaica wants more out of 3rd SIDS confab

JAMAICA is expected to raise concerns about the low rate of implementation from the two previous summits when it attends the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa starting on Monday.

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A transformative global agenda for development

A beacon of hope shines from the East River: Following a year and a half on a journey replete with bumps in the road and many twists and turns, member states of the United Nations completed a proposal for sustainable development goals, the set of global priorities to steer the international deve ...

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Is soil the new oil in Africa's quest for sustainable development?

Africa is enormously rich in minerals and oil. The continent has 10 percent of known global oil reserves, and more is likely to be discovered.

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A Life Reserve for Sustainable Development in Chile’s Patagonia

COYHAIQUE, Chile, Aug 19 2014 (IPS) - The people of Patagonia in southern Chile are working to make the Aysén region a “life reserve”. Neighbouring Argentina, across the border, is a historic ally in this remote wilderness area which is struggling to achieve sustainable development and boost gro ...

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UN Member States receive report on finance for sustainable development

19 August 2014 – The General Assembly formally received today an expert report setting out options that can be weighed by Member States on ways to finance the United Nations-driven sustainable development agenda, which will aim to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations.

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SMEs are making strides toward sustainable sourcing

Sourcing certified sustainable products may seem prohibitively expensive for small and medium enterprises, but the long-term future of these businesses depends on it, says Duncan Jeffries.

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Coca-Cola to Invest $5B in Sustainable Development Across Africa

Africa is the last frontier for global investment, and beverage companies in particular are moving in quickly. One of them is Coca-Cola, which has long used its distribution network to help deliver medical supplies in countries such as Ghana and Tanzania. Now the company promises to invest and a ...

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Will these sustainable development goals do the job?

A UN working group has devised a final draft of targets to succeed the millennium development goals. What do you think of the 17 proposals?

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India must chose to be champion or villain for climate and development

Narendra Modi's slogan for India is 'development for everyone' but will this development be based on coal or people-centred clean energy?

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BRICS Development Bank to be set up to Support Infrastructure and Sustainable Development Projects among others

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) have decided to set up BRICS Development Bank. The decision was taken by BRICS countries in the Summit held in Fortaleza, Brazil on July, 15, 2014.

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Worldwide water shortage by 2040, new studies suggest

AARHUS, Denmark, July 29 (UPI) -- Two new studies suggest a worldwide water shortage is less than three decades away, and that at least 30 to 40 percent of the globe will be struggling to meet supply demands by 2020.

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On first official visit, Ban hails Costa Rica as ‘model’ for development, peace

30 July 2014 – On his first official visit, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon lauded Costa Rica as a “model country” in sustainable development and protecting human rights.

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Angola: Luanda Hosts Conference On Post2015 Sustainable Development

Luanda — The Ministry of Environment, in partnership with the UNDP and Agostinho Neto University (UAN), will hold on 22 August 2014 a conference under the motto "Sustainable Development - Angola post 2015", in view to exchanging experience between Angolan and foreign technicians on the matter.

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France extends €1b for sustainable development projects in India

France plans to extend a €1-billion credit line to India for funding sustainable infrastructure and urban development. This was announced by Laurent Fabius, France’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, on Tuesday.

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