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#104717
2015-07-31

Opinion: Hungry for Change, Achieving Food Security and Nutrition for All

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 30 2015 (IPS) - With the enthusiasm of the recent Financing for Development conference behind us, the central issues and many layers of what is at stake are now firmly in sight. In fact, a complex issue like hunger, which is a long standing development priority, remains an ev ...

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#104703
2015-07-30

U.N.’s Post-2015 Development Agenda Under Fire

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 29 2015 (IPS) - The U.N.’s highly ambitious post-2015 development agenda, which is expected to be finalised shortly, has come fire even before it could get off the ground.

News Headlines
#104705
2015-07-30

How can we prevent the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals from failing?

In September, the United Nations' General Assembly is set to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a highly anticipated event in global development. The Open Working Group has been crafting a comprehensive package of goals and targets that can drive global efforts towards a sustainable ...

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#104682
2015-07-28

How the UN’s latest initiative could end the water crisis in 15 years

“Among the many things I learned as a President,” Nelson Mandela once said, “was the centrality of water in the social, political and economic affairs of the country, the continent and the world.”

News Headlines
#104683
2015-07-28

Ban welcomes UN Assembly’s endorsement of action plan on post-2015 development financing

27 July 2015 – The United Nations General Assembly today endorsed the new global action agenda for financing sustainable development adopted two weeks ago by a major UN conference, and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the move as a major step that firmly puts the world “on the path to a mo ...

News Headlines
#104651
2015-07-24

These Cities Are Learning From Each Other to Become More Sustainable

If you've hung around some of the wackier, more conspiratorial parts of the internet you may have heard of Agenda 21.

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#104640
2015-07-23

Conservation: Stop misuse of biodiversity offsets

Biodiversity offsetting involves trying to compensate for the damage to species and habitats caused by development such as expanding cities, constructing mines and building dams, by creating an 'ecologically equivalent' benefit elsewhere1.

News Headlines
#104642
2015-07-23

We must quench the thirst of the 663 million people without safe water

The report card is in on the UN’s first set of global targets, the millennium development goals. And when it comes to reaching the world’s poorest with safe water and basic toilets, the grade is mediocre at best.

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#104590
2015-07-20

The Guardian view on global development goals: heed the good news, but more needs to be done

At a time when good news seems so hard to come by on the global stage, try stepping back and looking at some of the larger, more positive trends that do exist. This is the data that says the planet isn’t doing so badly in some respects, and that people’s lives, if looked at on a big scale, have ...

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#104591
2015-07-20

Islamic Finance to fund Sustainable Development Goals

Islamic Finance can serve as a strong and non-traditional source of financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to global experts.

News Headlines
#104538
2015-07-14

The Land Battle for Sustainable Development

As high-level political representatives gather in Addis Ababa this week for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, there are reasons to be optimistic about the fight against climate change and the pursuit of sustainable development.

News Headlines
#104506
2015-07-08

Policy: Development goals should enable decision-making

In September, a United Nations summit of heads of state will adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — a set of 17 goals and 169 targets to guide international development. A diverse range of indicators and monitoring strategies is being proposed, covering every dimension of development, ...

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#104498
2015-07-07

Sustainable development goals will be hard sell for United Nations

Fifteen years after world leaders gathered in New York to agree an unprecedented global assault on poverty, disease and inequality, the final report is in on the eight millennium development goals (MDGs) they set.

News Headlines
#104499
2015-07-07

800 million still hungry and poor despite progress of millennium goals: U.N.

About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the U.N. said on Monday

News Headlines
#104470
2015-07-03

Rwanda: SDGs and What They Mean for the Country

This article is a sequel to the one published in the June 8 edition of The New Times on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which focused more on the lessons that have been learnt from the processes leading up to the introduction o ...

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#104476
2015-07-03

The Sustainable Economy and Decent Work for All

We face two defining challenges in the 21st century: ensuring environmental sustainability and turning the vision of decent work for all into a reality.

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#104462
2015-07-02

UNCTAD's proposal for a Post-2015 sustainable development review process

UNCTAD is proposing a framework that will help countries to deliver the post-2015 development agenda.

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#104465
2015-07-02

UN Negotiators Review “Zero Draft” for Post-2015 Development Agenda

UN negotiators meeting in New York last week commented on a “zero draft” for a new global development agenda and engaged in substantive discussions on key sections, including a declaration, a planned set of sustainable development goals (SDGs), means of implementation, and how to monitor progres ...

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#104442
2015-06-30

Financing The UN's Sustainable Development Goals

As the sun begins to set on the United Nations’ 15-year Millennium Development Goals, the international development community is rallying around a set of new Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) to be decided at this year’s UN General Assembly, as well as a financial framework that will guide ...

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#104369
2015-06-23

Excellent Opportunity for Planning Africa's Sustainable Development, ECA Partners Declare

Addis Ababa — Since Rio +20, Africa has been redefining, refining, implementing and reviewing sustainable development.

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#104368
2015-06-22

Why should you care about the Sustainable Development Goals?

Delegates meet in New York this week to hammer out revamped anti-poverty goals, that campaigners say could rival in significance 1948′s watershed UN Declaration of Human Rights.

News Headlines
#104352
2015-06-19

Opinion: 2015 and Beyond, Young Voices, Loud Demands

BRUSSELS, Jun 19 2015 (IPS) - As a young person interested in development, my heart beats a little faster when I look at the potential of 2015. There has never been so much at stake as this year for the future of our planet.

News Headlines
#104319
2015-06-17

Cities Will Be Decisive in Fight for Sustainable Development

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 2015 (IPS) - With cities increasingly in the spotlight on the international stage, urban planning and development has become a critical issue in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

News Headlines
#104328
2015-06-17

Sustainable Development Goals: each of us has a part to play

In 2000 the United Nations set a range of eight goals to end things like extreme poverty, child mortality and women dying in childbirth by 2015. Unfortunately we’re not there yet.

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#104308
2015-06-16

Taking the SDGs on a road test

As the international development community works to define the post-2015 agenda, many questions arise regarding the feasibility of measuring progress toward the sustainable development goals: How big are the data gaps, and how can we fill them?

News Headlines
#104269
2015-06-12

FAO role sought for achieving post-2015 development agenda

ISLAMABAD: National Food Security and Research Minister Sikander Hayat Khan Bosan on Thursday called on the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to play its role in assisting developing countries to implement the Post 2015 Development Agenda, ensure food security and nutrition and eradicate e ...

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#104231
2015-06-10

U.N. Chief Backs New Int’l Decade for Water for Sustainable Development

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 9 2015 (IPS) - As the United Nations continues its negotiations to both define and refine a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before a summit meeting of world leaders in September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed support for a new “International Deca ...

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#104235
2015-06-10

Bokova: UN agencies' role will increase in the post-2015 agenda

SPECIAL REPORT / The role of the United Nations specialised agencies becomes more important under the post-2015 agenda, because they are universal, just like the Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.

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#104220
2015-06-09

UN deputy chief calls for universal sustainable development goals for post-2015 era

UNITED NATIONS, June 8 (Xinhua) -- UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson on Monday highlighted the need for new sustainable development goals which are universal, people-centered and cross- cutting at the ECOSOC commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the World Summit for Social Development.

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#104225
2015-06-09

Nigeria: Post MDGs - Experts Insist On Few, Effective Targets

Development analysts and economists have insisted that selecting fewer but effective targets will ensure successful implementation of the Post 2015 Development Agenda by the world leaders.

News Headlines
#104209
2015-06-08

Africa: Shaping the Global Development Agenda After the MDGs and What It Means for the Continent and Rwanda

As the twilight rapidly sets in on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with their end-2015 deadline fast approaching, the efforts that have already been underway for at least two years now for ushering in another new dawn for a global development compact are also at full speed.

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#104187
2015-06-05

President of UN General Assembly: Environment essential for sustainable development

"We cannot have sustainable development without addressing social, development and environmental issues," said Sam Kahamba Kutesa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, during his visit to the Parliament on 3 June.

News Headlines
#104173
2015-06-04

First draft of sustainable development goals exposes gaps, warn NGOs

Three months before the SDGs are adopted, experts praise ambition of vision but fear methods are too weak to measure progress in areas such as women’s rights

News Headlines
#104174
2015-06-04

Pushing for Post-2015 Strategic Sustainable Devt Goals

In 2000, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set a few, highly effective targets for the world, e.g. halve the proportion of poor and hungry and reduce childhood mortality by two-thirds. The goals have had varying levels of success. Now, the UN and the world are to decide whic ...

News Headlines
#104176
2015-06-04

President of UN General Assembly: Environment essential for sustainable development

"We cannot have sustainable development without addressing social, development and environmental issues," said Sam Kahamba Kutesa, the President of the United Nations General Assembly, during his visit to the Parliament on 3 June.

News Headlines
#104178
2015-06-04

Moving towards a more sustainable production and consumption pattern

World Environment Day is an opportunity to identify solutions for re-engineering our consumer culture

News Headlines
#104158
2015-06-03

EU needs serious action to secure sustainable global future

This week's European development days (EDD) in Brussels are taking place at a crucial time for development policy. It is the European year for development and 2015 will also see key decisions being taken in a series of global conferences which affect development policy.

News Headlines
#104118
2015-06-01

Use bamboo in sustainable development

Governments should pay more attention to the role that bamboo and rattan can play in building more sustainable and greener economies, a pressure group has told a UN meeting.

News Headlines
#104037
2015-05-26

The sustainable development goals are serious business

Here we are, midway though the big one, 2015 – our generation's 1945 as Mary Robinson put it recently – the one that will make all the difference for the environment, sustainability and climate change.

News Headlines
#104038
2015-05-26

Development decisions made today will fundamentally alter Africa’s ecological future

WWF and the African Development Bank today launched the 2015 African Ecological Futures report, highlighting a development path that can bring long-term well-being and prosperity while valuing and safeguarding Africa’s rich natural resources.

News Headlines
#104039
2015-05-26

Inaugural forum for Asia-Pacific environment ministers held

Environment Ministers and Authorities from 35countries across Asia Pacific met on May 19 to find solutions to pressing sustainable development, health and environment challenges facing the region at the inaugural First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities Forum.

News Headlines
#103911
2015-05-20

Why the Sustainable Development Goals matter for businesses

From toilets to clean tech, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals promise commercial opportunities, argues Forum for the Future' Stephanie Draper

News Headlines
#103888
2015-05-19

Progress on sustainable energy improving, but 'world must move faster' – UN backed-report

18 May 2015 – Renewable energy generation and energy efficiency improvements will need to accelerate dramatically if the world is to achieve universal access to sustainable energy by 2030, according to a United Nations-backed report released today as senior leaders from government, business, fin ...

News Headlines
#103847
2015-05-15

What role do indigenous people and forests have in a sustainable future?

Development planning must focus on the most vulnerable and include indigenous people in decision making, says Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

News Headlines
#103848
2015-05-15

Ethiopia: Implementing the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

After fifteen years of nations pursuing the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations, representatives of the member states, along with experts and private citizens, have defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help set the course for the next fifteen years.

News Headlines
#103843
2015-05-15

The struggle to get indigenous knowledge into policy

Compared with national and regional programmes, global level recognition of the importance of indigenous knowledge to scientific assessments has been lagging.

News Headlines
#103823
2015-05-14

NGOs Urge Post-2015 Declaration Include Water, Sanitation as Basic Human Rights

UNITED NATIONS, May 13 2015 (IPS) - Virtually every major international conference concludes with a “programme of action” (PoA) – described in U.N. jargon as “an outcome document” – preceded by a political declaration where 193 member states religiously pledge to honour their commitments.

News Headlines
#103792
2015-05-12

Opinion: Don’t Leave Indigenous Peoples Behind in SDGs

UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2015 (IPS) - U.N. member states are meeting throughout the year to finalize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will set the global development agenda for the next 15 years. The goals are supposed to be universal and aspire to “leave no one behind.”

News Headlines
#103795
2015-05-12

Defining the Post-2015 Period

In statements at the beginning of the year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa highlighted important connections among the climate change, post-2015 development agenda and Financing for Development (FfD) summits and conferences that are taking pl ...

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#103766
2015-05-08

Opinion: South-South Cooperation Vital for Sustainable Development

COLOMBO, May 8 2015 (IPS) - Sustainable development is central to a range of key discussions at the United Nations and elsewhere at the moment.

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