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UNGA's Second Committee Launches Work[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational session for UNGA 69, on 19 September 2014, in New York, US. The Second Committee will conduct its substantive work from 7 October until 26 November, beginning with the general debate on 7-9 October.

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MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013[viewed]

The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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UNGA 68 Takes Stock of Input to Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

The UN General Assembly conducted a stock-taking on the post-2015 development agenda, with a high-level meeting to gather contributions to the forthcoming synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General.

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CBD Reports Identify 48 Western South Pacific, Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic EBSAs[viewed]

The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released two reports on ‘Ecologically or Biological Significant Areas (EBSAs): Special places in the world's oceans,' which describe areas that meet EBSA criteria from the Western South Pacific and from the Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic. The reports identify ocean areas “that are most crucial to the health functioning of the global marine ecosystem,” with the aim of identifying areas in which to focus and prioritize marine conservation and management.

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Event: High-Level Conversation on Employment and Decent Work for Inclusive and Sustainable Development[viewed]

The International Labour Organization and the Ford Foundation are jointly hosting this afternoon event on creating policies for the creation of decent work, strengthening social protection, and ensuring sustainable development.

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Samoa, UNDP Sign Agreement on Implementing Rio Conventions[viewed]

The Government of Samoa and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project agreement on ‘Capacity for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa.' The project aims to accelerate Samoa's efforts to meet its international obligations on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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UNGA 68 Closes, Reflects on Progress Towards Post-2015 Agenda[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its 68th Session with a plenary session in the renovated General Assembly Hall, reflecting on its achievements toward formulating the post-2015 development agenda and future priorities, including continued efforts to revitalize and reform the UN. UNGA 68 adopted over 300 resolutions and 80 decisions on a range of issues, including on financing for development (FfD) and the rule of law at national and international levels, and convened the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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The Marshall Islands Ratify ITPGR[viewed]

The Marshall Islands has ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and will become a Party on 13 October 2014, bringing the number of Parties to the ITPGR to 132.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on Support to SIDS[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a report to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly on ‘Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (A/69/319).' The report provides an update on the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) and the Mauritius Strategy (MSI) and on preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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SOFI 2014 Recommends High-level Political Commitment to Food Security and Nutrition[viewed]

The Millennium Development Goal (MDG) hunger target, to halve the proportion of undernourished people in developing countries by 2015, is within reach, according to 'The State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) in the World 2014: Strengthening the enabling environment for food security and nutrition.' SOFI 2014 cautions, however, that food security remains a challenge, and calls for sustained, high-level political commitment to food security and nutrition to eradicate hunger.

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