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GSDR 2015 Draft Outline Released[viewed]

A draft of the outline for the 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is now available on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. The draft outline lists eight chapters, including a description of the aims of each chapter and key questions to be addressed.

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World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation[viewed]

World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”

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France, Pacific Community Hold High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change between Pacific leaders and French President François Hollande, who will preside the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France. During the Dialogue, the Pacific Community urged France to take on a strong leadership role in 2015 to adopt a meaningful climate change agreement and pledged their support to Hollande during preparations for COP 21.

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CITES and SPREP to Strengthen Partnership in Pacific Region[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration between the two organizations.

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AOSIS Prepares for Lima[viewed]

The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has identified finance as a major priority going into the next round of climate change negotiations. The coalition met for a two-day summit in Seychelles to consolidate its position ahead of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. Lamenting that developed countries had broken financing promises in the past, AOSIS ministers called for "scaled-up, adequate and predictable finance".

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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Kiribati, US Sign Agreement on Phoenix Ocean Arc at World Parks Congress[viewed]

Kiribati President Anote Tong and US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a cooperative arrangement to conserve Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) and the US' Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM), which collectively make up the Phoenix Ocean Arc. Kiribati and the US signed the agreement at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Parks Congress, which is taking place from 12-19 November in Sydney, Australia.

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Event: IPCC 41[viewed]

The 41st Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 41) will meet in the first half of 2015 to address, inter alia, future work of the IPCC and lessons from the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

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UN Member States Pledge $650 Million for UN Development Work[viewed]

Twenty-six UN Member States pledged approximately US$650 million for UN development work at the 2014 UN Pledging Conference. The amount represents an increase of $US72 million compared to pledges announced in 2014 as well as a significant increase in contributions from non-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance (DAC) countries. The following countries announced pledges: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Denmark, Djibouti, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, Kuwait, Samoa, Singapore, Turkey and Viet Nam.

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SPREP, Talihau Community Implement Beach Restoration Strategies[viewed]

An innovative approach to coastal erosion has been developed over the past two years as part of the coastal Ecosystem-based Adaptation project, which is implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and funded by the Australian Government. The approach, which aims to strengthen and rehabilitate beaches in the Pacific island region, has now been tested in the Talihau community in Vava'u, Tonga.

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