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Event: ECOSOC Coordination Meeting[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination Meeting to discuss items related to the coordination of the Council, including implementation and follow-up to major UN conferences, summits, and UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS[viewed]

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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Pacific Islands Update PACPOL Strategy on Marine Pollution[viewed]

Representatives from 13 Pacific island countries and territories reviewed and updated the Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Programme (PACPOL) strategy, which is implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The strategy aims to address transboundary marine pollution in the Pacific islands through both control and prevention measures.

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Event: Substantive Informal Meeting on Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD)[viewed]

According to the road map circulated by the co-facilitators and updated following consultations with UN Member States on 17 October, the session on 10 November will address the global context, financing across the three dimensions of sustainable development, and implications for sustainable development, including poverty eradication and inequalities.

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Member States Highlight Gender, MOI in Poverty Eradication Debate[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up its agenda item on poverty eradication and its sub-items, in meetings on 20, 22 and 23 October 2014. After presentations of reports from the UN system, Member States' debate focused on: national-level experiences of poverty; vulnerable groups, especially women and girls; the post-2015 development agenda; the role of the UN system; and means of implementation for poverty eradication.

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Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million[viewed]

The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa; the decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance.

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G77/China Ministerial Declaration Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change[viewed]

The Ministers for Foreign Affairs of the Group of 77 and China reaffirmed the report of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the basis for integrating the SDGs into the post-2015 development agenda, at the 38th Annual Meeting of Ministers. They also discussed poverty eradication, means of implementation (MOI) for the post-2015 agenda, South-South cooperation, climate change, trade, and terrorism and occupation, among other issues. The 38th Annual Meeting of Ministers took place on 26 September 2014, in New York, US, under Bolivia's chairship.

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OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs[viewed]

Increased efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020 in the world's most vulnerable countries, according to the ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2014,' launched by the UN Office for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). The report, which is subtitled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' identifies gender equality, institutional frameworks, infrastructure development, service delivery and external factors as critical in reducing LDCs' extreme poverty.

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FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification[viewed]

The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched the ‘Action Against Desertification' programme in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The €41 million programme aims to enhance sustainable land management (SLM) and restore degraded lands and drylands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

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Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues.

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