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Implementing Rio+20: ECOSOC’s New Role and Its Old Culture

Harris Gleckman, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts - Implementing Rio+20: ECOSOC's New Role and Its Old Culture

by Harris Gleckman, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts

Almost_since the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was created, there have been ECOSOC reform efforts. Most of these efforts have been preceded by a build-up of political enthusiasm and followed by quite minor changes. One then could be quite skeptical of the 2013 version of ECOSOC reform adopted this September [1]. The timing of this round of ECOSOC reform was based on the last time “ECOSOC was reformed” (General Assembly decision 61/16), but now supplemented by the Rio+20 outcome document’s call for the mainstreaming of sustainable development by ECOSOC.continued…

 

 

Mountain Focus Group Prepares OWG Contributions

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17_October 2013: The Mountain Focus Group discussed strategies for including mountain-related issues in the post-2015 development agenda, particularly through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting organized by the Mountain Partnership Secretariat and Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN convened in New York, US, on 17 October 2013. continued…

 

Global Green Growth Forum Addresses Food Waste and Loss, Launches Finance Initiatives

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23_October 2013: The 2013 Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) brought together hundreds of world leaders from government, the private sector and civil society in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 21-22 October 2013, to discuss challenges related to sustainability and economic growth. continued…

 

UN Secretary-General Launches SE4ALL Energy Efficiency Hub

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23_October 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) opened a new global center for Energy Efficiency  as part of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The Energy Efficiency Hub (EE Hub), in Copenhagen, Denmark, will seek to help “drastically increase” energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment. continued…

 

UNTT Issues Papers on Financing Needs, Public and Private Finance Resources

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October_2013: The Working Group on Sustainable Development Financing under the UN System Task Team (UNTT) has published four papers that aim to inform the ongoing deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda and the work of the Intergovernmental Expert Committee on Sustainable Development Financing Strategy (ICSDF). continued…

 

OWG 5 Issue Briefs Released

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October_2013: The UN Technical Support Team (TST) has issued three briefs in preparation for the fifth session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The documents address the three topics for OWG 5: Energy; Macroeconomic Policy Questions; and Sustained and Inclusive Economic Growth, Infrastructure Development, and Industrialization. continued…

 

Environmental Management Group Appoints Director

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October_2013: The Environmental Management Group (EMG) has announced the appointment of Elliott Harris as Director of the EMG Secretariat. Harris, a national of the Bahamas, is based in the New York office. continued…

 

UNIDO Articles Consider Development in MICs

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September_2013: The latest issue of ‘Making It,’ a magazine from the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), focuses on issues relating to middle income countries, including the role of development cooperation in these countries. A keynote feature on poverty reduction, sustainable industrial development and the role of international public finance discusses development cooperation that continues when countries move from “low” to “middle” income’ status.  continued…

 

Members of Scientific Advisory Board Appointed

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18_October 2013: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has reported on the appointment of the 26 members of the UN Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board. The Board will seek to influence and shape action by the international community to advance sustainable development and eradicate poverty. The first session of the Board will take place at the beginning of 2014. continued…

 

Sustainable Development Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events

Second Global Soil Week 2013

Berlin, Germany

27 Oct – 31 Oct

Global South-South Cooperation Development Expo

Nairobi, Kenya

28 Oct – 1 Nov

African Regional Consultative Meeting on SDGs

Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

31 Oct – 5 Nov

Rio+20 to Post-2015: A New Architecture for a New World

New Haven, CT, US

1 Nov – 2 Nov

Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Perspectives from Europe and Central Asia on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Istanbul, Turkey

7 Nov – 8 Nov

Resumed INC-Forests4

Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

7 Nov – 8 Nov

Third Green Industry Conference

Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

7 Nov – 9 Nov

19th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC

Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland

11 Nov – 22 Nov

UNEP Finance Initiative 2013 Global Roundtable

Beijing, China

12 Nov – 13 Nov

UNECA Committee on Women and Development

Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

12 Nov – 14 Nov

Beyond Rio+20: Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

18 Nov – 22 Nov

 

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