UNGA on the post-2015 development agenda

New York: UNGA on the post-2015 development agenda

Common African Position on Humanitarian Effectiveness

The objective of the consultative meeting (27- 29 May 2015) is to stimulate discussion among Member States on the emerging issues concerning the global and regional humanitarian landscape, in so doing undertake a “Political Process” for reform to strengthen the humanitarian response. The outcomes of regional consultations will be consolidated into a Common Africa Position to be presented at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey 2016.

Gender Equality Index for Africa: launched!

Abidjan: The African Development Bank unveiled on Monday, May 25 the first-ever Gender Equality Index for Africa, aimed at informing policies to transform economies and to propel governments to adopt an ambitious agenda for making gender equality a reality throughout the continent.

Roadmap urged for development beyond 2015

Islamabad: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has strongly urged the regional countries to formulate a roadmap to support the implementation of the development agenda beyond 2015.

Swaziland health minister reads Africa’s statement at Geneva meet

Geneva: Minister of Health Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane was recently entrusted by the 47 member states the World Health Organisation African Region to present the topic of ‘Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda’ at the 68th World Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting started last Monday (May 18) will end tomorrow.

South African perspectives on post-2015 development goals

Johannesburg: The Post-2015 Consensus held a country specific seminar on the post-2015 development agenda in South Africa on 21st May, the eighth seminar in a series of 10 seminars to be held around the world.

The purpose of the country specific discussion is to bring together international economists with local sector experts in order to delve deeper into the potential benefits which the post-2015 development agenda could bring to the country and the necessity of prioritizing smart targets to achieve the desired outcomes for the country.

Kenya seeks Russia's support in Africa push for UN reforms

Nairobi: Kenya has kicked off Africa’s push for reforms in the United Nations’ most powerful arm by lobbying for Russia’s support, ahead of the UN's 70th anniversary. At a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed argued the current formation of the UN Security Council “does not reflect the dynamics of the 21st century.”

Action on sustainability a 'moral and historical duty'

New York: The world is facing complex challenges regarding the future of sustainable energy which demand comprehensive and immediate solutions, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson declared today as he delivered remarks to the General Assembly's Global Energy Ministerial Meeting.

Innovation as a driver for sustainable development

New York: The UNDP’s Innovation Facility has launched its Annual Review for 2014, showing why innovation is becoming increasingly important in international development and for UNDP itself. It describes UNDP’s approach to innovation, highlights innovative practices and spotlights all 49 initiatives funded by the Innovation Facility across 54 countries.

The impact of climate change on the achievement of the post-2015 sustainable development goals

This year, governments will agree Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period to 2030, and a new global climate agreement, to take effect from 2020. Together, these could set the course for environmental sustainability and human well-being this century. The agreements together offer a once-in-a generation opportunity to end extreme poverty, create climate resilience and avoid dangerous levels of climate change by committing to zero net carbon emissions.

ECA and Tony Elumelu Foundation collaborate on a data revolution for Africa

Lagos: The Tony Elumelu Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa concluded a three-day working session to create a roadmap on how to implement an ambitious plan to initiate a “data revolution” across Africa. 2015 marks the end of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a global initiative with the aim of addressing some of the most intransigent problems facing millions of people throughout the developing world including extreme poverty and hunger, gender inequality, and disease, among others.

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