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Reform of the UN Headquarters

This is an interesting Op. Ed.  piece from a high level insider on the need to aggressively reform UN Headquarters and how business is conducted now and recommendations to bring about the necessary changes.  Occasionally I have the honor and privilege to meet someone like this and even more so  to work with them.

What is of special interest to this list, the ongoing reform of the institution will take time, is this person working on ebola went around  the constraints of the current system and hired, contracted with an anthropologist who understood cultural customs of burial, well read on:
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Environmental & Human Systems Management
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Extended! Civil society: Propose questions for UN Secretary-General candidates – Deadline March 27, 2016

Due to popular demand, now extended until 27 March!
Civil society – Propose questions that can be asked of UN Secretary-General candidates during UN General Assembly dialogues with them:
Equal parts diplomat and advocate, civil servant and CEO, the Secretary-General is a symbol of United Nations ideals and a spokesperson for the interests of the world’s peoples.

The position of Secretary-General is one of great importance that requires the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, and a firm commitment to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.
The President of the UN General Assembly and the President of the UN Security Council have invited UN Member States to present candidates with proven leadership and managerial abilities, extensive experience in international relations, and strong diplomatic, communication and multilingual skills.

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In 2016, the next one will be appointed…
The current list of official candidates can be found on the President of the UN General Assembly’s website

The General Assembly will, “without prejudice to the role of the principle organs as enshrined in Article 97 of the Charter, conduct informal dialogues or meetings with candidates for the position of Secretary-General, without any prejudice to any candidate who does not participate, thus contributing to the transparency and inclusivity of the process.”

The President of the General Assembly (PGA) is organizing informal dialogues between UN Member States and candidates for Secretary-General starting in April 2016.
The Office of the PGA has requested UN-NGLS to facilitate a process with civil society to provide questions that can be asked to candidates during these dialogues
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 Online form: https://unngls.org/UNSGcandidates

 You may also reply to this email with your proposed question!
UN-NGLS will facilitate a civil society Committee to short-list 30 questions from those received, to submit to the PGA.
Apply HERE by 22 March to participate in the Committee
The Office of the PGA will choose some of the short-listed questions to be presented in person, shared via video or audio recordings, or verbally read-out by the President during the dialoguesMore than 300 questions have already come in from all around the world:
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To learn more, listen to the UN Radio interview about this process with Susan Alzner, Head of the UN-NGLS NY Office: http://bit.ly/1Xq2a80 

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Your attendance of the 27-31 July Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

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FfD3 Geopolitical Analysis by Regions Refocus 2015, Third World Network, & DAWN

Dear colleagues,


As a follow-up to this week’s release of the Zero Draft for the Third Conference on Financing for DevelopmentRegions Refocus 2015Third World Network,

and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) are pleased to share our Geopolitical Analysis of FfD3

We are also releasing a companion document produced by Regions Refocus 2015, the Zero Draft Language Map, which identifies the level of progressivity of each proposal of the Zero Draft according to our “traffic light” exercise.

These resources are intended to support advocacy at national, regional, and global levels.

Click here to access A Geopolitical Analysis of Financing for Development: http://bit.ly/FfD3GeopoliticalAnalysis.

Click here to access its companion piece, the Regions Refocus Language Map for the Zero Draft: http://bit.ly/RRZeroDraftLanguageMap.

We hope you find these resources useful, and encourage you to share them with your networks.


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Regions Refocus 2015          Third World Network           DAWN

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Inquiry into Design of Sustainable Financial System

Policy Innovations for Green Economy

DAVOS, 23 January 2014 –


 The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched an Inquiry today into policy options for guiding the global financial system to invest in the transition to a green economy.

In the wake of the global financial crisis, there is growing recognition that the financial system must be not only sound and stable, but also sustainable in the way it enables the transition to a low-carbon green economy.

The Inquiry, extending over 18 months to mid-2015, aims to engage, inform and guide policy-makers, financial market actors and other stakeholders concerned with the health of the financial system and its potential for shaping the future economy.  

In addressing its core aim, it will map current best practice, draw together principles and frameworks, catalyze new thinking, and ultimately lay out a series of options for advancing a sustainable financial system.  

It will also engage with global financial experts and commission-relevant research, as well as contribute to related initiatives across the UN system and elsewhere.

As leading financial institutions increasingly appreciate the imperative of climate change, resource scarcity and other environmental challenges, the current financial ‘rules of the game’ may not be well suited to accelerate this transition.  

·        World Economic Forum estimates suggest that globally, investment in infrastructure of an estimated US$6 trillion annually to 2030 is needed to deliver a low-carbon economy.  Of this, nearly US$1 trillion is over and above the business-as-usual trajectory.

Such evidence shows that when investments are targeted towards greening key economic sectors, they can produce multiple benefits for the economy, environment and society.

In launching the Inquiry, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, said:  “UNEP is working to advance a rapid transition towards an inclusive, green economy. The Inquiry will catalyze actions to enable the financial system to support the transition, building on policy innovations and countries’ best practices.”

The Inquiry extends UNEP’s ground-breaking work on the green economy, and draws on the commitment and wealth of practical expertise of the 200 financial institutional members of the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP-FI).  

David Pitt-Watson, Co-Chair of UNEP-FI, said: “The world’s financial institutions are there to finance a growing, sustainable economy, but the evidence suggests that, today, the industry performs that task poorly. The Inquiry will support the urgent need to reshape  a practical and agreed agenda of reform that ensures that the finance industry fulfills its purpose.”

An Advisory Council has been established to guide the Inquiry, comprising financial regulators, senior executives from leading financial institutions and international organizations and financial market and sustainability experts, currently including:

  • Naina Kidwai, Group General Manager and Country Head, HSBC India
  • Rachel Kyte, Group Vice-President of the World Bank
  • David Pitt-Watson, Co-Chair of UNEP Finance Initiative
  • Atiur Rahman, Governor of the Central Bank of Bangladesh
  • Murilo Portugal, President of the Brazilian Bankers Federation
  • Neeraj Sahai, President of S&P Rating Services
  • Rick Samans, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum
  • Mallam Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria
  • Andrew Sheng, President of Fung Global Institute of China
  • Lord Adair Turner, Senior Fellow of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, ex-Chair of the Financial Services Authority

Naina Kidwai, Chair of HSBC India, said: “The Inquiry offers the financial world a timely opportunity to engage on critical issues and examine how we can best respond to pressing challenges such as water stress, energy efficiency and indeed climate change. I look forward to moving this important agenda forward.”

“The Inquiry provides a vehicle for taking a strategic look at how the financial system can play its part in mobilizing capital for a low-carbon, resilient economy”, added Rachel Kyte, Group Vice-President, World Bank Group.

Two Co-Directors and a Head of Strategic Outreach have been appointed to lead the Inquiry from its Geneva base:

  • Nick Robins, currently head of HSBC`s Centre for Excellence in Climate Change
  • Simon Zadek, ex-Chief Executive of AccountAbility and Senior Fellow of the Global Green Growth Institute and the International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • Mahenau Agha will serve as UNEP Advisor. The first Advisory Council meeting is scheduled to be held in April 2014.

For more information, please visit: http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/financialinquiry/


UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, Email: inquiry@unep.org

Mahenau Agha, UNEP Advisor, Email: mahenau.agha@unep.org, Mobile: +41-79-773-1864

Leigh-Ann Hurt, UNEP Green Economy Initiative, Email: leigh-ann.hurt@unep.org, Tel: +41-22-917-8766

Jim Sniffen
Programme Officer
UN Environment Programme
New York
sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com





Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 67/198 (A/RES/67/198), the President of 
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Mr. Bremley Lyngdoh UNCSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change



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