Invitations Events & UN Conferences 2014

 

 http://worldviewmission.nl/?page_id=8455

 http://worldviewmission.nl/?page_id=2850

 http://worldviewmission.nl/?page_id=7945

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http://www.worldwewant2015.org/?destination=user%2F78630%2Fnotifications

NGO/DPI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE – CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

 

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=ea0d34f1-c99c-40cc-a587-1b4202c00a3e&c=04d8e320-4270-11e3-bcb4-d4ae52a82222&ch=0663eff0-4270-11e3-bef8-d4ae52a82222

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http://oer14.org/

http://euroguidance.eu/

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Environmen​t and Sustainabi​lity Threshold Learning Outcomes for Graduates – Australia 

Hi all,

Below is an invitation to contribute to the development of Environment and Sustainability Threshold Learning Outcomes for university graduates in Australia.

I have the pleasure of serving as the evaluator of this project supporting Bonnie, Liam and Ros as well as the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching and the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. We would be grateful if you could find a few minutes to participate in this online forum.

With thanks

Daniella

Professor Daniella Tilbury
Marie Curie Chair in ESD

Dean of a Sustainability
University of Gloucestershire, UK 

Learning and teaching: environment & sustainability
Online discussion forum
1-5 September 2014<x-apple-data-detectors://3>

Why:
Share your expertise to help develop learning and teaching standards for environment and sustainability tertiary qualifications in Australia

What:
We will be discussing;
1. what attributes students need to have upon graduation from environment and sustainability degrees;
2. the scope of the environment and sustainability field; and
3. how the draft standards, already developed, can be strengthened – you can download a copy of the current draft here<http://environmentltas.gradschool.edu.au/uploads/content/drafts/TLOs_for_ES_v0.8.1_August_2014.pdf>.

Who:
If you work, teach, study or volunteer in this field, share your expertise with us through participation in this online discussion.

Please feel free to forward this email to any of your colleagues or contacts who might be interested.

When:
Monday 1st —Friday 5th September<x-apple-data-detectors://4>
Join in any time!

Where:
Online through our website
environmentltas.gradschool.edu.au<http://environmentltas.gradschool.edu.au/>
and go to the “Discussions” tab, or click here<http://environmentltas.gradschool.edu.au/discussions/>.

The Project
The Environment and Sustainability Learning and Teaching Academic Standards (LTAS) Statement Project is developing threshold learning outcomes (TLOs) which will define the minimum learning university graduates need upon graduation from environment and sustainability programs.

The TLOs are being developed collaboratively with academics, practitioners and students in the environment and sustainability field.

Who are we?
The Project is led by the University of Newcastle, Australia, in collaboration with the Australian National University, Flinders University, Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales.

The Project is being undertaken on behalf of the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and is funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.

For more information, please visit
environmentltas.gradschool.edu.au<http://environmentltas.gradschool.edu.au/>
or email anna.ferguson@newcastle.edu.au<mailto:anna.ferguson@newcastle.edu.au>

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@environmentLTAS
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Join the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Days of Action for Self Determinat​ion, August 6-14 2014

              Dear Friends,

We invite indigenous peoples and advocates to join the              Indigenous Peoples’ Global Days of Action for Self              Determination from August 6-14, 2014. This is in              celebration of the International Day of the World’s              Indigenous Peoples, and part of the Global Days of Action              for Development Justice. This is an initiative of the              Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and              Liberation (IPMSDL), a global network of grassroots-based              IP organizations, communities and advocates struggling to              defend the rights of indigenous peoples. Wherever you are,              you can do any of the sample activities listed in the              flyer below. For Facebook users, you may post photos or              statements at https://www.facebook.com/IPMSDL.
Feel free to forward the attached Call to Action flyer              (English and Spanish) and poster (English) to your friends              and networks. Thank you!
Regards,

-- 
Ms. Bestang Dekdeken

Secretariat for International Work, Cordillera Peoples Alliance
Secretariat-Coordinator, International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)
No. 55 Ferguson Road
Baguio City 2600, Philippines
Telephone No. +6374 3044239
Fax No. +6374 4437159
Email: cpa@cpaphils.org, ipmsdl@gmail.com
Webpage: www.cpaphils.org, ipmsdl.wordpress.com
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Announceme​nt – Women’s Mobilizing Meeting for the People’s Climate March, July 24/29

Dear GGCA Friends and Colleagues,
As most of you are well aware, in September, Heads of State are headed to New York City for what many hope will be an transformative summit for action on climate change.
To ignite ambition, action and urgency for this moment, alongside this, hundreds of groups have begun working to coordinate an unprecedented climate mobilization in New York City- in size, beauty, and impact, culminating in a massive People’s Climate March, on Sunday September 21st- what hopes to be the largest climate march in history.

To change everything, it will take everyone, including the incredible passion, leadership and activism of women’s rights activists and leaders in this country and around the world.

To galvanize and kick-off this mobilization, WEDO and its partners are excited to host a:

Women’s Mobilizing Meeting for the People’s Climate March

Thursday, July 24th from 6:30pm to 8pm Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd Floor, 777 UN Plaza (Corner of 1st Avenue & 44th Street), New York, NY 10017

There will be a follow-up National Call on Tuesday, July 29th at 11:30am EST

This meeting will be a space for people who are engaged in women’s issues, organizations, feminist collectives/ alliances, and the wide-range of non-profits that serve women, locally and nationally, as well as our international allies, to mobilize a strong presence for the September 21st ‘People’s Climate March’ in NYC and to expand women’s reach and leadership on climate issues!

REGISTER to JOIN 

DOWNLOAD & SHARE the FLYER ATTACHED!

Next Thursday, July 24th, would have also been the birthday of WEDO’s co-founder and visionary, Bella Abzug, and it’s a day which WEDO likes to honor in memory of her work, leadership and activism on women’s rights and the environment.

Among the remarkable qualities of Bella was her tremendous capacity for optimism, and her unwavering belief in the power of movements and women organizing for change.  As we meet together next week we’ll take on Bella’s call to action:

 ”Never underestimate the importance of what we are doing here. Never hesitate to tell the truth. And never, ever give in or give up.” - Bella Abzug

Looking forward to working with all of you!

WEDO and partners

Bridget K. Burns

Advocacy and Communications Director 

Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
skype: bridget.k.burns
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Beijing+20 NGO Review Forum – Invitation to participat​e

Take place between 3-5 November 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The UNECE ahead of its Inter- Governmental Forum, mandated the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in Geneva to organize the NGO review Forum.  This forum is expected to bring together Civil societies and NGOs to contribute to the discussions and bring grass roots women’s voices on achievements made, remaining gaps and challenges on the implementation of the 12 critical areas of concern of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA).  As well as on emerging issues that affect women. The outcome of this NGO forum will feed into the UNECE Social Forum in November.  This NGO Forum Beijing +20 review for the 56 countires in the ECE region is scheduled to take place between 3-5 November 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
They are reaching out to all CSOs and NGOs working on any aspect of  Sustainable Development and the Environment in the region to participate in this forum. Your assistance in sharing this invitation widely within your network will be appreciated.  You may wish to visit the dedicated website to learn more about this forum or click on the links below for some of these documents.
Financial support is available for some selected countries from the ECE region. This support is provided by the Canton of Geneva (which overseas Geneva International Cooperation) as part of its policies in support of international solidarity.   Please feel free to contact us for more information on the registration and/or your participation.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is comprised of 56 countries (www.unece.org):
Albania,Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands,  Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The former YugoslavRepublic of Macedonia, Turkey,Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United – Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uzbekistan.
Looking forward to your participation.
Shared by
Lorena Aguilar R.
Global Senior Gender Adviser
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
1630 Connecticut Ave NW - Suite 300 Washington, DC 20009
Mobile: +16155212523
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
 E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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DPI/NGO Town Hall – 17 April 2014

All are invited to attend in person or by webcast the following UN DPI NGO Town Hall tomorrow on the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference on “2015 and Beyond:

Our Action Agenda” to take place 27-29 August 2014 at UN HQ (NY).

The conference concept note, request for expressions of interest to serve on the planning committee, and subcommittee TORs are attached.

Dear NGO Colleagues,

You are invited to attend a Town Hall on the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference:

DPI/NGO Town HallWhen: Thursday, 17 April, 2014

Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Where:  Conference Room 1 (CB)

FLYER
RSVP
WEBCAST

Q&A will be conducted throughout the meeting.

For participants outside UNHQ, please tweet comments to #DPINGO

Yours Sincerely,

NGO Relations,

DPI United Nations

www.un.org/dpi/ngosection

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MY World Global Week of Action 

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Twelfth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III (WGII-12) 

and


Thirty-ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-39)

 

7-12 April 2014 | Berlin, Germany

http://www.iisd.ca/climate/ipcc39/

 

The IPCC Working Group (WGIII) will meet from 7 to 12 April 2014 in Berlin, Germany, followed by a session of the entire Panel. Focusing on the mitigation of climate change, the meeting is expected to endorse the third part of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). As such, IPCC WGIII will aim to approve line-by-line the WGIII Summary for Policy-Makers and accept the underlying assessment of scientific literature. Subsequently, the Panel will convene in full to formally to endorse the WGIII report.

The AR5 has been under preparation for six years and will consist of a Synthesis Report and of the contributions by the three WGs. The Panel adopted its WGI contribution on the physical science basis of climate change in Stockholm, Sweden, in September 2013. The IPCC WGII is meeting from 25 to 29 March 2014 in Yokohama, Japan, where the Panel is expected to adopt the WGII contribution on climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.

A Synthesis Report of all three WG volumes is expected to be finalized by the IPCC in October 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

IISD RS will produce daily web updates and a summary and analysis from these sessions will be available on this site.

Summary coverage will be available at:   http://www.iisd.ca/climate/ipcc39/

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN POST-2015 ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOVERNANCE TASK TEAM**

Plan UK and Restless Development are seeking young people from youth-led organisations with experience and expertise in governance and accountability issues to take the lead in a “Global Accountability and Governance Task Team”

Are you attending the World Conference on Youth and would you like to get involved in an exciting initiative on youth and governance, continue to read!!!

WHEN: Initial workshop, 11th-12th May

WHERE: Colombo, Sri Lanka

WHO: For young people from youth-led organisations with demonstrative governance and accountability expertise, who can commit to this long term project, which will run through the post-2015 process and beyond. The initial workshop is open to those already attending the World Conference on Youth.

WHAT:

The formulation of the Task Team aims to consolidate young people’s recommendations on governance and accountability issues into the new post-2015 development framework, and explore ways that children and young people can hold leaders to account in the delivery and implementation of the framework, at the national level.

An initial workshop will take place in Sri Lanka, 11-12th May, following the World Conference on Youth, but this is a long term project which seeks young people committed to formulating the work of the task team and leading it during the post-2015 development process and beyond. This will include advocating for the group’s recommendations and supporting other young people and organisations to become involved.

At the workshop, we will look at research that has been done on youth and governance, develop a first draft of policy recommendations, and have a first discussion on the model of cooperation between the task team members for the future.

Although this work is being facilitated by Plan UK and Restless Development, this initiative aims for the process to be led and delivered by the young people involved.

THE OBJECTIVES:

The overall objectives of this long term project are to support children and youth to embed recommendations on their role in accountability and governance into the new development framework – thereby ensuring the role of children and youth in holding leaders to account on delivering the new development framework at the national level.

This will be done through the following steps:

  1. Young people develop recommended targets and indicators on national level accountability mechanisms to be embedded in the post-2015 development framework.
  2. The task team supports other children, youth and youth led organisations globally to participate in the post 2015 process and influences the international and national level discussions to ensure that children and youth are prioritised as a key group within any governance / accountability goals, targets and indicators.
  3. From 2015 onwards, the global network continues to bring together youth organisations involved in governance & accountability at the national level, sharing learning amongst them and with the wider sector, and supporting children and youth to meaningfully exercise their agency and to hold their leaders to account in the implementation of the finalised Post-2015 framework.

HOW TO APPLY:

To be part of the long-term planning and delivery of the task team please submit:

  1. C.V.
  2. Answer the below questions, (each answer should be between 250-750 words)

a. Why do you want to be part of the “Global Accountability and Governance Task Team”?

b. What experience, skills and knowledge on governance and accountability issues will you be able to contribute to the planning and delivery of the Task Team’s work?

c. Give an example of when you have influenced leaders to make them more responsive to the needs of children and youth

Deadline for submissions – 22nd April. All applicants will be informed by 25th April

Please send C.V.s and three answers to Sarah Haynes and Amelia Whitworth, (details below)

Accommodation costs for the extra days stay in Sri Lanka will be paid for, and in collaboration with the World Conference on Youth Steering committee we will organise for your stay to be extended until the end of the workshop.

If you have any questions about the Task Team or the application process, please get in touch with Sarah Haynes, Policy and Research Coordinator for Restless Development, and Amelia Whitworth, Youth Advocacy Adviser for Plan UK:

SarahH@restlessdevelopment.org

Amelia.whitworth@plan-uk.org

 

                      

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE INITIAL WORKSHOP THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE TASK TEAM IN THE FUTURE AND WE WILL CIRCULATE THE OUTCOMES OF THE WORKSHOP IN MAY

– This is the Beyond 2015 Children and Youth Working Group. For more information visit www.beyond2015.org or contact eleanork@restlessdevelopment.org (Group Coordinator)

 

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Dear friends,

Is any member of this group attending the WYC? Kindly let us know to ensure we create a common African youth voice.

As you may already know, the 2014 World Conference on Youth is set to happen in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 6-10 May. The conference will focus on strengthening youth participation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the post-2015 development agenda. 

This presents an opportunity to make sure the voices of young people are heard and yet another platform to advocate for the inclusion of gender stand-alone goal and mainstreaming of gender through gender-sensitive targets and indicators in the new development agenda.

The World Conference on Youth is now accepting applications for observers! Please note that the observer status is a SELF-SPONSORED opportunity.

Find out more about the conference here and apply here.

OAYouth will be represented at the WCY2014 and will be organizing side events on the margins of the conference. Do let us know if you plan on attending.

Please contact me on georgemndungu@gmail.com

 

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Dear All,

The continuation of an inclusive dialogue on Post-2015 is a key
mandate given to the UN by its Members States as well as UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. As the Post-2015 Development Agenda
process moves into its next phase, we seek to build on the outcomes of
the first round of consultations (held in 2012-2013), to ensure the
inclusion of a wider range of voices and approaches in the Post-2015
Development Agenda process.

Themes that have consistently emerged from the consultations and
Post-2015 discussions–particularly in previous AINA discussions–are
the concepts of “inclusion” and “participation” and the importance of
including previous marginalized voices in the design, implementation,
monitoring and accountability mechanisms for development processes.

To that end, UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP–with support from the
Governments of Canada, Peru and the Republic of Korea are
co-organizing a global thematic consultation on Participatory
Monitoring for Accountability–and how best to include participatory
approaches in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Firstly, we are conducting an e-discussion on the topic of
Participatory Monitoring for Accountability starting 14 April 2014,
which can be found on the site dedicated to this initiative:
www.worldwewant2015.org/accountability2015

The online consultation will run from 14 April -2 May 2014 focused on
three questions specific to participation in the Post-2015 Agenda. We
strongly encourage your participation and we invite you to make your
voice heard!

Secondly, another key part of the consultation will be the collection
of good practices and lessons learned from participatory approaches
across the globe.
Individuals, academics, policy experts, and organizations are invited
to submit proposals of either Case Studies or Methodologies in
relation to Participatory Monitoring approaches. Please see here for
information on paper proposal submission:
http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/432477.  Please note we are
seeking practical examples (not theoretical papers) of methods that
have be implemented successfully. Additionally, only paper proposals
that follow the given template will be considered. (Link to template
here: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/432470).  Please note the
deadline for submissions will be 2 May and we are not able to offer
extensions on this.   Again, we are anxious to hear and learn from
your direct experiences with participation and seek your guidance on
how we include it in the Post-2015 agenda.

The outcomes of the consultation will be fed into Open Working Group
for Sustainable Development Goals decision-making discussions, the
Secretary-General’s synthesis report and other key Post-2015 key
policy discussions and processes.

We hope that you are able to participate in these opportunities and we
look forward to learning from you and your experience with
participation as an effective development approach. Please visit
www.worldwewant2015.org/accountability2015 for more information or
feel free to contact me, Tricia Callender, Consultation Manager at
tcallender@unicef.org

Best.
Tricia Callender
UNICEF Consultation Manager
tcallender@unicef.org

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 Side Event: Dialogues on Implementa​tion of the Post-2015 Agenda

(9 April, 1:15pm, ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ)

 

If you are planning on attending this event, let us know.  

Pam

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 TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP – FYI

 See attachments for further information.

 Forwarded message

From: Antje Watermann <antje.watermann@undp.org>
Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Subject: Side Event: Dialogues on Implementation of the Post-2015 Agenda (9 April, 1:15pm, ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ)
To: “psg@worldwewant2015.org” <psg@worldwewant2015.org>

 

The UN Development Group would like to invite you to a side-event entitled “The Launch of Dialogues on Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda” which will take place:

 

Wednesday 9 April, 1:15 – 2:30 PM

ECOSOC Chamber, UN Conference Building

 

The purpose of this event is to present the new initiatives by the UN Development Group, consisting of dialogues in more than 50 countries around common implementation issues that countries are expected to face when putting the new development agenda into effect.

These dialogues will involve governments and local authorities from all continents, as well as civil society and the private sector and other stakeholders.

The speakers will include high-level UN officials and Permanent Representatives from countries sponsoring these dialogues:

 

  • ·.H.E. Mr. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru
  • ·.H. E. Mr. Michael Grant, Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada
  • ·.Mr. William A. Awinador-Kanyirige, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ghana
  • ·.Mr. Han Choong-hee, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea
  • ·.Mr. Olav Kjorven, Special Advisor to the UNDP Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • ·.Ms. Kanni Wignaraja, Director of UN Development Operations Coordination, UNDG

The areas for these dialogues in 2014 are:

 

  • ·.Localizing the post-2015 development agenda
  • ·.Helping to strengthen capacities and institutions
  • ·.Participatory monitoring, existing and new forms of accountability
  • · Partnerships with civil society and other actors
  • · Partnerships with the private sector
  • · Culture and development

These initiatives will build on the momentum created by the UNDG consultations in 2013, which have involved about 2 million participants so far which contributed to making the post-2015 development process inclusive and participatory.

We look forward to your participation and would welcome your R.S.V.P to our colleague Antje Watermann in the UN’s One Secretariat on Post-2015 atantje.watermann@undp.org.

Please note that you will need a valid UN ground pass to access the venue.

Antje Kristin Watermann

Programme Analyst, Post 2015

United Nations Development Programme

304 East 45th Street, FF-654

New York, NY 10017, USA  / antje.watermann@undp.org

+1 646 781 4091 / Skype: antje.watermann  /  www.undp.org  Follow us

Jeffery Huffines
NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Skype: jefferyvhuffines


CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa,   www.civicus.org

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Trifold Post 2015 V2 PDF  ,    Brief on dialogues on implementation March 31

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LIVE STREAM POST-2015 EVENT — FOR PROGRAMME SEE ATTACHED

The Policy and Strategy Group of the WorldWeWant2015.org web platform will provide the live streaming of “The Privatization of the Post-2015 Development Agenda:

Issues and Challenges in Partnerships with the ‘Private Sector’” on the web platform for the global conversations on Post 2015 and the SDGs: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/peoplesvoices

The WorldWeWant2015.org is a platform co-created by the United Nations and civil society to amplify people’s voices in the process of building a global agenda for sustainable development.

The Policy and Strategy Group invites interested members of civil society and the UN to join our weekly meetings on partnerships and collaborations in disseminating the messages of Post 2015 and the SDGs.

 

For more information, contact:http://www.worldwewant2015.org/post2015-contactus

 

“The Privatization of the Post-2015 Development Agenda Issues and Challenges in Partnerships with the ‘Private Sector’”

8 April 2014,  1:15 – 2:45

PM 2nd Floor Conference Room, UN Church Center

“Partnerships” for sustainable development are increasingly being promoted as a major, if not the primary, enabler for the implementation of the successor international sustainable development goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. However, a growing number of civil society groups warn against a partnerships approach that places primary emphasis on enticing private sector partiipation and investments as this risks reinforcing the corporate capture of the post-2015 agenda.

This one-and-a-half hour Public Forum seeks to provide critical perspectives on the major issues and challenges associated with partnerships with the “private sector” for sustainable development.

The event is co-organized by Bread for the World, the Campaign for People’s Goals, Center for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, General Board of Church and Society-UMC, Global Policy Forum, IBON International, Misereor, Social Watch and Third World Network.

For more details, please contact the following:

Roberto Bissio (Social Watch) rbissio@item.org.uy

Bhumika Muchhala (TWN) <bhumika.muchhala@gmail.com>

Jens Martens (GPF)  <jensmartens@globalpolicy.org>

Paul Quintos (IBON)  secretariat@peoplesgoals.org

Paul Quintos

IBON International / 3rd Flr., IBON Center / 114 Timog Avenue,

Quezon City 1103 / Philippines

Telefax: +63 2 9276981  /  Skype ID: paul.quintos

Websites: iboninternational.org  /  peoplesgoals.org

Jeffery Huffines
NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
www.civicus.org

 

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Online course

http://cifalscotland.org/index.php/programmes/61-forthcoming-programmes/243-introduction-to-the-post-2015-proces

 

5 May 2014 – 1 June 2014

 

Online Course: Introduction to the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Places are limited, so register now to secure your space

Course Format   online/internet based

Course Dates    5 May 2014 – 1 June 2014

Duration of course 4 weeks

Contact: e-learning@cifalscotland.org

Stakeholder Forum has partnered with CIFAL Scotland to offer a unique e-learning opportunity which will enhance the capacity of participants to engage with the international Post-2015 process to design and agree a set of Sustainable Development Goals. Conducted through the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Virtual Learning Platform, participants will be provided with the essential knowledge needed to engage with the international process on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The four week course will include the following modules:

Module 1

Introducing the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the SDGs

Module 2
Incentivising and measuring development progress with goals, targets and indicators

Module 3
The Post-2015 processes: Key milestones and opportunities to participate

For more details and to register, please click here.                                                

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP — FYI


Hi Jeffery, could you share the below  e-mail with your network

 

Spanish below

Do you work on environmental or social issues related to forests? Is your organization trying to improve forest management at a local, national, or international scale? If yes, or if you are interested in expanding your field of work into forest-related issues, please join us to learn more about the power of Global Forest Watch by attending a webinar hosted by the World Resources Institute.  

The purpose of the webinar is to introduce Global Forest Watch (GFW) and demonstrate how organizations, communities, and individuals can use the tool to monitor forests in near-real-time and access a trove of valuable data for free. During this time, GFW staff will provide an overview of the tool, demonstrate its functionality, and then offer real-world examples of how to turn GFW and the information within into on-the-ground action. Each session will be 30 minutes, with 15 minutes for questions and answers (total time of 45 minutes).

We encourage you to visit Global Forest Watch prior to the webinar in order to gain familiarity with the site and brainstorm more specific questions related to your work. See more information about GFW by visiting www.globalforestwatch.org or read below.

SIGN UP! (Click on a time below to register)

April 17

9:00-9:45am EST

5:00-6:00pm EST

April 21

9:00-9:45am EST

5:00-5:45pm EST (En Español)

April 28

9:00-9:45am EST

5:00-5:45pm EST

¿Está usted involucrado en temas socio-ambientales relacionados a los bosques? ¿Su organización busca mejorar la gestión forestal a niveles local, nacional o internacional? Si es así, o si usted está simplemente interesado en extender su trabajo en temas forestales, le invitamos a aprender más sobre el poder de Global Forest Watch (GFW) en  un webinar organizado por el Instituto de Recursos Mundiales (WRI por sus siglas en inglés).

 

El propósito de los webinars es el de presentar GFW y demostrar como las organizaciones de la sociedad civil, comunidades, individuos pueden usar la herramienta para monitorear los bosques en tiempo casi real y tener acceso a la información de forma gratuita. En el webinar, el personal de GFW proporcionará una perspectiva general de la herramienta, hará una demostración de su funcionalidad, y ofrecerá ejemplos reales de cómo transformar la información de GFW en acción en el campo. Cada webinar durará 30 minutos, como 15 minutos para preguntas (un total de 45 minutos). Por favor visite el sitio de Global Forest Watch, www.globalforestwatch.org, antes del webinar para familiarizarse con el sitio y preparar preguntas específicamente relacionadas con su trabajo. Para más información sobre GFW, vea el documento ajuntado.

 ¡REGISTRESE! (Seleccione una hora, abajo, para registrarse)

 Abril 17

9:00-9:45am EST (En Inglés)

5:00-6:00pm EST (En Inglés)

 Abril 21

9:00-9:45am EST (En Inglés)

5:00-5:45pm EST (En Español)

 Abril 28

9:00-9:45am EST (En Inglés)

5:00-5:45pm EST (En Inglés)

Espero que pueda participar en uno de los webinars para aprender más sobre Global Forest Watch, ¡Transformemos la información en acción por el bien de los bosques del mundo!

 –  Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060

Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org

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Earth Day Film Screening, 22 April, UNHQ, 6:30 pm

FOR THOSE IN THE NYC AREA.

RSVP DETAILS IN THE ATTACHED FLYER.

Please find attached a flyer with information on an Earth Day screening at UN

Headquarters of a film entitled “On the Edge, Antarctica”.  The screening will

be followed by a panel discussion involving the film maker,

Jon Bowermaster

Jim Sniffen Programme Officer

UN Environment Programme

New York

tel: +1-212-963-8094 sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com www.unep.org

EarthDay.UNHQ.Film.pdf

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Henry George School of Social Science

Open to all and tuition-free

“I ask no one to accept my views, I ask him to think for himself” – Henry George

April 2014 Seminar Series

Space is limited. Registration required. Phone 718-721-2905 or email hgs.billy@gmail.com to reserve your place.

Thursday, April 10 at 6:00 PM at the John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28th East 35th Street (Madison & Park)

The Lessons of History

In their book The Lessons of History, Will and Ariel Durant write:

“In progressive societies the concentration of wealth may reach a point where the strength of number in the many poor rivals the strength of ability in the few rich; then the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.”

Tom Ballou reviews the book and evaluates its significance.  Thanks to Ed Dodson of the HGS Philadelphia for the use of his material.

Friday, April 11 at 6:00 PM at the John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28th East 35th Street (Madison & Park)

Property Tax Reform and Land Value Taxation

The property tax, (a tax on the assessed value of land and buildings), is one of the most important sources of revenue for public services.  Property taxes are often perceived as unfair.

Land value taxation is a modified form of the property tax. Land value taxation lowers or eliminates the tax on building values, and increases the tax on land values.

 

This seminar examines the experiences of communities in the United States that have adopted land value taxation.  We discuss issues of fairness, and review the impacts of land value taxation on environmental protection, and economic development.

Many thanks to the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy for permission to use their materials.

Wednesday, April 16 and 23 at 6:30 PM at the NYC Seminar and Conference Center, 71 West 23rd St (at 6th Ave)

Technology, Connectivity and Productivity: Implications for Humanity

Robotics. 3D printing. The Internet of Things. Creative destruction. Biotechnology. Constant innovation.

In this two-part seminar we ask and answer these questions:

  • What do these advances in technology mean for society’s ability to produce goods and services?
  • How will the gains from these technologies be shared?
  • Will there be enough well-paying jobs for those displaced by automation?
  • Do advances in technology have implications for public policy on property rights, education, and fiscal policy?

The Chief Economics Commentator of the “Financial Times”, Martin Wolf, recently remarked: “Machines will take over routine brain-work. Middle-income jobs could hollow out far further.”

Tuesday, April 22 at 6:00 PM at the John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28th East 35th Street (Madison & Park)

Financial Capital and Capital Goods

Businesses need access to financial capital, education is said to increase human capital, our economy produces capital goods and prosperous people “have plenty of capital”. With so many meanings, the term “capital” can give rise to confusion of thought and consequently, incorrect conclusions.

Do salaries and wages come from capital? Drawing from the seminal work of Henry George, Progress and Poverty, Allen Smith clarifies the true meaning and purpose of “capital”, and traces the source of salaries and wages.

Thursday, April 24 at 6:00 PM at the John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28th East 35th Street (Madison & Park)

Energy Use in the United States – a Changing Mix

Recent technological innovations have allowed the United States to reduce its dependence on imported energy. What are our current sources of energy? What is the outlook for energy prices, and what does this imply for energy consumers? John Bruschi examines the rapidly changing energy situation.

John Bruschi received a BA in Philosophy from New York University. After a career in government, John taught international relations at both the Henry George School of Social Science and the International Center of New York.

Friday, April 25 at 6:00 PM at the John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28th East 35th Street (Madison & Park)

Teachers’ Forum – Economics with Ethics. The group, on the quest to discover the conditions which will allow everyone to lead a fulfilling life, will examine issues of equality, ethics, environmental sustainability, freedom, and empowerment.  Please join the dialog to encourage engaging and effective teaching of economics, economics with a sense of purpose. See what others are doing: http://core-econ.org/

Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 PM at the NYC Seminar and Conference Center, 71 West 23rd St (at 6th Ave)

State Intervention in the Economy – Stimulating or Stifling Prosperity?

For centuries people have debated the costs and benefits of government intervention in the economy. Regulations, taxation and government spending decisions have at times been viewed as promoting the general well-being of society, and at other times promoting the welfare of special interests.

Maria Russy, Nicholas Galvis, and Ivan Jimenez outline the various models and modes of government intervention in an economy, and analyze the impact of government intervention in the Columbian economy in the past decade.

Henry George School of Social Science

 

Stay informed: Join our Meetup group free of charge:

Meetup group: www.meetup.com/Progress-and-Prosperity-Land-and-Liberty-New-York-City/

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You’re invited to The Lessons of History (Apr 10, 2014)

Hello Hélène H. Oord ,

You are invited to the following event:

The Lessons of History

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Community Church of New York
28 E 35th St
New York, NY 10016

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In their book The Lessons
of History, Will and Ariel Durant write: “In progressive societies the
concentration of wealth may reach a point where the strength of number in the
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equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by
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Links to online resources:

Short animated video that explains what Momentum for Change is about, narrated by Hollywood star Mark Ruffalo:https://vimeo.com/78705262

Short video about the 2013 Urban Poor Lighthouse Activities: https://vimeo.com/79880140

Short video about the 2013 Women for Results Lighthouse Activities: https://vimeo.com/79880031

Short video about the 2013 Financing for Climate Friendly Investment Lighthouse Activities: https://vimeo.com/79880223

Short video about ICT Solutions: https://vimeo.com/79922239

Full list of individual videos of 2013 Lighthouse Activities, as well as interviews with 2013 Lighthouse Activities and Advisory Panel members:http://vimeo.com/user14800810

High-res images of the 2013 Lighthouse Activities: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/md77sbijzm5f3jz/metZ3E8kvO

A series of UNFCCC infographics are available for download:

http://unfccc.int/timeline/


Social Media Outreach

Below are suggested social media posts crafted by the UNFCCC Communications Team that you are free to use or modify as you see fit. They are using the established hashtag #M4C to promote the call for applications and encourage those of you on Twitter to do so too.

1 April to 30 April:

TWITTER

Apply to have your #climatechange project recognized as a 2014 Lighthouse Activity. Visit www.momentum4change.org for details.

Call for Applications: @Momentum_UNFCCC looking to showcase transformational climate change projects in 2014!www.momentum4change.org

The 2014 Lighthouse Activities are looking for shining examples of climate action. Submit your project: www.momentum4change.org #M4C

Shining examples of #climateaction from @Momentum_UNFCCC  “Urban Poor” category: http://vimeo.com/79880140

Inspiration from the 2013 #M4C Lighthouse Activities featuring women’s leadership on climate action http://vimeo.com/79880031  @RockefellerFdn

Short video shows @Momentum_UNFCCC activities that are using innovative finance to address climate change.http://vimeo.com/79880223 @wef

ICT plays a critical role in tackling climate change. Learn how @Momentum_UNFCCC will shine a light on ICT http://vimeo.com/79922239@GeSIConnect

FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN

Are you part of a climate change project that is making a difference on the ground or contributing to transformational change? If so, the UN Climate Change Secretariat wants to hear from you! Apply online for the chance to have your project recognized as a 2014 Lighthouse Activity. Visit www.momentum4change.org for details.

Take a look at the inspiring activities from the UN Climate Change Secretariat’s 2013 “Urban Poor” Lighthouse Activities:http://vimeo.com/79880140 Visit www.momentum4change.org for complete details on how to submit your project to the 2014 Lighthouse Activities.

Women around the world are playing a leadership role when it comes to climate action. Take a look at the UN Climate Change Secretariat’s 2013 Lighthouse Activities in the “Women for Results” category. http://vimeo.com/79880031 Share your own women-led project for the 2014 Lighthouse Activities at www.momentum4change.org

The transition to a low-carbon, high-resilient economy requires private investment, public-private partnerships and complex financial instruments. Learn about the 2013 Lighthouse Activities that are using innovative finance to address the challenges of climate change and fund solutions. http://vimeo.com/79880223  Be sure to visit www.momentum4change.org for complete details on how to apply for the 2014 Lighthouse Activities.

ICT can slash global greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5 per cent, saving $1.9 trillion in energy and fuel costs and cutting 9.1 gigatonnes of carbon emissions. Learn how Momentum for Change is shining a light on ICT solutions: http://vimeo.com/79922239 Visitwww.momentum4change.org for the chance to have your ICT project recognized as a 2014 Lighthouse Activity.

SAMPLE BLURB FOR EMAIL OUTREACH

The UN Climate Change Secretariat is looking for shining examples of innovative and transformative climate action to be recognized as part of its 2014 Lighthouse Activities. The 2014 Lighthouse Activities will celebrate climate action (both large and small) in four key areas: action by and for the urban poor; action that fosters women’s leadership and empowerment; action that is financing climate friendly investment; and action that uses ICT solutions. Applications are being accepted from 31 March to 23 May. Visit www.momentum4change.org for complete details.

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UN Climate Change Secretariat shines a light on climate action

Are you leading a climate change project that is making a difference on the ground or contributing to transformational change? If so, the UN Climate Change Secretariat wants to hear from you! Apply online for the chance to have your project recognized as a 2014 Lighthouse Activity. Visit www.momentum4change.org for details.

1 May to 23 May:

TWITTER

.@Momentum_UNFCCC Lighthouse Activities shine a light on worldwide #climateaction. Submit your project: www.momentum4change.org#M4C

Call for Applications: @Momentum_UNFCCC looking to showcase innovative climate change projects in 2014! Apply:www.momentum4change.org

Be sure to visit www.momentum4change.org before 23 May to apply for the 2014 #M4C activities recognizing climate action.

Apply to have your #climatechange project recognized as a 2014 Lighthouse Activity. Visit www.momentum4change.org for details.

Call for Applications: @Momentum_UNFCCC looking to showcase transformational climate change projects in 2014!www.momentum4change.org

The 2014 Lighthouse Activities are looking for shining examples of climate action. Submit your project by 23 Maywww.momentum4change.org #M4C

Last chance to submit your #climatechange project to the 2014 Lighthouse Activities! Applications close 23 Maywww.momentum4change.org

FACEBOOK/LINKEDIN

The call for applications for the UN Climate Change Secretariat’s 2014 Lighthouse Activities closes on 23 March. Lighthouse Activities are shining examples of small and large climate solutions that are transforming communities, governments and economies. Don’t miss the chance to have your project recognized: www.momentum4change.org

Last year, the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative was named a Lighthouse Activity by the UN Climate Change Secretariat. This year, its founder was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. If you’re leading a climate change activity that’s delivering real results, submit your project to the 2014 Lighthouse Activities. www.momentum4change.org  http://bit.ly/1eKZ736

Last chance! There is only one week left to apply for the UN Climate Change Secretariat’s 2014 Lighthouse Activities. Don’t miss out. Be sure to submit your large or small climate change project to www.momentum4change.org by 23 May.

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Dear colleagues,

On April 4th, 2014, from 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in collaboration with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) will host a side event in the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the UN Secretariat building in New York, USA, to solicit comments on the draft report Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals.

Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the SDSN and a small number of discussants will briefly introduce the report and present preliminary results of the public consultation. The floor will then be opened for comments and questions from the floor.

This event will be the last opportunity to provide feedback on this version of the report. The deadline for the submission of written comments is March 28. For persons not in possession of a UN grounds pass, a limited number of special event tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in special event tickets should RSVP to info@unsdsn.org no later than 5 pm EST on Tuesday April 1st (EST/New York) to receive a special-events pass (UN grounds pass holders do not need to RSVP).

Click here to download the event flier!

 

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Dear all,

As a Member of the Jury, I am happy to share the Call for Proposals for the ReSource Award 2015,

by Swiss Re Foundation.       SwissRe ReSource Award 2015

Please feel free to forward it to your networks.

Thank you and best wishes,

Dr Minu Hemmati Email minu@minuhemmati.net Website  www.minuhemmati.net Art

blog www.minuhemmati.blogspot.com

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Hello Hélène  H. Oord,

You are invited to the following event:

People-Centered Economics – Week 2

 

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

NYC Seminar and Conference Center
71 W 23rd St
#515
New York, NY 10010

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Missed Week 1? No Problem! We’ll have a quick recap, and move right in to explaining how wealth is created and shared. Ever wonder why it is so difficult to get a job with good pay? Do education, housing and health care have to be so expensive? Why do we face such an uncertain future? We asked these questions too.  Join us as we share our answers in a short, three-session interactive class. We…

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Cheers,

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Henry George School of Social Science

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT

NYC Seminar and Conference Center
71 W 23rd St
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New York, NY 10010

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Facebook-campagne inclusief onderwijs voor kinderen met een beperking

1 april – 31 mei 2014
www.facebook.com/GAW2014NL

Waarom deze actie?
De mondiale actieweek van GCE-Internationaal (4-11 mei 2014) staat dit jaar in het teken van inclusief onderwijs voor kinderen met een beperking. Wereldwijd volgen steeds meer kinderen basisonderwijs, dankzij de inspanningen van overheden, particuliere organisaties en instellingen en individuen. Maar bij de pogingen om onderwijs voor iedereen bereikbaar te maken, worden  kinderen met een handicap vaak over het hoofd gezien. In Nepal bijvoorbeeld, heeft 85% van de kinderen die niet naar school gaan, een beperking. En volgens het ministerie van onderwijs in Ethiopië gaat daar slechts 3% van de kinderen met een beperking naar school.

Niet de beperking zelf, maar barrières in de omgeving  verhinderen deze kinderen deel te nemen aan het onderwijs. Bijvoorbeeld omdat een blind kind niet alleen naar school kan lopen. Of omdat een kind met een verstandelijke beperking een aangepaste benadering nodig heeft van de leerkracht. Vaak zijn het mensen zonder handicap, zelfs  leerkrachten en de familie, die het niet nodig vinden dat kinderen met een beperking naar school gaan. Omdat ze weinig van dit kind verwachten.

Maar kinderen met een handicap hebben onderwijs minstens zo hard nodig als anderen om later een eigen bestaan te kunnen opbouwen. Ze hebben er bovendien recht op om samen met kinderen zonder beperking naar school te kunnen. Daar zijn misschien extra voorzieningen voor nodig, maar het kan. Italië is daar een voorbeeld van. Dit is het enige land in Europa waar 99% van de kinderen met een handicap samen met kinderen zonder handicap onderwijs volgen.

Ons doel
In Nederland vraagt GCE-NL samen met vele andere organisaties ook aandacht voor inclusief onderwijs voor kinderen met een beperking. Met de Facebook campagne stellen we de vraag: Hoe kunnen kinderen met een handicap wél naar school? We vragen iedereen om ervaringen, tips en tools te delen. Doel van deze actie is te laten zien dat het, ongeacht de omstandigheden, wel degelijk

 

mogelijk is om kinderen met en zonder beperking samen naar school te laten gaan.

Deel je verhaal!
We nodigen iedereen uit om ideeën, goede voorbeelden, tips en tools te delen. Het kan je eigen school-ervaring zijn, van vroeger of nu; misschien heb je interessante informatie of ken je filmpjes; misschien heb je meegewerkt aan een succesvol inclusief project, of misschien weet je hoe je het belang van inclusief onderwijs het beste onder de aandacht kunt brengen.

We zoeken voorbeelden uit de hele wereld van kinderen die ondanks een beperking gewoon samen met andere kinderen naar school gaan. Jouw bijdrage mag zowel in het Nederlands als in het Engels.

Met positieve beelden, filmpjes, verhalen, slogans en alles wat je kunt delen op Facebook, willen we mensen inspireren mee te denken over mogelijkheden om kinderen en jongeren met en zonder beperking samen naar school te laten gaan. Ook willen we graag van jou weten waarom jij dit zo belangrijk vindt!

Doe mee!
Doe mee met deze actie, door zelf ervaringen te delen of door de pagina www.facebook.com/GAW2014NL te liken en anderen te vragen hetzelfde te doen. Je kunt je ervaringen direct posten op Facebook of sturen naar GAW2014NL@edukans.nl. Bianca van der Horst (van 100%Slechthorend) beheert deze pagina namens GCE-NL en zal er voor zorgen dat ook jouw ervaring wordt gedeeld!

Respect voor privacy!
Jouw input is nodig om deze actie een succes te maken. Als je materiaal post of opstuurt dat niet je eigen ervaring betreft, stuur dan s.v.p. alleen materiaal van mensen die jou toestemming hebben gegeven dit materiaal te gebruiken.

Meer informatie over GCE-Nederland en de actieweek vind je op: http://www.globalcampaignforeducation.nl/gawinclusief

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Dear Community of Educators,

UAE  has a long term vision of building a sustainable society and has been implementing their strategies.  In Abu Dhabi, a sustainable city within  the larger city will be a place people can visit, students interested in renewable energy technology innovations can attend the university within the new sustainable city.  In the meantime, attached is a copy of their SSI schools newsletter from  SD Ed. Caucus member Gayatri Raghwa to share with you.

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

SSIMultakana_March2014.pdf

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 SSIMultakana_March2014

 

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Uitnodiging  Innovations for Global Water Challenges

                    Water biedt wereldwijd kansen
                    woensdag 14 mei 2014

https://www.evite-sendmail.nl/rvo/inno_wtr/web/inno_wtr_aanmelden_zndr_uit.php?UITN_NUMMER=WS23656

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“Call for Inputs”  UNDP Draft Social and Environmen​tal Standards  – Deadline April 18, 2014

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

UNDP has developed a draft document on Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), your insights and experiences on educating for sustainability  at all levels and with diverse stakeholders are essential as the Agency is committed to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects.  If you send us your input, I will compile the inputs and send our input to UNDP.

Please send along to <pjpunt@umich.edu> by April 14th.  

If you send your input directly to UNDP, please Cc us to share with the Ed. Caucus.

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty  / Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA  /E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238  / Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

Please share with your colleagues and networks.  Thanks, Pam

Publication:  http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/corporate/Social-and-Environmental-Policies-and-Procedures/UNDPs-Social-and-Environmental-Standards-ENGLISH.pdf


 

UNDP Calls for Inputs on Draft Social and Environmental Standards

The 3rd, March 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has announced an invitation to provide comments on its draft Social and Environmental Standards (SESs), which underpin UNDP’s commitment to mainstreaming social and environmental sustainability in its programmes and projects. The Standards aim to: strengthen UNDP’s social and environmental outcomes; minimize and manage adverse impacts when avoidance is not possible; and strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

The draft outlines UNDP’s seven project-level standards on: biodiversity conservation and sustainable natural resource management; climate change mitigation and adaptation; community health, safety and working conditions; cultural heritage; displacement and resettlement; indigenous peoples; and pollution prevention and resource efficiency. Each project-level standard provides an overview of the issue, its objectives, application and requirements.

The draft also details UNDP’s: overarching policy; three principles of human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment and environmental sustainability; and policy delivery process and accountability.

UNDP requests that inputs help to ensure the proposed standards are: consistent with best practices; practical and relevant for UNDP; and respond to the needs of those UNDP aims to help. Comments should be submitted by 18 April 2014.

[UNDP Press Release]           [Publication: UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards]

related categories:Biodiversity | Climate Change | Forests & REDD | Gender | Health | Human Rights & Indigenous Peoples | Human Settlements & Population | Information Exchange | Poverty Eradication | Publication | Stakeholder Participation | UN Programme, Agency or Fund | UNDP | Water & Sanitation

Read more: http://uncsd.iisd.org/news/undp-calls-for-inputs-on-draft-social-and-environmental-standards/

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RE: INVITATION TO XVI WAY GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Warm greetings from the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) headquarter in Melaka, Malaysia!

We are pleased to inform you that the WAY XVI General Assembly shall be held in Tirana, Albania, from December 7th to 11th, 2014. The General Assembly shall be hosted by WAY in partnership with the Melaka State Government, Malaysia, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, Albania and the Albanian Youth Council.

The theme of the General Assembly shall be Youth Leadership in Succession: Past and Future. This theme has been chosen to draw attention to the importance of youth leadership-possession taking into consideration the fact that youth, worldwide, amount for approximately 3 billion people, making up almost half of the global population.

Appended hereto are the following documents for your perusal and action:

1.      XVI General Assembly Briefing Paper

a.      This will provide all basic information about the XVI General Assembly

2.      XVI General Assembly Delegate Registration and Accreditation Form

a.      This it to be completed by WAY Members only, and transmitted to the WAY Secretariat before 10 November.

3.      XVI General Assembly Observer Registration and Accreditation Form

a.      This it to be completed by non-members of WAY, and transmitted to the WAY Secretariat before 10 November.

4.      XVI General Assembly Programme

a.      This provides an outline of the Programme for the General Assembly

5.      About WAY

a.      This provides brief information on the World Assembly of Youth

6.      List of WAY Members

a.      This provides the list ratified WAY members as of the XV General Assembly. Please note that several new applications have been received over the past four years and are subject to ratification by the General Assembly. If your national youth council does not appear on the list, please email the WAY secretariat to confirm if you are in the process of being granted membership.

7.      Previous General Assemblies

a.      This document provides information on dates and venues of previous WAY General Assemblies.

We thank you for your support, and look forward to receiving your applications!

Sincerely,

XVI GA-Briefing Paper.pdf

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XVI GA – Delegates Registration and Accreditation Form (GA-RG-D).doc

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 Nomination​s for PGA’s 24-25 April Thematic Debate on “Ensuring stable and peaceful societies”

 Espanol nominations for PGA peaceful societies thematic debate

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

If you would be interested in speaking during the President’s General Assembly Thematic Debate on “Ensuring stable peaceful societies”, April 24-25, let me know ASAP, the details regarding the four panels are below.  Send us this information so we can submit your nomination on your behalf by Tuesday, April 1st.  If you decide to submit directly through Jeff Huffines, let us know.  

Thanks.

The deadline is Thursday April 3 for nominating potential speakers.  Please do not fill out the electronic form yourself. Rather send to Jeffery Huffines by email  <jeffery.huffines@civicus.org> your nominee’s full legal name, NGO (and NGO web site), email address, nationality, country of residence, gender, age, languages spoken, which panel, which speaking slot (panelist, discussant), rationale (one paragraph), bio (one paragraph) and CV.

 

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

Below are instructions for nominating speakers for 24-25 April PGA Thematic Debate on “Ensuring stable and peaceful societies”. 

Spanish translation is also attached.
The NGO Major Group will be allowed to submit one nominee for each of the following four speaking roles: one panellist for each of the event’s 3 panels, plus one discussant for the 3rd panel.

Send to Jeffery Huffines (jeffery.huffines@civicus.org) the names you would like to nominate before end of business day on Thursday, 3 April.  By 16 April, OPGA will select 1 speaker from amongst the 4 nominees submitted for each speaking role.

Please do not fill out the electronic form yourself. Rather send to Jeffery Huffines by email your nominee’s full legal name, NGO (and NGO web site), email address, nationality, country of residence, gender, age, languages spoken, which panel, which speaking slot (panelist, discussant), rationale (one paragraph), bio (one paragraph) and CV.

Based upon inputs received, the NGO Organizing Partners will select a nominee for each of the four speaking roles.

Best regards,

Jeff

From: Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org> Date: Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 4:47 AM Subject: Nominations for PGA’s 24-25 April Thematic Debate on “Ensuring stable and peaceful societies” To: jvhuffines@gmail.comleida@anped.orgpsm@cepei.org

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Join the Civil 20 Conversations: How can the G20 can tackle poverty & inequality through the Post-2015 development agenda?

 Discussions are currently taking place online at C20 Conversations to help shape civil society’s recommendations to the G20 for a more inclusive and sustainable global economy. The outcomes of these discussions will inform the discussions at the C20 Summit in Australia in June 2014, which will finalise civil society’s recommendations to the G20.

 The final round of discussions is now open for comment until 7 April on these themes:

Please visit C20 Conversations this week and next to ensure your feedback on these important themes is taken into account. Background papers on each of the themes are available on the site. To stay in touch with the Australian C20, visit the website at www.c20conversations.org.au and follow @C20Aus on Twitter.Contact: admin@c20.org.au.

Discussion question: What actions can the G20 take at the 2014 Brisbane Summit to tackle poverty and inequality through the Post-2015 global development agenda?

Although the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have contributed significantly to lifting people from severe poverty, there has been inconsistent outcomes in achieving some of the goals and targets. As the international community turns its attention to the post- 2015 environment, it is clear that the new global development agenda requires the participation and political will of G20 members to succeed in its task of tackling poverty and inequality, as well as developing core G20 policies impacting positively on development.

Current G20 position: The St Petersburg Development Outlook, launched at the last G20 Summit, noted:

“The G20 seeks to complement international efforts towards further progress on internationally agreed development goals. The agenda takes account of the outcomes of the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting on the MDGs, as well as with processes, such as the Fourth UN LDC Summit, the 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). We seek to ensure that the future G20 development agenda is flexible enough to respond to the Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

2013 Civil20 position: “The G20, as a forum for international cooperation on the most important global economic and financial issues—and its individual member governments— should support the UN-member-led process to create a post- 2015 development agenda, while also accelerating progress to achieving existing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).”

 Potential solutions for the G20 to adopt in 2014:

  • ·        G20 members should deliver a collective statement in support of the UN inclusive consultation process on the post-2015 agenda, endorsing a bottom-up process for the development of the post-2015 framework and the full inclusion of non-G20 nation perspectives, particularly those of the most vulnerable such as children, women and people with a disability.
  • ·        The G20 should continue its leadership role to encourage international consensus for the development of the post-2015 framework while at the same time, ensuring there is no duplication with the UN processes.

Discussion Leaders:
Caroline Smith, NESA, Australia

Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, Oxfam UK

Join the conversation at: http://www.c20conversations.org.au/node/429070

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SDGs focus areas: Stakeholder proposals for goals and targets

 

In order to inform the deliberations of the tenth session of the UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 31 March – 4 April 2014, Stakeholder Forum has compiled a number of goals and corresponding targets from stakeholder proposals housed within the SDGs e-Inventory under each of the 19 focus areas recently identified by the OWG Co-Chairs.

The report is accessible through the icons below. Each icon will direct you to a summary of the targets and indicators related to the respective focus area:

 

Click on the icons below to read a summary of the targets and indicators   related to each of the 19 focus areas:  
     1.   Poverty eradication      11.   Employment and decent work for all
     2.   Sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition        12.   Promote equality

    

3.   Health and Population Dynamics        13.   Sustainable cities and human settlements
     4.   Education        14.   Promote sustainable consumption and Production
     5.   Gender equality and women’s empowerment        15.   Climate
     6.   Water and sanitation        16.   Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas
     7.   Energy        17.   Ecosystems and biodiversity
     8.   Economic growth        18.   Means of implementation/Global partnership for sustainable development
     9.   Industrialisation        19.   Peaceful and non-violent societies, rule of law and capable institutions
     10.   Infrastructure  

 

It is hoped that this synthesis will be a useful resource   for OWG members and other stakeholders involved in the process of designing   goals and targets for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.     With support from partners in all global regions, the SDGs e-Inventory   provides all stakeholders with a platform to outline what they think future   universal goals for sustainable development should look like.       The online tool is available in three languages (English, Spanish and   French), and also provides a searchable database to help stakeholders –   including governments and intergovernmental organisations – keep track of the   wide range of recommendations being developed on SDGs, and other global goals   being proposed as part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.     Whether you are working on a particular theme, or looking at a range of   issues which span the Post-2015 Development Agenda, we want to know your   vision for the new global goals framework.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

The SDGs e-Inventory is administered by:

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Dear NGO Major Group,
At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in cooperation with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD), is facilitating a process to obtain nominations from civil society networks for speakers during the President of the General Assembly’s 24-25 April Thematic Debate on “Ensuring stable and peaceful societies” taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. The concept note and background note for this event are available here.

For this thematic debate, OPGA is seeking nominations for 4 civil society speakers: one panellist for each of the event’s 3 panels, plus one discussant for the 3rd panel. Criteria for each of these speaking roles is outlined below. We invite your Major Group to submit 1 nominee for each of the four speaking roles. Please read this entire email if you will participate, as the process has a few steps and specific requirements.

 

Timeline for participation in the nomination process

(Full description and instructions below.) By Friday, 4 April:  Submit nominations to UN-NGLS

On Tuesday, 8 April:  Vote on nominees

On Thursday, 10 April, 8:00-10:00am EST:

Selection committee conference call

Travel funding OPGA has indicated that for this event, based on availability of funds, travel funding may be possible for the civil society speakers, on a case by case basis, if other sources are not available.

Visa arrangements OPGA will provide an invitation letter for the 4 civil society speakers. The speakers will be responsible for obtaining their own visas for travel. Please confirm with candidates you are considering for nominations that the US Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for travel to the US within a week.

Description of the Nomination Process For this nomination process, UN-NGLS is contacting a total of 26 constituencies:

1) 8 Major Groups: NGOs, Women, Children and Youth, Indigenous Peoples, Workers and Trade Unions, Farmers, Technological and Scientific Community, and Local Authorities. (OPGA is conducting a separate process for business and industry/private sector.)

2) 11 international civil society networks: Beyond 2015, Conciliation Resources, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Infrastructures for Peace, International Movement ATD Fourth World, Third

World Network, Social Watch, Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights, and LDC Watch.

3) 7 groupings of regional, South-based networks from Africa, Arab States, Asia, Latin America, and the 3 Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) regions. For the list, please contact UN-NGLS.
Each of these 26 constituencies can submit one nominee for each speaking role (up to 4 nominees total).  UN-NGLS is allowed to send through 4 final nominees per role to OPGA, for a total of 16 nominees. To determine the 4 final nominees per role, UN-NGLS will facilitate a one-day voting process on 8 April and a subsequent selection committee conference call on 10 April from 8:00-10:00am EST, involving one designated representative from each of the 26 constituencies.  UN-NGLS will send a subsequent seeking a designated representative from your network.

By 16 April, OPGA will select 1 speaker from amongst the 4 nominees submitted for each speaking role.  OPGA will prioritize civil society speakers from the global South for this event, and will ensure gender and geographic balance within the overall programme, which will also include speakers from governments, academia, and the private sector. UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD are not involved in the final speaker selection process. The remainder of the nominees will serve as alternates.

Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS UN-NGLS has created an online nomination form for each of the four speaking roles; links are provided below. We invite your Major Group to submit one nominee per speaking role. You may submit a nomination for one or more of the 4 roles. All nominations will automatically load into a google doc spreadsheet, published here. Please note this spreadsheet has separate tabs for each speaking role.

Before submitting a nominee, please confirm: 1) The nominee is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf. 2) The nominee is a good public speaker. 3) The candidate is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on the day of their speaking role, and for travel if necessary. As indicated above, the nominee must have a visa, or be able to obtain one quickly, for travel to the US.

4) The nominee has not already spoken at one of the previous PGA events on the post-2015 agenda.
Please consider the content of this event’s concept note and background note when selecting candidates to nominate, available here.

The 4 speaking roles, specific criteria per role, and links to submit nominations: 

1 Panellist for Panel #1 - SUBMIT A NOMINATION USING THIS ONLINE FORM. Panel focus: “The nexus between sustainable development, peace and stability” The speaker must be able to address the following topics: 1) How can the nexus between sustainable development and peace and stability best be addressed in the post-2015 development agenda?

2) Given the universal importance of peace and stability for sustainable development, how can this issue best be framed in the post-2015 development agenda?

3) How best to utilise the post-2015 agenda to address root causes of instability?
1 Panellist for Panel #2 - SUBMIT A NOMINATION USING THIS ONLINE FORM. Panel focus: “Strengthening national institutions towards achieving sustainable development”  The speaker must be able to address the following topics:

1) What institutions can contribute to peaceful and stable societies in support of sustainable development?

2) How could the importance of institutions best be reflected in the post-2015 development agenda?

3) How can the international community support nationally-owned processes in order to strengthen national institutions?

4) What measures are required to address external stressors such as illicit trafficking and organized crime that may undermine stability and peace? 5) How  can political, economic and social institutions be strengthened in such  a  manner  that  they  work  harmoniously to replace the legacy of conflict  and  violence  with  a  new, inclusive and more people-centred order of relations in support of achieving sustainable development?

1 Panellist for Panel #3 - SUBMIT A NOMINATION USING THIS ONLINE FORM. Panel focus: “Building Global partnership for ensuring stable and peaceful societies” The speaker must be able to address the following topics: 1) What capacities and partnerships would be required for building peaceful and stable societies for sustainable development?

2) How can global partnerships best support national efforts to ensure stable and peaceful societies?

3) What additional efforts are needed to minimize the risk of external factors in fueling violent conflict?

1 Discussant for Panel #3 - SUBMIT A NOMINATION USING THIS ONLINE FORM. Panel focus: “Building Global partnership for ensuring stable and peaceful societies” The speaker must be able to address the following topics: 1) What capacities and partnerships would be required for building peaceful and stable societies for sustainable development?

2) How can global partnerships best support national efforts to ensure stable and peaceful societies?

3) What additional efforts are needed to minimize the risk of external factors in fueling violent conflict?

You may also submit written input to OPGA on the substantive issues for this event until 17 April here.

For more information about the PGA’s post-2015 events, including how to attend as an observer, please see the PGA’s Frequently Asked Questions web page.

We invite your suggestions on how to improve on this process, which was designed with a two-week time constraint in mind, while seeking to achieve a participatory and transparent approach.  UN-NGLS, in cooperation with DESA-DSD, will also facilitate civil society nomination processes for the remaining PGA events on the post-2015 agenda taking place in May and June 2014.

The nomination processes for these events will be launched individually in the coming weeks. Each will have different criteria for the nominees, in accordance with each event’s programme. We will have more time to conduct the subsequent nomination processes for the remaining PGA events, and will seek to continually refine the approach as we go along. We would like to give thanks to the Major Group of Children and Youth for sharing their practices for nomination processes with us.

Thank you and best regards, UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD

–  Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060

Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org

Follow threats and take action to protect civil society – join Civil Society Watch at www.cswatch.org

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Dear friends,

We are glad to invite you to the coming International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue organising by Institute for Peace and Dialogue, IPD. SA will take place in Baar, Switzerland during the 17-27 August, 2014 at the Eckstein Meeting & Education Centre (www.zentrum-eckstein.ch)

This event will be useful to get academic knowledge by involved experienced experts and spend fruitful summer time in Switzerland.

 

To register SA you need to fill the application form and send us by email with your passport page (only photo page) to fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch till the 30 June, 2014.

Participants from all over world countries who working in State Organs, INGOs, IOs, Companies, Universities or Individual Researchers andwho are interested on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, intercultural-interfaith dialogue, mediation, negotiation etc. related topics are welcome to join our coming summer academy.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us by email.

 

SOME USEFUL LINKS ON SA:

IPD SA Experts & Topics - http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2014/Experts-Topics-2014/

IPD SA Baar, Switzerland 2014 - http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2014/

IPD SA Vienna, Austria 2013 - http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2013/Photo-Gallery-2013/

Summer Academy location Baar Region- http://www.baar.ch/de/englishsites/livingbaar/

or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85fKvItapOo

We will be Glad to See You Among Us

 

Best wishes,

Fakhrinur

 

For Peace & Dialogue, IDP Address: Schachenstrasse 36, CH-6010 Kriens, Switzerland E-mail: fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch www.ipdinstitute.ch MAS in Peacebuilidng & Conflict Transformation World Peace Academy of Basel University, Basel, Switzerland Cand. Master of Science in Business Administration & Promotion Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Business Lucerne, Switzerland E: fakhrinur.huseynli@stud.hslu.ch hfaxrinuratga@yahoo.com Cell: +41(0) 764316170 Skype: fakhrinur.huseynli2

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Dear friends,

We are glad to invite you to the coming International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue organising by Institute for Peace and Dialogue, IPD. SA will take place in Baar, Switzerland during the 17-27 August, 2014 at the Eckstein Meeting & Education Centre (www.zentrum-eckstein.ch)

This event will be useful to get academic knowledge by involved experienced experts and spend fruitful summer time in Switzerland.

To register SA you need to fill the application form and send us by email with your passport page (only photo page) to fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch till the 30 June, 2014.

Participants from all over world countries who working in State Organs, INGOs, IOs, Companies, Universities or Individual Researchers andwho are interested on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, intercultural-interfaith dialogue, mediation, negotiation etc. related topics are welcome to join our coming summer academy.

 If you have any questions feel free to contact us by email.

SOME USEFUL LINKS ON SA:

IPD SA Experts & Topics - http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2014/Experts-Topics-2014/

IPD SA Baar, Switzerland 2014 - http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2014/

IPD SA Vienna, Austria 2013 - http://www.ipdinstitute.ch/International-Summer-Academy-2013/Photo-Gallery-2013/

Summer Academy location Baar Region- http://www.baar.ch/de/englishsites/livingbaar/          

or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85fKvItapOo

We will be Glad to See You Among Us

 Best wishes,

Fakhrinur

Kind regards,

Fakhrinur HUSEYNLI

Director of Institute for Peace & Dialogue, IDP

Address: Schachenstrasse 36,  / CH-6010 Kriens, Switzerland

E-mail: fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch    /    www.ipdinstitute.ch

MAS in Peacebuilidng & Conflict Transformation

World Peace Academy of Basel University,Basel, Switzerland

 Cand. Master of Science in Business Administration & Promotion

Lucerne University of Applied

Sciences and Arts – School of Business

Lucerne, Switzerland

E:  fakhrinur.huseynli@stud.hslu.ch

    hfaxrinuratga@yahoo.com  /  Cell: +41(0) 764316170  /  Skype: fakhrinur.huseynli2

 

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 http://www.naaee.net/conference

March 31 Deadline for Proposals and Reviewers

No more procrastinating! This is the last weekend to submit proposals for the 2014 NAAEE Conference and Research Symposium in Ottawa, October 7–11. Submit your proposal now before the Monday deadline passes you by!

You can also volunteer to review proposals; it takes about an hour (per strand) during mid April. With your help, we can select exciting, cutting-edge sessions and make this an amazing conference experience!

The 2014 NAAEE conference is offered in partnership with the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM).

For more information, visit www.naaee.net/conference.

 

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Hello Colleagues,

The International Food & Agribusiness Management Association is hosting it’s renowned global forum and symposium in Africa for the first time. This event will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from  June 15th to 19th, 2014.   The theme for 2014 is  “People feed the world: The Talent Factor”  Through the Forum, IFAMA brings together over 400 multi-sector leaders who are advancing agribusiness today in new and relevant ways. The Forum seeks to surface transformative viewpoints and models that can advance the cause of raising the professionalism of agribusiness and developing a sustained talent pipeline to feed the world today and in the coming decades. For more information please consult

http://www.ifama.org

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

If you plan to attend the April 4th side event 1:15 – 2:45, on the draft Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals Report, Trusteeship Council Chamber at the UN Secretariat Building, let us know.

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear colleagues,

On April 4th, 2014, from 1:15 pm to 2:45 pm, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network in collaboration with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) will host a side event in the Trusteeship Council Chamber of the UN Secretariat building in New York, USA, to solicit comments on the draft report Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals.

Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director of the SDSN and a small number of discussants will briefly introduce the report and present preliminary results of the public consultation. The floor will then be opened for comments and questions from the floor.

This event will be the last opportunity to provide feedback on this version of the report. The deadline for the submission of written comments is March 28. For persons not in possession of a UN grounds pass, a limited number of special event tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in special event tickets should RSVP to info@unsdsn.org no later than 5 pm EST on Tuesday April 1st (EST/New York) to receive a special-events pass (UN grounds pass holders do not need to RSVP).

Click here to download the event flier

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Extended until March 28: Public Consultation on Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals Draft Report

 

Dear Colleagues,

Many thanks to those who have already submitted comments on the draft SDSN report on Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals. The report has already been downloaded over 12,000 times, so due to this high interest, we are extending the period for public consultation by two weeks through to March 28, 2014. Details on the consultation are available here.

Please use the comment form and send it by email to info@unsdsn.org. After the end of the public consultation, we will make all submissions publicly available on our website, unless submissions are marked as confidential. We will issue the revised report in April together with an account of the consultation.

Thank you very much for your help in improving the draft report.

Guido Schmidt-Traub

Executive Director, SDSN

 

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Completing your Equator Prize 2014 nomination —> Technical Support

Crystal Vitagliano

Programme Assistant

Equator Initiative

Environment and Energy Group, Bureau for Development Policy

United Nations Development Programme

304 East 45th Street  Room 633B   New York, NY 10017

Tel:  +1 646 781-4021  / Fax: +1 212 906-6642  /  www.undp.org

EP2014 Nomination Form English 

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Call for Applicants:          WorldWeWant.de and friends

                      -Deadline:          Sunday, 6 April 2014 (CET)

 

Dear young people,

Are you interested in the   discussions on post-2015 Agenda?

Are you enthusiastic to share your   thoughts with young people   from other countries?

WorldWeWant de and  friends are looking for you, young people from around the world,     to join us in   Bonn, Germany on 10 to 11 May 2014!

What is WorldWeWant.de and   friends?

WorldWeWant.de   is part of the current  consultation on the United Nations‘ new development goals and was initiated  in 2013 by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development  (the German abbreviation, BMZ) and the German National Committee for UNICEF.  Over 500 young people participated in WorldWeWant.de last year, successfully discussing and developing  a number of  exciting ideas, wishes and requirements for a world of tomorrow.

Discussions  of a more just world continue into 2014 and bring together the ideas and wishes of young people. In order  to enrich the discussion, we  are now opening the opportunity for young people from all over the world,  especially from developing        countries, to join us and together address the questions that  are important for the future of young people. They will be able  to discuss their ideas and demands for a fair and sustainable future with their fellows from all over the world. The results will be passed on to senior  representatives in German politics. One or two participants will then be  selected to take part in the

ECOSOC Youth Forum on 2 and 3   June  2014 in New York.

How can you apply?

WorldWeWant.de and friends intends to bring together 20 dedicated young people        between 15 and 21 years old on 10 and 11 May 2014 to a workshop in Bonn, Germany. We would like to invite  all interested and dedicated young people to apply by sending us  the attached  form to info@worldwewant.de or by fax to +49-30-311 022 36

until  6 April 2014    23.59 CET (GMT +1) at the latest.

Only complete applications  will be considered   and no CV / resume will be accepted. Only selected applicants  will then be  notified on the result.

If  necessary, travel expenses can be covered.

We  strongly encourage you to forward this information to your        networks.

Please address any question to: info@worldwewant.de

We are looking        forward to your application!

Warm Regards,

WorldWeWant.de and   friends

Andrea Kambergs
Projektbüro WorldWeWant.de and friends
Project office WorldWeWant.de and friends

Phone: +49 30 311 022 35
Fax  : +49 30 311 022 36
Mobil: +49 163 920 56 12

im Auftrag der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
on behalf of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Das Projekt wird in Kooperation mit dem Bundeministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ) und UNICED Deutschland durchgeführt.
The project is conducted by the cooperation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German National Committee for UNICEF

by the cooperation of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German National Committee for UNICEF.

 WorldWeWant application form EN

George Ndungu,

Secretary for International Affairs and Kenya Chairperson.

Organisation of African Youth (www.oayouth.org)

African Youth Representative for Rio+20.

Convener: African Youth Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda

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Apply for Youth Champion for the Voice Africa’s Future

 

Hello,

 Take the chance and apply now to become a Youth Champion for the Voice Africa’s Future (VAF) campaign, to shape and influence the Post 2015 development agenda. The application for the new Youth Champions 2014/2015 starts on 26th March!

  • Do you want to deepen your involvement in the Post 2015 development agenda in your country and globally?
  • Do you want to take extensive action to advocate for the future of young people in the Post 2015 development agenda?
  • Do you want to inspire young people worldwide and represent their interests?

Then apply to become a VAF Youth Champion 2014/2015!

How to apply:

You have until Friday 7th April 2014 to apply to become a Youth Champion. The interested candidates should send their detailed CV and a letter motivating why you are interested to become a Youth Champion for the Voice Africa’s Future campaign. Please send your application to the Representative of the Voice Africa’s Future in your respective country:

Burkina Faso: Ms. Bintou Marie Diallo, Email: diallomarie@gmail.com Tel.: +226 66 933 838

Ethiopia: Mr. Ephrem Berhanu, Email: ephrember@gmail.com Tel.: +251 91 262 26 51

Kenya: Mr. Willice or George Emails: owillice@yahoo.com and george@oayouth.org Tel.: +254 72 65 70 757 or +254 719 810 024

 

Malawi: Mr. Edward or Pearson Emails: edwardchileka@ymail.com and malisaupear@hotmail.com  Tel.: +265 999 110 606 or +265 99 46 32 31

Uganda: Mr. Francis Maberi Email: francis.maberi@gmail.com Tel.: +256 775 186 342

South Africa: Mr. Zoe Nkongolo Email: zoe@africaunite.org.za Tel.: +27 21 461 6551

The Voice Africa’s Future campaign is an initiative of African Monitor.  It has been made possible with funding support from DFID.  To learn more about Voice Africa’s Future, please visit: www.africayouth2015.org and www.africanmonitor.org

Kindly find attached the call for application and the draft version of key asks from African youth emerging in the consultation

Voice Africa’s Future (1) Call for Youth Champions-Final

 Voice Africa’s Future (2) Voice Africa Key asks draft 1

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Post 2015:  Call for applicatio​ns: FUTURE EARTH Engagement Committee – Internatio​nal Council for Science [ICSU] Deadline March 14th

Post 2015: Call for applications: FUTURE EARTH Engagement Committee – International Council for Science [ICSU]     Deadline March 14th

 Members sought for FUTURE EARTH ENGAGEMENT COMMITTEE that will connect science and society in decisive period for post-2015 development

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Members are sought for the inaugural Engagement Committee of Future Earth, the global research platform providing the knowledge to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world. Future Earth is a 10-year international research programme that will mobilise multi-disciplinary expertise, stakeholders and resources to ensure that scientific knowledge makes a larger contribution to societal debate and decision-making for sustainable development.

The formation of an Engagement Committee for Future Earth takes place at a crucial juncture for global sustainable development. The ongoing definition of Sustainable Development Goals and the prospect of a new global climate agreement at COP21 make this a potentially transformative period, underpinned by an increasing appreciation that the problems of today are global and highly connected calling for an unprecedented collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders.

Future Earth aims to create a step-change in science by co-designing and co-delivering solutions-oriented research for sustainable development with government, business and civil society. Future Earth integrates major international research programmes and projects that have pioneered research on global environmental change over the past decades – DIVERSITAS, the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

The Future Earth Engagement Committee will be a strategic advisory group, comprising thought-leaders from stakeholder groups including business, policy and civil society. Working together with the Future Earth Science Committee and the Secretariat, its primary purpose will be to foster in-depth and innovative interactions between science and society. The Engagement Committee will provide leadership and creative thinking on how to bridge the gap between knowledge and solutions for sustainable development.

The deadline for applications is 14 March 2014. For more information and to apply, please see our announcement: http://www.icsu.org/news-centre/news/call-for-applications-for-future-earth-engagement-committee

Future Earth is sponsored by the members of the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability comprising the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) as an observer.

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Anne-Sophie Stevance Science Officer International Council for Science (ICSU)

Future Earth Interim Secretariat

5 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75116 Paris, France

Tel. +33 1 45 25 67 04 | Fax.  +33 1 42 88 94 31

anne-sophie.stevance@icsu.org | www.icsu.org | www.icsu.org/future-earth

Follow us on Twitter @ICSUnews @FutureEarth Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/InternationalScience; www.facebook.com/futureearth.info

Visit the Future Earth blog http://www.futureearth.info/

 

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http://campusblueprint.com/

Thanks to Campus Blueprint for covering some of the side events and the main plenaries and to Grace Tatter  for putting together such a great team of students to cover the Nexus Conference.

Videos of the plenaries will be up online each night http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/

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International Workshop “Green and Social: Managing Synergies and Trade-offs” 

12-14 March 2014 | Bonn, Germany

http://www.iisd.ca/gs/

The international workshop on “Green and social: managing synergies and trade-offs” will be held from 12-14 March 2014, in Bonn, Germany.

The workshop is being organized by the German Development Institute and the Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet) to explore how existing development pathways can be transformed to become more environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. It will provide a platform for discussions on how to bridge the gap between the social and environmental perspectives of development, by bringing together researchers and practitioners from the environmental and social inclusion communities.

The objective of the workshop is to examine synergies and trade-offs, find ways to merge research approaches and discuss good practices in the design of environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive policies.

IISD RS will provide a summary report of the Workshop. Kindly return to the website (http://www.iisd.ca/gs/) on Monday, 17 March 2014, for more information.

Coverage of this meeting by IISD Reporting Services is funded by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI
Vice President, Reporting Services and United Nations Liaison
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – United Nations Office
300 E 56th St. Apt. 11D – New York, NY 10022  USA

Direct Line: +1 973 273 5860 Email: kimo@iisd.org Mobile phone (new!): +12128107701 Skype: kimogoree

Where: 10-13 March Hout Bay, 14 Beijing 15-27 NYC, 28 – 9 April West Texas (cycling)

Notice:This email and any attachments may contain information that is personal, confidential, legally privileged
and/or copyright. No part of it should be reproduced, adapted or communicated without the prior written consent of the author

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Dear youth,

Deadline 12 Noon Monday 17th March-

Are you interested in discussions around how countries can work better together in development? 

Or are you passionate about communication around development and young people?

Restless Development – in partnership with the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) - is looking for (1) a young woman delegate and (2) a youth communicator (both aged 18-25) from the Global South to participate in the High Level Meeting of the GPEDC this April – www.effectivecooperation.org.

What’s it all about?

This event is the first High Level Meeting of the GPEDC. It will be attended by Heads of State, Senior Ministers, CEOs of Multinationals, Heads of Development Agencies, and so on. They are keen to have strong youth participation in the panel discussions and throughout other aspects of the event itself. It’s a very, very exciting and significant opportunity for increasing youth visibility and contribution in a high level, mainstream policy space. More info on both roles is attached. 

How do I apply?

There are 2 different application forms for each of these (attached). You should complete the form and return it to jokel@restlessdevelopment.org. Due to timelines outside of our control, the deadline is 12 noon GMT on Monday 17th March.

We feel that there would be some very strong potential panellists in this network. Please note that all costs of participation will be covered.

We hope you will consider applying!

Warm regards,

Joke Lannoye / Global Advocacy Manager / www.restlessdevelopment.org 

Tel: +44 207 633 3363  /  Skype: jokelannoye  /  restlessdev@RestlessDev

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP — FYI — OWG 10 and SIDS Zero Draft

The OWG co-chairs released the following documents (also attached) in preparation for OWG 10 taking place 31 March – 4 April.

The  zero draft of the 3rd SIDS Conference is online for consultation. 

Please read and react at http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1494  Registration for ECOSOC-accredited NGOs will be open by the end of the week for the Conference and last PrepCom. Shortly UN DESA will also open a special accreditation process for non-ECOSOC accredited NGOs interested in participating.
From: Jones, Debra <Debra.Jones@savethechildren.org>
Date: Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM
Subject: OWG Revised Focus Areas Document and Programme of Work for OWG 10
To: “beyond2015unwg@googlegroups.com” <beyond2015unwg@googlegroups.com>

 

Dear all,

Please find attached the following documents which have just been released by the OWG Co-chairs today:

1.       Letter from the Co-Chairs, 18 March 2014 – Noting that they have made light revisions to the Focus Areas document reflecting the views at the last OWG session;

2.       Revised Focus Areas Document – 19 focus areas are still identified; we will provide a summary of the changes made between the previous Focus Areas document and the revised version in our NY Office post-2015 update at the end of the week;

3.       Annex Document of Interlinkages – Separating out the interlinkages for the 19 focus areas (these were included in the original Focus Areas document); and

4.       Programme of Work for the next session of the OWG (31 Mar-4 Apr).

In preparation for the next session of the OWG, the co-chairs propose to engage in a structured discussion by grouping the 19 focus areas into the following clusters:

Cluster 1        Poverty eradication, Promote equality

Cluster 2        Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Education, Employment and decent              work for all, Health and population dynamics

Cluster 3        Water and sanitation

Cluster 4        Economic growthIndustrializationInfrastructureEnergy

Cluster 5        Sustainable cities and human settlements, Promote Sustainable,                         Consumption and Production, Climate

Cluster 6        Conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, oceans and seas                      Ecosystems and biodiversity

Cluster 7        Means of implementation/Global partnership for sustainable development

Cluster 8        Peaceful and non-violent societies, rule of law and capable institutions

 

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WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH

PRESS RELEASE

WORLD WATER DAY: Water and Energy

DATE: 22ND MARCH 2014

We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the World, the most valuable natural resources. Be economical with water! Don’t waste it! We still have time to d something about this problem before it is too late.

Mikhail Gorbachev

Since 1993, the 22nd of March has been set aside by the United Nations as the World Water Day, to draw attention to the importance for advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater and clean water both at international and local levels. In many parts of the world, accessibility to a clean supply of water is extremely limited, this most basic of necessities and sustenance.

This year’s theme aims to highlight the interdependence of water and energy; utilizing water to generate energy and likewise; utilizing energy during the process of water purification. Ultimately, efforts on this day go towards facilitating the development of policies and crosscutting frameworks that bridge ministries and sectors, leading the way to energy security and sustainable water use in a green economy.

In support of the above, we at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), urge the youth and our extensive network of youth councils, to support initiatives and endeavours within their immediate communities, which drive for the conservation of energy and the delivery of safe drinking water wherever it is inadequate. Let us strive to ensure adequate sanitation and the implementation of green technologies within our communities.

This year, efforts on World Water Day, aim to contribute to a policy dialogue that focuses on the broad range of issues related to the interdependence of water and energy and identify key stakeholders in the water-energy nexus in order to actively engage them in further developing the water-energy linkages. This will ultimately allow them to make relevant contributions to the post-2015 discussions in relation to the water-energy interdependence.

To quote Margaret Atwood “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

We at WAY we wish you all a Happy World Water Day!

-END-

For more, visit; https://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/water_and_energy_2014/side_event_wwday_2014.shtml

WAY SECRETARIAT

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FYI – Note accreditation Deadlines

 

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

From: Chantal line Carpentier <carpentier@un.org> Date: Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 6:02 PM Subject: Registration and accreditation now open for Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS 2014)! To: Chantal line Carpentier <carpentier@un.org>

SIDS 2014 will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 at the Faleata Sports Complex in Apia,

Independent State of Samoa. Its preparatory process include an intersessional to be held in New York from 21-25 April and the second Preparatory Committee Meeting to be held in New York from 23-27.

Pre-registration at www.sids2014.org/majorgroups  Pre-registration is required for all NGOs and Major Groups wanting to participate to the preparatory process and to the Conference in Samoa.  - Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

(1-4 September 2014, Apia, Samoa) Deadline: 1 August 2014  - Final Preparatory Committee meeting

 

(23-27 Jun 2014, New York)  - Intersessional meeting

(21 – 25 Apr 2014 , New York)
NGOs and other major groups that are eligible for participation are those that are:  – In Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)  – Accredited to previous conferences on the sustainable development of the Small Island Developing States, held in Barbados and Mauritius (BPOA, BPOA+5, MSI, MSI+5). See list of relevant Conferences at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/intgovmental.html.

 

Not accredited – apply now at  NGOs and other Major Groups organizations that are not accredited to ECOSOC or not previously accredited to previous conferences on the sustainable development of the Small Island Developing States, held in Barbados and Mauritius (BPOA, BPOA+5, MSI, MSI+5), may participate in the SIDS 2014 Conference through an ad-hoc accreditation process.

Please click click here  www.sids2014.org/majorgroups  and start the special accreditation process.

Deadline: 12 May 2014

 

Hotel and travel  Organizations are responsible for making the necessary arrangements for their travel and accommodation. Due to the limited amount of hotels in Apia, reservations should be made well in advance at the centralized accommodation booking system at www.sidssamoa2014.ws and no later than 30 June 2014.

Plan to arrive early to take part in pre-Conference activities to be held at the golf course adjacent to the Conference venue:

28 August                Major groups Forum

29 August                Youth Forum  30 August                Renewable energy Forum/meeting

30-31 August        Private Sector Partnerships Forum

Chantal Line
Chantal Line Carpentier, Ph.D. Sustainable Development Officer & Major Groups Programme Coordinator UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Division for Sustainable Development 405 E. 42nd Street, Room S-2683 NY, NY 10017 carpentier@un.org1.917.367.8388
You can contribute online to the Thematic areas covered by the 8 sessions of the OWG on SDGs. You can upload briefing papers, position papers and debate these papers at  http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1565 after creating a profile.

If you need more information please use the step by step manual on how to contribute to the OWG at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1670.

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Dear Community of Educators,

Many of you have experience with indicators and keen insights regarding environmental education for sustainability that would improve the desired outcomes of this document.  This is a friendly reminder to take a moment, review this draft report on Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals,  http://unsdsn.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/140214-SDSN-indicator-report-DRAFT-for-consultation.pdf   and submit your contributions .

The public consultation will close on March 14th.  

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA


From: 
UNSDSN Info <info@unsdsn.org>

Date: March 9, 2014 6:11:20 PM EDT

Subject: Open until March 14: Public consultation for Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) draft report “Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals”

Reply-To: UNSDSN Info <info@unsdsn.org

 

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Dear Colleagues,

SDSN’s draft report Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals is currently open for public consultation. The report presents a framework of 100 indicators for post-2015, based on the 10 goals and 30 targets presented in the Action Agenda for Sustainable Development. This report is at an early stage. We seek your help with comments and creativity to improve and complete the proposed indicator framework.

The public consultation of the report will close on March 14Full details on submissions are available here. Please use the comment form and send it by email to info@unsdsn.org. Please focus your comments on the proposed indicators, as the goals and targets have already undergone an extensive public consultation. We propose to keep the total number of core indicators to no more than 100, so any addition of new indicators will need to be matched by cuts elsewhere.

We encourage readers to also discuss the report on Twitter, referencing #indicators2015, although the Twitter feed is not a substitute for sending in written comments using the comment form.

After the end of the public consultation we will make all submissions publicly available on our website, unless submissions are marked as confidential. As with the Action Agenda, we will publish a brief synthesis of the comments received (the synthesis of comments on the Action Agenda is available here).

Thank you very much for your help in improving the draft report

 

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UN CSW58 Action on Climate Change- March 19th, 2014

CSW58:   Wednesday, March 19th        Gender Equality & Climate Action

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=af14b456-2fba-460c-baa3-2e887b1f536e&c=d4832210-43a7-11e3-8d13-d4ae527557ea&ch=d6dbb810-43a7-11e3-8d3a-d4ae527557ea

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 Be part of the Congress programme Nov. 12-19, 2014 Sydney, Australia

 http://www.worldparkscongress.org/?utm_source=ezine2&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=abstracts

 

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EECapacity Launches Community Climate Change Fellowship Program – Deadline April 18th, 2014

http://us3.campaign-archive2.com/?u=d2b53739d259d5b38dbc1bf75&id=e73687b9f3&e=30d24d80f8

 

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CSW58 – WEDO_Events

http://www.wedo.org/wp-content/uploads/WEDO_Events.jpg

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Soka Gakkai Internatio​nal CSW58 Parallel Event

Dear Friends,

Please join us on Thursday for this round table discussion on Women’s Leadership.  It promises to take our conversation circle discussion and and allow us to explore the topic in more depth. I hope to see you there. Best, Mary Mack

CSW58 Parallel Event Flyer FINAL 2014

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Third WMO gender conference 05-07 Nov 2014

 

Dear Climate Colleagues,

Below is an opportunity to attend the Third WMO gender conference 05-07 Nov 2014organized by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) focusing on gendered aspects of climate change.  The announcement comes from http://www.preventionweb.net/english/professional/trainings-events/events/v.php?id=36560&a=email&utm_source=pw_email.

Let us know if you plan to attend.  The WMO has been very supportive of Environmental Education and Educating  for Sustainability.

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change


Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

Type: Meeting or Conference

·         Date: 05-07 Nov 2014

·         Location: Switzerland (Geneva)

Main organizer

·         World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Description

The Gender and Climate Forum of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) concluded that the effects of weather and climate are not gender-neutral. Women and men are frequently affected differently by weather and climate impacts, and therefore could benefit from more contextualized we ather and climate services for resilience building. They shou ld also enjoy equal access to available weather and climate information. The Forum recommended that the Global Framework for ClimateServices (GFCS) reflect a gender perspective in all its components and that the collection of gender disaggregated data be enhanced.

At a time when WMO and its partners in the GFCS are forging ways to provide such user-driven, custom-tailored weather and
climate information, it is essential to hear the voice of men and women, both as users and providers of climate services, with
regard to their needs, gender-specific issues, and possible approaches of addressing them.

As part of the implementation of the WMO Policy on Gender Mainstreaming, this Conference will advance analysis of the gender dimension of weather and climate services. It will also amplify the decision taken at UNFCCC COP 18 to advance gender equality and improve the active participation of women in climate action. It will further be in line with the consideration of gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda as well as contribute to the preparations for the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20) in 2015.

Given the four GFCS initial priority areas, we want to generate discussion on the gender nuances of climate variability and climate change adaptation a s well as explore the ground for development of weather and climate services, taking equally into a
ccount the needs of women and men in the areas of health, food, water, and disaster risk reduction. A s the examples below illustrate, there are specific ways in which women and men are affected by climate change in these sectors:

Food Security

Women provide up to 80 per cent of agricultural labour and produce 45 to 90 per cent of domestically consumed food, depending on the region. In the context of climate change, traditional food sources become more vulnerable, and women face potential loss of income as well as harvests. Related increases in food prices make food more inaccessible to poor people, in particular to  women and children whose health has been found to decline more than male health in times of food shortages. Overall, women’s scarcer economic resources, lower adult literacy, and smaller involvement in decision-making lessen their capacity to respond in
situations of environmental risk to food security.

At the same time, they play an important role in terms of family subsistence and managing the risk to global food supply in the face of an unprecedented world population growth.

Disaster risk reduction

Every year 100 million women and girls are affected by disasters. Female-headed households are often among the poorest and  most vulnerable to disaster and climate change, as they may have little choice other than to live in precarious locations such as
flood-prone lands or on steep slopes. Studies have shown that disaster mortality rates are higher for women than for men, and that this is caused by differences in vulnerability as a result of socially constructed gender roles, and inequalities between them in access to resources and decision-making power. Meanwhile, as mothers, community leaders, teachers, activists, social workers and role models, women are invaluable in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation processes.

Water Management
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Gathering and transporting water in a number of developing countries, least developed and Small Island Developing States  typically falls on women and girls, who spend up to six hours every day fetching water. A task that is taking increasingly longer as a result of climate change, especially in drought prone areas. This results in less time available for education or other socio- economic activities for women and girls decreases. The longer travelling distance further heightens the risk of being exposed to violence. Women also play an important role as educators at the family and community level on the efficient use of water  resources.

Health

There are gender related differences in many of the health risks that are likely to be influenced by on-going climate variability and
change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), natural disasters such as droughts, floods and storms kill more  women than men. Some diseases that women and children are especially vulnerable to, such as malaria and diarrhoea, are also expected to increase in prevalence as temperatures rise or as a result of floods and water contamination.

Air pollution and climate change are also tightly linked, with close to two million premature deaths caused annually, mostly of women and children in developing countries, due to the inefficient use of organic materials for cooking. There are also differences in other climate-sensitive health impacts, such as malnutrition.

Objectives

- To provide a forum for hearing the voice of women and men as users and providers of weather and climate information;
- To specify the challenges that women and men face due to climate variability and change;
- To propose concrete actions in the provision of weather and climate services that can address the specific needs of women and men;
- To formulate new mechanisms and showcase good practices to enhance the ability of women and men to access and use weather and climate services and information.

Expected Outcomes

- Better understanding of gender aspects in the provision, access and use of weather and climate services for resilience;
- Firm commitments in the provision and use of gender-oriented weather and climate services in the context of the four GFCS priority areas;
- Leveraged investment for addressing the gender dimension of weather and climate services;
- Conference Statement/Recommendations to WMO and UN organizations

Additional information

http://www.wmo.int/pages/themes/gender/documents/3…

Target audience

Providers and users of weather, climate and related environmental services

How to register

Contact: Ms Assia Alexieva
World Meteorological Organization
7 bis, Avenue de la Paix  /  P.O. Box 2300  /  1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Tel. +41 22 730 8390  /  Email: aalexieva(at)wmo.int  /  http://www.wmo.int/gender

Related Links

·         View concept note [ext. link]

Keywords

·         Themes:Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, Food Security & Agriculture, Gender, Health & Health Facilities, Water

·         Countries/Regions:Switzerland

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Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/36560

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Dear All,
Kindly find attached poster call for photo cum story competition.

You may want to contribute and/or circulate this announcement to your broader network of students, farmers, policymakers, managers, teachers, professional photographers, NGOs among other interested individuals and institutions.
You can also help us in reaching out to lesser known groups such as by lending your camera for example to a woman farmer and help her write a story!
For wider circulation of this poster (via electronic or printed version for the bullentin board) let me know if you prefer to have it in French, Spanish or Bahasa Indonesia.

Thank you.

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Call for contributions to an international photo competition: “Forest–Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens”

CIAT’s Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) gender integration program is taking a different look at science by publishing a photo book. The photo book will reproduce the best 100 photos and accompanying storylines submitted to the 2014 International Photo Competition, titled “Forest–Agriculture Interface through a Gender Lens”. Science has a stronger impact when we communicate our research findings — both successes and failures — to a wider audience, which we can reach by using a range of media. We believe that photos break down language barriers and connect people, whether they are farmers, middle-class urban families, public enterprises, donors or policymakers. In our photo book, we will acknowledge and showcase your extraordinary efforts in capturing images that reveal successes and failures in integrating gender into forestry, agroforestry and smallholders’ activities. Entries are free of cost and open to all. June 15, 2014

http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/international-photo-competition_purabi-bose/

Photo Competition_Announcement_EN_PBose 2014.pdf

Photo Competition Announcement EN PBose 2014

 

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Dear Community of Educators,

The U.N. fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women [CSW], March 10-21, 2014 will take place at UN Headquarters in New York.  Several UN SD  Education Caucus members will actively be taking part in the meetings.  If you are planning on joining the CSW58 meetings in NY, let us know, share your reports, briefings, advocacy work, and announcements, as we follow the good work.

Here is a link to provide an overview of the CSW, https://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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UN Youth flash Feb2014       February 2014 – See more at

http://social.un.org/youth-flash/Feb2014.html#sthash.kv2tPoqW.dpuf

 

http://social.un.org/youth-flash/Feb2014.html

 

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Call For Applications CISDL – Fellowship Opportunity – Deadline March 20th

  INVITATION TO APPLY CISDL 2014

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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UNDP is pleased to invite comments on our draft Social and Environmental Standards (French and Spanish versions will be posted here) by April 18, 2014.  The objectives of the standards are to: (i) strengthen the social and environmental outcomes of UNDP’s programmes and projects; (ii) avoid adverse impacts to people and the environment; (iii) minimize, mitigate, and manage adverse impacts where avoidance is not possible; and (iv) strengthen capacities for managing social and environmental risks.

We kindly request your inputs to help us ensure that our proposed standards respond to the needs of those we aim to help; are relevant and practical within the context we work within; and are consistent with best practice. Following this open comment period, your inputs will be taken into consideration in a revised version that will be presented to UNDP’s senior management for endorsement.  The revised version along with a summary of comments received and responses will be made available on the publicwebsite.

The standards will be underpinned by the Social and Environmental Compliance Review and Dispute Resolution Process which has two key components: 1) a compliance review to respond to claims that UNDP is not in compliance with applicable environmental and social policies; and 2) a dispute resolution process that ensures those affected by UNDP’s programmes and projects have access to appropriate dispute resolution procedures. Relevant documents are available for comment as well on the website.

Please send comments on the Social and Environmental Standards to Holly Mergler at holly.mergler@undp.org and comments on the Compliance Review and Dispute Resolution Process to Jennifer Laughlin at jennifer.laughlin@undp.org.

With best regards,

Magdy Martínez-Solimán

Director, a.i.

Bureau for Development Policy
United Nations Development Programme
304 East 45th Street, FF-1086
New York, NY 10017
magdy.martinez-soliman@undp.org

1 212 906 5054

www.undp.org

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Invitation Registrati​on Open: Science Centre World Summit – March 17-19, 2014

Dear colleague,

His Royal Highness King Filip, King of Belgium is to attend the opening session on Monday, March 17. With his attendance, the King of Belgium emphasizes his engagement for the future of science and technology.
Professor emeritus François Englert, Nobel Prize laurate in Physics 2013, will adress the opening session.
The Science Centre World Summit 2014 team expresses its sincerest thankfulness for the attendance of both King Filip and Professor Englert.

Within a few weeks from now, you will have the chance to join CEO’s, managers, decision makers and experts from within and beyond the science centre field. The Science Centre World Summit 2014 from March 17 until 19, is your chance to explore the global challenges and focus on long term strategic issues.

Be part of this international three day World Summit in Brussels/Mechelen, and grasp the unique chance to build new partnerships or renew existing alliances. More than 350 attendees from 50 countries will attend the Science Centre World Summit.

Evonik – Diamond Sponsor
We are elated to have Evonik as the Diamond Sponsor of the Science Centre World Summit.  The creative international industrial group Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. Its activities focus on the key megatrends resource efficiency, health, nutrition and globalization.

Discount
If you register before Februari 28, you enjoy a proper discount. Take a look at the fee overview here.

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to send an email or call +3215342020. The complete World Summit programme can be found here.

Best regards,

Erik Jacquemyn
Chair of the 2014 Science Centre World Summit

http://technopolis.fb.email.addemar.com/c1260/e612987/h3eec0/t0/s0/index.html

http://technopolis.fb.email.addemar.com/c1285/e623073/h0d79c/t0/s0/index.html

Diamond partner Golden partners

 

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 23rd to 25th June 2014 in Melaka, Malaysia

Dear Colleagues,

 Warm greetings from the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) headquarters in Melaka Malaysia!

We are pleased to inform you that the 14th Melaka International Youth Dialogue with the theme ‘Youth and Education: Taking Action, Getting Results’ will be held from 23rd to 25th June 2014 in Melaka, Malaysia. This programme is organized in collaboration with the Melaka State Government, Malaysian Youth Council, Asian Youth Council and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia.

This theme has been selected to fulfil the principal opinions and roles of young people towards the Post 2015 Development Agenda on education. An interactive dialogue on this topic will be of significance to form, educate, increase awareness on the challenges and entitlements of youth in the different levels of society that they represent.

We, therefore, wish to extend this invitation to you and your organization to partake in this prosperous dialogue. Given that your expertise directly or indirectly relates to the theme, it would be extremely valuable to have your inputs and comments considering the issue of education that affects all levels of society, the environment and our sustenance.

Please refer to the enclosed documents for additional information about the MIYD and its registration. Should you require further details, do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Yours sincerely,

WAY Secretariat World Assembly of Youth  World Youth Complex, Jalan Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Ayer Keroh, 75450, Melaka, Malaysia  Tel: +606 232 1871/2711 | Fax: +606 232 7271

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UNITED NATIONS  GLOBAL COMPACT STRATEGY  2014 – 2016  

  http://unglobalcompact.org/docs/about_the_gc/UNGlobalCompactStrategy2014-2016.pdf

http://unglobalcompact.org/index.html

http://unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/global_compact_strategy.html

 

 http://www.unepfi.org/psi/                  http://www.unepfi.org/grt/2013/speakers/

 http://www.unepfi.org/grt/2013/partners/#!/carbon-neutral

 

Save the date: 22 – 26 September, 2014  PRI week of responsible investment events

 

 Dear Hélène H. Oord

PRI in Person and the PRI Academic Network conference will take place back-to-back during the week of 22 – 26 September 2014, at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montréal, Canada.

PRI in Personis the leading global responsible investment event of the year. Over 600 attendees will convene over three days to network, share ideas and discuss their progress and

PRI in Person and the PRI Academic Network conference will take place back-to-back during the week of 22 – 26 September 2014, at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montréal, Canada.

PRI in Personis the leading global responsible investment event of the year. Over 600 attendees will convene over three days to network, share ideas and discuss their progress and challenges in implementing the Principles. The agenda will include experts from the PRI signatory body and beyond.

This year’s Academic Network Conference will ’bridge the gap’ between academics and investors globally. Investors will benefit from presentations and discussions on the latest research supporting responsible investment activity, and academics will have an opportunity to meet directly with investors.

Planning is well under way to bring you site visits, round tables, side events, a welcome reception, the gala dinner, and academic prize evenings as well as the PRI SGM and an exhibition running all week with plenty of opportunities to network.
The PRI is offering you the opportunity to run your own side event in the lead up to PRI in Person at the Hilton. If you are interested in this or other sponsorship and branding opportunities you can view available packages here or contact Peter Boonman, Head of Partnerships who will be pleased to discuss bespoke options.

Early Bird registration opens in March for PRI in Person and in April for the Academic Network Conference.

Don’t forget to save the dates in your diary. We look forward to hosting you in Montréal this September.

PRI Events

When:
Academic Network Conference
Monday 22 – Wednesday 24 September (am)

PRI in Person
Wednesday 24 (pm) – Friday 26 September

Where:
Hilton Bonaventure Hotel
900 De La Gauchetiere W.
Montréal
Quebéc
H5A 1F4
Canada

Accommodation:
The PRI has negotiated special rates for the week at the Hilton. Details of how to book accommodation at this rate will be available on the PRI in Person and Academic Network Conference websites (when they open for booking in March and April respectively).

Click here to view the provisional PRI in Person agenda. We are interested in your thoughts on the 2014 programme, to discuss this please contact Anastasia Guha, Head of Events Content.

Click here to view the PRI in Person 2013 conference report and videos.

Click here to view the Academic Network Conference 2013 report and videos..

The PRI is offering you the opportunity to run your own side event in the lead up to PRI in Person at the Hilton. If you are interested in this or other sponsorship and branding opportunities you can view available packages here or contact Peter Boonman, Head of Partnerships who will be pleased to discuss bespoke options.

Early Bird registration opens in March for PRI in Person and in April for the Academic Network Conference.

Don’t forget to save the dates in your diary. We look forward to hosting you in Montréal this September.

PRI Events

PRI Association
5th Floor, 25 Camperdown Street
London, UK,  E1 8DZ
+44 (0) 20 3714 3141

http://www.unpri.org/events/pri-academic-network-conference-2013/?dm_i=1PCE,25WNI,AYSYFF,7TLRJ,1

 

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Nexus Conference starts today (5-8th March)

Chapel Hill NChttps://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/ plenary sessions videos will be published online every night and at

the beginning of each day (starting 6th March) you can read Daily Nexus News at

http://earthsummit2012.blogspot.com/

 

The Nexus Conference 2014  nexusconference.web.unc.edu

It is increasingly clear: There is no place in an interlinked world for isolated solutions aimed at just one sector. If the

world is going to reduce hunger and eradicate poverty, achieving security for water, energy and food is critical. This

challenge is becoming even more…

 

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Deadline Saturday, March 22nd, 2014.

 

Equator Prize 2014

Nomination Form

 

The Equator Prize 2014 will recognize 25 community-based organizations that demonstrate leadership in advancing local innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. All winning initiatives will be honored with the Equator Prize 2014 and US $5,000. Five winners will receive special recognition and a total of US $20,000 each.  Representatives of winning communities will be supported to participate in events during the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit and the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples to be held in New York in September 2014.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Equator Prize 2014, nominees must:

ü  Have been in operation for at least 3 years;

ü  Be a community-based and/or local group, operating in a rural area; and

ü  Be within a country receiving support from United Nations Development Programme, excluding countries with a high level of development. (For a list of eligible countries, please click here or visit (www.equatorinitiative.org)

Selection Criteria

Equator Prize 2014 winners will be determined by a Technical Advisory Committee.  Nominations will be assessed based on the following selection criteria:

Impact: Initiatives that have improved community wellbeing, livelihoods, and resilience through the sustainable management of natural resources and the ecosystems on which they depend.

Sustainability: Initiatives that can demonstrate enduring institutional, operational and financial sustainability.

Innovation and Transferability: Initiatives demonstrating new approaches that overcome challenges and offer knowledge, experience and lessons of potential relevance to other communities.

Leadership and Community Empowerment: Initiatives demonstrating leadership that has inspired action and change consistent with the vision of the Equator Initiative, including policy and/or institutional change, the empowerment of local people, and community management of natural resources or protected areas.

Empowerment of Women and Social Inclusion: Initiatives that promote the equality and empowerment of women and/or marginalized groups.

Resilience, Adaptability and Self-Sufficiency:  Initiatives demonstrating resilience in the face of external pressures, adaptability to environmental, social and economic change, and improved capacity for self-sufficiency.

 Please Note:

  • Nominators are encouraged, where possible, to quantify results and include data which demonstrates impacts and positive changes in socio-economic and environmental conditions.
  • Nominations may be submitted either directly by the initiative, by a partner organization, or by any third party that is sufficiently familiar with the activities and achievements of the initiative.
  • Nominated initiatives will undergo a verification process which may require nominees and/or nominators to provide additional information and/or materials.
  • Special Recognition prizes will be determined by a jury of eminent persons – a panel of highly distinguished international figures who have demonstrated leadership in sustainable development.
  • Nominations may be submitted in: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
  • Completed nominations must be submitted by 22 March 2014.

Completed nominations may be submitted through our online nomination system or via e-mail, fax, or post to:

Equator Initiative

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

304 East 45th Street, Room 640   New York, NY 10017

Tel:  +1 646 781-4021

Email: prize@equatorinitiative.org   Web: www.equatorinitiative.org

 Please complete the following nomination in no more than five pages.

  1. Name of the group or organization being nominated. 
  2. Nominee is best described as: (choose all that apply)

Community-based organization

Community-based enterprise or cooperative

Community-based initiative associated with a conserved area or other biological reserve

Indigenous group

Non-governmental organization

Women’s group

Youth group

Other (please specify)

 

  1. Thematic Areas: (Please select up to three thematic areas that are relevant to the initiative’s work)

Disaster risk reduction

Ecosystem restoration

Forest Management/REDD+

Smallholder agriculture and food security

Sustainable energy

Sustainable land management

Water security

 

  1. Summary Sentence (25 words or less): Provide a sentence summarizing the initiative.  Try to capture the essence of the innovations that make it exceptional.  What should the world know about what the initiative has accomplished?
  2. Initiative Description and Innovations (300 words or less): Provide a description of the origin of the initiative and its purpose, activities, and achievements. Identify the main social and environmental issues and challenges addressed by the initiative and describe what innovative approaches are being taken to address them.
  3. Community Wellbeing and Sustainable Livelihoods (200 words or less):  How has the initiative improved the socio-economic conditions (livelihoods, incomes, etc) and wellbeing (health, food security, education, etc) of the community?  Describe how these wellbeing and livelihoods improvements are linked to environmental conservation, sustainable natural resource management and to local self-sufficiency. 
  4. Environmental Impacts (200 words or less): How has the initiative contributed to sustainable natural resource management and environmental conservation? Describe how these conservation efforts are linked to improved community livelihoods and wellbeing.
  5. Resilience and Adaptability (200 words or less): How has the initiative improved the community’s ability to adapt and respond to environmental, social and economic change?  What specific elements of the initiative help to ensure community resilience in the face of external pressures?
  6. Sustainability (200 words or less): Describe the operational sustainability of the initiative. When did the initiative begin? What are the key social, institutional, financial, and ecological elements that make this initiative sustainable over the long term? Describe any plans for expansion of the initiative.
  7. Empowerment of Women (200 words or less): Describe how the initiative has facilitated the empowerment of women in its approach to community wellbeing, livelihoods, and environmental conservation.   
  8. Social Inclusion and Governance (200 words or less): Describe how the initiative has facilitated the involvement of indigenous and/or economically marginalized segments of the community in its governance.  What specific elements of the initiative promote community empowerment, community co-ownership, and participatory decision-making?
  9. Scalability (200 words or less): Describe if the initiative has had an impact on policy development at the local, national, regional or international levels and/or successfully shared its knowledge and innovations with other local and community-based groups.
  10. Partnerships (200 words or less): If the initiative works with partner organizations, briefly describe the nature of the partnership, its origins, and how the partnership has contributed to the success of the initiative.
  11. Local climate action (200 words or less): The theme of the Equator Prize 2014 is ‘local climate action’.  Please describe how the initiative works in selected thematic areas [Question 3] to address climate change.  How does the initiative reduce vulnerability to climate-related stresses?  Please note any relevant innovations in community-based adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and climate mitigation.
  12. Contact Information:  Please provide name, position, organization, street address, city / town, postal code, province or state, country, telephone, fax, email, website for the following individuals: 
  • Contact person(s) for the nominated initiative
  • Contact person(s) for all partner organizations
  • Nominator
    • Two references who are well informed about the initiative’s activities and achievements and who are willing to be contacted by the selection committee during the verification process.

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

 

The World Health Organization is pleased to announce that it will host the first Global Conference on Climate Change and Healthat its Headquarters in Geneva in August 2014.

The three-day conference, will take place on 27-29 August 2014 and will bring together leading experts in the fields of health, and climate change.

The purpose is to articulate a shared vision of how the health sector can best prepare for climate change, and to give voice to the health benefits of climate actions. The outcomes will inform the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit 2014 in September – as well as discussions on Climate Change and Sustainable Development taking place this year.

Further information will be made available in the coming months on the WHO website. In the meantime any enquiries should be sent tomaierom@who.int

 

Marina Maiero
Technical Officer, Health and Climate Change Team

Unit of Evidence & Policy on Emerging Environmental Health issues

Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health

World Health Organization

20, avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva 27

Direct tel: +41 22 791 2402

Email: maierom@who.int

 

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FYI: An opportunit​y to partner with CIVICUS on SD2015

Education

Dear Organising Partners,

As many of you know, I have recently joined CIVICUS to support the delivery of the SD2015 projects. I have already met a number of you during the OWG sessions in New York and look forward to working with you all over the coming months.

As part of the SD2015 programme, CIVICUS has just launched a call for partners to help develop and deliver national advocacy capacity building workshops on post-Rio+20 and post-2015 processes, with the long-term aim of supporting civil society organisations to develop and implement national advocacy plans.

We invite you to share this call for partners with your respective constituencies. 

Deadline for applications is 27th March and you can find full details in the email below.

If you have any questions or would like further information on the project, then please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Jeffery.

Many thanks and I hope see many of you at the next OWG session here in New York.

Freya

Freya Seath
Sustainable Development Coordinator
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9283ff78aa53cccd2800739dc&id=a486cab881&e=f07033fdb1

 

Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to announce to you yet another opportunity to partner with CIVICUS on a project on post-Rio+20 and post-2015.

Together with Stakeholder Forum and UNDESA, we are currently implementing a “SD2015” project, which aims to foster a better understanding among civil society and other stakeholders of the post-Rio+20 intergovernmental processes, as well as the convergence between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) development agenda.

We are now looking for 12 national partners to implement an advocacy toolkit on post-Rio+20/post-2015 and develop a national advocacy plan in consultation with other national partners and stakeholders, between May 2014 and February 2015.

Partners should have national outreach and convening capacity, as well as advocacy skills and knowledge and experience in working with international development goals. In addition, the project‘s activities should contribute to the partners’ longer-term strategic objectives and plans.

Each partner will receive a financial contribution of € 3750.

Want to work with us? We’re looking for civil society umbrella organisations or bodies, national platforms and other relevant entities across the world to get involved in this project.

Consult the call for expressions of interest and submit your expression of interest here.

For more information, contact our team at post2015@civicus.org.

Application deadline: 27 March 2014.

With all my best wishes,

Amy Miller-Taylor
Head of Partnerships
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=9283ff78aa53cccd2800739dc&id=a486cab881&e=f07033fdb1

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ICAE Virtual Seminar

“Adult Education and Development: Post 2015”

10 – 24 of March 2014

The seminar will be based in the publication of dvv international in cooperation with ICAE, AE+D on the Post 2015 (“Adult Education and Development” Journal published once a year in three languages that was launched in December 2013). (1)

The virtual Seminar will be run in English. Comments can be sent in French or Spanish and they will be translated into English.

 The objectives of the ICAE Virtual Seminar are:

1-      To promote a debate and dialogue on selected articles of the yearbook AE+D POST 2015 in order to go deeper and broaden in the analysis.

2-      To create a virtual space as an opportunity to reflect on the links between the Post 2015 development agenda, the EFA goals and the CONFINTEA Belen Framework for Action, in order to strategize and define common advocacy actions.

3-      To give updated information on the Post 2015 process to follow up the Education agenda in the global scenario.

Instructions to participate

For those of you who are participating in a Virtual Seminar for the first time, please note it is very simple, free and open to anyone, and runs via e-mail.  

1-       All participants will be subscribed to a special moderated list created for this seminar and called [Icaeaeducationdevp2015]. ICAE/GEO member, IALLA graduates, and those that have asked for their subscription have been already subscribed to the e-list. 

2-      All of you will daily receive the papers and inputs of the seminar directly in your mailboxes. You don’t have to go to a special website. Nevertheless all the inputs will be available at ICAE´ blog http://educationpost2015icae.wordpress.com/icae-virtual-seminaraed-p-2015/ 

3-      The articles will be sent to all participants in English. Comments can be sent in French or Spanish and they will be translated into English. 

4-      If you wish to send comments or inputs you have to reply to the message received. This message will be received by ICAE Secretariat that administrates and moderates the list. Once or twice a day, ICAE Secretariat will compile all the information received in one message and will forward it to all the people subscribed to the list. As it is a moderated list you will not receive thousands of messages in your mailbox.

 5-      Should you have any doubt, please do not hesitate to write to the list administrators: icae@icae.org.uy or apoyo@icae.org.uy   

If you think you will not be able to follow this exchange and you prefer to be left out of this list, just send a message to apoyo@icae.org.uy  oricae@icae.org.uy , to unsubscribe, and we shall immediately proceed accordingly. 

We invite all of you to participate actively with reflections, and comments 

With best wishes 

Celita Eccher

ICAE secretary General 

(1) These are the links to the publication in three languages:

English: http://dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=1460&clang=1

French: http://dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=1460&clang=2   

Spanish: http://dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=1460&clang=3

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Español

Seminario Virtual del ICAE

“Educación de Adultos y Desarrollo: Post 2015”

10 al 24 de Marzo 2014 

El seminario virtual se basa en la publicación de dvv international en colaboración con el ICAE, AE + D en el Post -2015 (“La Educación de Adultos y Desarrollo” elaborada una vez al año en tres idiomas, que fue publicada en diciembre de 2013). (1)
El seminario virtual se ejecuta en inglés. Los comentarios pueden ser enviados en francés o en español y serán traducidos al inglés.

Los objetivos del Seminario Virtual del ICAE son:

1 – Promover un debate y un diálogo sobre los artículos seleccionados del anuario AE + D: Post 2015 con el fin de profundizar y ampliar su análisis.


2 – Crear un espacio virtual como una oportunidad para reflexionar sobre los vínculos entre la agenda de desarrollo post 2015, los objetivos de la EPT y el Marco de Acción de Belén de CONFINTEA, con el fin de elaborar estrategias y definir acciones comunes de influencia.


3 – Brindar información actualizada sobre el proceso post 2015 para dar seguimiento a la agenda de la educación en el escenario global. 

Instrucciones para participar 

Quienes participan en este tipo de intercambios virtuales por primera vez, verán que es muy simple. Es abierto a todos los/as interesados/as  y sin costo, y funciona via email: 

1. Los/as participantes serán suscritos a una lista especial moderada creada para este seminario y llamada [Icaeaeducationdevp2015]. Los miembros de ICAE/GEO, los graduados del IALLA, así como quienes han solicitado suscripción, ya han sido inscriptos en la e-list.

2. Todos/as recibirán diariamente los documentos y los aportes del seminario directamente en sus casillas de correo electrónico. No tienen que ir a un sitio Web especial. De todas formas todos los documentos y comentarios que sean compartidos en el seminario virtual podrán encontrarse en el blog del ICAEhttp://educationpost2015icae.wordpress.com/icae-virtual-seminaraed-p-2015/


3. Si desean enviar sus comentarios o aportes, tienen que responder al mensaje recibido. Su mensaje será recibido por la Secretaría del ICAE que administra y modera la lista. Una o dos veces al día, la Secretaría del ICAE compilará toda la información recibida en un mensaje, y la remitirá a todas las personas suscritas a la lista. 
Como se trata de una lista moderada, no recibirá miles de mensajes en su buzón.


5. Si tiene alguna duda, por favor no dude en escribir a las administradoras de la lista: voicesrising@icae.org.uyicae@icae.org.uy  o apoyo@icae.org.uy

Si piensan que no podrá seguir este intercambio virtual y prefieren quedar fuera de esta lista, envíe un mensaje a icae@icae.org.uy  o apoyo@icae.org.uypara anular su suscripción, e inmediatamente su dirección de correo electrónico será dada de baja.

Los invitamos a todos/as a participar activamente con reflexiones, comentarios y propuestas.

 Saludos cordiales

Celita Eccher

Secretaria General del ICAE

 (1) Estos son los links para accede a la versión virtual de la publicación:

English: http://dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=1460&clang=1

French: http://dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=1460&clang=2

Spanish: http://dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=1460&clang=3

 

Français

Séminaire virtuel de l’ICAE:

 Éducation des Adultes et Développement  après-2015

10 – 24 of March 2014

 

Le séminaire sera fondé sur la publication de dvv international en coopération avec l’ICAE, AE + D sur l’après 2015 (Le Journal de « l’Éducation des adultes et le développement », qui est publié une fois par an en trois langues et qui a été lancé en décembre 2013).

Le séminaire virtuel se déroulera en anglais. Les commentaires peuvent être envoyés en français ou en espagnol et ils seront traduits en anglais. ( 1)

Les objectifs du processus:

1. Promouvoir le débat et le dialogue sur certains articles sélectionnés de l’annuaire AE + D POST 2015 afin d’approfondir et d’élargir l’analyse

2. Créer un espace virtuel comme une occasion de réfléchir sur les liens entre le Programme de développement pour l’après 2015, les objectifs de l’EPT et le Cadre d’action de Belen CONFINTEA, afin d’élaborer des stratégies et définir des actions communes de plaidoyer

3. Donner de l’information à jour sur le processus de l’après 2015 pour le suivi de l’agenda de l’éducation dans le scénario global

Instructions pour participer

Pour ceux qui participent au l’échange virtuel pour la première fois, notez que c’est très simple:


1. Les participants ont été abonnés à une liste spéciale modérée créée pour ce séminaire et appelée [Icaeaeducationdevp2015].


2. Vous recevrez tous les jours les travaux et les contributions du séminaire directement dans vos boîtes aux lettres. Vous ne devrez pas entrer sur un site Web spécial. Le Séminaire virtuel sera mis à jour quotidiennement sur le site et le blog de l’ICAE afin que vous puissiez le suivrehttp://educationpost2015icae.wordpress.com/icae-virtual-seminaraed-p-2015/

 

3. Si vous souhaitez envoyer des commentaires ou des contributions, vous devez répondre au message reçu. Ce message sera reçu par le Secrétariat de l’ICAE qui gère et modère la liste. Une ou deux fois par jour, le Secrétariat de l’ICAE compilera toute l’information reçue dans un message et la retransmettra à toutes les personnes figurant sur la liste. Vu qu’il s’agit d’une liste modérée, vous ne recevrez pas des milliers de messages dans votre boîte à  lettres.


5. Si vous avez un doute, n’hésitez pas à écrire à la liste des administrateurs:  voicesrising@icae.org.uyicae@icae.org.uy  ou apoyo@icae.org.uy

Si vous pensez que vous ne pourrez pas suivre cette échange et vous préférez d’être exclu de cette liste, il suffit d’envoyer un message àvoicesrising@icae.org.uyicae@icae.org.uy  ou apoyo@icae.org.uy pour être effacé de la liste, et nous procéderons immédiatement en conséquence.

Nous vous invitons tous à participer activement avec des réflexions, des commentaires et votre évaluation de la situation, les défis auxquels nous sommes confrontés en tant que réseaux de la société civile, et vos propositions pour l’avenir.

 Cordialement. 

Celita Eccher  /  Secrétaire général  /  ICAE

 (1) Ce sont les liens vers la publication en trois langues

English: http://dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=1460&clang=1

French: http://dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=1460&clang=2

Spanish: http://dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=1460&clang=3

 

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Dear Colleagues,

We are writing to inform you of two opportunities to provide written inputs to post-2015 reports:

   1) By 28 February: 

Submit input for the President of the General Assembly’s High-level Event on the Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society on the Post-2015 Development Agenda,

which will take place on 6-7 March2014 :

https://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/2wycs.shtml

Contributors are asked to review the brief concept note for the event available on the same webpage. Inputs will be considered by the Office of the President of the General Assembly during their production of a detailed background note for the event.

For more information about post-2015 events hosted by the President of the General Assembly, please visit:

https://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/faqcsb.shtml

   2) By 14 March:

Submit comments on the new Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) draft report

 Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals - a framework of 100 indicators for post-2015, based on the 10

goals and 30 targets presented in the SDSN Action Agenda for Sustainable Development that was released in June 2013.

SDSN “seeks your help with comments and creativity to improve and complete the proposed indicator framework.” Full details are available here:

http://unsdsn.org/news/2014/02/14/public-consultation-on-indicators-for-sustainable-development/

Best regards,

UN-NGLS

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)

Web:  www.un-ngls.org

http://archive.iclei.org/index.php?id=13519&utm_source=GraphicMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NewsletterLink&utm_campaign=ICLEI+February+2014+eNews&utm_content=

http://www.iclei.org/climate-roadmap/pressroom/news/news-details/article/webinars.html?utm_source=GraphicMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=NewsletterLink&utm_campaign=ICLEI+February+2014+eNews&utm_content=http://www.iclei.org/

17th African Water Association Congress

17 – 20 February, 2014

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Africa Energy Indaba
18 – 20 February, 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa

Launch of the State of African Cities at AMCHUD

28 February, 2014

Chad

Free Climate Change training with Al Gore!

12 – 14 March, 2014

Johannesburg, South Africa

Renewable Energy Forum (REFSA)

4 – 5 March 2014

Sandton, Johannesburg

3rd Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Conference & Expo

8-9 April 2013

Cape Town, South Africa

African Utility Week 2014

13 – 14 May 2014 (focus days: 12 May, site visits: 15 May)

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), South Africa

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The theme for the current issue is Building Inclusive Green Economies — South-South Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication. Articles include:

– Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, South Africa: Green growth — southern countries can increase growth and jobs while reducing carbon emissions. – Fu Chengyu, CEO Sinopec: Business challenge — business can bring about sustainable development through win-win cooperation. – John Ashe, President of  68th GA session: Collaborating in change — building innovative and inclusive partnerships for post-2015 development.

– Yiping Zhou, Director, UN Office for South-South Cooperation:  Altering economic geography — South-South cooperation has developed over the past 60 years until it has become a key driver of global economic growth. – Braulio Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): Natural development — South-South cooperation can produce and replicate integrated solutions for conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

– Dingding Tang, Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Environmental Protection, China:  Expanding horizons — promoting South-South environmental cooperation will achieve win-win green development. – Kate Brown, Head, Global Island Partnership: Re-imagining the future — Small Island Developing States are pioneering regional cooperation to build the blue economy.

UNEP Jim Sniffen Programme Officer UN Environment Programme

New York tel: +1-212-963-8094 sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com        www.unep.org

UNEP EXPO GREEN ECO SO SO-2013-09 EN  

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The UN SD Education Caucus are active members of the Advisory Committee for the Global Gender Climate Alliance [GGCA].  The Secretariat for the Pacific Community’s Technical Working Group has asked for feedback on their draft “Strategy for climate and Disaster Resilient development in the Pacific [SRDP].”

Email your response to: ccd-pc@solutionexchange-un.net by 27 February 2013.  

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tich Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua


Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear all,

Please see below an invitation to provide input to the draft Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP). This strategy will be adopted in 2016 when the existing separate regional frameworks for climate change and disaster risk management end.

The Technical Working Group (of which SPC are a member) are particularly interested in getting your feedback on whether the current draft has adequately considered gender aspects and whether there are specific suggestions for improving this. Please also feel free to comment on any other aspects!!

Moderator’s Note: Dear Members, here for your comments is the draft ‘Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific’ (SRDP). Email your response to: ccd-pc@solutionexchange-un.net by 27 February 2013.    

Thank you.   


Dear Members,

You will be aware of the Pacific taking a leading role globally in the approach to integrate Climate Change (CC) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) into a united effort, focussed on building resilient development.

First step is to develop an integrated strategy. The draft Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) builds on the two current regional policy frameworks it aims to replace, namely the Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Management Framework for Action (2005 – 2015) (RFA) and the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (2006 – 2015) (PIFACC). Both expire in 2015.

The draft strategy has now been released following extensive and ongoing stakeholder engagement at both national and regional levels conducted by a Technical Working Group (TWG[1]) in charge of supporting the process (more details online: www.pacificdisaster.net:8080/Plone/roadmap).  This effort has been carried out under the overarching guidance of a Steering Committee comprising Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) members from various regional meetings as well as civil society and the private sector.

We would like your involvement in this collective effort of developing an integrated strategy. We have great privilege in inviting you to provide your online feedback and personal insights on the draft of the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP). There are two ways you can provide your feedback:

Firstly, use this link to the ‘Online Feedback Tool’ to directly provide your feedback to the draft SRDP document: www.pacificdisaster.net/srdp (you can choose to read the document in its entirety or just the sections that relate to your CC, DRM or development expertise).

Secondly, we ask PSE members to reply-email (ccd-pc@solutionexhange-un.net) with your key comments and overall insights on:

(a) Content of this draft strategy, and

(b) What are the key elements to make the Strategy relevant and successful?

The Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development (SRDP) is intended to provide guidance to PICTs, on how they might enhance their efforts to become more resilient to disasters and climate change, and guidance to regional and international partners on how best to assist PICTs in these efforts. Hence, the Strategy has direct relevance to country stakeholders, regional organisations, development partners, communities, donors and all people involved in building resilience in the Pacific.

Regards,

Secretariat of the SRDP Technical Working Group

( srdp@apidae.com.au )

[1] The multi-stakeholder TWG comprises: Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), and the University of the South Pacific (USP).


This is a posting from the Pacific Solution Exchange

Climate Change and Development Community facilitated by UNDP Pacific Centre

Submit postings to ccd-pc@solutionexchange-un.net
For more information on Pacific Solution Exchange visit www.solutionexchange-un.net/pacific
Brigitte Leduc

Gender Equality Adviser  /  Human Development Programme / Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)

B.P. D5, 98848 Nouméa Cedex, New Caledonia

Tel: +687 26 20 00  /  Direct line: +687 26 01 57  /  Fax: +687 26 38 18  / brigittel@spc.int  / http://www.spc.int

https://au.citizenspace.com/app/srdp/ed8cadb2

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http://www.cipcolumbus.org/india-youth-advocacy.html

http://www.cipcolumbus.org/

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Dear  Friends:

The United Nations touches a very substantial proportion of the global population as beneficiaries, contributors, and employees. Every two years the Ralph Bunche Institute’s FUNDS project and Dalberg Research undertake a global survey of the UN’s contribution to development.

Since the subject may be of interest to you, you are invited to participate in the 2014 global survey on the future of the United Nations development system.

You will find below the link to the questionnaire (in several languages). The questionnaire takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GlobalUNSurvey2014

Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_FutureUN_Survey_spanish

French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_FutureUN_Survey

Arabic: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_FutureUN_Survey_arabic

Chinese: https://zh.surveymonkey.com/s/2014_FutureUN_Survey_chinese

We would very much value your response and you will receive a copy of the findings.

Tom Weiss, Stephen Browne and Vikas Nath

Vikas Nath
Associate Director
Future UN Development System (FUNDS) Project

www.FutureUN.org

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Dear  Colleagues,

We are very pleased to share with you a new draft SDSN report for public consultation. Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals presents a framework of 100 indicators for post-2015, based on the 10 goals and 30 targets presented in the Action Agenda for Sustainable Development. This report is at an early stage. We seek your help with comments and creativity to improve and complete the proposed indicator framework.

The public consultation will run from 14 February to 14 March 2014Full details are available here. Please use the comment form and send it by email to info@unsdsn.org. Please focus your comments on the proposed indicators, as the goals and targets have already undergone an extensive public consultation. We propose to keep the total number of core indicators to no more than 100, so any addition of new indicators will need to be matched by cuts elsewhere.

We encourage readers to also discuss the report on Twitter, referencing #indicators2015, although the Twitter feed is not a substitute for sending in written comments using the comment form. Let us also take this opportunity to announce a redesign of our website. We hope you will find it more informative and user friendly.

After the end of the public consultation we will make all submissions publicly available on our website, unless submissions are marked as confidential. As with the Action Agenda, we will publish a brief synthesis of the comments received (the synthesis of comments on the Action Agenda is available here).

Thank you very much for your help in improving the draft report.

Ibrahim SIDIBE

Country Representantive YPARD – Mali

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European-American Chambers Of Commerce  March 2014

The EACC strives to facilitate European-American business relations and to stimulate business development between the United States and Europe.

Legal Aspects of Private Equity: New US/European Legal & Regulatory Developments

Start: 03/27/14     08:00 am

End: 03/27/14       10:30 am
Ticket(s)

LOCATION:
The Netherlands Consulate General in New York
666 Third Ave 19 Fl.
New York, NY 10017

http://www.eaccny.com

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UNEP side event during the 1st Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on SIDS. 

The event, ” SIDS  Adapting to Climate Change: A Partnership under the Global Adaptation Network”, will take place on Tuesday, 25 February, at 1:15 p.m. in Conference Room A. 

 UNEP GAN SIDS Side Event 25 Feb 2014

Jim Sniffen
Programme Officer
UN Environment Programme
New York
tel: +1-212-963-8094
sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com
www.unep.org

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The Platform for Action adopted at the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, is an agenda for women’s empowerment, offering a defining policy framework and roadmap for achieving gender equality and women’s rights. It has stimulated unprecedented political energy and social mobilization around the world, with gov- ernments, civil society and others using it to take steps to end inequality and discrimination. UN Member States have repeatedly reaffirmed its normative force.

But there is still far to go in realizing the full promise of the Beijing agenda. With 2015 marking the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Platform for Action, now is the time to galvanize recommitment and mobilize all actors for acceler- ated and effective implementation. UN Women has a leading role in this process to achieve gender equality and realize women’s rights.

Beijing+20 takes place at an historic moment when major international efforts to advance human development and human rights converge. The global community is intensify- ing efforts to accomplish the eight Millennium Development Goals by their 2015 endpoint and considering a post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals as a global roadmap for the future.

UN Women will give strong visibility to Beijing+20 through a dynamic, forward-looking process that will galvanize diverse stakeholders: governments, parliamentarians, civil society, media, opinion leaders, the UN system and the private sector. It will engage women and men, boys and girls, and youth, with actions at global, regional and national levels. See the attachment for the core objectives and key actions.

Please share with your colleagues and networks.

 UNW Beijing brief final MedRes 2014

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

Co-Coordinator Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear Colleagues,

As you are aware, the Organization of African Youth has proposed to convene a High Level Youth Policy Dialogue on SDGs in July 2014 in the UN Gigiri, Nairobi. The conversation to host the meeting is ongoing with the Government of Kenya  and other partners. As you know, Kenya is a Co-chair of the Open Working Group on SDGs and we believe the country leadership can play a major role in championing the youth agenda.

Several African youth consultations on post-2015 agenda have happened between 2012-2013, notably the African Youth Conference on Post-2015, the Voice Africa Future initiative and the ICPD Africa Youth Pre-Conference. It is now time to consolidate these youth voices and recommendations and initiate a political advocacy with our governments to support the youth agenda.

To support in the preparations of the youth meeting, we are setting up a 15 members youth steering committee.The committee will be generally responsible for approving the program (contents, themes, panellists and speakers) of the meeting. It will also support in fundraising, participate on the selection criteria for participants, and the follow-up and evaluation of the meeting activities.

The proposed composition of the committee is as follows:

  • Youth Officer from the Government of Kenya
  • Representatives from Youth-Led or Youth Focused Organizations.
  • Youth Focal Persons from UN Agencies and AUC.
  • Youth Focal Person from Private Sector.

The committee will majorly meet and work online through conference call and google group.  Participation in the steering committee is voluntary with no remuneration. There will be a local youth committee that will be meeting in Nairobi to to support the work of the steering committee on the ground.  We have proposed the Partners preparatory meetings to be hosted by the Government of Kenya with the main of raising the resources needed for the meeting.

If your organization is interest in joining the steering committee, kindly feel in the from here by Wednesday 26th February. We will notify the selected  organization  by and share the list with the working group. Kindly note this is ONLY for organizations outside Kenya, for those based in Kenya, kindly contact me directly for possibility of joining the local committee.

The form is here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1D3S8FGKN6K1tOhIfduojHI7WqDePCwLON1IcwdB_YsM/viewform

Kindly find the attached draft TOR and the latest concept note

High Level Youth Policy Dialogue on SDGs- Draft Concept 24th January 2014

Youth Steering Committee-TOR 

Regards,

George Ndungu,

Secretary for International Affairs and Kenya Chairperson.

Organisation of African Youth (www.oayouth.org)

African Youth Representative for Rio+20.

Convener: African Youth Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda

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GCE-NL Seminar Development for All through Education 27 februari – aanmelden nog mogelijk

Op donderdag 27 februari bespreken ontwikkelingsexperts uit verschillende sectoren de rol van onderwijs naar aanleiding van het UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2013/2014. Dit is tevens de Nederlandse lancering van dit internationaal toonaangevende rapport.

Het rapport toont aan dat goed onderwijs voor velen nog altijd onbereikbaar is. Daarmee komt ook ontwikkeling op andere vlakken in het gedrang. Hoe kunnen we, zeker gezien de afnemende middelen en steun voor onderwijs in OS, ervoor zorgen dat deze cruciale voorwaarde tot ontwikkeling verzekerd is?

Sprekers en panelleden zijn:

  • Catherine Jere (GMR-team)
  • Oley Dibba-Wadda (Femmes Afriques Solidarités)
  • Maarten de Jongh (ING Sustainability)
  • Hedwig Bruggeman (AgriProFocus)
  • Laura Lasance (Choice for Youth and Sexuality)

De middag wordt geleid door Kirsten van den Hul.

Donderdag 27 februari 2014
13.00 – 17.00 uur
Utrecht, In de Driehoek

Aanmelden bij gce@edukans.nl.
Lees meer

http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=28bd1bd9bea6c1d080e817d70&id=f13ac11972&e=69e5480594

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WORLD ASSEMBLY OF YOUTH

INVITATION

An International Youth Peace Fest -IYPF 2014 will be held from September 27– October 2, 2014, in Chandigarh, India. This year to inspire ‘CHANGE’, IYPF 2014 organized by Yuvsatta-an NGO with many other national and international partners, will saw participation of young people from over 50 Countries.

The IYPF 2014 will provide young people, especially youth to be directly involved with passionate people from all across the globe. Recognizing that youth participation is fundamental for accelerating the Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda; youth engagement throughout the IYPF 2014 will be enhanced to ensure that their views and contributions are acknowledged and strengthened.

The IYPF 2014 aims to provide a platform for the young people to discuss, understand, share, find solutions and develop strategies on issues pertaining to ‘One world-One family’, Green Citizenship’ Empowering the Girls & Women, Unity for SAARC and lookingbeyond man-made barriers of race, religion and nationalities for common good of all. It will bring and allow the young people from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences on other issues like gender equality, environment, peace, education, women, and reflect together.

All relevant information about the event is available at website www.peacefest.in. For any other details one can contact the following;

IYPF 2014 Secretariat,

# 12, Karuna Sadan, Sector 11, Chandigarh, India-160011  Tel.: +91-172-3298551

email:projectbridge.yuvsatta@gmail.com website: www.peacefest.in

FB: http://www.facebook.com/youthpeacefest

Videos: IYPF 2013: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aQdffJx0dE&feature=youtu.be

An International Peace Jingle….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46tt9-rT6Zo&feature=youtu.be

Visit our website at http://www.way.org.my
Secretariat Address: World Assembly of Youth, World Youth Complex, Jalan Lebuh Raya, 75450 Melaka, Malaysia.
Telephones: +6062321871 or +6062322711 Fax: +6062327271
Email: info@way.org.my

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Dear Colleagues,

We are very pleased to share with you a new draft SDSN report for public consultation. Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals presents a framework of 100 indicators for post-2015, based on the 10 goals and 30 targets presented in the Action Agenda for Sustainable Development. This report is at an early stage. We seek your help with comments and creativity to improve and complete the proposed indicator framework.

The public consultation will run from 14 February to 14 March 2014Full details are available here. Please use the comment form and send it by email to info@unsdsn.org. Please focus your comments on the proposed indicators, as the goals and targets have already undergone an extensive public consultation. We propose to keep the total number of core indicators to no more than 100, so any addition of new indicators will need to be matched by cuts elsewhere.

We encourage readers to also discuss the report on Twitter, referencing #indicators2015, although the Twitter feed is not a substitute for sending in written comments using the comment form. Let us also take this opportunity to announce a redesign of our website. We hope you will find it more informative and user friendly.

After the end of the public consultation we will make all submissions publicly available on our website, unless submissions are marked as confidential. As with the Action Agenda, we will publish a brief synthesis of the comments received (the synthesis of comments on the Action Agenda is available here).

Thank you very much for your help in improving the draft report.

Guido Schmidt-Traub

Executive Director, SDSN

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Dear colleagues,

UN-NGLS has just published the latest issue of our monthly interactive e-magazine on the post-2015 development agenda. The February issue includes updates on the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), and the events hosted by the President of the General Assembly; perspectives from civil society and UN staff; opportunities to participate in upcoming processes; and an expanded list of upcoming post-2015 events.

To view Issue #4 of The 2015 Post,

please click here.

Feedback and comments welcome, and apologies for cross-posting!

Best,
Kathryn

Kathryn (Katie) Tobin

Associate Communications Officer

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS)

Web: www.un-ngls.org

Twitter: @unngls

Facebook: www.facebook.com/UNNGLS 

Sign up for the NGLS email listserv here

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From: Mohammad Ben Salamah [ hie-qao@paaet.edu.kw]

Subject: Announcing TVET Conference in Kuwait

Dear Colleagues,

There is going to be a conference in Kuwait called Technical and Vocational
Education & Training (TVET): Challenges and Opportunities. The conference
will be held for three days, from 31st of March till the 2nd of April. The
conference will gather local, regional and international of workers in TVET
including instructors, program developers and mid and top level management
of TVET organizations. Attending the conference or any of its workshops is
FREE. Fore more information please go to

http://tvetpaaet.com/en/

view thread online:
http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum+-+Message+Board&skin=efor&lang=en&action=threadlist&thread=2494

UNESCO-UNEVOC e-Forum, http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/e-forum

Contributions and feedback: forum@unevoc.unesco.org
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Want to start or expand a food garden in your school?
Just £10 ~ SEEd webinar: Food & Gardening ~Register here

(please pass onto any teachers you know)

19th March 2014 | Start: 5pm GMT | Finish: 6pm | Online | £10  Sign up here

About the webinar:

Want ideas to start your own food garden in your school? Or want tips on how to expand your already existing food garden? Thinking about the new School Food Plan?

Join this panel of school gardening experts, including: Garden Organic, Send a Cow, Chris Collins – the Blue Peter Gardener and Rupert Bannister, Koru Education and get advice on food growing projects in schools and how to engage your pupils.

You will:

  • Gain ideas on how to start or expand a food garden in your school
  • Be signposted to links and resources
  • Connect the local and global – around food growing
  • Get your questions answered and great tips!

This webinar complements our October Webinar with Chris Collins, the Blue Peter Gardener. Missed it first time?

Sign up here to watch it  if you missed it first time around

The panel of presenters this time are:

Paul Sadler, who works for Garden Organic as part of a project called Food Growing Schools London as their School and Community Engagement Officer. They provide advice, support, training and education around developing food growing projects in schools. Garden Organic is the national organisation for organic gardening and farming and are celebrating 50 years.

Dr Heidi Harrison – Programme Manager Development Education for award winning charity Send a Cow. As a development education organisation, they provide great online resources and programmes, especially ‘Lessons from Africa’ and ‘Africa Garden Days’. Heidi will talk about how your school gardening project can be both local and global by exploring their resources.

Your facilitator is Rupert Bannister of Koru Education and has a wide and long history as a horticulturalist himself as well as a sustainability educator.

Can’t make the date? Don’t worry, register now and we’ll send you the recording.

When you sign up, you will get instructions on how to access the very simple software (Webinars OnAir), and login to the live webinar. You will be able to ask questions and listen into the discussion. After the webinar you will get a video of the whole presentation to review at your leisure.

Cost:

This webinar is just £10. You just need to sign up and pay via PayPal here.
SEEd Webinars coming soon

How to use the outdoors for Learning: April 23rd - Sue Ellen Fast & Will Husby, Ecoleaders Interpretation and Environmental Education

Climate Change, Science & Geography: May 14th – Angus Wilson and Margaret Flemming

Oceans and Water: June 18th - Beach Schools South West

Designing your School Curriculum: July 16th - Ann Finlayson, SEEd CEO

 

See SEEd’s

list of events for the coming academic year 2013-14

If you an idea of a great presenter or topic let us know. Or does your network have needs and ideas and want to have one seminar? Email us at admin@se-ed.org.uk.

Best wishes,

The SEEd Team

 

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National Call for Evidence in Sustainability in Education

 

Explore evidence of Practice, Impacts & Needs with experts
26th March 2014 in London

For more information and to secure your place please REGISTER HERE (places are limited)
WHEN: Wednesday 26th March 2014, 9am-4.30pm
VENUE: Baden Powell House, London - directions
COST: £60 ; £54 (SEEd members); £25 (students)
DRAFT AGENDA: Download here
REGISTERRegister here
CONTACTSEEd

NOTE:
Special discounted rates will be offered to any one who signs up for SEEd membership – £55 for any size organisation and £10 for individuals. Don’t miss out!
Sign up to membership here

 

Contacting SEEd

Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEEd) is a registered charity that identifies, promotes, enables and supports environmental education and education for sustainable development in the UK. For more information on the work we do, please visit out website (www.se-ed.org.uk) or contact using the details below.

SEEd
Upper Unit 5 / Bay 4, The Co-op Centre / 11 Mowll Street
London, SW9 6BG  Telephone: 020 7820 7569

 

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THE WEEK AHEAD AT THE UNITED NATIONS:

THE EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVE (06/14)

10 February – 16 February 2014

United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC)
Résidence Palace
155 rue de la Loi, Wetstraat
1040 Brussels
Tél: +32 (0)2 788 84 84
benelux@unric.org

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP

All Major Groups and other stakeholders are invited to a General Information meeting taking place today, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Take elevator at UN lobby to 27th floor, Room 2727.

Agenda

  • OWG phase 2 (March-July)
  • Regional Commission meetings
  • Major Groups position papers and thematic papers
  • HLPF meeting – date/theme/consultation
  • Update on SIDS Conference
  • Major Groups governance / Call for Organizing Partners


Jeffery Huffines
NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

www.civicus.orgFollow threats and take action to protect civil society – join Civil Society Watch at www.cswatch.org

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COMING SOON

MULTISTAKEHOLDER MEETING: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN “ENGAGING YOUTH AS AGENTS OF CHANGE”

13th – 14th June 2014, Melaka, Malaysia

The Multi-stakeholder Meeting: Violence Against Women “Engaging Youth As Agents Of Change” is organised by the World Youth Foundation (“an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations”). The Multi-stakeholder Meeting is tentatively scheduled to be held from 13th – 14th June 2014 at Melaka, Malaysia. The meeting is a platform to bring young people together to learn, share, create awareness and mobilize them for action against violence against women. Further Information on the Multi-stakeholder Meeting including will be made available in our February 2014 e-newsletter.

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON YOUTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE September 2014, Melaka, Malaysia

 http://www.wyf.org.my/index.php/about/who-we-are

The International Workshop on Youth and Climate Change 2014 is a follow-up to the “Youth Be Aware” Workshop 2012: Health and Environment and is tentatively scheduled to be held in September 2014 at Melaka, Malaysia. This International Workshop will examine evidence of climate change, its natural and human causes, its ecosystemic impacts and its human impacts.  Further information on the International Workshop including the Application Form, Provisional Programme, Payment and FAQ will be available on WYF’s website at http://www.wyf.org.my  from 15th March  2014.

MY WORLD  

World Youth Foundation (WYF) has joined force with

World Youth Foundation (WYF) has joined force with the UN and became a committed partner for MY WORLD. It is an options survey which MY WORLD asks individuals which six of sixteen possible issues you think would make the most difference to your lives. We seek your support to disseminate this campaign widely to get millions of people to VOTE.

Click here   to Vote.   

WORLD YOUTH FOUNDATION SIGNs THE ACADEMIC SCHOLARLY EXCHANGE AND COLLABORATIVE ARTICULATION AGREEMENT WITH AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF SOVEREIGN NATIONS (AUSN), SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA

World Youth Foundation is honored to be given the privilege to join forces with the Academic Scholarly Exchange and has signed a Collaborative Articulation Agreement with American University of Sovereign Nations (AUSN), which is based with in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The joint collaboration will among others:

  • Encourage exchanges and visits among both the organizations:
  • Exchange information and educational materials
  • Organize joint educational activities

Promote the joint development of educational programs The Agreement is an evidences of both parties desire to mutually promote cooperation and scholarly advancements in the fields of youth issues in emerging sectors, joint programs and end youth exchange, intern and volunteer partnerships, education, academic research, bioethics, disaster prevention and mitigation and climate change.

SPECIAL ENVOYS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of two Special Envoys on Climate Change. The Special Envoys are John Kufuor, former President of Ghana, and Jens Stoltenberg, former Prime Minister of Norway.

To read more here.

UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT JOHN ASHE ON CLIMATE CHANGE: THE NEED TO ACT FAST AND COLLECTIVELY

The sitting president of the 68th United Nations General Assembly John Ashe, a trained bioengineer from the Caribbean islands Antigua and Barbuda, has for a long time dedicated his energy and expertise to the causes of climate change and sustainability.

For more info, please visit here

EARTH DAY 2014 IS GREEN CITIES

Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. As the urban population grows and the effects of climate change worsen, our cities have to evolve. It’s time for us to invest in efficiency and renewable energy, rebuild our cities and towns, and begin to solve the climate crisis. That’s what the Green Cities campaign is all about.

Over the next two years Earth Day Network will mobilize a global movement to accelerate the transition to green cities. With your support, we will push government officials to improve energy efficiency, advance renewable energy, and implement green building practices. Visit the Green Cities website to learn more about the campaign and find other ways to participate

A GUIDEBOOK FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Tourism is a major activity with characteristics that make it particularly valuable as an agent for development. Developing countries however face a particular fragility in their natural, economic, social and human environments which could jeopardize the sector’s dynamism and beneficiary qualities.

The Guidebook “Sustainable Tourism for Development” has been carried out by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with the financing of the European Commission Directorate-General Development and Cooperation. It takes a comprehensive approach to tourism, covering a wide range of topics relating to its planning, development, management and impact. By working through the whole document, users can identify priorities for intervention across a spectrum of issues.

The Guidebook is available online in English and in French here

A NEW WEB PORTAL ON GENDER, YOUTH AND MIGRATION

UNESCO announced the launch of an online knowledge platform on Gender, Youth and Migration (GYM), as a sub-community of practice of the Gender Community of UN Solution Exchange. The GYM initiative hopes to bridge the gap and link researchers, practitioners and decision makers working on gender, youth and migration in India.

The GYM webpage provides access to over 200 resources on internal migration, gender and youth, at policy, research and case-studies level.

To visit the Gender, Youth and Migration’s New Web Portal here.

THE WORLD TELEVISION AWARDS 2014 – CALL FOR ENTRIES

The deadline for the programme submission is

15 March 2014. Criteria and Entry Form are available on AIBD website here. The World TV Awards are open to broadcasters in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, and North & South America from public, private sector and freelance producers.

Winners will be presented with their Awards during the Asia Media Summit 2014 to be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 6-8 May 2014, a global gathering of broadcasters. 

The World TV Awards are supported by Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), Radio TV Malaysia (RTM) and The Islamic Broadcasting Union (IBU)

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GLOBAL EMPLOYMENT TRENDS 2014 

Employment growth remains weak and unemployment continues to rise, especially among young people, according to a new International Labour Organizationreport just released today. The number of unemployed worldwide rose by 5 million in 2013 to almost 202 million — a 6% unemployment rate.

For more information, please visit here.

LOOKING AHEAD AT KEY EVENTS FOR DEVELOPMENT IN 2014

As 2013 came full circle, DESA News got an exclusive interview with the department’s Under-Secretary-General, Mr. Wu Hongbo, who shared some of the past year’s gains as well as some highlights for an eventful and action-packed new 2014

“We will discharge our mandates [...] and do whatever we can to make our work a success next year,” said Mr. Wu.

Read more here

11 – 21 FEB 2014: 52nd SESSION OF THE COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

The session will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York; under the priority theme is “Promoting empowerment of people in achieving poverty eradication, social integration and full

employment and decent work for all”.

This year will be devoted to the policy segment of the cycle.

Read more here.

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EVENTS

EIGHTH MEETING OF THE OPEN WORKING GROUP ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (OWG 8) 

Website: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1549

6th WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES

Website: www.wces.info

52nd SESSION, COMMISSION FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Website: http://undesadspd.org/CivilSociety/NGOParticipation/CSocD52Session/WrittenStatements.aspx / http://social.un.org / http://www.unsdn.org

GENDER, WATER AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2014

Website: http://water-l.iisd.org/events/gender-water-and-development-conference-2014/

SIXTH MEETING OF THE GREEN CLIMATE FUND BOARD

Website: http://gcfund.net/home.html

FIRST GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON UN PARTNERSHIP FOR ACTION ON GREEN ECONOMY

Website:http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2755&ArticleID=9676&l=en

THE 2nd CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS, ENERGY AND DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA (COSA 2014)

Website: http://www.presdafoundation.org/sustainable-business-conference/proposals

Email: cosa.secretariat@presdafoundation.org

THE ROLE OF WOMEN, THE YOUNG AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

Website:

http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/pdf/letters/12052013Post-2015_Development_Agenda.pdf

CONGO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Website: http://www.ngocongo.org/9-what-we-do/81-congo-general-assembly-2014

UN COMMISSION ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT, 47th SESSION

Website: http://sids-l.iisd.org/events/47th-session-of-the-commission-on-population-and-development/

3rd WORLD CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS, ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT (BEM-2014)

Website: www.wc-bem.org

2nd GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (CENVISU-2014)

Website: www.cenvisu.org

4th WORLD CONFERENCE ON INNOVATION AND COMPUTER SCIENCES (INSODE-2014)

Website: www.insode.org

GLOBAL DONORS FORUM 2014

“Celebrating Philanthropy in Emerging Economies”

Website:  www.globaldonorsforum.org / gdf@thewcmp.org

WORLD SUMMIT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY+10: HIGH-LEVEL EVENT

Website: www.itu.int/wsis/implementation/2014/forum/

DIABETES SUMMIT 2014

Website:  http://www.gtcbio.com/newsletter/diabetes14I-w.htmTYYX

WORLD YOUTH CONFERENCE 2014

Website: http://www.worldyouthconference2014.org/

5th WORLD CONFERENCE ON PSYCHOLOGY, COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE

Website: www.wcpcg.org

3rd WORLD CONFERENCE ON DESIGN, ARTS AND EDUCATION

Website: www.artsedu.org

4th GLOBAL CONFERENCE: LIVING RESPONSIBLY

Website:

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/ethics-everyday-life/call-for-papers/

2nd GLOBAL CONFERENCE: TEENAGERS AND CONTEMPORARY VISUAL CULTURE

Website: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/skins/call-for-papers/

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE IN STRATEGIC CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION 

Website: http://parliamentarystudies.org.uk/O8S-1ZPNH-66KFTF-TO07D-1/c.aspx

GLOBAL FORUM ON MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT

Website: https://www.gfmd.org/en/gfmd-2012/key-2013-2014-activities

ACSEE2014 – THE FOURTH ASIAN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Website: http://acsee.iafor.org / www.iafor.org

RHYTHMS OF ONE WORLD 2014 INTERNATIONAL CHORAL FESTIVAL

Website: www.faf.org

UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY

Website: http://climate-l.iisd.org/events/un-environmental-assembly-of-unep/

SUBSTANTIVE SESSION OF UN ECOSOC

Website: http://post2015.iisd.org/events/2013-substantive-session-of-ecosoc/

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE 2014: GREEN TECHNOLOGY, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
Website:http://www.sdconference.org

4th GLOBAL CONFERENCE: CHILDHOOD

Website:http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/childhood/call-for-papers/

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2014

Website: www.ontariointernational.org

7th KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE (KMICe)

Website: http://www.kmice.uum.edu.my 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WATER, INFORMATICS, SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENT

Website: http://www.iwiseconference.com

THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES, SIDS

Website: http://www.sids2014.org/index.php?menu=1498

UNGA SPECIAL SESSION ON ICPD BEYOND 2014

Website: http://icpdbeyond2014.org/key-events/view/15-icpd-beyond-2014-review-timeline

2014 CLIMATE SUMMIT, ORGANIZED BY UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

Website: http://climate-l.iisd.org/events/2014-climate-summit/

18th ORGANIC WORLD CONGRESS

Website:

http://ifoam.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=75bdff144a46c1e451eecde10&id=7759e33d50&e=87796b5e65

INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION, PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE

Website: http://www.itu.int/en/plenipotentiary/2014/Pages/default.aspx

WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ORGANIZED BY UNESCO

Website:

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/events/calendar-of-events/education-global-conferences/

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT+20

Website: http://icpdbeyond2014.org/ 

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE FAMILY+20
Website: http://www.family2014.org/home.php

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Subject: Russian Policy Studies: Scholarships available

If you are interested in joining one of the King’s Russia Institute Masters programmes, King’s College London has just announced a number of scholarship opportunities for our applicants, including:

For UK & EU residents, the King’s Masters Scholarships, worth £2,000 (http://bit.ly/1e5AVHl)

For non-EU residents, the King’s International Masters Scholarships, worth £10,000 (http://bit.ly/1gPf4M4)

For King’s alumni or current undergraduates, the King’s Alumni Scholarships, worth £2,500 (http://bit.ly/LBbWEW)

For residents of Russia, the United States, China and other countries where Banco Santander does business, the King’s Santander Masters Scholarships, worth £5,000 (http://bit.ly/1jhYPrf)

To compete for these scholarships, all applications must be received in full by the end of March, so make sure you get your materials to us ASAP!

For more on our Masters programmes, including MSc Russian Policy & Society, MSc Eurasian Political Economy & Energy, and MSc Russia in Global Systems, see: http://bit.ly/1dPMZR6

Dr. Samuel Greene

Interim Head, School of Global Affairs
Director, King’s Russia Institute
King’s College London
Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

Tel. +44 (0)20 7848 7317
samuel.greene@kcl.ac.uk

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Dear All,

6 February 2014 – General Assembly President John Ashe today launched a major effort to harness the support of all 193 United Nations Member States and civil society to formulate a new development agenda with the potential to guide the course of humankind away from poverty for decades to come.

“Like all of you, I am all too aware of the enormous challenges facing our globe,” he told an interactive briefing of global civil society representatives from UN Headquarters in New York. “With the 2015 deadline looming, we need to be collectively focused on building momentum for the post-2015 agenda.”

Mr. Ashe has made the effort to achieve a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the hallmark of his year-long Assembly presidency which ends in September.

The MDGs, agreed by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, cut maternal and infant mortality, combat disease and provide access to universal education and health care, all by the end of 2015. But these targets will not be reached in many countries and areas, and they will be incorporated in an even more ambitious post-2015 agenda.

“You and your various organizations are the trusted partners of the United Nations,” Mr. Ashe said. “As President of the 68th session of the General Assembly, I see no greater task or mandate for my term than to support this vital process of getting the framework and content of the post-2015 development agenda right, so that people everywhere can live in dignity and with opportunities in their societies and economies…”

“I am confident that we can all come together around one global sustainable development agenda, with poverty eradication at its centre and with true ownership from both governmental and non-governmental actors alike.”

Mr. Ashe has set six major initiatives to jumpstart progress on sustainable development after 2015. In the coming months he will convene three high-level events focused on women, youth and civil society (6-7 March); human rights and rule of law (17-18 June); and South-South cooperation, triangular cooperation and information communication technology (ICT) for development (20-21 May).

He will also three thematic debates, on the role of partnerships (9-10 April); how stable and peaceful societies can contribute to development (24-25 April); and on the way that water, sanitation and sustainable energy (18-19 February) can contribute to the post-2015 development agenda.

Also addressing today’s briefing, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson noted that elaborating a new development agenda has already benefited from an unprecedented and inclusive approach.

“Non-governmental organizations, the private sector, local authorities, trade unions, academics and citizens themselves have all been involved,” he said.

“I sense great dynamism in this room. Civil society groups are driving progress across the international agenda. On peace, human rights, inequalities, rule of law, climate change, poverty eradication, sustainable development and many other issues we rely also on you to push for progress among Governments – and generate action on the ground,” he added.

“We are at a crossroads on our journey to define the future development agenda. I count on you to continue advancing alongside Governments every step of the way. Civil society organizations are a source of ideas and inspiration. You are key critical development partners, agents of change, and watchdogs.”

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47098&Cr=development+agenda&Cr1#.UvjIx2IhDK1

Ibrahim SIDIBE

Country YPARD-Mali

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You are invited to post replies to a number of guiding questions around which inputs could be framed for the High-Level Event on Women, the Young and Civil Society, March 6-7.  A web link has been posted on the PGA’s site:

http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/2wycs_inputs.asp

*Please do so! The deadline for submitting inputs for this event is 28 February.*

George Ndungu,

Secretary for International Affairs and Kenya Chairperson.

Organisation of African Youth (www.oayouth.org)

African Youth Representative for Rio+20.

Convener: African Youth Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda

http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/2wycs_inputs.asp

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Equality, inclusiveness and participation must guide the framing of the world agenda for sustainable development, the President of the General Assembly said today, urging Member States to ensure that women, young people and civil society participate fully.

“Inclusion and participation mean our global community grows even stronger,” saidPresident John Ashe, opening the Assembly’s two-day High-level thematic debate on “Contributions of women, the young and civil society to the post-2015 development agenda.”

Setting the stage for a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been made by Mr. Ashe the hallmark of his year-long Assembly presidency which ends in September.

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47293#.UxnwqChI624

Mr. Ashe went on to say that in the post-2015 process, the international community will increasingly have to rely on civil society to join in shaping the agenda, setting priorities, monitoring implementation and ensuring transparency and accountability.

“Civil society is absolutely vital in identifying and helping to break down the systemic, policy and programmatic barriers such as unequal or blocked access to development, food, education, clean water, sanitation, energy, healthcare and justice; in preventing violence and gender inequality; and in ensuring freedom of expression and protecting universal human rights,” he said.

Finally, the Assembly President said that all the participants taking part in the event “are part of a great civic movement” that has the power to impact individual lives, communities, social services, the economy and the planet. “As we include and empower more people and groups in this movement, even more people around the world become caretakers of its sustainability. Inclusion and participation mean our global community grows even stronger.”

He said that all groups and all people have a stake in the new development agenda and have a right to be included and heard. “The post-2015 development agenda must embody a profound tenet of our United Nations Charter: that all people have rights and fundamental freedoms. It must reflect the principles of universality and non-discrimination, and enable meaningful participation and accountability.”


March 6-7, 2014

Live Webcast Follow the hashtag: #UNPGA68WYCS

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To follow this key theme, concept note; background paper; programme; Findings of the My World Survey on Women and Youth; go to:

http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/2wycs.shtml

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Dear colleagues,

The post 2015 process in New York, where a Common African Position will be heard, is complex. However, below are intergovernmental discussions in 2014 that we could influence. The Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG) is a forum for Member States which will produce a report containing a proposal for Sustainable Development Goals. The OWG will meet from March to July, and present its recommendations to the UN General Assembly by September 2014.The President of the General Assembly (PGA) John Ashe will host events during the first half of 2014, including:

  • 6-7 March: High Level Event on the Contributions of Women, the Young, and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda
  • 9-10 April: Thematic Debate: The Role of Partnerships in the Implementation of the Post‐2015 Development Agenda
  • 24‐25 April: Thematic Debate: Ensuring Peaceful and Stable Societies
  • 20‐21 May: High Level Event: Contributions of North‐South, South‐South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development to the implementation of the Post‐2015 Development Agenda
  • 17‐18 June: High Level Event: Human Rights & the Rule of Law in the Post‐2015 Development Agenda
  • The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is scheduled to take place from 30 Jun–9 Jul 2014 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Kind regards,

George Ndungu,

Secretary for International Affairs and Kenya Chairperson.

Organisation of African Youth (www.oayouth.org)

African Youth Representative for Rio+20.

Convener: African Youth Conference on Post-2015 Development Agenda

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Cusco, Peru – 23 & 24 May 2014

Want to participate? Submit your abstract now!
¿Desea participar? Envíe su abstract ¡ahora!

Mountains, covering approximately 25% of the Earth’s land surface, are home to about 850 million people and provide indispensable goods and services for all humankind. However, many mountain regions suffer from dire poverty, widespread land degradation, inequitable land rights, and are already enduring severe negative impacts from climate change. As testimony of this situation, estimates indicate that approximately 35% of the mountain population in developing and transition countries are vulnerable to food insecurity while half are chronically hungry.

Mountains are among the regions most sensitive to and already getting affected by climate change. Their diverse ecosystems act as early indicators of change, e.g. through rapid glacier retreat, with consequences felt far beyond mountain boundaries, making climate change in mountains a concern of regional and global dimension.

In order to promote Sustainable Mountain Development (SMD) in view of the considerable global challenges ahead, several engaged partners have jointly launched the World Mountain Forum (WMF). It provides an outstanding platform for SMD and brings together SMD stakeholders from around the globe, providing them a platform for exchange about their experience, promotion of collaborative action and for fostering political dialogue among different levels of government and society. The overall goal therefore, is to create dialogue with articulated concrete actions and concerted efforts of how to address the plight of these fragile ecosystems, through SDM.

The WMF 2014  will showcase and discuss available local, regional and global experience in mountain development. It will identify opportunities and challenges for the future of global SMD is likely to face. The WMF 2014 is expected to produce insights that will feed into other relevant global initiatives and events such as the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) and the CSD biennial cycle 20/21 in which mountains are one of five priority themes. Furthermore, it will deliver valuable input to the main global sustainable development processes including the Rio- (UNFCCC, CBD, UNCCD) and RAMSAR Convention. It is expected that the WMF 2014 will also contribute to the Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process at the national, regional and global levels. The WMF 2014 will bring the opportunity for mountain countries to discuss on how better ensure mountains are adequately incorporated into the future climate deal that the COP20 (Lima, December 2014) will advance.

Key topics

The WMF 2014 will cover the following topics: Family Farming, Water and Food Security; Climate Change; Mountain cities; and Mountain Communities. As each topic is very broad, the WMF 2014 is proposing some priority issues that will be covered by presentations from participants. Based on the material received, the organizing committee will arrange the sessions of the WMF. The presentations may have the form of paper, poster or audiovisual.

Key dates

  • 28.Feb.2014   Deadline for submission of abstracts for presentations
  • 10.Mar.2014   Announcement of selected presentations
  • 15.Mar.2014   Registration deadline
  • 31.Mar.2014   Deadline for final version of presentations
  • 23.May.2014   Starting of the WMF 2014

More information: wmf@mtnforum.org

Website: wmf.mtnforum.org

 

CONDESAN
Consorcio para el Desarrollo Sostenible de la Ecorregión Andina
Av. La Molina 1895. La Molina. Lima, Perú
Tel. (51-1) 618-9400 / Fax (51-1) 618-9415

E-mail: condesan@condesan.org

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FW: Strategic questions for ICESDF interactiv​e dialogue on 3 March + NGLS article ICESDG regional outreach meeting in Latin America

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu  /  Cell:  (734) 330-0238  /  Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
 ICESDF INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE ON 3 MARCH, 3-6 PM

For agenda see http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1686
From: Jean Letitia Saldanha <Saldanha@cidse.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 3:22 AM
Subject: FW: Strategic questions for ICESDF interactive dialogue on 3 March + NGLS article ICESDG regional outreach meeting in Latin America
To: Jeffery Huffines <jvhuffines@gmail.com>, Leo Williams <lwilliams@beyond2015.org>, Philipp Schonrock <psm@cepei.org>

Dear Jeff, Leida and Philipp,

Forwarded below an email from UN NGLS with information on the background questions that Panelists and discussants are being requested to respond to in their inputs and responses. There is also a link to the report of the ICESFD’s Regional outreach event in Chile in January which provides a lot of instructive points regarding the Committee’s discussions.

Do forward to NGO colleagues interested in next week’s session!

Best,

Jean

Jean Letitia Saldanha
T: +32 (0)2 233 37 53- F: +32 (0)2 230 70 82- skype: jeanletitiasaldanha-  www.cidse.org

From: global-social-economy@googlegroups.com [mailto:global-social-economy@googlegroups.comOn Behalf Of Hamish Jenkins
Sent: mercredi 26 février 2014 18:58
To: alessandra.nilo@gestos.org
Cc: Claudio Fernandes; global-social-economy@googlegroups.com
Subject: Strategic questions for ICESDF interactive dialogue on 3 March + NGLS article ICESDG regional outreach meeting in Latin America

 

Dear all,

There was just a planning meeting with the Co-Chairs of the Inter-governmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF). They approved the set of questions prepared by its steering committee of non-state actors to guide civil society inputs during the 3 March interactive session into their work next week. The Committee hasn’t properly discussed these issues in plenary so this is a timely moment for that.

1. Does the effectiveness and sustainability of a sustainable development financing strategy depend on systemic reforms of the international financial architecture? If so, which reforms are needed?
2. What forms of international cooperation on tax matters are required to overcome gaps and limitations in equitable domestic fiscal resource mobilization? What international taxes would be desirable and needed?
3. Which policies, measures and instruments could help overcome the volatility and short-termism of private finance? Is it possible to reconcile the primary profit motive of private investments with all three dimensions of sustainable development?
4. How to make financial governance at national, regional and global levels coherent with, and accountable to sustainable development objectives?
5. How can the work of the ICESDF help advance and build synergies with the climate finance negotiations taking place under the auspices of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)?

All speakers and respondents will be asked to structure their interventions around one or more of these questions. The FTT issue is embedded in question 2.

UN-NGLS has also just put on-line an article on the ICESDF’s regional outreach meeting that took place at the HQ of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Santiago on 14-15 January 2014.  A lot of important points came out of that meeting calling for a major change of course: http://www.un-ngls.org/spip.php?article4406&var_mode=calcul

Best, Hamish

Hamish Jenkins
Senior Programme Officer
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 1447
Fax: +41 22 917 0432
Email: hamish.jenkins@unctad.org
Web: www.un-ngls.org

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Post Rio+20:  Daily Nexus News from the Conference

Dear friends,

The second day of the Nexus Conference has finished and if you want to read about it then go to: http://campusblueprint.com/

Thanks to Campus Blueprint for covering some of the side events and the main plenaries and to Grace Tatter  for putting together such a great team of students to cover the Nexus Conference.

Videos of the plenaries will be up online each night http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/

Warmest regards

felix

Felix Dodds: US mobile +13472073919  UK mobile+447949580052  www.felixdodds.net

Email: felix@felixdodds.net

Co-director of Nexus 2014 Conference

Website: http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/

Twitter: http://bit.ly/YaJaLE

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/17oUEC2

YouTube: http://bit.ly/14Us0sO

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March 31-April 3, 2014
New York Academy of Medicine 1216 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street) New York City

 Caring for the Human Spirit: Driving the Research Agenda in Spiritual Care in Health Care March 31-April 3, 2014 New York Academy of Medicine 1216 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street) New York City

Download the conference brochure for details

http://www.healthcarechaplaincy.org/userimages/events/cfhs_2014/cfhs2014_brochure.pdf

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Dear All,

As a hub of expertise, experience, and innovative ideas, the OECD wants to support the post-2015 development agenda to the best of its ability. To share its knowledge, the OECD has started work on the paper series ‘OECD and Post-2015 Reflections.’

The series entails an overview paper and 11 elements, each of which focuses on different areas that are crucial for the success of the post-2015 development agenda. For updates, you can subscribe to the page here: http://www.oecd.org/dac/post-2015.htm. For specific papers, already released, along with interviews with the authors, please find links below.

Overview – Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: Towards an OECD contribution to the post-2015 agenda

Element 1 – Keeping the multiple dimensions of poverty at the heart of development

Element 2 – The OECD’s contribution on education to the post-2015 framework: PISA for development

Element 3 – Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agenda: A foundation for sustainable development

Element 4 – Enabling Investment in sustainable energy infrastructure

Element 5 – Strengthening National Statistical Systems to Monitor Global Goals

Element 8 – Policy coherence for inclusive and sustainable development

Element 10 – Effective development co-operation: an important enabler in a post-2015 global development framework

Element 11 – Measuring and Monitoring External Development Finance

 

Ibrahim SIDIBE

Coordinator of the Initiative for Agricultural and Rural de Development in Mali (ARD)

Country Representative Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development in Mali (YPARD)

BP-E: 4630 Bamako, Mali

Kalaban coura Street 200 Door 727

Phone: (00223) 20284223 / Mobile: (00223) 76312529 / Skype: sidhibe

E-mail: ibrahimsidhibe@gmail.com  /  Site: www.ypard.net.

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6 -9 June 2014 

Peace Event Sarayevo,  Second Call for the Youth Camp Activities Proposal

 Peace Event, Sarayevo,  Second Call for the Youth Camp Activities Proposal

http://www.peaceeventsarajevo2014.eu/

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WAY  Youth 2014 INVITATION LETTER       /      EU WAY Youth 2014 The Conscience of Europe – Concept note

Ediola Pashollari Secretary General World Assembly of Youth World Youth Complex, Jalan Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Ayer Keroh, 75450, Melaka, Malaysia Tel: +606 232 1871/2711 | Fax: +606 232 7271 | Mobile: +6012 9147050

 

Welcome to the 2014 Design Science: Global Solutions Lab    June 22-30, 2014

The 10th Annual Global Solutions Lab is taking place this June 22-30 in New York at the UN and in Philadelphia at Chestnut Hill College. Participants will be briefed by UN experts and then develop designs, programs and strategies that deal with one of the critical problems facing our world. The participant then present their work to a group of UN, corporate  and foundation leaders. After this their work is published in a book. Further information is at www.designsciencelab.com and in the attached PDF flyer.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could alert your members of this wonderful opportunity!

Best regards,

Medard Gabel

he best way to understand a system is to understand the system it fits into. — Howard Odum

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” —Buckminster Fuller

Medard Gabel

medard@bigpicturesmallworld.com

610.566.0156

BigPictureSmallWorld

http://www.bigpicturesmallworld.com

BigPicture Consulting

http://www.bigpictureconsulting.com

Design Science Lab

http://www.designsciencelab.com

EarthGame

http://www.1earthgame.org

Earth Dashboard

http://www.earthdash.org/index.php

http://www.designsciencelab.com/              /            Design Science Lab 2014 GSL Flyer

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Draft programme of work, morning briefing list of speakers, OWG side events, TST issue briefs may be found here:
http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1680

From: Chantal line Carpentier <carpentier@un.org>

Subject: Fw: WG: Side Event ?Economic and Social benefits from the Oceans: Focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda? (February 4th, 12: 45 pm – 2:50 pm)Dear

colleagues,

Please find attached a Save the Date for a Side Event on

“Economic and Social benefits from the Oceans: Focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda”

This event will take place in the framework of the 8th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

You are all warmly welcome!

An invitation with more information regarding the event will be distributed on Friday, January 31st.

Kind regards

Jan Kantorczyk
Permanent Mission of Germany


Jeffery Huffines
NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
www.civicus.org

 Invitee Worldbank Save the Date Oceans Feb 4

 

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 Februari 4th, 2014

  Edu Taking It Home Press Panel Luncheon Flier

FYI…  The Press Panel Luncheon in the Church Center, 777 UN Plaza. No UN pass required. All are welcome.  A delicious

lunch will be served from 12 noon to 1 pm. The Press Panel will begin at 1 :15 sharp and last to 2:45 pm.

You can also attend via web cast. The flyer with all information is attached.

 

Please RSVP


Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear All,

 

Please join us for the next WWF Forest and Climate Programme online REDD+ Learning Session on Wednesday, February 5 at 10AM EST/1600 CEST

Learning Session 20: National and Sub-National Legal Frameworks for REDD+

When: Wednesday, February 5, 10:00AM EST/1600 CET

What:   In this presentation, John Costenbader, of Climate Focus discusses policy, law and regulatory elements necessary for successful design and implementation of REDD+. He focuses his remarks first on purely national frameworks and then considers legal issues relevant to sub-national or “nested” REDD+ opportunities.

A Q+A session will follow the presentation.

Registerhttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3378885350028823042

This is a free, open event. Please help us spread the word by sharing this announcement with any contacts who may be interested.

 Thanks,

Breen Byrnes

Program Officer

Forest & Climate Programme

World Wildlife Fund  /  Office: +1 (202) 495-4518  /  Skype: breen.byrnes

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INVITATION  Feb 5th, 2014

The Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN,
The Permanent Mission of the Republic of South Africa to the UN,
The Office of the High-Commissioner for Human Rights, and
The United Nations Development Programme

cordially invite you to a

Briefing on the Global Thematic Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Development Framework

on the margins of the 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

DATE: Wednesday 5 February 2014
TIME: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
VENUE: Trusteeship Council ChamberUnited Nations Headquarters, New York


From October 2012 through March 2013, the Post-2015 Governance consultation provided a platform to discuss governance and accountability bottlenecks in the context of the MDGs. The consultation consisted of a series of regional meetings in Africa, the Arab region, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia, as well as an expert meeting on measurement, e-discussions, and a final meeting at the Pan-African Parliament in Johannesburg, South Africa. Throughout the consultation, a strong consensus emerged among participants on the relevance of governance as a foundation for sustainable development. The Briefing will present the consultation’s outcomes at the UN Headquarters in New York, as a contribution to the intergovernmental processes on Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 development agenda.

MODERATOR:

  • Ms. Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University

SPEAKERS:

  • H.E. Mr. Hans Peter Wittig, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations
  • H.E. Mr. Jeremiah Nyamane Kingsley Mamabolo, Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations
  • Mr. Jeffery Huffines, United Nations Representative, CIVICUS
  • Mr. Craig Mokhiber, Chief, Development and Economic and Social Issues, OHCHR
  • Mr. Olav Kjørven, Special Advisor to the UNDP Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

For further information and inquiries, please contact

Serge Kapto
+1 212 906 6431
serge.kapto@undp.org

Nouhoum Sangare
+1 212 963 6136
sangaren@un.org


Jeffery Huffines

NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
www.civicus.org

Follow threats and take action to protect civil society – join Civil Society Watch at www.cswatch.org 

 Please don’t print this e-mail unless you really need to. Thank you.

                                               

 

 

OWG8 Governance Briefing in NY – Concept Note

 Invitation – Gov2015 Briefing-5Feb2014

Agenda- Gov2015 Briefing-5Feb2014

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E-Discussion:

Handbook for realizing the rights to water and sanitation

29 January to 10 March 2014

 

Dear Rio Dialogues – Water Dialogue Members,

 

You are invited to join an e-Discussion on the Handbook for realizing the rights to water and sanitation. The e-Discussion will run from 29 January to 10 March 2014, organized by the UN Human Rights Policy network – HuriTALK hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Since 2010, when the UN General Assembly recognized the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation and the Human Rights Council reaffirmed this recognition, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation has received repeated requests from State authorities (national and local), service providers, regulators and others, to provide guidance on what realization of this right implies for their work and activities. This handbook for implementing the human rights to water and sanitation is a response to those – and possible future – requests.

The Special Rapporteur is pursuing a collaborative approach to the development of this handbook, firstly in the identification of the key barriers, challenges and opportunities that stakeholders encounter in realizing the rights to water and sanitation, and then further in the testing and verification of the checklists and recommendations to be featured in the handbook. This collaborative approach will ensure that the Handbook is relevant and helpful to practitioners working in the field and beyond the mandate of the current Special Rapporteur.

The e-Discussion is an important opportunity to share experiences, good practices and lessons learned on ensuring non-discrimination and equality in ensuring access to water and sanitation services especially to those groups that are excluded for a range of reasons. Consideration of non-discrimination and the elimination of inequalities are crucial in each of the five areas of implementation mentioned above (namely legal, policy and regulatory frameworks, financing, service delivery, awareness-raising and accountability and monitoring) that we have defined as the most significant actions to realise the rights to water and sanitation.

Through this E-discussion and the interaction with UN practitioners from different agencies and country teams, scholars, representatives of governments, national human rights institutions, and civil society organizations, WASH sector professionals as well as independent experts, participants can ensure that a broad diversity of contexts, experiences and perspectives support the sections of the Handbook that focus on ensuring non-discrimination and equality in access to water and sanitation services.

Weeks 1 and 2 (29 January – 10 February 2014) will reflect on general experiences in supporting access to water and sanitation including some of the main challenges of discrimination in service delivery in realizing the rights to water and sanitation. Lessons learned and good practices in addressing discrimination, inequalities and exclusion in accessing water and sanitation services in development programmes, particularly for marginalized individuals and groups, will also be reflected upon.

Weeks 3 and 4 (10 – 24 February 2014) will focus on how principles of non-discrimination and

equality can be incorporated into legislative, policy and regulatory frameworks and financing for water and sanitation. There will also be a focus on the main challenges to include non-discrimination in an effective and successful way as well as to ensure substantive equality.

Weeks 5 and 6 (24 February – 10 March 2014) will focus on accountability and monitoring and discuss whether the rights to water and sanitation can increase the accountability of States towards individuals and groups that are discriminated against and whether accountability and monitoring systems have improved access to services for marginalized groups or individuals. Awareness-raising and advocacy strategies that promote non-discriminatory practices effectively in ensuring that marginalized and / or vulnerable individuals and groups receive relevant messages and information will also be discussed.

We hope you will join us for the e-discussion and encourage you to forward this invitation to colleagues who may be interested in participating.

Contributions to the e-Discussion will be disseminated on the UN Human Rights Policy network – HuriTALK and other participating knowledge networks. If you wish to subscribe to participate in the discussion kindly send an email to: humanrights-talk@groups.undp.org It will also be possible to contribute to the discussion on the online UN platform ‘Teamworks’ where you can post comments and access relevant resources related to the e-Discussion. Kindly go tohttps://www.unteamworks.org/HandbookWatSan  to participate in the discussion online.

Sincerely,

Catarina de Albuquerque

UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation and

Patrick Keuleers
Director a.i.
Democratic Governance Group
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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OWG 8 SIDE EVENT @ CHURCH CENTER   February 5th, 2014

National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights along with Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, Asia Dalit Rights Forum, Feminist Task Force and Global Call to Action against Poverty are very happy to invite you to our discussion “Exploring Inter-sectionalities and Development Paradigms in South Asia context” on February 5 between 1 to 3 pm at NY (10th Floor, 777 UN Plaza, corner of 44th Street and 1st Avenue, NY). Lunch refreshments will be served.

 

genda:

Chair: Prof. Gay McDougall UN Independent expert on Minority Rights

Panelists:

Prof.Smita Narula Human rights activist

Mr. Nikhil Dey Social Activist

Ms. Rosa G LIzarde Feminist Task Force, GCAP

Mr. Abhinav Rawat Nine is Mine Campaign, India

Ms. Aparajita Dhar Restless Development

Ms. Shireen Vakil Miller Save the Children

Ms. Julie Thekkudan Oxfam India

Remarks: Mary Robinson ex-President of Ireland / Mary Robinson Foundation (tbc)

Please confirm your participation to Ms. Asha Kowtal at asha.kowtal@ncdhr.org.in

 

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 February 7th, 2014

UN OWG Decent Work Side Event – 7 February 2014

Please find attached information concerning an upcoming side-event:

Decent jobs in the transition to a sustainable economy

7 February 2014 – 1:15pm to 2:30pm

Conference Room B (CB)

Jim Sniffen

Programme Officer

UN Environment Programme

New York

tel: +1-212-963-8094

sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com

www.unep.org

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 FEBRUARY 13th: “What Education for the world? Global Education for Post2015″

 

http://deeep.org/global-conference-johannesburg.html

http://deeep.org/index.php

Save the Date !

The beginning of the year is the perfect period to plan and prepare. The whole team is working on an amazing program for 2014.

Among the activities, we will organise around 10 webinars over the year. Here is the program and more info about the first one.
Hope you will enjoy it!
Best wishes,The DEEEP and CONCORD DARE Forum team

The first webinar “Global Education for Post2015” is planned on February 13th!
If you want to participate or have more info, you can join the event on the platform or contactMaarten, our advocacy officer.
Looking forward to discussing this with you!

FEBRUARY13th: “What Education for the world? GlobalEducation for Post2015
In the framework of the United Nations process and “what education we want for the world“, this webinar will focus on the importance of Global Education in the Post2015 agenda.
Four speakers are expected to discuss this topic with you from 1pm to 2.30pm GMT.

Two strands of webinars:
1. The World Citizens conversationsFollowing up on our conference “Building a Global Citizens Movement“ in Johannesburg, we launch a webinar series to explore the possibilities of a GlobalCitizens Movement. Topics and speakers will be selected in a participatory way – stay tuned to learn soon how YOU can suggestion a webinar, vote of other proposal and shape this online conversation!2. The transformative conversations: DEEEP is a “transformational action experiment”, and we would like to explore with you how we can address systemic change. This series of webinars will be the ABC of the experiment we are going through: A like advocacy, B like building knowledge and C like communication. The first one, What Education for the world? Global Education for Post 2015, will take place on 13 February and is the start of a monthly series. Next appointments will be announced on the platform.  Have your agenda…

 

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http://ssc.undp.org/content/ssc/services/expo.html/

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Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference

 

March 5th – 8th, 2014

 

Chapel Hill, NC, USA

The Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th through Saturday, March 8th due to the scheduling of a just-announced meeting of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group.

This date change allows for participants to engage in immediate discussions of the most recent UN deliberations at the Conference and it presents an opportunity to extend the early bird registration deadline to January 31st.

We hope you will be able to participate in this opportunity to continue the post-2015 development conversation and start to develop the tools needed for us all to address the Nexus in the future.

The Conference comprises a variety of panel discussions, interactive and networking sessions, and research presentations aimed at increasing the dialog around Nexus issues.  To view the agenda, visit: http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/agenda/.

To register for the Conference, visit: http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/register/.

For any clarification of revised Conference arrangements, please email nexus@unc.edu.

The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March 5-8. The Nexus Conference will bring together leaders in business, government, NGOs and research to discuss innovative and sustainable solutions that address the intersection of the world’s water, food, and energy needs and use in a changing climate.

Conference Objectives

To input the Nexus approach to the Sustainable Development Goals being developed for 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals

  • Launch an Academic and Practitioners Network

Conference Partners

  • The World Bank
  • UNDESA
  • UNDP
  • UNCCD
  • UN HABITAT
  • UNITAR
  • IRENA
  • UN Global Compact
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • WWF International
  • Millennium Institute
  • Biovision
  • WSPA
  • Conference SpeakerAlbert Butare: Co-chair of Bonn Nexus Conference and former Rwanda Energy Minister
  • Adnan Z. Amin: Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Elizabeth Thompson: former UN Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator, Rio+20
  • Michael Schmitz: Executive Director, ICLEI US
  • Hans Herren: President and CEO, Millennium Institute and 2013 Right Livelihood Winner
  • Maruxa Cardama: Executive Project Coordinator, Communitas
  • Jonas Monast: Director of Climate and Energy Program at Nicolas Institute, Duke University
  • Diego Rodriguez: Program Manager, World Bank
  • Hannah Stoddart: Head of Economic Justice Policy Team, Oxfam
  • Zak Bleicher: Partnership Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Aneri Patel: Senior Associate, Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation
  • David Rothschild: Principal Portfolio Team, Skoll Foundation
  • Gary Lawrence: Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM
  • Stuart Orr: Head of Water Stewardship, WWF International
  • Anders Berntell: Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group
  • Steve Waygood: Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
  • Geoffrey Lipman: Former Assistant Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization
  • Joachim von Braun: Director of the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn
  • Lidia Brito: Director of Science Policy and Capacity Building for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  • Johan Kuylenstierna: Executive Director for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Joshua Tewksbury:  Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute

 

Sincerely,

The Water Institute at UNC

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The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is a joint initiative by UNEP, ILO, UNIDO and UNITAR to provide comprehensive assistance to countries seeking to develop and implement  inclusive green economy strategies.

The inaugural conference on PAGE will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 4-5 March 2014, under the Patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.  More than 300 participants representing governments, the private sector, civil society and development agencies are expected to attend.

To Register, click here.

The conference will be an opportunity to review international experience and progress related to green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.  It will also consider how greener economies can contribute to the emerging post-2015 development agenda.

For more information and an agenda are available here: http://www.unep.org/greeneconomy/PAGE/PAGEConference/tabid/131917/language/en-US/Default.aspx

 

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https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c95mb8co0m6ldcjbo3v9k698p3o,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac1wTP6WsNo

International Youth Task Force for the World Conference on Youth 2014 will host its first Google hangout on Monday the 20th of January 2014.  You will also have the opportunity to make suggestions/opinions and/or raise questions through the “World Conference on Youth 2014 Sri Lanka”

Facebook and Twitter pages.

https://www.facebook.com/wcy2014

https://twitter.com/WCY_2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ac1wTP6WsNo

http://www.worldthinkingday.org/en/home

Anush Aghabalyan

Senior Advocacy Coordinator

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

Direct Phone: +44 20 7433 6462

World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts  World Bureau, Olave Centre, 12c Lyndhurst Road, London, NW3 5PQ T: +44 (0) 20 7794 1181 | F: +44 (0) 20 7431 3764 E: wagggs@wagggsworld.org | W: www.wagggs.org

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http://pubs.iied.org/G03709.html

Following on from my previous email, we are pleased to let you know that registration is now open for IIED’s 8th

annual International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA8),

which will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal on 24-30 April 2014.

 

Register - To register to attend in person, or as an online participant please visit our website - www.cba8.org

Kate Wilson

Publications & Marketing Manager

International Institute for Environment and Development

80-86 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1x 8NH

Follow us on twitterhttps://twitter.com/IIED

Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 1546

You can also view the draft programme and

download the event flyer

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Dear Colleagues,

It gives me great pleasure to announce that a major publication entitled “Humanity Divided: Confronting Inequality in Developing Countries” produced by the Poverty Practice, Bureau for Development Policy (BDP), UNDP will be launched by Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 between 11.00 AM and 12.00 PM (Eastern Time). The launch event, to be chaired by Mr. Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Acting Director, Bureau for Development Policy, will be held at the One UN Hotel in New York. H.E. Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, H.E. Ambassador Csaba Körösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations and H.E. Ambassador Asoke Kumar Mukerji,  Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations will also speak at the launch. A panel discussion with the authors of the report will follow from 12:30 -2 pm.

The Report revisits the theoretical concepts of inequalities including their measurements, analyzes their global trends, presents the policy makers’ perception of inequalities in 15 countries and identifies various policy options in combating this major development challenge of our time. The Report makes the basic point that in spite of the impressive progress humanity has made on many fronts over the decades, it still remains deeply divided. In that context, the Report is intended to help development actors, citizens, and policy makers contribute to global dialogues and initiate conversations in their own countries about the drivers and extent of inequalities, their impact, and the ways in which they can be curbed.

I am also very pleased to inform you that the event will be live-streamed and can be accessed on the following UStream pages:

I do hope that you will be able to join us virtually through this link.

Kind regards,

Selim Jahan

Director Poverty Practice Bureau for Development Policy

Tel: +1-646-781-4124 Fax: +1-212-906-6471

304 East 45th street, FF-1562

New York, NY, 10017 www.undp.org/poverty

Invitation FLYER   UNDP Flyer HUMANITY DIVIDED

 

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Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference

March 5th – 8th, 2014

Chapel Hill, NC, USA

 

The Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference has been moved to Wednesday, March 5th through Saturday, March 8th due to the scheduling of a just-announced meeting of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group.

 

This date change allows for participants to engage in immediate discussions of the most recent UN deliberations at the Conference and it presents an opportunity to extend the early bird registration deadline to January 31st.

We hope you will be able to participate in this opportunity to continue the post-2015 development conversation and start to develop the tools needed for us all to address the Nexus in the future.

 

The Conference comprises a variety of panel discussions, interactive and networking sessions, and research presentations aimed at increasing the dialog around Nexus issues.  To view the agenda, visit: http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/agenda/

 

To register for the Conference, visit: http://nexusconference.web.unc.edu/register/   .

For any clarification of revised Conference arrangements, please email nexus@unc.edu.


The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March 5-8. The Nexus Conference will bring together leaders in business, government, NGOs and research to discuss innovative and sustainable solutions that address the intersection of the world’s water, food, and energy needs and use in a changing climate.

Conference Objectives

  • To input the Nexus approach to the Sustainable Development Goals being developed for 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals
  • Launch an Academic and Practitioners Network

Conference Partners

  • The World Bank
  • UNDESA
  • UNDP
  • UNCCD
  • UN HABITAT
  • UNITAR
  • IRENA
  • UN Global Compact
  • Stockholm Environment Institute
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development
  • WWF International
  • Millennium Institute
  • Biovision
  • WSPA

Conference Speakers

  • Albert Butare: Co-chair of Bonn Nexus Conference and former Rwanda Energy Minister
  • Adnan Z. Amin: Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Elizabeth Thompson: former UN Assistant Secretary General and Coordinator, Rio+20
  • Michael Schmitz: Executive Director, ICLEI US
  • Hans Herren: President and CEO, Millennium Institute and 2013 Right Livelihood Winner
  • Maruxa Cardama: Executive Project Coordinator, Communitas
  • Jonas Monast: Director of Climate and Energy Program at Nicolas Institute, Duke University
  • Diego Rodriguez: Program Manager, World Bank
  • Hannah Stoddart: Head of Economic Justice Policy Team, Oxfam
  • Zak Bleicher: Partnership Officer, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Aneri Patel: Senior Associate, Energy Access at the United Nations Foundation
  • David Rothschild: Principal Portfolio Team, Skoll Foundation
  • Gary Lawrence: Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM
  • Stuart Orr: Head of Water Stewardship, WWF International
  • Anders Berntell: Executive Director, 2030 Water Resources Group
  • Steve Waygood: Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
  • Geoffrey Lipman: Former Assistant Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization
  • Joachim von Braun: Director of the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn
  • Lidia Brito: Director of Science Policy and Capacity Building for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  • Johan Kuylenstierna: Executive Director for the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Joshua Tewksbury:  Director, Luc Hoffmann Institute

Sincerely,

The Water Institute at UNC

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The United Nations convenes its Scientific Advisory Board

 

The UN Secretary-General to open first meeting in Berlin

 

The 26 members of the new “Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General” are to meet for the first time, in Berlin on 30 and 31 January 2014. The new Board will be advising the United Nations on a broad science and sustainable development agenda. UNESCO hosts the secretariat for this new Board. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will open the first meeting together with the German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

 

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is a new body created by the UN Secretary-General. He has announced the creation of the SAB at the inaugural meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development during the UN General Assembly in September 2013. The creation of the Board was recommended in January 2012 by the Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability.

The SAB is tasked with providing advice to the UN Secretary-General and the Executive Heads of UN organizations on strengthening the interface between science, policy and society, particularly in areas relevant to sustainable development. One of the SAB’s main tasks is to better integrate scientific results into global political debates and decision-making. The SAB will also examine whether new global assessment studies are needed, and will discuss the post-2015 development agenda.

The new Scientific Advisory Board is composed of 26 internationally leading scientists from all continents and a very broad experience in terms of scientific disciplines, global scientific cooperation and scientific policy advice. Inter alia, it includes Nobel laureates, presidents of National Academies of Science and the Chairpersons of IPCC and of IPBES.

The first meeting will be hosted by UNESCO in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office and the German Commission for UNESCO.

More information at the website of the first meeting  www.sab-2014-berlin.de.

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Dear Community of Educators,

A few of your UN SD ED> Caucus members have received the UNEP Champions of the Earth Award and we are sure there are more of you who should be nominated. We encourage you tot hink aabout yourselve, your colleagues, people in your networks who would qualify. Who are you, where are you let’s do it again. Details appended below.

All the best,

Pamela Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co Chairs

Co Coordinators Climate Change

E-mail: pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell: (734) 330-0238

Voic/Fax: (734) 994-3613 

www.unep.org/champions

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations’ highest environment award that honours outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of environment, Green Economy and sustainable development.

Marking our 10th successful year as the most prestigious global award on the environment, the Champions of the Earth Awards has honored some of the most influential leaders worldwide, including Al Gore, Marina Silva, Google Earth, Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Albert II of Monaco

Attached is announcement for UNEP Champions of the Earth award, in case of any nominations…

With best wishes,
MP
community, and the international media.

Click here to nominate your Champion of the Earth!

http://unep.org/champions/nomination/#nominationform

www.unep.org/champions

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Champions of the Earth, the United Nations’ highest environment award that honours outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of environment, Green Economy and sustainable development.

Marking our 10th successful year as the most prestigious global award on the environment, the Champions of the Earth Awards has honored some of the most influential leaders worldwide, including Al Gore, Marina Silva, Google Earth, Mikhail Gorbachev and Prince Albert II of Monaco

Tell us who your Champions of the Earth are! 

We’re looking for outstanding individuals – pioneers and trailblazers whose work has had a significant and positive impact on the environment. These are the leaders who have been providing the vision, policies, pathways and actions that exemplify the balanced integration of the environment with the economic and social pillars of sustainable development. These are the far-seeing advocates that drive the transition to an inclusive Green Economy in both developed and developing countries.

The 2014 Champions of the Earth Awards will recognize exemplary leaders in the following categories:

Policy Leadership

Science and Innovation

Entrepreneurial Vision

Inspiration and Action

Nominations must be submitted online by 14 March 2014.

Announcement of Winners

Winners will be announced at an international media conference in New York in November and will be presented with their awards at a high-level Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner on the same day. This prestigious event will be attended by senior officials from the UN and the diplomatic corps, UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors and other celebrities, executives from the private sector, members of the global NGO community, and the international media.

Click here to nominate your Champion of the Earth!

http://unep.org/champions/nomination/#nominationform

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Dear All,

As a hub of expertise, experience, and innovative ideas, the OECD wants to support the post-2015 development agenda to the best of its ability. To share its knowledge, the OECD has started work on the paper series ‘OECD and Post-2015 Reflections.’ The series entails an overview paper and 11 elements, each of which focuses on different areas that are crucial for the success of the post-2015 development agenda. For updates, you can subscribe to the page here: http://www.oecd.org/dac/post-2015.htm. For specific papers, already released, along with interviews with the authors, please find links below.

Overview – Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: Towards an OECD contribution to the post-2015 agenda

Element 1 – Keeping the multiple dimensions of poverty at the heart of development

Element 2 – The OECD’s contribution on education to the post-2015 framework: PISA for development

Element 3 – Gender equality and women’s rights in the post-2015 agenda: A foundation for sustainable development

Element 4 – Enabling Investment in sustainable energy infrastructure

Element 5 – Strengthening National Statistical Systems to Monitor Global Goals

Element 8 – Policy coherence for inclusive and sustainable development

Element 10 – Effective development co-operation: an important enabler in a post-2015 global development framework

Element 11 – Measuring and Monitoring External Development Finance

 

Ibrahim SIDIBE

Coordinator of the Initiative for Agricultural and Rural de Development in Mali (ARD)

Country Representative Young Professionals’ Platform for Agricultural Research for Development in Mali (YPARD)

BP-E: 4630 Bamako, Mali

Kalaban coura Street 200 Door 727

Phone: (00223) 20284223

Mobile: (00223) 76312529

Skype: sidhibe

E-mail: ibrahimsidhibe@gmail.com

Site: www.ypard.net.

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BRIEFING NOTE ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S SPECIAL EVENT TOWARDS ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS  25 SEPTEMBER 2013

http://www.iisd.ca/mdgs/se/html/crsvol153num10e.html

 

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SEEd Webinars in 2014

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The Thematic Debate of the General Assembly on “Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the post 2015 development agenda” is taking
place at the Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN HQ (NY), 18-19 February 2014.

The agenda, concept note and background note are available here: https://www.un.org/en/ga/president/68/settingthestage/1wsse.shtml

Follow the hashtag: #UNPGA68WSSE

While Major Groups have not been invited to make interventions, in addition to the civil society speakers listed in the programme, we have learned that there may be an opportunity for additional civil society input from the floor. Therefore, while offering no guarantees, if you are prepared to make an intervention, please email jeffery.huffines@civicus.org orsusan.alzner@un-ngls.org so that they may inform event organizers of your interest.


Jeffery Huffines
NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Skype: jefferyvhuffines

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
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Turkey  23-24  February 2014

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

Over 50 people from 6 continents and representing more than 30 key platforms and organizations engaged in civil

society-led campaigns relating to sustainable development gathered in Istanbul, Turkey on 23-24 February 2014.

The meeting was convened by CIVICUS in collaboration with the United Nations, the Overseas Development Institute

and the United Nations Foundation. This communiqué summarizes the discussions held in Istanbul.


Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)

Cell: +1 646-707-1060

Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org

Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB,

South Africa www.civicus.org

 Turkey Istanbul Communique February 2014

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Online W Grougp Summary OWG sessions 1 to 8 14 Feb UN Online W Grougp Summary OWG sessions 1 to 8 14 Feb

Dear Community of Educators,

Thoughts, ideas, reports, etc. Your insights are welcome as we continue our work on “Educating for Sustainability” as a cross-cutting, integrated thread through the SDGs.

You can contribute online to the Thematic areas covered by the 8 sessions of the OWG on SDGs. You can upload briefing papers, position papers and debate these papers at  http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1565 after creating a profile. If you need more information please use the step by step manual on how to contribute to the OWG at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1670.

All the  best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The World Economic Forum has begun this week in Davos.  UN SD Education Caucus member, Marta Benavides, is covering the meetings working with her colleagues on issues of inequality, poverty eradication, and equity. Their reference document comes from Oxfam International entitled, “Working for the Few:  Political capture and economic inequality”, http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/working-for-the-few-economic-inequality.

Related to the UN dialogues on SDGs, principles, key issues, and SCP, William Mc Donough is playing a key role throughout the week, his events are posted here:  http://www.sys-con.com/node/2937283.

For the first time, the WEF meeting has a dedicated program addressing global climate change as well as advancing cradle to cradle design and circular economy strategies for sustainable business. As part of his activities at the Annual Meeting, Mr. McDonough will present a special session entitled “Beyond Sustainability: From Limits…to Growth.”

•  World Economic Forum, sustainability on the agenda, The Huffington Post is conducting a series of video interviews and live updates from Davos, examining the issue of getting involved with clean water, see Mat Damon [www. water.org], and others talking about climate change and other topics and critical issues that are on the agenda.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/22/world-economic-forum-2014_n_4635127.html

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty

Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

 

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WWSF e-Newsletter – Spring 2014 From: info@wwsf.ch To: Worldview Mission

 

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Opening Remarks for the OPGA High Level Event on

‘The Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society

to the post-2015 Development Agenda’

6 March 2014

By Paul Quintos

Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development

Excellency John Ashe, distinguished panelists, ladies and gentlemen thank you for this opportunity to share with you today our views and expectations as civil society for a new development framework that members states are currently shaping for the post-2015 era.

A few years ago several internal memos from one of the world’s largest banks, Citigroup, was leaked to the public. The memos described the world’s leading economies as “plutonomies” and advised investors that good returns would be generated from luxury consumption and lifestyles. It also warned against the possibility of rising corporate tax rates that could choke off returns to the private sector, and other taxes on personal income, dividend, capital-gains, and inheritance that could hurt the plutonomy.

It is this model of wealth accumulation that is directly responsible for the crises we now confront. Policies of consumerism, financial speculation, unmitigated exploitation of the world´s resources, privatisation of essential social services, resources and infrastructure, deregulation of labour and economies and militarism have made the world unsustainable, insecure and grossly unequal. The burden of these policies is borne by those least responsible: the impoverished and marginalized, especially women and children in the global south.

How can we maximize the contribution of women to society if they remain tied down by patriarchal structures that require women to carry the burden of the vast amount of the world’s unpaid and low-paid work, if they are being bought and sold as child-bearers, wives and workers while still not respected as equal rights holders? If they are most likely to die in climate related disasters, most likely to be displaced as subsistence farmers, most likely to suffer from the privatization of public services, goods and commons. If women suffer the tyranny of violence inside and outside the home and even internationally where might is normalised as the source of power?

How can youth and children best shape their future if millions are barred from getting an education and fulfilling their potentials. Even those who have degrees are denied decent work opportunities and therefore a life of dignity.  Instead we have thousands of girls working in slave-like conditions in factories and plantations and mines or in homes of the better-off; to prop up the avaricious economic structures that demand increased consumption and production to benefit a tiny few.

The Citigroup memo warned that beyond war, inflation, the end of the technology/productivity wave, and financial collapse, the most potent and short-term threat to plutonomies would be societies demanding a more ‘equitable’ share of wealth. That time has come.

Over the past three years, streets and squares and fields across the world have become the sites of massive demonstrations, strikes, occupations, riots, rebellions and revolutions. From the Arab Spring to the movement of the squares in Southern Europe, to Occupy Wall Street and the streets of Turkey and Brazil, people everywhere are rising up against inequality, injustice, and the lack of accountability of political authorities.

So if there is one clear message that we want our leaders to heed as we move to the negotiating stage of the post2015 agenda, it is this: we need to radically change the global political and economic system through a transformative and redistributive framework that aims to reduce inequalities of wealth, power and resources between countries, between rich and poor and between men and women.

Rhetorical normative language is not enough. Governments must make clear unequivocal commitments to a new course for the world that ensures the planet’s limited resources are used equitably and responsibly, acknowledging the historical debt of the few to the many, and our responsibility to future generations.

We need a goal to redistribute the obscene levels of wealth concentration within and between countries.  Indeed, just 5% of the 46.2 trillion-dollar wealth of the world’s so-called “High Net Worth Individuals” is enough to cover the annual cost of a global social protection floor, climate change adaptation and mitigation combined. Targets can be adopted in terms of increasing the share of labor in national income; increasing progressive taxation; democratizing ownership and management of productive assets and finances, expanding solidarity-based and public forms of ownership over the means of production and distribution, strengthening diverse local economies and territorial management.

A strengthened global partnership for development that recognizes the common but differentiated responsibilities of countries is also critical in this regard.  Public finance, technology transfers and capacity-building measures should be directed in support of sustainable development effort in developing countries.  More importantly, the financial system needs to be fixed including the taxation of speculative flows, clamping down on tax havens, preventing tax competition, cancelling illegitimate and odious debt. The WTO, trade agreements and investment treaties should be circumscribed by human rights norms and principles rather than the other way around.

The respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights should be explicitly recognized as both the overall goal of sustainable development and the means for achieving it. All goals, targets and indicators should be aligned with relevant human rights standards. The immediate obligation to ensure at least essential levels of these rights, without discrimination or retrogression, requires ‘universal’ or ‘zero targets’ for all sectors wherever possible and strong equality benchmarking should be integral to monitoring progress. The duty to use the maximum available resources to fulfill these rights progressively requires monitoring of both the policy and fiscal and budgetary efforts of governments, alongside sustainable development outcomes.

To tackle inequality and injustice we need stricter regulatory frameworks for big business especially transnational corporations to ensure that they are fully transparent, respect human rights and are held accountable whenever they violate these rights.  Corporate accountability must not rely on the goodwill and self-regulation of corporations.

Finally, if we want to harness the contribution of women, youth and civil society, the Post-2015 development framework must enhance the enabling conditions for people to claim their rights. The proliferation of new laws, policies and practices that limit core civil society freedoms of expression, association and assembly must be arrested and reversed.  Instead, we need to bolster the means and opportunities by which people, especially the most marginalized and excluded, can hold governments, corporations, international institutions, donors and other power-holders to account. We must develop accountability mechanisms from grassroots to the global, community monitoring tools, budget monitoring, shadow reports to provide input in monitoring mechanisms, and so on.

If governments enter into negotiations looking for the lowest common denominator, if you settle for incremental changes that will help the poor but reproduce poverty and injustice, if you do not commit to dismantling the architecture of plutocracy, then people will persevere in demanding development justice – through these channels or through our collective struggles outside the halls of official power.

Thank you

Paul Quintos  /  IBON International  /  3rd Flr., IBON Center / 114 Timog Avenue,

Quezon City 1103  /  Philippines  / Telefax: +63 2 9276981  / Skype ID: paul.quintos

Websites: iboninternational.org   /  peoplesgoals.org

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Hi Jeff:

A group of child-focused agencies have a joint communique on children in relation to today’s PGA event. Could you circulate through the NGO Major Group?
Thanks so much!

Arelys Bellorini <Arelys_Bellorini@wvi.org
(See attached file: CFA_joint_statement_UNPGA_thematic_debates-Feb2014.pdf)
Arelys Bellorini  |  Senior Advisor Strategic Relations and Partnering – Advocacy and Justice for

Children  |  Global  Capital New York – World Vision International  |  www.wvi.org  Phone: Office: 1-212-355-0069 - Mobile: 1-718-839-0823  |  Fax: -212-355-3018  |  E-mail: Arelys_Bellorini@wvi.org - Skype:  arelysbg  [ Mailing: 919 Second Avenue - 2nd Floor., New York, N.Y., 10017, USA ]
Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative

(NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060  /  Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org  / Skype: jefferyvhuffines

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Dr. John C. Maxwell & Ms. Hélène  H. Oord during The UN conference

The 5 levels of Leader http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPwXeg8ThWI

https://www.johnmaxwell.com/downloads/Website/21%20Laws%20Summary.pdf

http://assessments.johnmaxwell.com/

 

Christian Ambassy, 2007 New York.

UN breakfast reception,  all UN Officials Ambassadors were present during the Generally Assembly, for the leadership training.

August 2007, invited by United Nations /Christian Embassy , (John Austin & Michael

Larry, John  Rob, organizers)  More about CRU : http://www.cru.org/communities/ministries/christian-embassy-united-nations.html

http://www.cru.org/ministries-and-locations/ministries/christian-embassy-united-natio/

http://www.u-leadership.com/the_21_irrefutable_laws_of_leadership-w.pdf

http://www.johnmaxwell.com/blog

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