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EU Development Funding Enters into Force, Signals Support for SDGs[viewed]

The EU's 11th European Development Fund (EDF) has entered into force with a total of €30.5 billion in financing, according to a statement by the European Commission's (EC) High Representative and Vice-President Federica Mogherini, and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica. The EDF will finance the EU's development cooperation projects in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and with Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) to assist countries in their efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Agriculture, Family Farming Key for Sustainable Development, FAO Director-General Tells CARICOM[viewed]

Agriculture and small-scale and family farming are critical drivers of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, and key to addressing food security and coping with climate change, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva told Heads of Government at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit. Da Silva also highlighted progress by CARICOM members in achieving the Millennium Development Goals' (MDG) hunger target.

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Ceremony Concludes SIDS Year, Emphasizes Links with 2015 Processes[viewed]

Speakers reflected on the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at a closing ceremony, noting the Year's efforts to raise awareness of SIDS' contributions to the global community, their resilience, their cultural heritage and the special challenges faced by SIDS in achieving sustainable development, including climate change and sea level rise, vulnerability to external shocks, and degradation of their biodiversity and marine resources. Many speakers discussed SIDS within the context of the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Developing (FfD 3) and climate change negotiations.

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ECLAC Report Finds Challenges in Sustaining Poverty Gains[viewed]

The decline in poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean has stalled, and extreme poverty, or indigence, has increased since 2012, according to a study by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The study suggests the region is experiencing challenges in sustaining progress made in reducing poverty and unemployment and in expanding these achievements, as the reduction of poverty and indigence and improvements in income distribution have slowed.

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UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Cooperation with Regional, Sub-Regional Organizations[viewed]

The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note ahead of the high-level thematic debate on ‘Strengthening Cooperation Between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations' convening on 4 May 2015. The concept note highlights that cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations “has remained a cornerstone" of the UN's work, and has intensified over the years. It also underlines the important contribution that regional and sub-regional organizations can make to the post-2015 development agenda, including its implementation.

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ECLAC, IDB, UNDP Partner to Accelerate SE4ALL in Latin America and Caribbean[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP) have formed a partnership in support of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative in the Americas. The partners intend to create a joint work plan, capitalizing on the unique strengths of each organization to enable on-the-ground implementation of the SE4ALL goals.

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Workshops Reflect on Biodiversity Conservation, Fisheries Management in ABNJ[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Common Oceans Program organized two workshops in February on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJs).

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IPCC-41 Discusses Future Work, Measures to Involve Experts from Developing Countries[viewed]

The 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-41) addressed issues related to the future work of the IPCC, including consideration of the recommendations by the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC, and a decision on size, structure and composition of the IPCC Bureau and any Task Force Bureau.

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February 2015 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During February 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Citi corporation reported on funding and new financial instruments. IDB, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank launched publications on, inter alia, climate resilience, green growth and carbon pricing, and reported on a regional event in Asia.

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UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Crime-Development Links[viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate on tackling social and economic challenges and promoting sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. Many participants highlighted the importance of enhancing the rule of law for achieving sustainable development, and called for making it an integral part of the post-2105 development agenda. Many also welcomed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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