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Experts Discuss Options for Stand-alone Water SDG [viewed]

United Nations14 June 2013: A UN consultation on water-related sustainable development goals highlighted the potential for a new “water in development” narrative that will promote water as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).

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2013 MDG Report Highlights Progress and Areas for Accelerated Action [viewed]

mdg2013-report1 July 2013: The 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report recognizes “substantial progress” in meeting many MDG targets while also urging nations to accelerate efforts to achieve unmet MDGs by the 2015 deadline. The report examines areas in which action is most needed, including on environmental sustainability, and highlights unequal progress, with disparities among regions and between rural and urban populations, population groups within countries, and men and women.

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Next UNGA President to Prioritize Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGA14 June 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected by acclaimation John W. Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) as President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. 

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GGIM Working Group Releases Report on Global Map for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNGGIMJune 2013: The UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) released the report of a working group tasked with considering a Global Map for Sustainable Development (GM4SD), the 'Development of a Global Map for Sustainable Developmen'” (E/C.20/2013/6/Add.1). The report describes the working group's progress, proposes a road map for consideration and highlights disaster and urban hazard mapping as a key input into the GM4SD.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Prince Talal of Jordan as UNSGAB Chair [viewed]

unsgab10 June 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan as Chair of the UN-Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).

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World Day to Combat Desertification Focuses Attention on Drought and Water Scarcity [viewed]

World Day to Combat Desertification 201117 June 2013: Events to mark the 2013 edition of the annual World Day to Combat Desertification are focusing attention on the theme 'Don't let our future dry up.' The selection of the topics of drought and water scarcity seeks to take into account that 2013 is also the International Year of Water Cooperation. 

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Event: 13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 13) [viewed]

The Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will hold its 13th session in May 2014. The PFII was established by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2000 to advise the UN system on indigenous people's issues. The PFII session will address the theme of "Principles of good governance consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: articles 3 to 6 and 46 (3)."  

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Oceans Day Celebrates People and Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2013: World Oceans Day was celebrated on 8 June around the theme 'People and Oceans.' The Day is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.

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SDSN Proposes 10 Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

unsdsn6 June 2013: The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has issued its report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 'The Action Agenda for Sustainable Development' argues that a sustainable development path must be based on four related normative concepts: the right to development for every country; human rights and social inclusion; convergence of living standards across countries; and shared responsibilities and opportunities.

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TICAD Adopts Yokohama Action Plan on Inclusive Development in Africa [viewed]

Ticadiv Logo 23 June 2013: At the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), African leaders and over 2,000 international development practitioners, including from 51 African countries, discussed 'Inclusive and Dynamic Development in Africa.'

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