Member States and stakeholders discuss vision for post-2015

Member States and Stakeholders discuss vision for post-2015

The post 2015 negotiating session held from 17-20 February at UN Headquarters in New York focused on the Declaration component of the new development agenda. The Declaration “will be an important part of the future framework and indeed of the outcome document” of the post 2015 agenda, said Co-Facilitator David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland. Co-Facilitator Macharia Kama, Permanent Representative of Kenya, stressed that the Declaration should be visionary and “speak to the future”. Read more

Posted in: Sustainable Development


Participants join from across globe to chat on world economy

More than 250 people joined UN DESA’s Facebook chat on 12 February to ask their questions on the world economy. Oil prices and their impact on consumption, GDP growth and fiscal balances, wages and income inequalities were some of the topics addressed by the online community as they tuned in from all corners of the world. Read more

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New $US 1 million UN Grant for leadership and innovation in sustainable energy

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A new programme that will offer $US 1 million to institutions or individuals that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in energy for sustainable development was launched in the beginning of February by UN DESA, with funding support from the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC), a Hong Kong-based NGO. Read more

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Top officials: UN development system must adapt to challenges posed by post-2015 agenda

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Top United Nations officials today underlined the importance of ongoing review and reform of the Organization’s development system as Member States met to begin the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Operational Activities Segment. Read more

Posted in: ECOSOC


Valuing the environment – from sustained to sustainable growth


Growth has, for a long time, been seen as a crucial enabler in fighting poverty and the social injustices that come with it. In order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the desired growth pattern was set to be sustained, inclusive and equitable. However, when looking at the post-2015 era and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mr. Pingfan Hong, Director of UN DESA’s Development Policy and Analysis Division, saw the need for a new kind of growth pattern where sustained growth has to be replaced by sustainable growth, whereby the value of the environment is fully considered. Read more

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