Call for ‘meaningful decision’ on strengthened international forest arrangement


Opening the eleventh session of the United Nations Forum on Forests today, the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, called on delegates to work on agreeing on a strengthened International Arrangement on Forests, which balanced ambition and practicality. “A meaningful decision on strengthening the International Arrangement on Forests will put us on a path towards a greener economy and a more equitable and sustainable future for all,” said Mr. Eliasson in his remarks to the Forum, which is holding its current session in New York through 15 May. Read more

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Forests pivotal to new post-2015 development agenda


Deliberations beginning this week at the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests present an unprecedented opportunity to forge an international forest policy for the next 15 years that will be aligned with the new sustainable development agenda expected to be adopted in September.  Read more

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Securing resources for the future we want

The Third International Conference on Financing for Development in July presents a unique opportunity to agree on a global plan to finance sustainable development, paving the way for a successful UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda and a universal agreement on climate later this year. As the countdown continues with a series of preparatory events, the global community is getting ready to invest ahead – for people and planet. Read more

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Call to build forward-looking consensus to finance sustainable development


“No region is better placed than Asia and the Pacific to shape the means of implementation for the post-2015 development agenda,” Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) told a high-level meeting on sustainable development financing in Jakarta on 29 April. Read more

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Harmonious relationship with planet crucial for sustainable development

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As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.” Read more

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