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Updated Information on the UN-NGLS Civil Society Nomination Process for the UN 2014 Climate Summit

UN-NGLS conducted an open process to obtain nominations for 4 civil society speakers and 34 additional attendees for the 2014 UN Climate Summit, taking place on 23 September at UNHQ. 18 of the 38 representatives will receive travel funding from the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Click the title above for the latest information on this (...)


Women, Peace, and Security – a critical component of the post-2015 development agenda

A panel discussion, co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) of Princeton University and the PeaceWomen Project, discussed gender equality, women’s empowerment, and women’s role in post-conflict development at UN Headquarters on 31 July (...)


Update on the work of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF)

The ICESDF will hold its fifth and final plenary session from 4-8 August 2014. An interactive dialogue between the ICESDF and non-state actors, organized by UN-NGLS, will take place on 5 August from 10:00-1:00pm in Conference Room 1 of the Conference Building at UN Headquarters.


Fourth and Final Structured Dialogue on the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (23 July)

The UN General Assembly’s fourth Structured Dialogue on possible arrangements for a Technology Facilitation Mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies was convened at UNHQ in New York on 23 July. This full-day dialogue was the final in a series held in accordance with General Assembly resolution (...)


Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals releases outcome document

The thirteenth session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held at UNHQ from 14-19 July. The session was originally scheduled to end on 18 July, but continued throughout the night and into mid-afternoon of the next day. On 19 July, the OWG Outcome Document was finally concluded, after 17 months of preparatory negotiations on the (...)


18 July Briefing at UNHQ by the Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF)

High-level Thematic Debate on the Promotion of Investment in Africa and its Catalytic Role in Achieving Africa’s Development Objectives, including those of NEPAD (17 July)

OWG13 side event organized by UN-NGLS called for prioritizing climate change in the SDGs (15 July)

Can the U.N. set Sustainable Development Goals without dealing with climate change? (reposted)

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