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Standing ovation for Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner at UN Climate Summit

Teacher, poet, journalist, and environmental activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands delivered “haunting words” that “have made the most lasting impression” at the 2014 UN Climate Summit that took place on Tuesday 23 September.


38 Civil Society Representatives Selected for UN Climate Summit

UN-NGLS conducted an open nomination process to obtain nominations for 4 civil society speakers and 34 additional attendees for the UN Climate Summit. 18 of the 38 representatives will receive travel funding. Please click the title above for the latest information on this process.


Next steps for the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Building toward next year’s negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda, a number of events and processes will occur during the remaining months of 2014 that include roles for civil society, including the President of the General Assembly’s “Interactive Meeting with Civil Society in Advance of the High­-level Stock­taking Event on the Post­2015 (...)


UN DPI-NGO Conference releases Final Conference Declaration and Resource Document

The 65th annual DPI/NGO Conference, held from 27-29 at UNHQ in New York, adopted a 13-page Declaration reflecting the participants’ vision, recommendations, and monitoring and accountability framework for an “Action Agenda” on poverty eradication, sustainable development, human rights and climate (...)


Overview of the 2014 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Conference

The third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) will be held in Apia from 1 - 4 September. In this article, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) provides an overview of the Conference.


Reflection on the consultations for the Outcome Document for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (18-19 August)

Recommendations of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

Special event celebrates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, while also calling for stronger implementation of their rights (8 August)

ECOSOC Leadership meets with Major Group representatives on 3 occasions during the High-Level Political Forum (1-3 July)

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