The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is an inter-agency programme of the United Nations mandated to promote and develop constructive relations between the United Nations and civil society organizations.
In the early hours of 12 April, the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD47) concluded with a consensus resolution. The resolution reaffirms the Programme of Action (PoA) of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and calls on governments to address remaining gaps and shortfalls that prevent its full implementation.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently released three Briefing Notes on the post-2015 development agenda with recommendations on how to (1) achieve a balanced, ambitious and inclusive framework that integrates the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development; (2) accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP); and (3) ensure a clean and healthy environment.
UN-NGLS delivered a series of policy briefs to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals presenting civil society recommendations on: Macroeconomic Issues, Energy, Means of Implementation, Human Rights, Global Governance, Sustainable Consumption and Production and Climate Change Mitigation, Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality, and the Ocean and Seas.
The first day of the 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (New York, 7-11 April) was marked by a clear call from UN officials, government delegations, experts and civil society representatives to let the ICPD Programme of Action and the outcomes of its review inform the post-2015 development agenda.
On 5 April, the seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF-7) opened its doors in the city of Medellín, Colombia, welcoming over 10,000 participants from more than 160 countries. During seven days, a wide range of stakeholders will discuss the theme “Urban Equity in Development – Cities for Life.”