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World Investment Report 2011: Non-Equity Modes of International Production and Development

The Division on Investment and Enterprise of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recently launched the 10th edition of the World Investment Report (WIR11). This year’s report focuses on the importance of using non-equity modes (NEMs) of international production as tool for developing countries to improve their international competitiveness and trade capacity. WIR11 explains how the strategic use of NEMs can help developing and transitional economies to recover from the economic and financial crisis and rapidly integrate into the competitive global economy.

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Save the Date: International Meeting with Civil Society – C�rdoba 17-18 October 2011

arton3539International Meeting with Civil Society
C�rdoba 17-18 October 2011

C�rdoba Dialogue
Citizenship for a Sustainable Planet

On 17-18 October 2011, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the Spanish Ministry for Environment, Rural and Marine Affairs will organise a dialogue with civil society - the “Crdoba Dialogue.”This is an international event open to all, especially oriented to NGOs, trade unions, civil groups working for gender equality and for a fairer and more cooperative world. There will be a special emphasis on civil society from developing countries. This important event seeks to strengthen the participation of this sector in developing countries as a cooperation mechanism reinforcing UNEP’s role in the preparatory process toward UNCSD 2012 and ultimately aiming to ensure that the outcome of this conference is inclusive.

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Third Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee held in New York

arton3532The third United Nations Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom) on the creation of a legally binding international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) took place at UN headquarters in New York from 11-15 July 2011.

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Price volatility and food security: A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition

arton3528TheHigh Level Panel of Experts(HLPE) on Food Security and Nutrition recently released a report on price volatility and food security, which tries to explain the complexities of higher food prices and higher levels of food price volatility. These two phenomena (higher food prices and volatility) are of increasing political, professional and public concern, the report notes, as they continue to affect millions of people, undermining their nutritional status and food security.

 

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UNRISD conference “Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social Dimension”

arton3529The UNRISD Conference, “Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social Dimension,” will create a forum for analysis aimed at developing a conceptual and policy framework that will position social dimensions at the centre of green economy and sustainable development.

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The Right to Land and Livelihood

From 12-13 September, Ekta Europe Network and Ekta Parishad, India will organize an international mobilization conference in Geneva entitled "The Right to Land and Livelihood: Gateway to livelihood security and sustainable development in a non-violent global economy that will focus on presenting, analysing and building support for non-violent alternative models for democratic policy, economic and social change.

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NGLS e-Roundup – 2011 High-Level Meeting on AIDS: Transforming Vision into Reality

arton3520Ten years after the landmark 2001 UNGASS on HIV/AIDS, the UN General Assembly High‐Level Meeting (HLM) on AIDS, held in New York from 8‐10 June 2011, brought together more than 3,000 participants, including 30 Heads of State and Government, to review progress, reaffirm current commitment and chart future action in the global fight against AIDS as it continues to destroy lives and opportunities for many.

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Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Right to Development

arton3515In 1986, the GA adopted the “Declaration on the Right to Development,” which confirms that the right to development (RTD) is “an inalienable human right by virtue” – a right that should not to be questioned – “which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.” (Article 1.1, Declaration on the Right to Development).

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Guidelines for contributions to the compilation document for Rio+20 outcome

Co-Chairs’ Guidance Note on Inputs for Compilation Document

Aguidance notehas been released to facilitate the preparation of inputs from Member States, Major Groups and UN system organizations to the compilation document that will provide the basis for the zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document.

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e-Consultation: Food Security and Climate Change

arton3498.jpgFood and nutrition insecurity and climate change are, more than ever, the two major global challenges humanity is facing. These challenges are inextricably linked, and so should be the world’s responses.

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UN General Assembly holds Informal Thematic Debate on the United Nations in Global Governance

arton3510On 28 June, the UN General Assembly held an “Informal Thematic Debate on the United Nations in Global Governance.” The thematic debate aimed to discuss ways to strengthen the multilateral institutional and intergovernmental framework on global governance; and to provide input to the report on global governance that is being prepared by the UN Secretary-General in the lead up to sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly.

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Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

arton3511.jpgOn 7 July 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched theMillennium Development Goals Report 2011, which – while highlighting progress made in advancing the MDGs – draws attention to numerous challenges that remain as the 2015 deadline draws near. These challenges include empowering women and girls; promoting sustainable development; and protecting the most vulnerable from the devastating effects of multiple crises – whether conflicts, natural disasters or volatility in prices for food and energy.

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Why the International Framework for Sustainable Development Needs Sustainability Evaluation and Reporting

arton3503.jpgFundamental changes are occurring in our world today, as the global scale of human activity pushes against and often exceeds nature’s capacity to support life. Climate change, peak oil reserves, fresh water shortages, waste overload, and rapid bio-diversity loss are just a few signs that humans are exceeding the planet’s natural resource limits.

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Progress on the World’s Women 2011-2012: In Pursuit of Justice

Justice may be collectively desired, but it is individually experienced [1]

UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, launched its flagship publication “Progress on the World’s Women 2011-2012: In Pursuit of Justice,” which offers a comprehensive global review of women’s rights around the world, on issues from gender-based violence to equal pay, from representation in government to post-conflict justice.

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22 September: General Assembly High-level Commemoration Meeting for the Tenth Anniversary of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

arton3501On 22 September this year, the United Nations General Assembly will hold a one-day High-level meeting in New York to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the adoption of theDurban Declaration and Programme of Action.

 

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UN Development Dialogue: Setting the stage for a post-MDG agenda

arton3502On 14 June, in accordance with General Assembly Resolution A/RES/60/265, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) held its Development Dialogue – an annual meeting that assesses development progress as part of the follow-up to the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome. The Dialogue built on a comprehensive assessment of progress made in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), carried out in September 2010 and was divided into two panel discussions.

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Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

arton3511On 7 July 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched theMillennium Development Goals Report 2011, which – while highlighting progress made in advancing the MDGs – draws attention to numerous challenges that remain as the 2015 deadline draws near. These challenges include empowering women and girls; promoting sustainable development; and protecting the most vulnerable from the devastating effects of multiple crises – whether conflicts, natural disasters or volatility in prices for food and energy.

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