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WU Competence Day: Sustainable Economics (Zukunftsfähiges Wirtschaften)
As part of the WU Competence Day 2014 (Vienna University of Economics and Business, 17. November 2014) the Department of Socio-Economics presents their recent results from their research about poverty and social exclusion, overexploitation of natural resources, regional integration, urban development and future labour. Besides presentation of those research findings, international researchers hold lectures about topics of Sustainable Development. Markets in environmental governance, responsibility about the impacts (Verantwortung für Wirkungen) – Herausforderung für das Management von Unternehmen und zivilgesellschaftlichen Organisationen; Sustainable resource use; Perspektiven zur Armut und sozialen Ausgrenzung; ein Vierteljahrhundert wirtschaftliche und soziale Transformation in Mittel- und Osteuropa; Sustainable Work; nachhaltige Stadtentwicklung – Smart City; Prospects for eco-social Policies; ->http://www.wu.ac.at/highlights/events/previews/wu-competence-day/programm/
Third international Conference on Small Island Developing States
One of this year’s themes is Small Islands Developing States (SIDs). The Third Conference on SIDs was held 1-4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The focus was on a group of countries that are of crucial importance to successful sustainable development in view of their unique and peculiar vulnerabilities. The theme overarching the whole conference was “The sustainable development of small islands developing States through genuine and durable partnerships”.
The Conference had the following objectives:
- Assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation;
- Seek a renewed political commitment by focusing on practical and pragmatic actions for further implementation;
- Identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and means of addressing them; and
- Identify priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS to be considered in the elaboration of the post-2015 UN development agenda.”
A statement that illustrates the weight SIDS could have on the post-2015 agenda was made early in the meeting by John Ashe, President of the United Nations General Assembly. He pointed out that SIDS could lead the transition to ‘green’ energy. In fact, with a major portion of their budgets paying for the import of fossil fuels, a shift to green could help the SIDs in both economic and environmental terms. The SIDs dispose of unlimited wind, wave and solar energy rsources that they can exploit.
For information on the conference: http://www.sids2014.org/
UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit
The Climate Summit was held on 23 September at UN headquarters in New York. The aim of the meeting was to “mobilize political will for a universal and a legally-binding comprehensive agreement in 2015.” One of the ways used to achieve that goal was to invite civil society to the discussion. At the request of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, UN-NGLS issued an open call for nominations of civil society speakers and attendees for the 2014 UN Climate Summit. 38 civil society representatives were selected to participate in the summit, four of whom will address the meeting.
For more information: http://climate-l.iisd.org/events/2014-climate-summit/
United Nations General Assembly
The newly elected President of the United Nations General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, announced in his acceptance speech in June 2014 that the theme of the 69th session of the UGeneral assembly would be Delivering on and implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda. The general debate in the General Assembly will takes place 24 September – 1 October.
65th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference
From 27 to 29 August 2014, the annual United Nations DPI/NGO conference was held at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The theme of the conference was “2015 and beyond: Our Action Plan”. The outcome document is now the action plan that will be pursued over the coming year to try and shape the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. According to Maher Nasser, acting head of the Department of Public Information, more than 4000 participants attended the three-day conference. One hundred NGOs from all around the world and 120 national delegates participated in the conference as attendees or speakers.
The clear conclusion of the conference is that NGOs and other members of civil society must act as advocates and bring pressure to bear on their governments. The post-2015 agenda will then reflect accurately the top priorities of all. As the Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said at the closing session, thie declaration “should enable you and communities across the globe to speak with a common voice and advocate for ambitious goals, and for a commitment to leave no one behind”. To outline the importance of youth in thise agenda, two youth representatives were asked to read the declaration prior to adoption: a most meaningful gesture in the post-2015 agenda process.
To read the final declaration: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/files/2014/08/DPINGOOutcomeDoc-DeclarationFinal.pdf
Complementary resources document: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/files/2014/08/RESOURCES-DOCUMENT29.08.pdf
More information on the conference: http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/conference-2014/
Youth in Post-2015 development agenda
On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution 54/120 that recommended creating the International Youth Day. The proposal stemmed from the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth held in Lisbon in August 1999. 12 August has since been recognized as the International Youth Day. This year’s theme was “Youth and Mental Health”. Youth is taking up an important position in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda process.
Millenium Development Goals
MDGs 500-day Countdown – Video -> http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Default.aspx
MDG Report 2014 released ! The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014
The report presents the latest assessment of global and regional progress towards the MDGs
MDG Progree Report Chart released ! MDG Progress Chart 2014
Several important targets have or are close to be met by 2015 in many regions and sub-regions, but progress in other areas is far from sufficient.