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UNIS/INF/512
3 August 2015

Consensus Reached on New Sustainable Development Agenda to be adopted by World Leaders in September Ambitious new agenda would end poverty by 2030 and universally promote economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection
VIENNA/NEW YORK, 2 August 2015 (UN Information Service) – The 193 Member States of the United Nations reached agreement today on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this September by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York. Concluding a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years and has featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, countries agreed to an ambitious agenda that features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim to end poverty, promote prosperity and people’s well-being while protecting the environment by 2030.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the agreement, saying it “encompasses a universal, transformative and integrated agenda that heralds an historic turning point for our world.”
“This is the People’s Agenda, a plan of action for ending poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, and leaving no one behind. It seeks to ensure peace and prosperity, and forge partnerships with people and planet at the core. The integrated, interlinked and indivisible 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the people’s goals and demonstrate the scale, universality and ambition of this new Agenda.”
Mr. Ban said the September Summit, where the new agenda will be adopted, “will chart a new era of Sustainable Development in which poverty will be eradicated, prosperity shared and the core drivers of climate change tackled.”
He added that the UN System stands ready to support the implementation of the new agenda, which builds on the successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, and which, he said, will also contribute to achieve a meaningful agreement in the COP21 in Paris in December.
More than 150 world leaders are expected to attend the Sustainable Development Summit at the UN headquarters in New York between 25 to 27 September to formally adopt the outcome document of the new sustainable agenda.
The new sustainable development agenda builds on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, which helped more than 700 million people escape poverty. The eight Millennium Development Goals, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included slashing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation by 2015.
The new sustainable development goals, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people.
The preamble of the 29-page text, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” states, “We are resolved to free the human race within this generation from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal  and  secure our planet for the present and for future generations.” It continues, “We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”
Rio+20 and the intergovernmental process
At the Rio+20 Conference of 2012, Member States agreed to launch a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals, which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals have proven that goal-setting can lift millions out of poverty, improve well-being and provide vast new opportunities for better lives. It was agreed that the new goals would be global in nature and universally applicable to all countries while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.
The negotiations were co-facilitated by the UN Permanent Representative of Ireland, Ambassador David Donohue, and the UN Permanent Representative of Kenya, Ambassador Macharia Kamau, over two years. The inclusive and transparent consultations by Member States, with the strong engagement of civil society and other stakeholders, have served as a basis for the conclusion of the intergovernmental negotiations on the emerging universal and people-centred agenda.
Core elements of the draft outcome document
The outcome document highlights poverty eradication as the overarching goal of the new development agenda and has at its core the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The emerging development agenda is unique in that it calls for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income. Member States pledge that as they embark on this collective journey, no one will be left behind. The ‘five Ps’—people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership—capture the broad scope of the agenda.
The 17 sustainable goals and 169 targets aim at tackling key systemic barriers to sustainable development such as inequality, unsustainable consumption and production patterns, inadequate infrastructure and lack of decent jobs. The environmental dimension of sustainable development is covered in the goals on oceans and marine resources and on ecosystems and biodiversity, bringing core issues into the goal and target framework.
The means of implementation outlined in the outcome document match its ambitious goals and focus on finance, technology and capacity development. In addition to a stand-alone goal on the means of implementation for the new agenda, specific means are tailored to each of the sustainable development goals.
Member States stressed that the desired transformations will require a departure from “business as usual” and that intensified international cooperation on many fronts will be required. The agenda calls for a revitalized, global partnership for sustainable development, including for multi-stakeholder partnerships. The agenda also calls for increased capacity-building and better data and statistics to measure sustainable development.
An effective follow-up and review architecture – a core element of the outcome document – will be critical to support the implementation of the new agenda. The High Level Political Forum on sustainable development, set up after the Rio+20 Conference, will serve as the apex forum for follow up and review and will thus play a central role. The General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and specialized agencies will also be engaged in reviewing progress in specific areas.
Based on the outcome document, the agenda will include a Technology Facilitation Mechanism to support the new goals, based on multi-stakeholder collaboration between Member States, civil society, business, the scientific community, and the UN system of agencies. The Mechanism, which was agreed at the Addis Conference in July, will have an inter-agency task team, a forum on science, technology and innovation, and an on-line platform for collaboration.
The successful outcome of the Addis Conference gave important positive momentum to the last stretch of negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. It is expected that the consensus reached on the outcome document will provide momentum for the negotiations on a new binding climate change treaty to culminate at the Climate Change Conference in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
The draft agreement can be found at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015
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Sharon Birch
UN Department of Public Information
Telephone: (+1-212) 963-0564
Email: birchs[at]un.org
and
Francyne Harrigan
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Email: harriganf[at]un.org


Vienna Energy Forum 2015, 18-20 June 2015: Outcomes – Message 1 to 8 -> http://www.viennaenergyforum.org/outcomes

Information about this Forum will be provided soon !

High Level Panels:

I: Sustainable Energy for Productive Capacities
II: Ending Energy Poverty – Concrete Commitments and Action on the Ground
III: Business Models and Smart Policies for Scaling up Renewable Energy
IV: Regional Strategies to Sustaibable Energy and Best Practises
V: Sustainable Energy and Climate Change – Road to COP 21
VI: The Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency
VII: Sustainable Cities – Global Driver
VIII: Post 2015 Development Agenda: SDG Summit and Beyond
IX: New and Innovative Financing Mechanism for Sustainable Energy
X: Integrated Approaches for Energy – Water – Food – Health Nexus

Special Events

I: Energy Efficiency for Competitive Industries
II: Addressing the Knowledge Gap through Research Networks
III:Public Privat Partnerships for Energy Efficiency
IV: Sustainable Transport
The final report and key recommendations adopted at the Forum will be available online soon.
 
Energy Leaders Voices
Launch of Report: ” Beyond Connections: Energy Access Redefined”     http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/energy/publication/energy-access-redefined
Launch of the Global Tracking Framework -> http://trackingenergy4all.worldbank.org/reports
Launch of REN21 Renewables 2015 Global Status Report
Leading the Reporting in Renewables: Ten years of counting
Hohe Tauern National Park’s VERBUND Climate School
Networking Event: Women for Sustainable Energy -> DFID-Energia-Ashden-Report-Public-Summary-Feb-2015 (1)

Long-term macroeconomic forecasts Key trends to 2050, A special report from The Economist Intelligence Unit

Long-termMacroeconomicForecasts_KeyTrends


Vienna, 23 June, 2015 – UNEP has commissioned MODUL University Vienna to develop a smart web intelligence solution for the environment. The platform is expected to make key contributions that will help in meeting agreed environmental goals and foster sustainable development. The core of the mandate will be the development of an extensive online platform for analyzing and interlinking global environmental indicators and communication flows.

The Department of New Media Technology of MODUL University Vienna will develop the comprehensive web intelligence solution over the next two years. It will analyze both individual and relevant public opinion trends on air quality, biodiversity and climate change from news channels, social media, online publications, global companies, environmental organizations, partners and stakeholders. Web intelligence technologies will align and compare environmental indicators from structured sources with relevant documents and postings from these online sources. The system will be integrated into UNEP’s knowledge management platform – UNEP Live at www.unep.org/uneplive.

See more at:

http://www.unep.org/newscentre/default.aspx?

http://www.unep.org/newscentre/default.aspx?DocumentID=26827&ArticleID=35210&sthash.5eiAIILL.NPj7xbxA.mjjo

DocumentID=26827&ArticleID=35210&sthash.5eiAIILL.NPj7xbxA.mjjo#sthash.5eiAIILL.9l2BbXPG.dpuf


Paper on the Sustainable Development Goals and upcoming Financing for Development process jointly prepared by Soroptimist International and Zonta International

Pdf-File: Integrating Gender Equality into Financing for Development FINAL copy


UN Office for Outer Space Affairs and NASA launch global social media campaign on space for sustainable development

VIENNA, 16 June 2015 (UN Information Service) – Today the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in collaboration with NASA and astronaut Scott Kelly, launched a global photography competition to highlight the importance of outer space for sustainable development on Earth. NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly is currently on board the International Space Station (ISS) on a unique One-Year Mission, together with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, where he will be setting a single-mission record for a US astronaut. The joint expedition will be a great feat for space exploration and an important step forward for the future of human space flight in research on the effects of living in space for  a long time.
To highlight the role of space-based science and technologies and their applications for sustainable development, UNOOSA are asking the public to submit photos depicting just why space matters to us all in our daily lives. Participants are asked to submit pictures through Instagram using #whyspacematters, and tagging @UNOOSA. Kelly will announce the winning photo each month by posting it from his Instagram account @StationCDRKelly.
Speaking from the ISS, Scott said: “We learn something every time we go to space. And the International Space Station is one of the world’s greatest laboratories – where we are helping with advances in medicine, biology, chemistry and materials sciences. It is the pursuit of these advances off the Earth that help improve lives on Earth. And that is why I am so committed to space exploration and embarking on this year-long mission. I look forward to seeing the images from people around the world on how space technology has impacted them where they live.”
UNOOSA have given examples of themes that can be used in photographs, such as “space for developing economies”, “environment and climate change”, “disaster risk reduction”, and so on. UNOOSA Director, Simonetta Di Pippo, said it is “an honour to have Scott Kelly share his experience in space with the United Nations. This campaign will help to promote the use of space science and technologies in such areas as disaster risk reduction, tracking the effects of climate change and in the equality of access to education and telemedicine.”
For more information on the campaign, visit http://www.unoosa.org/whyspacematters


Convergence Assembly: World Social Forum 2015, Tunis, March 27
Post-2015 Agenda: what development, for whom and why?
REPORT: Report Convergence Assembly Post-2015_EN


Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs

http://unsdsn.org/resources/publications/indicators/?utm_source=SDSN&utm_campaign=fdc3552ad4-SDSN_reports_April_17_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2302100059-fdc3552ad4-177951633


UN secretary general says no plans to reduce sustainable development goals

In his report, Ban Ki-moon backs the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the UN working group, despite the difficulty member states may have in communicating them

 UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon reaffirms in his report the proposed number of sustainable development goals and targets.

For more information:

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/dec/04/un-secretary-general-says-no-plans-to-reduce-sustainable-development-goals


 WU Competence Day: Sustainable Economics  (Zukunftsfähiges Wirtschaften)

As part of the WU Competence Day 2014 (Vienna  University of Economics and Business, 17. November 2014the 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.



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