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UN Regional Offices hold Fora on Sustainable Development

In preparation for the third meeting of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, taking place from 26 June to 8 July 2015, UN Regional Commissions are holding Fora on sustainable development in May and June. Among other things, they will include discussions on the regional dimension of implementing the post-2015 development agenda and SDGs, and questions of follow-up and review. The regional fora are considered as crucial to allow a focused preparatory process.

Joint Post-2015 and Financing for Development session highlights common ambition

The joint session between the Financing for Development (FfD) and Post-2015 processes was held from 21 to 24 April 2015 at UN Headquarters. It focused on means of implementation, a global partnership for sustainable development, and the relationship between the post-2015 and FfD processes. The four co-facilitators, two from each process, were present at all meetings, to ensure coherence and to “pause and reflect on how to ensure that the outcome of Addis has the same level of ambition as the SDGs”, as Ambassador David Donoghue, who co-facilitates the post-2015 process with Ambassador Macharia Kamau of Kenya, put it.

Draft Recommendations for a Small Island Developing States Partnership Framework

Nearly 300 partnerships between governments, businesses and civil society organizations from all over the world to support small island developing states were registered in the run-up to and at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, held in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014. A draft partnership framework to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments made through these partnerships has been published.

"People need to change habits to stop damaging earth" – UN Radio Interview

"People need to start living in a way that is less damaging to our planet," said Nikhil Chandavarkar, Chief of the Outreach and Communications Branch in the Division for Sustainable Development, in a UN Radio interview on the occasion of International Mother Earth Day. He says the global community has been digging into what he called the earth's "savings account", which is unsustainable. You can find the interview here.

"New sustainability agenda must harmonize humankind's relationship with planet" - UN General Assembly President

As United Nations Member States prepare to adopt and move toward implementing a new development agenda, the President of the General Assembly said it is critical to ensure that “a harmonious relationship with our planet underpins our quest to achieve sustainable development.” “This year's dialogue on Harmony with Nature is timely, as the formulation of an ambitious and transformative development agenda for the next 15 years is under way,” said General Assembly President Sam Kahamba Kutesa as he opened the Assembly's interactive dialogue on 'Harmony with Nature: Towards achieving sustainable development goals including addressing climate change in the post-2015 development agenda.'

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