By 2016, the UN will have the opportunity and the challenge to operate under the most comprehensive framework on sustainable development in the history of the organization. The process and substance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have ushered significant shifts. The agenda’s universal application, integrative nature, and strong reference to peace as indispensable for sustainable development all mark a paradigm shift for the UN and its member states.
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The ICM hosted a public consultation on March 16th on two of its discussion papers: “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Addressing Climate Change” and “The Relationship between the UN and Regional Organizations, Civil Society, the Private Sector, and NGOs.”
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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, both universally applicable, were adopted with an unprecedented sense of ownership by member states. The relevant ICM (...)
With less than two weeks left until Paris hosts landmark United Nations-brokered climate change talks, Wael Hmaidan, Director of the Climate Action Network, is confident the signs are pointing toward the formation of a legally binding agreement.
“We feel that the stars are aligning,” Mr. Hmaidan said, citing significant advances in renewable energy development and the fact that labor, youth, religious, and other movements had got behind the climate action campaign.
“We have clarity on what (...)
The vision set out in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is linked to the outcome of the climate change conference in Paris, said Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Without a climate change agreement, the SDGs will not be achievable.
Mr. Seth, the former head of the secretariat for the intergovernmental negotiations on the SDGs, said that a challenge facing the Paris agreement will be getting financing right. Unless (...)