SDGs Focus Areas Released

Feb 27, 2014 No Comments by

On February 21st, 2014, the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), released its list of focus areas for the forthcoming set of international aspirational goals. In an open letter from the Co-Chairs, the Open Working Group acknowledged that the international community has “unfinished business” concerning the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well [...]

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Global Governance Monitor

Feb 24, 2014 No Comments by

The Council on Foreign Relations has launched a new online version of their Global Governance Monitor (GGM). GGM is part of the Council’s International Institutions and Global Governance program, and it is an “online multimedia tool that explains and evaluates multilateral efforts to confront the world’s most pressing problems.” The site features 9 central topics [...]

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Get Involved With Planning SDG Indicators

Feb 17, 2014 No Comments by

As of January 1st, 2014, the international community entered the final year to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. These goals will ‘expire’ in 2015, but due to their aspirational nature, 2015 was never supposed to be a hard deadline. Goals like ‘ensuring environmental sustainability’ and ‘promote gender equality’ were never intended to be finished by [...]

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Maria Ivanova Attends Inaugural Meeting of the UN Scientific Advisory Board

Feb 12, 2014 No Comments by

Recognized as an expert on global environmental governance, our own Maria Ivanova attended the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Scientific Advisory Board in Berlin, Germany on January 30th-31st, 2014. Ivanova is one of 26 members of the new board working to integrate perspectives from the natural, social, and human sciences. UN Secretary General Ban [...]

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Rapid Urbanization in the 21st Century

Dec 10, 2013 No Comments by

Speaking at a recent news conference, Joan Clos, the Executive Director of UN-Habitat, addressed the need to focus on the future of the world’s metropolitan areas. Out of a global population of around 7 billion, around half of humans (3.5 billion) already reside in urban areas.  Over the next thirty years, the global population is [...]

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UNCTAD and the SDGs

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments by

In anticipation of the coming negotiations over the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) will host a series of dialogues on a number of issues related to the agenda. At the first of these ‘Geneva Dialogues’, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi stressed the need for the sustainable development agenda to [...]

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