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Guide to events during the 68th Session of the UN GA in September 2013

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The convening of the 68th Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) on Tuesday 17 September 2013 represents the start of a key period for Member States and stakeholders. This includes a high level segment of intergovernmental meetings and a number of other events - many of which relate directly to a range of post-UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20) and post-2015 processes.

Stakeholder Forum's Response to the High Level Panel's Report

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The High Level Panel of Eminent Persons, which was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General to advise on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, has made public its recommendations in a report entitled 'A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development'.

Business and a Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

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Stakeholder Forum in partnership with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Business Fight Poverty organised on April 17 the event ‘Business and a Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda: Where Next’. The event discussed how the private sector is engaging with the current Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals process and brought together a diversity of organisations working on these issues in the private sector, NGOs, business associations, governments and research institutions.

The Nature of Stakeholder Engagement at Rio+20

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With more than 10,000 accredited and participating stakeholders, and over 82 million more connected virtually, Rio+20 was seen as a UN summit with one of the largest contingencies of non-state actors present. In principle, and also to a large extent in practice, the Rio+20 has been the most open and interactive in history.