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Survey on capacity and knowledge building for post-2015

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Stakeholder Forum is working towards enhancing the participation of stakeholders in the intergovernmental processes on sustainable development goals (SDGs) and post-2015 development agenda. We invite you to take part in a short survey to tell us your priorities for knowledge and capacity building in relation to new development goals. PARTICIPATE.

Book Review- UNEP: The first forty years by Stanley Johnson

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Reviewed by Derek Osborn, President, Stakeholder Forum

For the past 40 years, UNEP (the United Nations Environment Programme) has been at the centre of the global debate and international action about the environment in all its aspects. Now, in celebration and penetrating analysis of this endeavour comes a timely book “UNEP The first 40 Years” by Stanley Johnson.

UNEP Governing Council

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HundrGovernance modeleds of environment ministers, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders met from 18-22 February 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) first universal session of the Governing Council. The purpose of the Governing Council was to review important and emerging policy issues in the field of the environment and to start implementing the agreements reached at the Rio+20 Conference.

The Paper "Building a New Governance Model for Environmental Sustainability" outlines how the Rio+20 outcome document, UN General Assembly and recent Governing Council has strengthened UNEP.

Jorge Laguna Celis prepared this paper in his personal capacity and the views expressed do not necessairly reflect the views of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations. There is no renumeration or honorarium associated with the preperation or publishing of this paper.

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Analysis of the UNDESA Survey on the Sustainable Development Goals

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Stakeholder Forum has produced a synthesis report of national governments suggestions on key principles and criteria for developing a proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of the on-going consultations on the SDGs and to feed into the work of the OWG, in October 2012, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the secretariat of the Rio+20 Conference, distributed a questionnaire to national governments to elicit their views and suggestions on some key principles and criteria for developing a proposal for the SDGs. 

This report is a synthesis of the information provided in the submissions and intends to present the findings of the questionnaire in a way that is accessible to all governments and stakeholders. The information has been collated by country type and region with an aim to help identify key priorities. 

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Stakeholders met Friends of Paragraph 47 in Lille

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Friends of paragraph 47 is a governments’ group originally formed by South Africa, Brazil, France and Denmark in the aftermath of Rio+20, to work around the agenda of corporate sustainability reporting (paragraph 47 of the Rio+20 outcome). The group met with stakeholders in Lille on the 16 of November during the Responsible Economy World Forum. This meeting was organized by the Global Reporting Initiative and UNEP who constitute the secretariat for this group. The group of governments welcomed Norway as a new member, andpresented the charter outlining its visionCorporate transparency and accountability are key elements of a well-functioning market economy, and enhance the private sector’s contribution to sustainable development” and conviction: that the role of Governments is essential to foster a culture of corporate transparency”.