The Post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals Processes: A Platform for Action for Responsible Investors

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Post2015-125The recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012 was an opportunityfor governments to discuss the global sustainable development agenda and agree on priorities and ways to address the challenges ahead. It was also an opportunity for different stakeholders to input and influence this agenda and pledge for future commitments for action. The Conference was also an important platform for businesses and investors. More than 1800 business leaders attended theConference and related events in Rio and hundreds of voluntary commitments (many measurableand time-bound) outside of the formal negotiating process were announced to support different international initiatives such as ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ or the UN Global Compact Water Mandate.

UNDESA Synthesis Review of Agenda 21 and the Rio Principles

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Agenda-21-Rio-principles-Synthesis_Web-125The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), a division of the UN Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has produced a study on the review of the implementation of two of the major outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) held in Rio in 1992; the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21. The study is part of a broader project, Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (SD21), whose objective is to provide a long-term vision for sustainable development based on the development since the Earth Summit. To read the full report click here.

Stakeholder Forum welcomes Farooq Ullah as new Executive Director

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The Board of Directors of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future - an international organisation working to advance sustainable development – appointed Farooq Ullah as its new Executive Director. Farooq Ullah started his new duties as Executive Director on September 1. He takes over leadership from former Executive Director, Felix Dodds, who stepped down after 20 years in the post.

Stakeholder Forum signs onto Beyond 2015 Civil Society statement on the UN High Level Panel on Post 2015

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The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), CIVICUS, the Feminist Task Force, Oxfam International, Beyond 2015, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Article 19, ATD Fourth World, the World Movement for Democracy and Stakeholder Forum, welcome the appointment by the UN Secretary-General of a diverse High-Level Panel to advise on a post-2015 development agenda.

Water in Rio+20: Interview with Felix Dodds

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Interview series on Water in Rio+20 by UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication

Q) UNW-DPAC: What are your expectations for water in Rio? What would you like to see, what do you expect to take out of Rio?

A) Felix Dodds: Rio is already a success it has redefined the MDG agenda to an SDG agenda which would not have happened without Rio. It will have 130 heads of state attending and so will ensure that sustainable development becomes part of their immediate policy horizons what is done with this is up to those who return and keep the pressure on.