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Eradicating extreme poverty is our most urgent priority: sustainable development our guide
Secretary-General's speech at the opening of the thematic debate, 18 Feb. 2014
18-19 February 2014: General Assembly thematic debate on Water, sanitation and sustainable energy in the Post-2015 development agenda. Both the President of the General Assembly, Mr. John Ashe and Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary-General addressed the meeting.
The Consultation was conducted in three stages. Starting in November 2012 and ending in March 2013 it expanded outward through social media and launching the Post-2015 Water Thematic Consultation interactive website to provoke, engage, and amplify thousands of diverse new voices and perspectives from people all over the globe. It then contracted inward to distil, and organize these responses and debates into one concise document.
The UN System Task Team was established by the UN Secretary-General to support system-wide preparations for the post-2015 UN development agenda, in consultation with all stakeholders, including Member States, civil society, academia and the private sector.
It supports the multi-stakeholder consultations being led by Member States on a post-2015 global development agenda, by providing analytical inputs, expertise and outreach.
Reports of the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda:
The United Nations Development Strategy Beyond 2015
This policy note suggests a general contour of a transformative framework with a broader, more nuanced and context specific development strategies which are required to make the vision expressed in the Millennium Declaration to be fully realised.
Africa's Water and Sanitation Infrastructure
The book evaluates the challenges to the water and sanitation sectors within the urban and rural areas and deepen our understanding of drivers of coverage expansion in the context of financing, institutional reforms, and efficiency improvements. Finally, the book establishes the investment needs for water and sanitation with a target of meeting the MDGs.
Energy, Policy, and the Environment
This book sets the questions of energy and the environment in the North in the global context Northern societies are predominantly high tech, high consumption and high energy supply societies. And with the transition from older energy sources to newer ones discussions on the environmental impact have led to public and corporate action. The Northern countries have been at the forefront in finding sustainable alternatives.
Energizing Green Cities in Southeast Asia
Cities account for about two-thirds of the world's annual energy consumption and about 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. In the coming decades, urbanization and income growth in developing countries are expected to push cities energy consumption and GHG emissions shares even higher.
Environmental progress & sustainable energy
Reports on critical issues of the environment, including remediation and treatment of solid or aqueous wastes, air pollution, sustainability, and sustainable energy. Each issue helps engineers and scientists stay on top of technological advances in all areas associated with the environment through peer-reviewed technical manuscripts, updates, book and software reviews, and editorials.
International Journal of Sustainable Energy
The Journal provides an interdisciplinary forum for the application, integration and evaluation of sustainable energy technologies. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: renewables and energy conservation measures in the urban built environment; sustainable eco-industrial development; green logistics; the feasibility and viability of energy systems; grid integration of renewables and security of supply.
Journal of water resources planning and management
The Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management reports on all phases of planning and management of water resources. The papers examine social, economic, environmental, and administrative concerns relating to the use and conservation of water. Developments in computer applications are discussed, as are ecological, cultural, and historical values.
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