Ninth African Development Forum Innovative Financing for Africa’s Transformation
12 October 2014 to 16 October 2014, Marakech, Morocco
The ninth African Development Forum (ADF-9) will be held in the Morocco from 12 to 16 October 2014 on the theme: “Innovative Financing for Africa’s Transformation”. The Forum will offer a platform for prominent African stakeholders to share key information and participate in more focused and in-depth discussions on issues relating to innovative financing mechanisms in the following four thematic areas:
- Domestic resource mobilization
- Illicit financial flows;
- Private equity; and
- New forms of partnership.
ADF-9 seeks to enhance Africa’s capacity in exploring innovative financing mechanisms as the actual alternatives for financing transformative development in Africa. It will aim to forge linkages between the importance of mainstreaming resources mobilization and the reduction of trade barriers into economic, institutional and policy frameworks on the one hand and advancing the post-2015 development goals on the other.
The Forum will build on best practices, innovative policies and strategies, institutional and governance frameworks. It will also aim to be guided by evidence-based knowledge and information on the range of options and their scope to leverage opportunities for financing the sustainable development of Africa.
ADF is a flagship biennial event of the Economic Commission for Africa, which offers a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies for Africa’s development. ADF is convened in collaboration with the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other key partners to establish an African-driven development agenda that reflects consensus and leads to specific programmes for implementation.
The thematic focus of the Forum is expected to attract an average of 700 participants from all walks of life: eminent persons, heads of State and Government, African member States, Regional economic communities, private sector, academia, science and technology community, civil society organizations, African diaspora, United Nations partners, bilateral organizations/partners, international and regional financial institutions and South-South cooperation organizations.
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The Asia-Pacific Business Forum ( APBF) 2014 will be held from 25-27th Nov. 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This year’s APBF focused on “Enhancing regional business sustainability and investment” with the aim to give businesses and other stakeholders from South Asia a stronger voice.
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Published:28 May 2014 (ECE)
Over 150 Government officials, representatives of international organizations, international financial institutions (IFIs), civil society, academia and other stakeholders from some 50 countries will meet in Geneva from 2 to 5 June to take stock of progress made in implementing environmental assessment procedures within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region and beyond. Such assessments are key for Governments and the public alike to ensure that projects, plans and programmes that affect the environment are developed in a most sustainable manner.
During four days of meetings, Parties to the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) will look, among other things, at how the Convention and the Protocol contribute to sustainable energy generation and use, how they can facilitate accession by countries outside the region and what role the IFIs can play in raising awareness about and increasing the implementation of the two instruments.
Aside from providing the platform for decisions on priorities and the budget for the next three years, the meeting will have three special thematic sessions in the form of seminars or a panel discussion.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, 3 June, a seminar on wind and hydro energy will look at good practice in the application of the Convention and the Protocol and will examine issues of landscape analysis, spatial planning and environmental challenges in the framework of environmental assessment for such activities and plans.
On the afternoon of Wednesday, 4 June, a seminar on the globalization of the Convention and the Protocol and the role of international financial institutions will be held, moderated by the European Investment Bank (EIB), to discuss the application of the Convention and the Protocol outside the UNECE region. The seminar aims to provide some insights regarding interested countries’ practice and development needs for their possible future accession to the two instruments. Participants will then explore ways to raise awareness of the two UNECE treaties in other regions and how the IFIs could support the development of the necessary legislation and institutional capacity for the implementation of the Convention and the Protocol in countries outside the region. The law and practice of a number of countries in the African and Asian regions will be examined. Representatives from the World Bank, EIB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the African Development Bank and the Department for International Development (United Kingdom) will showcase their experience in applying environmental assessment in their operations within and beyond the UNECE region, and leading civil society organizations, such as Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Bankwatch Network and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), will give presentations to further stimulate discussion.
On the morning of Thursday, 5 June, at the high-level segment, a panel discussion on the application of the Convention and the Protocol to energy-related matters will be held. Under the direction of Mr. Valentinas Mazuronis, Minister for Environment of Lithuania, and Mr. Andriy Mokhnyk, Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of Ukraine, participants will examine achievements, lessons learned and remaining challenges in this area, in particular through recent case-studies, such as the Nord Stream gas pipeline project in the Baltic Sea and the Cernavodă nuclear power plant in Romania. Participants will then reflect on how to improve implementation of the Convention and the Protocol for energy-related projects, plans and policies, looking, in particular, at the practice in the countries of Eastern-Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in the energy sector and the role of Euratom.
The adoption of a Declaration on Thursday afternoon, focusing on the areas examined during the seminars and panel discussions over the course of the 4-day meeting, will mark the end of the joint session.
Meeting documents are available at the Convention’s website http://www.unece.org/env/eia/meetings/mop_6.html.
The Seventh Joint AU Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will be held on 25 to 30 March 2014, Abuja, Nigeria on the theme, “Industrialization for inclusive and transformative development in Africa”. The Conference will aim to provide a platform for policy makers to articulate concrete proposals to catalyze implementation of the Accelerated Industrial Development of Africa (AIDA) and increase commitment and actions to advance Africa’s industrial development agenda. The rationale for industrialization in Africa is grounded in the fact that most African economies concentrate economic activity in the extractive and commodity-producing sectors. In turn, the capital-intensive nature of the extractive sector and the limited inter sectoral linkages between the primary sector and other sectors of the economy create limited opportunities for value chain development, value addition and job creation. Moreover, the primary sectors are characterized by low productivity and low wages which render employees vulnerable to poverty.
The Dialogue of Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions with the Second Committee of the General Assembly on the theme, “Inter-regional cooperation: An enabler for the post 2015 development agenda” will be held 31 October 2013, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m at the UNHQ in NY, Conference Room 2 (CB)
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The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week brings together government officials and other stakeholders every two years for discussions on issues of importance to trade and investment policy making in the region.
Against the backdrop of global economic turbulence, the first Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week in 2009 focused on the impact of the financial crisis on trade and investment in the region. Following this, the Second Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week was held in July 2011and looked at trade and investment opportunities in the post-crisis world, including in services and climate smart trade and investment.
This year, the theme of the week is “Promoting Inclusive Trade and Investment”. This is also the focus of the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2013, which highlights current regional trends, and discusses policies to ensure inclusive development outcomes from trade and investment.
Drawing on the presence of senior policy makers from across the Asia-Pacific region, the week hosts a number of engaging events related to trade and investment policy making, covering areas from trade facilitation and trade agreements, to sustainable agriculture, science and technology capacity building, and responsible business practices.
Highlights of the week include:
- The ESCAP-OECD Conference on Regional Cooperation in Advancing Responsible Business Practices, 18 November 2013
- High-level Dialogue on “Reviving Multilateralism: Road to Bali and Beyond”, 19 November 2013
- Global Trade Facilitation Conference, 18-19 November 2013
The week will culminate in the Third session of the ESCAP Committee on Trade and Investment.
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Addis Ababa, 10 October 2013 (ECA) – The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) will organise the Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III) at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 21 – 23 October, 2013. The Conference is organized each year under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. ClimDev-Africa is a joint programme of key African development institutions including the United Nations Economic Commission (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and African Development Bank (AfDB). The theme of this year’s Conference is: “ Africa on the run: can the opportunities from climate change spring the continent to transformative development? ”
The Conference will address four sub-themes that aim to share experiences and disseminate research results and assess how Africa is coping with impacts of climate change These are: Climate Science; Data and Services for Africa’s Adaptation and Mitigation; The Role of Policy in Building Africa’s Resilience to Climate Change Impacts; Green Economy and Climate Finance Opportunities in Africa; Is the Global Climate Change Framework working for Africa?
The Conference will also seek ways of strengthening Africa’s ability to seize opportunities from climate change to better prepare the continent for transformative development.
The situation of Latin American and Caribbean women is once more at the heart of regional debate thanks to the meeting organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to review fulfilment of national gender equality commitments.
The 12th session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean will be held from 15 to 18 October 2013 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to bring together authorities, experts, international officials and representatives from civil society and the business sector.
Organized by ECLAC and the Government of the Dominican Republic, the Conference will provide countries with an opportunity to identify the needs of the region’s women and come up with public policy options in various spheres.
The intergovernmental meeting will focus on gender equality, women’s empowerment and information and communications technologies
(ICTs). In this context, the Executive Secretary of ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena, will present the position paper Women in the digital economy. Overcoming the threshold of inequality, which was prepared by the Gender Affairs Division in collaboration with the Commission’s Division of Production, Productivity and Management.
The event will involve roundtable discussions, panels and side events on issues such as productive development and equality, ICT access policies, women in business and science, gender and ICT statistics, policies for rural women and the empowerment of indigenous women.
One example is the roundtable discussion on Beijing+20: prospects and challenges, which will be moderated by Sonia Montaño, Director of the Gender Affairs Division, and will involve government officials, academics and representatives from non-governmental organizations.
Every three years, ECLAC invites Member States to identify women’s needs, present recommendations, evaluate activities carried out to comply with relevant regional and international agreements or plans and provide a forum for debate.
Previous Regional Conferences were held in Brazil (2010), Ecuador (2007), Mexico (2004), Peru (2000), Chile (1997), Argentina (1994), Netherlands Antilles (1991), Guatemala (1988), Mexico (1983), Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (1979) and Cuba (1977).
Delegates are expected to sign the Santo Domingo Consensus in the Dominican Republic, which will contain the regional and subregional needs of women as identified during the Conference, as well as commitments undertaken by countries to continue making progress towards gender
16 Sep 2013 to 20 Sep 2013
The Sixth Asian and Pacific Population Conference (APPC) will be convened by ESCAP in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), from 16 to 20 September 2013 in Bangkok, with a view to serve as an intergovernmental platform for the Asia-Pacific preparations for the special session of the General Assembly on the International Conference on Population and Development beyond 2014.
Addis Ababa (ECA) - The Regional Conference on Population and Development Beyond 2014 will be held from 30 September – 4 October 2013 at the United Nations Conference Centre, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the conference will be “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend: The future we want for Africa.” This conference seeks to emphasize the need for state and non-state actors to recommit themselves at the highest level to fully implementing the ICPD Plan of Action at national and regional levels. Preceding the Conference will be pre-events, aimed at validating an African Common Position to be included in the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Report.
The outcomes of the regional report will serve as a major reference for population and development policies and programmes beyond 2014 and inform the post-2015 development agenda in Africa. This will be based on three principles: Right to development: the people of Africa have the right to develop in all spheres of life, including human rights and human development, and in peace and security; Empowering and Increasing the capacity of people to play a more strategic role in development; and Justice, equality and human dignity and rights for achieving inclusive and sustainable development. As part of the UN mandated review, the conference is an important part of the global effort to define the post 2015 development agenda.
The purpose of the conference is to review evidence of progress, challenges, gaps and emerging issues in relation to the achievement of the goals set out in ICPD agenda with the aim of making recommendations that will accelerate progress towards the goals set out in the 1994 Programme of Action.
Key inputs to this process are the report on regional findings from the ICPD Global Survey which was facilitated by ECA and completed by 52 countries in the region and the African Common Position on ICPD.
The conference will also consider the draft report of the operational review of the ICPD PoA in Africa, recommendations of the operational review, and the African common position on ICPD beyond 2014.
This conference will bring together ministers responsible for population and development matters, government experts, research and training institutions, the Pan-African Parliament, Regional Economic Communities, United Nations agencies, international organizations, civil society organizations, and the youth.
By exploring the implementation modalities and considering challenges and opportunities, the meeting is expected to come up with more effective approaches and tools for population programmes and policies.
The resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on the follow-up to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 mandates an operational review of the implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) on the basis of the highest-quality data and analysis of the state of population and development, taking into account the need for a systematic, comprehensive and integrated approach to population and development issues.
Consequently an operational review has been undertaken by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on the African continent in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In order to generate a holistic and in-depth assessment, questionnaires were administered and 52 African member States provided feedback. The process also included a review of country reports and country implementation profiles; relevant policy decisions; strategies and programmes that have been formulated to implement actions in line with the various themes of the PoA; the institutional frameworks and governance structures that have been put in place; and the resources that have been mobilized to implement the policies, programmes and strategies. The process thereby documented the achievements made, challenges and constraints faced, as well as the gaps identified. The review has also provided the opportunity to identify strategic priorities for population and development on the African continent. It is intended, therefore, that the outcome of the process will guide the ongoing dialogue to define the ICPD agenda post 2014, and to contribute to the development agenda post 2015 on the continent.
The final regional report of the operational review for Africa, as well as an African common position on ICPD beyond 2014 will be included in the Global Report. It is intended that the regional conference being organized for 30 September to 4 October 2013 will validate the report.
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