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The outcome of the Third International Conference on SIDS - the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway - was endorsed by UN General Assembly on November 14th 2014. Ecosystem services and conservation mainly appear under its sections related to: "Oceans and seas" and "Biodiversity". This official document mentions one of the priorities as "promoting the integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems that supports, inter alia, economic, social and human development while facilitating ecosystem conservation, regeneration, restoration and resilience in the face of new and emerging challenges." Coastal and marine ecosystems are also mentioned in the context of use of oceans and seas and in the context of sustainable tourism. At the same time, the process of defining the post 2015 Sustainable Development agenda is approaching its target, by delivering the proposal of SDGs. Some of the goals explicitly concern ecosystems and SIDS, in particular the goals 6 (water and sanitation), 14 (oceans) and 15 (terrestrial ecosystems). The EGM will allow integrating the abovementioned Sustainable Development Agenda, SIDS and ecosystem related areas (conservation, services) under the umbrella of biodiversity conservation.
Date: 7-9 July 2015
With a view to divergent experiences and varying levels of e-government development in the Asia Pacific region, UNPOG and UNOSD will organize training workshop for e-government and disaster risk management to promote sustainable development: i) to discuss about the new and emerging trends and main challenges of the post - 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, knowledge sharing by e-government and ICT development in the world (and in particular in Asia and the Pacific); ii) to share best practices of e-government for disaster risk management and enhance peer-to-peer learning; iii) to build up a strong CIO network and set up the mechanism/platform for sharing experiences and knowledge transfer with focus on innovative e-practices for sustainable development; and iv) to explore effective ways including soliciting more funding support to enhance capacity building for developing countries in the region. The workshop will consist in two days of presentations and panel discussions and one day of field visits.
Date: 25-27 March 2015
UNOSD and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI, with GIZ funds) are organising a workshop on fuel price reforms and the transition to energy and transport efficiency, sustainable biofuel, electricity-powered vehicles and renewable energy. This complements other UNOSD workshop on Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy (FFRE) Transitions, aiming at building the capacity of policy makers and other stakeholders in ramping-up national-level transitions to sustainable energy. This 3-day workshop, to be held in Nairobi, will place a spotlight on fuel pricing reform as a measure necessary for the transition to RE.
Date: 29-31 October 2014

Following the positive echoes of the First Summer School 2013, the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) organized its Second Summer School on Sustainability Transition Policies and Practices from 4 to 8 August 2014 at the Yonsei University International campus, Republic of Korea.
Date: 4-8 August 2014

In response to a request from the Mauritius Prime Minister�s Office, UNOSD is supporting the organisation of a capacity building workshop on Fossil Fuel and Renewable Energy (FFRE) transition policies. The one-week workshop will be hosted in Mauritius on 12-16 May 2014 for the benefits of policy-makers of about ten island states, mostly from the Indian Ocean basin.
Date: 12-16 May 2014

The Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on the Sustainable Tourism Programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production was organized by the Korea Tourism Organization, in partnership with the UNOSD, UNEP, UNWTO and Korea Ministry of Environment in Busan, Korea. The objective of this regional consultation meeting is to shape the proposal for the Sustainable Tourism programme of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP).
Date: 17-19 April 2014

Knowledge management and capacity development are key functions of the UNOSD mandate. Since the start of its operations in May 2012, the Office has been developing its knowledge sharing platform, the Sustainable Development Transition Web which was launched in April 2014 at the Sustainable Development Transition Forum.
Date: April 2014

The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) will host the first annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The SDTF will serve as a global platform for sharing knowledge in formulation and implementation of sustainability programmes, reviewing evidence of impact and charting new and improved pathways for sustainability transitions.
Date: 9-11 April 2014

In line with the UNOSD�s objective to support developing countries in implementing their own national sustainable development agenda, this study focuses on �Measuring Sustainability in 3 Dimensions: Society, Environment and Economy� for providing evidence-based analysis tools and necessary policy recommendations to support the designing, monitoring and evaluation capacities in the implementation of NSDS which could help the monitoring of SDGs as well.
Date: 10-11 December 2013

About UNOSD
The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) supports U.N. Member States in planning and implementing sustainable development strategies, notably through knowledge sharing, research, training and partnership building. The Office, established in 2011, is managed by the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and supported by the Republic of Korea Ministry of Environment, Yonsei University and the City of Incheon. [Read more]

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Steering Committee
The 3rd meeting of the Steering Committee of UNOSD took place on 17 June 2014. The meeting was attended by the representatives of Ministry of Environment, City of Incheon, Yonsei University, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and UNOSD.

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