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Nexus Conference April 16-18th draft outcome available for comment and input

Message from the Nexus Conference
The draft outcome Message from the Nexus Conference is available here for you to read and send us focused comments and suggested changes.
Please submit all comments by April 1, 2018.
A new version will be produced for the conference to have available and a final version after the conference will be circulated to the Member States for their consideration when they are preparing the Ministerial Declaration for the UN High-Level Political Forum.
We would appreciate it if you sent any changes to the text as track changes to
Any comments should be sent to the same address.
Registration for the April 16-18th Conference can be done here. 

About the Conference
The “Nexus” approach is the one that focuses on overlaps across sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions.(Stockholm Environment Institute, 2017)The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to…

some changes in UN DESA and more to come

There have been some changes in New York which might interest you.
After a LONG time UNDESA have at last appointed their Chief Economist and Assistant Secretary General (ASG) for Economic Development Elliott Harris. Elliott was ASG for UNEP and  Director of the New York Office and of the Secretariat of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) in September 2013.
Prior to joining UN Environment, he worked as an Economist in the IMF from 1988 to 2013, gaining extensive policy and programmatic experience in African and Central Asian countries, as well as in the Fiscal Affairs Department on public expenditure policy issues.the ASG for UNEP in New York and formally with the IMF.
The new Director for the Finance for Development Office  (FfDO) is Navid Hanif who was the Director of the ECOSOC Support Office and Coordination (OESC) and prior to that in the Division for Sustainable Development. Navid was also when he was in the Pakistan Mission one of the three authors of the GA resolution th…

Guest Blog: The fiscal costs of PPPs in the spotlight

First published on the UNCTAG blog here. Ms. María José Romero, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Publicly-Backed Private Finance, the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad)
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) are increasingly being promoted as a way to finance development projects. To pave the way for PPPs, donor governments and financial institutions, led by the World Bank Group, have set up multiple donor initiatives to promote changes in national regulatory frameworks, to provide advice and to finance PPP projects.The value of PPPs in the developing world has grown rapidly since 2004 - over an eight-year period, investments through PPPs increased by a factor of six, from US$25 billion to US$164 billion.[1] Since then, the trend has been more volatile - although investment in PPPs fell in 2013, they picked up again and continued to increase in 2014 and in 2015 (US$104 and US$118 billion, respectively).[2] 2016 saw another fall - to US$70 billion - due to declining investment in…

A Ripple of Hope

“Each time a man (person) stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Bobby Kennedy I have been thinking of writing a blog on trust and how our institutions and their leaders whether they were the politicians, the bankers, industry, the media and now even the Non-Government Organizations have lost their way with the general public. It seems like every day there is one scandal after another. Of course, this is a generalization but its clear that our democrat way of life is under threat. Democracy has always been challenged through history sometimes advancing and then other times retreating or developing. On the right to vote we moved from freehold landed property owners to all men, then all women and then all races. I have…

Guest blog: SAICM Beyond 2020 – Integrating Gender Now !

By Minu Hemmati and Anna Holthaus, MSP InstituteWith the year 2020 fast approaching, Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and its stakeholders are currently developing pathways for the international management of chemicals and waste, building and re-building the platform for Beyond 2020. We therefore have a unique window of opportunity over the coming years to increase attention and achieve results regarding integrating gender issues. There are various gender aspects and women’s issue relevant to chemicals, and chemicals and waste management (e.g. Hemmati & Bach 2017). Most of these issues are not receiving the attention they should in order to ensure the best possible decisions in policy-making and effective implementation. Why Gender and Chemicals ? 1.Gender, as a social category, is linked to gender-specific norms of behaviour, roles in society as well as the development of ‘feminine’ and ‘masculine’ identities, which in turn influence people’s behavi…