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Comparative Economic Projections to 2015 and Beyond
Webinar Date: Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Among the items of interest that CMBD routinely tracks and reports on are the economic outlook releases of major international organizations, specifically, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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The latest forecast of the USA economy from HRI Economics provides some interesting insights and policy implications, with estimates of growth in GDP and its major components out to the year 2025.The starting point for the HRI projections is a consensus of forecasts prepared by the IMF, World Bank, OECD and UN DESA for 2014 and 2015, as presented in the CMBD Webinar on Comparative Economic Projections, held on 11 February. See the presentation slides here.
The Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation
3 March 2014
Across the hall in the Palais des Nations from the expert seminar on The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age was another meeting on the future of the Internet, in the form of the Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation under the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). This Working Group is holding its third meeting from 24 to 28 February 2014 and is expected to have a final report with recommendations to submit to the CSTD when it has its annual meeting on 12 to 14 May 2014.
28 February 2014
The Brookings Institute on Tuesday held a panel discussion on ‘Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity: The Cybersecurity Framework and Beyond’. The discussion dealt with a new framework of standards for cyber security in Executive Order 13636, which mandates the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a framework for managing cyber security risks.
Progress on the Post-2015 Development Agenda*
25 February 2014
While we continue to look for opportunities to stimulate a multi-stakeholder overview of the multiple and growing number of disparate candidates for inclusion in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, we see that there is a bit of an opening in the clouds on the part of the leadership in the murky environment of the UN in New York.
Strategy Boosts from Ban Ki-moon for Climate change
7 February 2014
In this year of build-up for action on climate change, we note two strategies to diversify the base of support for a new treaty. On the first of these, Mr. Bloomberg has agreed to assist the Secretary-General in galvanizing mayors and other urban leaders to advance efforts on climate change.
Agriculture, Food Security and Zero Hunger in Africa
6 February 2014
The Zero Hunger target was spearheaded by a high-level meeting on food security in Africa organized by the AU in collaboration with Brazil’s Lula Institute – headed by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – and the FAO in July 2013.
One of the areas of interest at the 134th Session of the WHO Executive Board meeting from 20 to 25 January 2014 had to do with the evolving dynamics between global public health and intellectual property.
Fundamentals on Trade, Finance, Infrastructure and Taxation Combine with Anti-Corruption for the 2014 Global Agenda*
29 January 2014
Following a lively year in 2013 under Russian leadership, the G20 is meeting in 2014 under the Australian presidency with a much reduced agenda. The G20 has been meeting at the level of heads of state since the global financial crisis of 2008, with an annual rotating presidency – US, UK, Canada, South Korea, France, Mexico and the Russian Federation have all had their shot at it, with a steadily expanding agenda.
The Group on Earth Observations or GEO held its tenth annual plenary meeting in Geneva on 15 to 17 January 2014. In contrast to the controversies surrounding electronic surveillance tracking consumer behaviour or in search of terrorists or cyber hackers, the GEO is approaching the benefits of “big data” by making “new worlds of data transparent, timely, accessible and a vital resource for sound science decisions” – in “every sector”!
Deliberations are Underway for a Post-2015 Development Agenda*
13 January 2014
Deliberations are underway for a comprehensive proposal for a Post-2015 Development Agenda to be presented to the UN General Assembly in September 2014. The convergence of parallel efforts to develop a Post-2015 Development Agenda and a set of Sustainable Development Goals was accomplished by the UN General Assembly during the High-Level Summit on the Millennium Development Goals in September 2013.
Looking to the Future at the WTO*
9 December 2013
The achievement of the “impossible” was done in Bali in early December, and the euphoria is spilling over to dreams of a yellow brick road back to the WTO and multilateralism in the year ahead. The Bali Declaration instructs the WTO’s informal Trade Negotiations Committee to prepare a “clearly defined work program for the remaining Doha Development Agenda issues” within the next twelve months.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) is looking to a new deadline for reaching agreement on a modest package of breakthroughs on trade facilitation, agriculture and development to present at the Ninth Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia on 5 to 7 December 2013.
Linking the Warsaw Conference of the Parties to 2015*
19 November 2013
The Polish hosts of the 19th Conference of the Parties for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change are seeking to play a role that is like keeping the water-bucket brigade operating to put out the fire of climate change. The target for putting out the fire is the 2015 Conference of the Parties, to be held in Paris. Linking the Warsaw Conference to 2015 is important because the cycle was put into place by conferees in Durban in 2011 and Doha in 2012.
In a survey of side events for the Warsaw Conference of the Parties for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, we were struck by the rather confusing array of business-related events and tried to put them into some kind of chronological order.
Developments at the Internet Governance Forum*
11 November 2013
As Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donohoe said in her March 2013 speech to the Center for Democracy and Technology, “The international community is faced with competing and incongruous visions of the role that information and communication technology should play in the global society”.
UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Non-Communicable Diseases: TOR
23 October 2013
The World Health Organization issued a discussion paper (available here) proposing the terms of reference (TOR) for the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Non-Communicable Diseases on 13 October 2013.
WHO’s Engagement with Non-State Actors
18 October 2013
Statement delivered by Katherine Hagen, Executive Director of the the GSO, at the Informal consultation with Member States and non-State actors on WHO’s engagement with non-State actors, 17 October 2013
The World Health Organization has conducted a series of informal consultations with civil society, the private sector and most recently on 30 September and 1 October 2013 with Member States and UN Agencies on a proposed set of indicators
40th Committee on World Food Security
8 October 2013
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is meeting in Rome on 7 to 11 October 2013. The CFS was established some years ago in 1974 but was only recently revived in 2009 to serve as a forum for all stakeholders to work together on food security and nutrition.
Architects of a Better World
7 October 2013
Schematics are the order of the day. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) The Global Compact Leaders’ Summit conveyed its 2013 theme of “Architects of a Better World” through a visual portrayal that captured the imagery of an architectural drawing and a new vision of business leadership.
Children’s Issues at the Global Compact Leaders’ Summit
October 4th, 2013