In Mexico Ban urges renewed global partnership for development in address to

With the deadline for the globally agreed development targets fast approaching, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a renewed global partnership to advance sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.“As the 2015 deadline draws near, all of us must do more to deliver on our commitments,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the opening of the first High-level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, which is taking place in Mexico City.“And as we shape an inspiring post-2015 development agenda, the international community must be committed to supporting the future goals and targets through a renewed global partnership,” he told the gathering. “Critically, we must ensure the financing to match our ambitions.”The two-day meeting brings together over 1,500 participants – including heads of State and Government, ministers, parliamentarians and leaders from international organisations, business, civil society and foundations – and builds on commitments made at the Fourth High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in 2011 in Busan, Republic of Korea. It was in Busan that the international community expressed a strong collective commitment to work better together to reduce poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world’s blueprint for tackling poverty, hunger and disease and expanding education, opportunity and cleaner, greener future.“Since then, we have made important progress. But we have not done enough,” the Secretary-General said, adding that much greater progress is needed to increase country ownership, accountability, predictability and flexibility in how aid is provided. ‹ › “I am encouraged by the steps that recipient developing countries are taking to set clearer development strategies and ensure national ownership through effective coordination systems and greater parliamentary oversight. This contributes to greater transparency and accountability for all development partners. But more needs to be done to tackle corruption, improve regulation and engage with civil society,” he stated.Mr. Ban cited the need to mobilize domestic resources by broadening tax bases; strengthening tax administration; improving governance of extractive industries; and cracking down on illicit financial flows at both the point of origin and the point of destination. At the same time, he noted that the world has moved on from the traditional donor-recipient relations. Cooperation among countries of the global South has registered impressive growth that is bringing new knowledge and new perspectives, he added, highlighting successful examples of truly global partnerships such the Every Woman Every Child initiative in the health sector to the Sustainable Energy for All alliance. The private sector, he continued, has become eager to increase its engagement, not just because there are business opportunities but because they see the value in ethical business and in helping to improve people’s lives. Civil society is also an increasingly essential partner in delivering services, monitoring progress and strengthening accountability.“The stage is set for wider, deeper progress,” the Secretary-General stated, voicing his hope that concrete initiatives will come out of the meeting that will strengthen country-level ownership and uphold development cooperation commitments. Since his arrival yesterday, Mr. Ban held several bilateral meetings, including with Mexico’s Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, with whom he discussed the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other important issues such as nuclear disarmament, the Arms Trade Treaty and Mexico’s efforts in the area of human rights. The Secretary-General will also meet for the first time with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto later today, before heading back to New York. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the first High-level Meeting of Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras< Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) with Foreign Minister José Antonio Meade Kuribreña (centre right) of Mexico. Executive Secretary of ECLAC Alicia Bárcena Ibarra is sitting to the right of Mr. Ban. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras read more

Bus and coach market holds firm in first six months of 2014

Bus and coach market steady in June with a 0.3% rise; year-to-date volumes remain up 3.4%.Purpose-built sector made gains in the month with a 19.1% rise, leaving the year down just 6.3%.Converted bus market fell 16.8% in June, but year-to-date remains positive, up 13.5%.“The bus and coach market has reached the halfway point in the year with volumes up 3.4%, following a steady 0.3% growth in June,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “The purpose-built sector recovered from a subdued May with a 19.1% rise, and although the converted bus market fell 16.8% in the month, year-to-date registrations have grown 13.5%. With overall volumes up 11.1% for the last 12 months, the signs remain encouraging for the second half of 2014.”UK bus and coach registrations: 2014 and % change on 2013 Click through to download the June 2014 bus and coach registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Movein time for Brocks new downtown campus

Moving day has arrived for the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.Moving the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts into its new home in downtown St. Catharines is like conducting an orchestra. Except instead of one person guiding the team, there are many conductors each with their own important role.Today marks the official start of move-in for the Faculty of Humanities departments that will call the new campus home beginning in September.Moving all of their specialized equipment and instruments are the departments of Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts, and the Centre for Students in Arts and Culture, which spans all of the departments.The big move will take place until the afternoon of Tuesday, June 30 with repeated trips of three 34-foot moving trucks and a specialty piano truck.Some of the many items being moved over the next week:130 garment boxes17 upright, grand and electric pianos60 boxes of music scores36 painting easels67 photographic enlargers35 photo and video cameras25 tripods50+ computers1,000+ moving boxes1 green screen1 printing press 1 harpsichordOne room in Thistle has become the main storage area for hundreds of boxes moving to the new building. read more