Meeting

UN Officials Call for Cooperation, Funding to Tackle Human Trafficking [viewed]

United Nations9 February 2016: Participants called for coordinated, comprehensive and effective action to eliminate human trafficking, migrant smuggling and violence against women and children and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at a high-level event on human trafficking. The event was organized by the Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking and the Government of Belarus in collaboration with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC).

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UNGA President Announces Updates on Thematic Debates [viewed]

unga9 February 2016: Stakeholders discussed ways of engaging in three upcoming high-level thematic debates of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and their preparations during a briefing organized by UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft. Lykketoft will convene events on: implementing commitments on sustainable development, climate change, and financing for development (21 April); peace and security (10-11 May); and human rights (12-13 July).

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Event: UNECA 31st Intergovernmental Committee of Experts [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will host the 31st Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) under the theme, ‘Green economy to speed up industrialization in North Africa.' The meeting will bring together representatives from government, academia, civil society and the private sector from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia to discuss economic and social conditions in North Africa, and recommend ways to enhance economic development and integration in the sub-region and with the African continent. Participants will also discuss environmental preservation within the context of industrialization. A roundtable on ‘Industrialization through trade in North Africa in a multi-agreement context' will discuss the conditions necessary to facilitate and promote industrialization and build value chains through intra-African trade.  

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Event: World Water Day 2016 [viewed]

Organized by UN-Water, World Water Day 2016 will convene under the theme, 'Water and Jobs,' in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO). In observance of the day, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), ILO and other contributors will launch the UN World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. A regional launch will be held in Beijing, China. World Water Day was established in 1992 during the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and commences under a different theme annually.  

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UN Secretary-General Launches 'Agenda for Humanity' [viewed]

whs9 February 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a report, titled ‘One Humanity: Shared Responsibility,' which was prepared for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit. The Summit will convene from 23-24 May 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. He said that the report provides key actions and strategic shifts that the world needs, and urged world leaders to come to the Summit ready to commit to action, change and mutual accountability. UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft said the Summit will be Member States' first major opportunity to give “true meaning” to the principle of leaving no one behind, as agreed in September 2015.

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Canadian Private Sector Considers Role in SDGs [viewed]

gac_gcnc8 February 2016: Global Affairs Canada and the UN Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) convened a national roundtable event on the role of Canada's private sector in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In advance of the meeting, GCNC published the results of a survey on the Canadian private sector and the SDGs, which finds that the SDGs "have gone relatively unnoticed" in the Canadian corporate sector. The survey suggests that practical tools and case studies will be of benefit.

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Second Committee Discusses Agenda, Timelines [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial5 February 2016: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed the relevance of its work for implementing international development objectives, and began a process of reviewing its methods of work. In the first informal meeting in a series taking place between February and April 2016, governments exchanged views on: the Committee's organization of work; timelines; engaging with stakeholders; rationalizing or expanding the Committee's agenda; and resource management.

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Syria Conference Raises Record US$11 Billion for Relief and Recovery [viewed]

United Nations4 February 2016: Donors and humanitarian actors attending a conference in London have pledged over US$11 for relief and recovery in Syria and neighboring countries. According to the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), this is the largest amount ever raised by the international community on a single day for a single crisis. In addition, multilateral development banks and donors announced around U$40 billion in concessional loans.

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Event: GCARD 3 Global Event [viewed]

The Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) Global Event represents the culmination of a two-year regional and national consultation process, which aims to realign research priorities with countries' development needs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One outcome of this consultation process is the development of the CGIAR Consortium's Strategic Results Framework. The event will bring together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation. The event is expected to result in an understanding of how to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which no one is left behind. CGIAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa are hosting the event.  

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Event: First Meeting of IATT 10-Member Technology Group [viewed]

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing the first face-to-face meeting of the ten-member group to support the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the SDGs (IATT). The IATT is one of three elements of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The other two elements are an online platform aimed at matching the technology demand and supply, and a multi-stakeholder forum on STI.  

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