Meeting

Governments Reviewing "Final Draft" Resolution on 2030 Follow-up [viewed]

unga7026 May 2016: The co-facilitators for consultations on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level issued a "final draft" UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution for discussion by Member States, beginning with informal-informal consultations on 27 May 2016. The latest text was circulated in a letter from co-facilitators Lois Young, Permanent Representative of Belize, and Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, who note that it takes into account views expressed by delegations during informal-informal consultations held from 24-25 May 2016.

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Australia, Peru to Facilitate Consultations on ECOSOC and HLPF Outcomes [viewed]

ECOSOC24 May 2016: The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Oh Joon, announced the appointment of Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia, and Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru, to facilitate informal consultations on the outcome of the 2016 sessions of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC and Ministerial Segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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World Humanitarian Summit Launches Commitments to Take Action [viewed]

whs24 May 2016: During the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), approximatively 1,500 commitments were made, including on education, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, global preparedness, preventing conflicts, delivering crisis responses and building resilience. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who initiated the Summit, said he will report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the Summit's achievements in September 2016, and will propose ways to take the commitments forward. He announced that an annual update will review progress in implementing the Summit's commitments.

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EMG Launches 'System-Wide Framework of Strategies' for SDGs [viewed]

UNEA-225 May 2016: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) launched a System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment for the UN System (SWFS), to enhance support for countries in implementing the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Framework was launched at a special event on the sidelines of the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).

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First World Wildlife Crime Report Launched, UN Campaign Targets Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

Wildlife Campaign25 May 2016: Launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the first World Wildlife Crime Report highlights how the poaching and illegal trade of wildlife not only present real environmental dangers, but ultimately undermine the rule of law. An unprecedented campaign against illegal wildlife trade was launched during the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), backed by several celebrities in their role as UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassadors.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

UNEA-220 May 2016: The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNGA President Announces Follow-up to HLTD on Peace, Security [viewed]

unga19 May 2016: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft has provided conclusions and observations from the High-Level Thematic Debate on 'A World of Risks - A New Commitment for Peace.' In the outcome document, Lykketoft observes that the full range of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an “essential corollary” to efforts in pursuit of peace and security. As a concrete follow-up to the event, Lykketoft will invite UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to brief UN Member States on implementation of the recommendations emerging from the recent reviews on peace operations, peacebuilding, and women, peace and security.

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Event Highlights Urban Refugees, Migration Myths [viewed]

Habitat III18 May 2016: UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called for dispelling myths about migrants and migration that can "poison the public discourse,” and for implementing policies to realize migrants' value to economic and demographic growth, development and diversity. Eliasson was speaking at a high-level event on ‘Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization,' held on the sidelines of intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).

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Event: First Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue [viewed]

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Framework, established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) following the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, mandated the UN Secretariat, in consultation with the Partnership Framework Steering Committee, to organize on an annual basis, an action-oriented, results-focused Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue. This first Dialogue will provide an opportunity to: review progress made by existing partnerships; share good practices, lessons learned and challenges and solutions from SIDS partnerships; and launch new partnerships for SIDS. The SIDS Partnership Framework seeks to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS. In addition to a Steering Committee and the organization of the Dialogue, the Framework also includes a reporting template, and encourages the organization of national and regional partnership dialogues.  

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Event: IASS High-Level Event: Thematic Reviews for an Integrated Follow-Up and Review of the 2030 Agenda [viewed]

Organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and partners, this high-level event will address the framing of a thematic review of progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from an integrated perspective on natural resources in support of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The event will provide an opportunity for representatives from UN Member States, UN organizations, ministries, science and academia, civil society, and the private sector to discuss initial considerations regarding the requirements and framing of natural-resource related thematic review, such as a review of food-security related targets or targets relating to soil and land resources. The event is invitation-only.  

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