Meeting

UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation [viewed]

sdg_are_coming_to_life20 July 2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Development Group (UNDG) launched a publication on translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice in 16 countries. At the launch side event, representatives of the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Montenegro, Pakistan and Sierra Leone presented their experiences and challenges related to SDG implementation.

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UNRISD Launches Consultations on Social Policy Benchmark [viewed]

UNRISD Colour Logo CMYK18 July 2016: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) unveiled a draft version of its flagship report on social policy innovations towards implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, inviting comments through an online consultation process. The report addresses: understanding transformative change; trends and innovations in social policy; care policies; social and solidarity economy; climate change; mobilizing domestic resources; and governance and politics.

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Policy Update #27: The New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: Synergies and Challenges Ahead [viewed]

un_headquartersPopulation growth and urbanization are projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world's urban population by 2050, with nearly 90% of the increase coming in Asia and Africa. This trend illustrates why cities have become one of the most challenging and important areas in which to implement sustainable development policies. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities.” The New Urban Agenda, a document currently under negotiation as part of the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), will provide key guidance in planning for sustainable development in cities worldwide.

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HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs [viewed]

hlpf_ban_ki_moon19 July 2016: Thirteen governments gave the first-ever Voluntary National Reviews, reporting on efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in their countries. The VNR presentations began on the second day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Ministerial Segment. The reports - provided by Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Norway, Madagascar, Georgia, Turkey, Finland, Samoa, Uganda and Germany - emphasized the need to: modify existing national economic and development planning processes; engage different government departments and broader technical expertise; develop indicators and collect data; and ensure high-level leadership.

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World Bank, UNDP and Countries Discuss SDG Implementation Factors [viewed]

hlpf19 July 2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), officials from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and governments discussed experiences with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so far, and identified factors to consider for their implementation.

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African Union Summit Reviews Progress on Gender Equality, Women's Land Rights [viewed]

au_eca_afdb17 July 2016: The 27th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened on the theme 'Women's Rights, Human Rights,' recognized Algeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia as the best-performing countries in promoting women's rights and gender equality across the political, social and economic arenas. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Land Policy Initiative launched a campaign to achieve 30% documented allocation of land by African women by 2025.

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Governments, Local Authorities, Stakeholders Discuss National SDG Planning [viewed]

hlpf15 July 2016: Representatives of national and local governments and stakeholders discussed concrete challenges, opportunities and efforts at the local level for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, titled 'How can national-level strategic planning ensure that no one is left behind,' took place on the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was organized by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Independent Research Forum and the Government of Sweden.

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HLPF Ministerial Segment Opens, Continues Focus on No One Left Behind [viewed]

ministerial_segment_hlpf18 July 2016: The Ministerial Segment of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opened with a day of keynote speeches, discussion of main messages from the first week of HLPF proceedings, and panel discussions on the theme 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.'

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Co-Facilitators Release Final Draft of HLPF Ministerial Declaration [viewed]

hlpf18 July 2016: The co-facilitators of the informal consultations on the outcome of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and of the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have issued a final draft Ministerial Declaration. In their letter accompanying the revised draft, co-facilitators Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia, and Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru, note that the text is under "silence procedure" until 6:00 pm EST on Monday, 18 July.

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OECD Report Promotes SDGs as Business Opportunities [viewed]

OECD_NEW18 July 2016: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched its annual Development Co-operation Report, which makes a case for businesses to invest in sustainable development and inclusive growth. The report, titled 'Development Co-operation Report 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities,' provides examples of how OECD is promoting collaboration among the stakeholders involved in sustainable development, and emphasizes that “business thrives when the world thrives.”

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