Meeting

Habitat III Consultations Prioritize Actions for New Urban Agenda [viewed]

hiii3 May 2016: UN Member States, international organizations and stakeholders held a week-long session of Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The Meeting aimed to advance discusssions on the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III, and to prioritize actions and identify transformative commitments to move towards sustainable cities.

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Co-Facilitators Revise Draft Modalities for HLM on Refugees and Migrants [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial29 April 2016: The co-facilitators for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) high-level meeting (HLM) to address large movements of refugees and migrants issued revised text for a draft resolution on modalities for the meeting, reflecting changes on themes and stakeholder engagement. The draft was revised following consultations on the 13 April version. Consultations on the updated text will take place on 5 May, according to the co-facilitators' letter to Member States.

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Consultations Advance for UNGA Resolution on 2030 Agenda Follow-up [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial28 April 2016: The co-facilitators on the global-level follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development held informal consultations with UN Member States and Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGOS), to discuss elements of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution. The resolution is expected to be finalized before the July 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum for sustainable development (HLPF).

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Event: 2016 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security [viewed]

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation, the fourth Caux Dialogue will address the theme of ‘Realizing the potential of land restoration to mitigate migration'. According to research by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, around 25% of the world's productive lands and 10-20% of drylands are currently degraded, which contributes to increased migration and conflicts over natural resources. Drawing on the experiences of “pioneers” from around the world who are developing solutions based on trust-building and agro-ecological insights to boost land restoration, the conference will explore how innovative governance and sustainable land management can contribute to “a durable peace” in these environments. The conference is co-organized by Caux-Initiatives for Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and will include keynote addresses by William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization of Migration, and Mario Gattiker, State Secretary in the Swiss Federal Office of Immigration, Integration and Emigration. The conference will also feature the launch of the book, ‘Land restoration: Reclaiming landscapes for a sustainable future'.  

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Event: 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference on Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the SDGs Together [viewed]

Organized in cooperation with the UN Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Executive Committee, the NGO community, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the National Organizing Committee of Korea, the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference will be held under the theme, 'Education for Global Citizenship: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Together'. Rooted in SDG 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), the Conference seeks to harness strategies, expertise and resources across the widest spectrum of civil society to unleash a range of education initiatives that ensure inclusive, safe and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. In addition to opening and closing plenary sessions, the Conference will include interactive roundtables, workshops, exhibits and side events.  

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Event: ECRI-Basil Fuliehan Institute of Finance Conference on Post-2015 Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

The European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a human rights body of the Council of Europe, and the Basil Fuleihan Institute of Finance, a civil service learning center specializing in public financial management and customs, are jointly organizing this conference. It will convene under the theme, 'Post-2015 challenges and opportunities for a transformational role of governance, particularly in conflict affected countries.' The Basil Fuleihan Institute hosts the regional training center of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the secretariat of the GIFT-MENA Network, the Governance Institutes Forum for Training in the Middle East and North Africa. It is an independent organization established by the Governments of France and Lebanon, and has previously been supported by the Governments of Canada, the Netherlands, the European Union (EU) and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.  

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Event: ESCWA Conference on Competitive Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges for Arab States in the Next Decade [viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organizes this sustainable development conference annually in cooperation with the Arab Regional Administrative Development Organization (ARADO). This will be the 16th such conference. In 2015, the annual conference took place on the theme of 'Post-2015 Development Agenda in the Arab States', and in 2014, the theme was 'Cooperation in Establishing Resilience Toward Global Risks to the Arab Region.' Many international agencies support the conference, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank.  

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Ahead of QCPR, Member States Consider Functions of UN Development System [viewed]

unitar_undesa29 April 2016: UN Member States discussed the potential of the 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) to help address challenges and opportunities posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the second module of a training series organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.

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UNFF Expert Group Discusses Strategic Plan, Programme of Action [viewed]

UNFF27 April 2016: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has held the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG1). The Expert Group, created during UNFF11, is tasked with developing: proposals on a replacement for the reference to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the UN Forest Instrument with an appropriate reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2030; and the quadrennial programme of work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020.

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Guest Article #52: Strengthening Civil Society to Influence the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda [viewed]

The shrinking space for civil society to act is jeopardizing the key role of these actors to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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