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High-Level Officials Discuss SCP for Achieving the SDGs [viewed]

ypf10_wef21 April 2016: At an event on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), high-level officials from governments, the UN system, NGOs and the private sector stressed the importance of SCP and of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) for sustainable development. They also discussed initiatives taken so far, and elements needed to make the shift to SCP. The event was co-organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Economic Forum, on the sidelines of the High Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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Fishackathon, FAO, WorldFish and Partners Address Challenges to Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

FAO - Fishackathon - World FishApril 2016: Over Earth Day weekend, from 22-24 April, coders and science enthusiasts are participating in the third annual Fishackathon, during which teams develop new applications and tools to promote sustainable fisheries and address fisheries challenges, ranging from data collection to facilitate cost effective fish stock assessments to ghost fishing. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has also been working to address ghost fishing during the month of April, including through a process to develop a set of international guidelines on the challenges. Other fisheries related developments during the month of April include progress on signatories to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and the creation of a locally managed marine area (LMMA) in Timor-Leste, a member of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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Implementation Update: As Governments Prepare for Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, Carbon Pricing in the Spotlight [viewed]

paris_agreement_ceremony21 April 2016: In the lead up to the Paris Agreement on climate change Signing Ceremony, various events have added to the growing momentum of what is expected to be one of the largest ever signing events. In the shadow of the announcement by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that March 2016 recorded the highest combined global average temperature of any March since 1880, the growing number of countries expected to sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April is also on track to set a record. This Implementation Update summarizes activities by UNFCCC Parties as they focus on mitigating and adapting to these warming trends, especially following the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes: recent buzz around market mechanisms, carbon pricing and scaling private sector involvement; the growing impetus ahead of the High Level Signing Ceremony; an outlook to the May session of the UNFCCC; good news about European cars; and Fiji's post-disaster recovery efforts.

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FAO and Google Advance Data Access for Sustainable Land and Forest Management [viewed]

fao_google15 April 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Google have agreed that the initial focus of their three-year collaborative programme will be on building national capacity to undertake forest and food crop cover assessments. Launched in December 2015, the partnership aims to make geospatial tracking and mapping products more accessible, assist countries in tackling climate change, and build the capacity of national experts to contribute to sustainable development planning.

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Guest Article #51: Small States, Big Impact: SDG Fund Launches New Programs in Pacific Islands to Support Youth [viewed]

The UN General Assembly's recent announcement of a new framework to establish the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership signals the beginning of a very timely collaboration. As part of this new agreement, the plan outlines the need to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments announced during the 2014 SIDS conference and to “encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for sustainable development.” Known as the SAMOA Pathway, this novel and forward looking action plan calls for greater attention to the partnerships and cross-cutting issues required for building resilience. The text set out clear modalities of action on a range of issues also linked to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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World Bank, UNICEF Establish Alliance to Advance Early Childhood Development [viewed]

unicef_wb14 April 2016: The World Bank and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced the establishment of an alliance to prioritize action and investments in early childhood development (ECD) as a foundation for equitable development and economic growth. The alliance aims to support country-led efforts to invest in nutrition, early stimulation and learning and protection for every child, and is expected to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on poverty reduction, health and nutrition, women and girls, equality and ending violence.

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WHO Europe Releases Health Information Gateway [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)15 April 2016: Health data and information are now freely available to the public through the World Health Organization (WHO) European Health Information Gateway. The Gateway aims to provide health information and data in an easy to use format for policymakers, with the broader aim of generating information on health and well-being, improving access to and dissemination of health information, supporting development of health information networks, and reducing health inequalities.

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UNEP, Italy and Partners Take Action to Protect Marine Resources and Support Achievement of SDG 14 [viewed]

unep_italy15 April 2016: UN agencies, governments and partners are taking steps towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. Recent actions include: agreement on the ‘Rome Call to Action' to promote the design of effective, equitable and financial sustainable marine protected areas (MPAs); and a set of guidance material and a video to raise awareness on how recreational diving can contribute to marine conservation and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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World Bank and GFDRR, UN-Habitat and UfM to Collaborate on Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

world_bank_new8 April 2016: Two partnerships related to resilient urban development have been recently been unveiled. The World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) have announced a partnership that will strengthen building regulation for disaster resilience in vulnerable countries, by improving implementation and compliance through the 'Building Regulation for Resilience: Managing Risks for Safer Cities' program. For their part, UN-Habitat and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have agreed to cooperate on actions aimed at achieving socially and environmentally sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean region. These developments will help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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Colombia Updates Stakeholders on National Efforts to Implement the SDGs [viewed]

colombianflag4 March 2016: In a web meeting hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the head of Colombia's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Commission outlined the country's strategy for starting implementation of the Goals early, and provided some highlights of the Commission's experiences to date.

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