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UN Launches Digital Campaign on Refugee Crisis [viewed]

world_humanitarian_day19 August 2016: On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the UN called for a ceasefire in Syria to enable delivery of urgently-needed food and medicines, and launched the 'World You'd Rather' digital campaign to promote a just and safer world.

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DESA Studies Macroeconomic Implications of China's ‘Silk Road' [viewed]

undesa_china16 August 2016: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) announced a study of how China's ‘Silk Road' regional cooperation initiatives are contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the seven action areas of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development (AAAA). DESA will conduct the study through a capacity development project in cooperation with China.

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UN Secretary-General Announces Youth Initiatives [viewed]

United Nations12 August 2016: On International Youth Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the formation of an Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, and appointed Werner Faymann, Austria, as his Special Envoy on Youth Employment. “These steps may seem small and largely symbolic,” Ban reflected in an opinion piece, but he stressed that “incremental progress adds up.”

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City Initiatives Contribute to SDG 11 [viewed]

unhabitat_idb_unce_itu1 August 2016: The UN and partners have developed and launched programmes and initiatives to make cities smarter and more sustainable, including the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) and a pilot project to monitor urban-environment related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a guide to promote smart city management. These actions aim to contribute to SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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MY World 2030 Collecting Data to Mobilize Dialogue [viewed]

action_campaign2 August 2016: The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action campaign, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and UN Global Pulse have launched the next phase of MY World. ‘MY World 2030' will support efforts to report on progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and mobilize and build dialogue among decision-makers.

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Natural Capital Protocol Launched [viewed]

natural_capital_coalition13 July 2016: Representatives from over 160 organizations launched the Natural Capital Protocol, which harmonizes existing work on natural capital into a standardized framework to support businesses' ability to identify, measure and value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital.

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Guest Article #58: The SDG Dashboards and Index: Getting Started with the SDGs [viewed]

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the world's governments in 2015 aim to guide global development for the next 15 years. They are focused on a critical range of global issues - eradicating extreme poverty and diseases, ensuring quality education, gender equality and environmental sustainability, as well as combating the dangers of climate change. In the words of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the SDGs are “our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people …they are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”

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Stakeholders Launch SDG 16 Data Initiative [viewed]

sdg16_data_initiative14 July 2016: At a side event to the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a group of stakeholders launched the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 Data Initiative, which will compile and publish statistical indicators for SDG 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels). The initiative aims to complement the work of the UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) to develop an official indicator framework for monitoring the SDGs.

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WFP Initiative to Use Technology to Fight Hunger [viewed]

World Food Programme11 July 2016: The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an initiative to foster innovation that combats hunger, improves food security and addresses malnutrition. The 'Innovation Accelerator' aims to identify and support new technologies, business models and approaches for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 to "End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture."

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UNEP Expands Access to Information on MEAs [viewed]

InforMEA23 June 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has expanded access to information on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) through the online portal, InforMEA, which houses information on more than 60 treaties, 10,000 conference of the parties (COP) decisions, 5,000 national reports, 500 national plans, 3,700 national contacts, 3,000 websites and over 500 searchable terms.

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