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Long-Term Study Finds Win-Win Outcomes of 'Better Work' in Factories [viewed]

ilo_ifc_better_work26 September 2016: A long-term study of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) ‘Better Work' programme found that it has resulted in both a better quality of life for workers, and increased profitability for businesses. Better Work seeks to improve garment factory conditions in seven countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Nicaragua and Viet Nam.

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UN Global Pulse Announces Twitter Partnership for Analyzing Global Trends [viewed]

global_pulse23 September 2016: The UN Global Pulse initiative announced a partnership with the global social media enterprise Twitter, to enable analysis of social media content to better understand global trends in areas such as food prices, job availability, access to health care, quality of education and disaster incidents. According to UN Global Pulse, social media analytics on these issues can help to target humanitarian and development initiatives appropriately. Chris Moody, Twitter, expressed confidence that the partnership will further the UN's efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNCCD LDN Target-Setting Programme Celebrates 100 Countries [viewed]

unccd_gm22 September 2016: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that 100 countries – roughly half of all UNCCD signatories – have embarked on the process of establishing national targets on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 15:3 (By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world).

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Guest Article #63: Monitoring Business' Performance for SDGs: Lessons from First Year [viewed]

A year ago this week, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was agreed upon by the world's governments. Even before this anniversary, 22 countries reported to their peers on initial efforts to implement the new agenda, highlighting their successes, challenges, and lessons learned while working to actualize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This first round of “follow-up and review” took place in July, during the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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GODAN Summit Event Considers SDG 2 Accountability Framework [viewed]

godan_summit16 September 2016: As part of the recent GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) Summit 2016 , which convened in New York, NY, from 15-16 September 2016, the GODAN Secretariat, with partners including Development Initiatives, Save the Children, Oxfam, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and Open Institute, held a session on the importance of open data in addressing food security and nutrition challenges.

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Guest Article #62: The World's Largest Lesson: Engaging and Inspiring Children Everywhere through Classrooms Across the World [viewed]

“One thing that I think could make a big difference is if girls and boys grew up feeling that they could achieve anything,” said Emma Watson, actress and HeforShe Goodwill Ambassador. “And one way to make this happen is if everyone has strong role models in their communities showing them what's possible.”

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UN Highlights Rising South-South FDI Flows, Partnership Incubator [viewed]

un_ilo12 September 2016: Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows among countries of the global South is on the rise, despite the ongoing volatility of global financial markets, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. Ban also highlighted the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator, a project facility launched by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the Office of the Secretary-General, which aims to support cooperation for climate action by developing countries.

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FAO-USAID Project Building Capacity to Measure SDG 2 [viewed]

fao_usaid7 September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement to boost the capacity of developing countries to track agricultural data and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The FAO-led project aims to design and implement agricultural integrated surveys (AGRIS), a cost-effective approach to collecting agricultural data in developing countries.

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Event: Business Call to Action (BCtA) Annual Forum 2016: Increasing Effectiveness of Inclusive Business as a Key Contributor to the SDGs [viewed]

The Business Call to Action's (BCtA) Seventh Annual Forum will take place in conjunction with the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) as the private sector, development institutions and governments are beginning to align their practices and commitments to the shared vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This invitation-only event will bring together leaders from prominent BCtA member companies as well as senior representatives from governments, bilateral donors, civil society and the UN. The Forum will showcase the potential for – and evidence of – inclusive businesses aligning their core business activities with the SDGs, thus contributing to this ambitious global development agenda, both globally and at the country level. Participants will showcase innovative work, engage in peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, and network with leaders in the field. A invitation can be requested from the BCtA Secretariat.  

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