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Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework [viewed]

unccd_namibia_au19 August 2016: The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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EMG Report: Sound Chemicals Management Can Support SDGs [viewed]

chemical_reportJuly 2016: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) released a synthesis report on the importance of sound chemicals management in contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report identifies ways UN agencies can support Member States in addressing chemical and chemical waste management, and ensuring implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to poverty eradication, biodiversity, agriculture, health, water, employment and sustainable industrialization.

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Event: Friends of the Task Force on NCDs Round Table [viewed]

The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN and the World Health Organization (WHO) are organizing a roundtable, titled ‘Friends of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs): Supporting Member States to Achieve the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets'. The event will feature a panel discussion on the UN Inter-Agency Task Force's current work, showcase how the Task Force supports countries in progressing towards the NCD-related SDG targets, and highlight new global inter-agency programmes on good governance for health and other health-related topics.  

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UNDP, Partners Map Relationship Between Mining and SDGs [viewed]

mapping_mining19 July 2016: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Economic Forum (WEF), Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have released the final version of an "atlas" that maps how mining and the extractive industry sector can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in resource-rich countries. The white paper, titled ‘Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas,' shares examples of good practice, knowledge and resources in the mining sector that could be replicated or scaled up to support the SDGs.

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Event: UNDP-Sweden Human Rights and Environment Seminar [viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency are organizing this seminar on Human Rights and the Environment, following the Advisory Board Meeting of the Environmental Governance Project (EGP). The four-year EGP is funded by SIDA and addresses challenges for developing countries in implementing environmental policies and integrating environmental and social concerns into broader sustainable development policy making. The programme strengthens the environmental, gender, human rights, and rule of law dimensions of public administration covering large-scale mining sectors. The programme also welcomes and prioritizes efforts to strengthen new long-term partnerships with public, private, and civil society groups, as well as South-South triangular collaboration within and across regions.  

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Policy Update #29: UNDS Gets Fit for the 2030 Agenda Purpose [viewed]

One year after answering “What” should happen in the next 15 years for the UN Development System (UNDS), by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Member States are getting ready to negotiate “How” this will take place. The negotiations on the next Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) will take place during the 71th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), which commences on 13 September 2016.

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Youth Can Shift Consumption, Production: UN Officials [viewed]

United Nations12 August 2016: The UN celebrated International Youth Day with an event on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Speakers stressed that it is time to give youth issues more than “lip service” and start living up to commitments. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 is to "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns."

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UNESCO UIS Launches Monitoring Tool for SDG 4 [viewed]

uis-sdg4-digest-201610 August 2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics (UIS) launched the Sustainable Development Data Digest, to contribute to monitoring of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all) and to address gaps in education data and monitoring. The Digest presents a global strategy for improving measurement of education quality and equity.

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Event: Informal Negotiations on Habitat III Outcome Document [viewed]

Informal negotiations on the 'Surabaya Draft of New Urban Agenda' will take place at the end of August/beginning of September. The current draft is the result of the negotiations at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom 3), held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 25–27 July 2016. Habitat III is expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

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Event: High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance [viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly is convening this one-day, high-level meeting for Member States, civil society, the private sector and academic institutions, to highlight the global public health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and to strengthen political commitment to addressing the issue. The meeting will emphasize the role and the responsibilities of governments and intergovernmental organizations, particularly the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in undertaking a "One Health" approach in the areas of human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, finance and consumer action.  

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