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UNCTAD to Play "Central Role" in Achieving SDGs [viewed]

unctad1425 July 2016: Delegates agreed to give the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by adopting a framework that will guide UNCTAD's work over the next four years, and that is primarily focused on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 14th session of UNCTAD (UNCTAD 14) resulted in a political declaration and the ‘Nairobi Consensus,' on providing technical assistance to ensure that globalization and trade benefit people in developing countries.

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UNEP-IRP Warns Against Rising Natural Resource Use [viewed]

unep_irp20 July 2016: Increasing consumption intensified by a growing middle class has tripled primary materials extraction over the last 40 years, with the richest countries consuming around ten times as much as the poorest countries, according to a report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP).

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Event: Multilevel Policy for Stronger Intermediary Cities [viewed]

This side event, taking place during the third Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom 3) for Habitat III, is organized by UCLG, UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance. There is currently an unprecedented international momentum behind the importance of local action, the transformational potential of urbanization, and the need to create a multi-partner governance system to address universal challenges and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This event will be a chance to explore the opportunities, concerns and priorities of intermediary cities and their national and regional governments in relation to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. We are interested to learn from participants about better intergovernmental cooperation to achieve sustainable cities.  

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At Learning Event, HLPF Participants Share Experiences in SDG Implementation [viewed]

unitar_undesa15 July 2016: Participants shared national experiences in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and discussed possible mechanisms for follow-up and review, at a series of eight short courses organized as part of the ‘SDGs Learning, Training and Practice.' The event, which took place alongside the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) aimed to provide a strategic vision and practical knowledge on how to find sustainable, effective solutions for communities.

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UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation [viewed]

sdg_are_coming_to_life20 July 2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Development Group (UNDG) launched a publication on translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice in 16 countries. At the launch side event, representatives of the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Montenegro, Pakistan and Sierra Leone presented their experiences and challenges related to SDG implementation.

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UNESCO Launches Education Atlas for Monitoring SDG 4 [viewed]

e_atlas_unesco18 July 2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a collection of interactive maps presenting global and thematic indicators to monitor achievement of the targets in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls to "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."

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UNRISD Launches Consultations on Social Policy Benchmark [viewed]

UNRISD Colour Logo CMYK18 July 2016: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) unveiled a draft version of its flagship report on social policy innovations towards implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, inviting comments through an online consultation process. The report addresses: understanding transformative change; trends and innovations in social policy; care policies; social and solidarity economy; climate change; mobilizing domestic resources; and governance and politics.

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Policy Update #27: The New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: Synergies and Challenges Ahead [viewed]

un_headquartersPopulation growth and urbanization are projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world's urban population by 2050, with nearly 90% of the increase coming in Asia and Africa. This trend illustrates why cities have become one of the most challenging and important areas in which to implement sustainable development policies. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities.” The New Urban Agenda, a document currently under negotiation as part of the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), will provide key guidance in planning for sustainable development in cities worldwide.

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World Bank, UNDP and Countries Discuss SDG Implementation Factors [viewed]

hlpf19 July 2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), officials from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and governments discussed experiences with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so far, and identified factors to consider for their implementation.

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UNEP Inquiry Highlights Green Finance in 13 Developing Countries [viewed]

UNEP Logo18 July 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has published a report highlighting the diverse experiences of 13 developing countries in directing finance toward sustainable development aims. Launching the report to coincide with the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), UNEP emphasized the need for financing at the level of US$5-7 trillion each year to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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