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Officials Discuss Implementing SDGs in Crisis-Affected Countries [viewed]

UNDG23 September 2016: UN officials discussed the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in crisis-affected and post-crisis countries, at a high-level event organized by the UN Development Group (UNDG) on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA). Participants heard that: Somalia has mainstreamed the SDGs into its first national development plan in more than three decades; the g7+ group of self-identified fragile states is prioritizing peace- and state-building within SDG planning processes; and Burkina Faso integrated climate risks into its recently approved national development strategy.

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FAO Publication Highlights How to “Leave No One Behind” in Protracted Crises [viewed]

fao_headquarters22 September 2016: A booklet published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) titled, ‘Migration and Protracted Crises: Addressing root causes and building resilient agricultural livelihoods,' cites research indicating that more than 65 million people worldwide were displaced as a result of conflict, violence and persecution in 2015 alone, and that only 126,000 refugees – or 11% of the total in 2005, and the lowest on record in over 30 years – were able to repatriate to their areas of origin.

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Partners Launch Global Alliance for SDG 16 Reporting [viewed]

UNDP22 September 2016: An alliance to support governments in reporting progress towards peaceful, just and inclusive societies was launched at a high-level event organized by the Permanent Missions of Cabo Verde, Mexico, Norway, Qatar, Sierra Leone and Tunisia. UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson welcomed the Alliance as an “important first step to building a partnership for action on SDG 16.”

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Event: World Food Day 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, World Food Day 2016 will be celebrated under the theme 'Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must too,' with a focus on raising awareness about the actions people around the world can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The official World Food Day Ceremony will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy on Friday, 14 October, coinciding with the Second Meeting of Mayors committed to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. On Sunday, 16 October, a Zero Hunger Run will take place in Rome to recall Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). FAO also invites contributions to poster and video contests to illustrate the World Food Day theme. Further events will be held at different locations around the world, including a World Food Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Children's Poster Competition organized by the Rajshahi Education Board in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.  

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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 Women Reports Highlight Women's Educational Parity, Economic Empowerment [viewed]

UN Women Logo23 September 2016: UN Women launched two reports aiming to advance gender equality and women's economic empowerment. At the high-level launch events for the publications, officials, celebrities, and representatives of academia, civil society and the private sector presented concrete commitments and discussed policies that need to be implemented in order to achieve “a 50-50 planet” by 2030.

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On Penultimate Day, UNGA Annual Debate Addresses, SDGs, Climate, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

ga-71-logo24 September 2016: On the penultimate day of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual general debate, countries continued to highlight implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries also described challenges related to graduation from least developed country (LDC) status and access to concessional financing. The debate, which closes on 26 September, is focusing on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US.

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FAO, IFAD, WFP Take 'Zero Hunger Challenge' Forward [viewed]

fao_wfp_ifad22 September 2016: As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nears the end of his tenure, he has asked the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to take the Zero Hunger Challenge forward. Speaking at the 'Pathways to Zero Hunger' high-level event on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin committed their organizations to take over the Zero Hunger Challenge and pursue its goals.

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UN Senior Environment Officials Discuss Next Steps, SDGs Support [viewed]

emg22 September 2016: During the 22nd Senior Officials Meeting (SOM 22) of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG), participants considered EMG's progress and future activities related to environmental sustainability, UN system support in delivering on the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and EMG's strategic role in that regard.

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UNCTAD Identifies Policies for Inclusive, Sustained Economic Growth [viewed]

UNCTAD22 September 2016: Global economic recovery requires that leaders use bolder macroeconomic policies, stronger regulation of finance, and active industrial policies, argues the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in its latest Trade and Development Report. The 2016 report reviews trends in the global economy and highlights policies needed to foster structural transformation.

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