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Policy Update #21: Monthly Forecast: May 2016 [viewed]

After a full schedule of high-profile events, statements, and commitments in April, policy work in May 2016 will be guided by key documents on sustainable development.

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Asia-Pacific Human Development Report Outlines Nine Actions for Sustainable Development [viewed]

shaping_the_future28 April 2016: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched its 2016 Human Development Report for the Asia-Pacific region, outlining actions by which countries with different demographic profiles can work towards sustainable development.

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IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future [viewed]

icp_fao20 April 2016: Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016.

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FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence [viewed]

FfD20 April 2016: International organizations held several events on the sidelines of the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Inaugural Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) Follow-up (FfD Forum), which took place from 18-20 April. Participants highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization through improved tax collection, and addressing systemic issues and debt.

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Arab Region Agrees on SDG Follow-Up Process, Joint Inputs to UNEA-2 [viewed]

escwa_unep_arab22 April 2016: Participants at the Preparatory Meeting for the Third Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD-3) and the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) agreed to establish an Arab institutional framework for sustainable development. The framework includes a regional follow-up and review mechanism, a financing strategy and a mechanism for technological cooperation. Recommendations from the meeting will be submitted to AFSD-3, UNEA-2, and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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Commission Discusses Action to Enhance Health Sector's Contribution to Growth, Job Creation [viewed]

United Nations23 March 2016: The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth held its first meeting, following its establishment in early March 2016. Commissioners adopted a Communiqué outlining their intention to explore ways to enhance investment in health and human capital at all levels, and to make recommendations on education and training models to ensure that health workers' competencies are aligned with population needs and epidemiologic and demographic changes, including non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and aging populations.

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UNCTAD Report Examines Trade Contributions to SDG Implementation [viewed]

UNCTAD20 April 2016: A report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) maps "the new landscape" facing trade policymakers, noting that trade policy can play an important role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by enabling policy coherence at the national, regional and global levels.

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IATF Outlines AAAA Monitoring Plans [viewed]

UNDESA19 April 2016: The UN's Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development (IATF) released its first report, with a focus on its plans for monitoring implementation of the commitments made in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on financing for development (FfD) in future years.

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Event: Capacity Development to Improve Management of ABNJ Workshop during Blue Week Grenada 2016 [viewed]

This workshop, titled ‘Capacity Development to Improve Management of Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ): Needs, Experiences, Options and Opportunities,' will bring together governments, international organizations, civil society and regional and national leaders to advance capacity on ABNJ and formulate next steps on capacity development related to marine resource management, especially with regard to a legally-binding international instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Global Ocean Forum, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the University of Delaware and partners are organizing the event, which will take place during Blue Week and Investment Conference, from 14-22 May. The Conference aims to harness the blue growth paradigm into a package of bankable projects as well as to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 14.7 to “increase the economic benefits to small island developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs) from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism.”  

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Event: QCPR Training 2016 – Module V [viewed]

The fifth module of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) Training 2016, titled ‘Briefing in preparation for QCPR negotiations,' will summarize the key elements of the previous modules, and the key messages of the UN Secretary-General's report on the QCPR. It will explain the QCPR process, and discuss ideas on the potential of the QCPR. The QCPR Training 2016 is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.  

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