Finance

ECLAC Caribbean Committee Highlights National Ownership, Coordination for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 April 2016: Senior government officials shared their perspectives on sustainable development priorities in the Caribbean, during the 26th session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Among other priorities, participants stressed national ownership and integrated planning, and suggested addressing debt management through a Caribbean Resilience Fund.

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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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ESCAP Identifies Regional Priorities, Four ‘Transformations' for Implementing Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCAP13 April 2016: Governments in the Asia-Pacific region held two high-level discussions in April, resulting in a set of regional priorities for implementing sustainable development and financing commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

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CSOs Highlight National SDG Reviews and Coherence, Economic Findings [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)April 2016: The national level will be critical in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to position papers by Save the Children and the Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network and partners. The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has reflected on how Canada will implement the 2030 Agenda at home, and has provided advice for the first round of national reporting. Other inputs focus on: multi-stakeholder partnerships to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on peace and justice; the care economy; and 2015 data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

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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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IPOA Draft Outcome Revised [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS19 April 2016: The co-facilitators for the preparatory process on the high-level mid-term review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPOA) have revised the draft outcome document, to incorporate views expressed at the preparatory meeting of experts in March 2016. The revised draft will serve as the basis for informal consultations, beginning in New York, US, on 25 April 2016. Benedicte Frankinet, Permanent Representative of Belgium, and Jean-Francis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of Benin, serve as co-facilitators.

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Implementation Update: As Governments Prepare for Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, Carbon Pricing in the Spotlight [viewed]

paris_agreement_ceremony21 April 2016: In the lead up to the Paris Agreement on climate change Signing Ceremony, various events have added to the growing momentum of what is expected to be one of the largest ever signing events. In the shadow of the announcement by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that March 2016 recorded the highest combined global average temperature of any March since 1880, the growing number of countries expected to sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April is also on track to set a record. This Implementation Update summarizes activities by UNFCCC Parties as they focus on mitigating and adapting to these warming trends, especially following the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes: recent buzz around market mechanisms, carbon pricing and scaling private sector involvement; the growing impetus ahead of the High Level Signing Ceremony; an outlook to the May session of the UNFCCC; good news about European cars; and Fiji's post-disaster recovery efforts.

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FfD Forum Adopts Intergovernmental Conclusions [viewed]

ECOSOC20 April 2016: UN Member States concluded the inaugural session of the Financing for Development (FfD) Forum by adopting a brief set of intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations, through which they express strong commitment to the “full” implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA).

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FfD Forum Continues with Discussion of AAAA Action Areas, Global Infrastructure Forum [viewed]

ECOSOC19 April 2016: On the second day of the inaugural Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), participants discussed action areas and other components of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) including the global framework for financing sustainable development, domestic and international public resources, and domestic and international private business and finance. A panel discussion on the Global Infrastructure Forum also took place.

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