Gender

Demographic Data, Analysis Key for Achieving SDGs, Says CPD 49 [viewed]

demographic_data16 April 2016: The 49th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD49) reached agreement on strengthening the demographic evidence base for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, noting the importance of demographic data and analysis for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and leaving no one behind. Governments also made decisions on the Commission's future organization and methods of work.

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Public Spaces, Informal Settlements Discussed ahead of Habitat III [viewed]

hiii11 April 2016: Two thematic meetings in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) took place during the first week of April: on public spaces, in Barcelona, Spain, and on informal settlements, in Pretoria, South Africa. Addressing the meeting on public spaces, Joan Clos, Habitat III Secretary-General and former mayor of Barcelona, lamented that the quantity of public spaces has been decreasing in cities in tandem with the privatization of urban planning, and called for a paradigm shift.

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Event: 49th Session of the Commission on Population and Development [viewed]

The 49th session of the Commission on Population and Development will consider, inter alia, actions for the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, the Report of the Secretary-General on strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda, the Report of the Secretary-General on the monitoring of population

programmes, focusing on strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda, and the Report of the Secretary-General on the flow of financial resources for assisting in the further implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development. A general debate will address the theme, “Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda” and a general debate will consider the contribution of population and development issues to the Economic and Social Council theme in 2016, on “Implementing the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to results”.  

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Event: High-level Forum: The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond [viewed]

The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the Government of Sweden and the African Union Commission (AUC) are organizing a High-level Forum on ‘Early Action and Results on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The Forum will bring together high-level speakers and participants to focus on the synergies and complementarity of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will address three themes: towards transformative economic growth and regional integration in Africa, including sustainable and decent work for youth (SDGs 8 and 9); empowering African Women and gender (SDG 5); and consolidating peace and security in Africa (SDG 16). The event will take place during the week of the High-level Ceremony of the Paris Agreement and the UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs.  

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CSO Contributions Highlight Forestry in SDGs, Poverty-Inequality Linkages, Governance [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)April 2016: Recent papers and articles by civil society organizations (CSOs) address: forestry in Sustainable Development Goals' (SDGs) implementation; the relationship between poverty and inequality; SDG 16 on good governance; and the indicators for the Goals. This piece highlights contributions from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Southern Voice, and Transparency International, among others.

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2016 Global Food Policy Report Explores Contributions of Food Systems to SDG Implementation [viewed]

Ifpri31 March 2016: The '2016 Global Food Policy Report: How we Feed the World is Unsustainable' of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) analyzes food policy developments in 2015, assesses challenges and opportunities for the coming year, and investigates the role of food systems in achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ECOSOC Special Meeting Addresses Inequality in Context of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

ecosoc7030 March 2016: In the context on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) organized a Special Meeting on Inequality to consider key drivers of inequality, and propose policy solutions. Participants discussed tackling inequality as a moral imperative and goal of the 2030 Agenda, and policy priorities to address inequality at national, regional and global levels. An informal President's summary of the Meeting is expected to inform the work of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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Asia-Pacific Agencies Call for Investing in Youth [viewed]

switched-on28 March 2016: A thematic working group including 12 UN agencies, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched a joint report on the region's youth. The report emphasizes that investing in youth, who make up 60% of the global population of 15- to 24-year olds, will be crucial for successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Young people around the region contributed to the report, which was released in December 2015.

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SE4All Highlights Plans for Implementing SDG 7 [viewed]

SE4ALL24 March 2016: The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), Rachel Kyte, highlighted challenges to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). Briefing UN Member States and civil society, she also provided an update on the SE4All initiative's plans for supporting implementation of the Goal.

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CSW 60 Adopts Conclusions Linking Gender Equality, SDGs [viewed]

csw6024 March 2016: The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) produced a set of Agreed Conclusions that highlight the economic, education, health and humanitarian needs of women and girls, underscoring the relationship between these needs and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting also agreed on the importance of a gender-responsive approach to the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), calling to end violence against women and girls in order to achieve the Goals.

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