Gender

Event: How Will You Join Rural Women in Implementing the SDGs? [viewed]

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Huairou Commission and United Methodist Women, will host this event on the sidelines of the 60th Session of the Convention on the Status of Women (CSW 60). Rural women from around the world will share perspectives on what it will take to make the SDGs a reality in their communities. Panelists will discuss rural women's priorities for sustainable development and ways to ensure the full integration of rural women in efforts to achieve the SDGs. The event will include an interactive dialogue on ‘Rural transformation and the advancement of women: Leaving no one behind'.  

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Event: 33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33) [viewed]

The 33rd session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC) will meet under the theme ‘Promoting food security, blue growth and empowerment of small-scale farmers and women in North East and North Africa (NENA) region'. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the contribution of livestock to food security in NENA; implementation of the Blue Growth Initiative in the region; and the empowerment of small-scale farmers and women. Conference participants will also be briefed on the regional office's progress in implementing recommendations made at the previous regional conference, and discuss programme and budget matters. The meeting will focus on FAO priority activities in the region, including the decentralization process, as well as achievements regarding the three regional initiatives: ‘Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition'; ‘The Regional Initiative on Small-Scale Agriculture for Inclusive Development'; and ‘Water Scarcity Initiative.' The Conference will start with a three-day meeting for Senior Officers designated by their governments, followed by a Ministerial Meeting on 12 and 13 May 2016. FAO regional conferences are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.  

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UN Calls for 'Stepping it Up' to Achieve Gender Equality, SDGs [viewed]

womenday20168 March 2016: The world must take immediate actions to close gender gaps and promote women's empowerment to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and leave no one behind, said UN leaders on the occasion of this year's International Women's Day (IWD), marked on 8 March 2016. UN agencies and other international organizations called for gender equality and women's empowerment at special events and in new publications.

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Climate, Energy Groups Speak Out on International Women's Day [viewed]

womenday20168 March 2016: Marking this year's International Women's Day (IWD), UN agencies and other international organizations called for gender equality and women's empowerment, under the theme of ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it Up for Gender Equality.'

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Abu Dhabi Meeting Focuses on Sustainable Energy and Cities Ahead of Habitat III [viewed]

hiiiJanuary 2016: The Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Sustainable Energy and Cities concluded that massive deployment of low-carbon energy in the world's cities is needed, and resulted in the 'Abu Dhabi Declaration for Habitat III: Sustainable Energy and Cities,' which underscores that sustainable energy must be a core focus of the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

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Girls Still Denied Access to Education, UNESCO Report Finds [viewed]

UNESCO2 March 2016: Twice as many girls as boys will never start primary school, if current trends continue, according to a report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics (UIS). Despite progress made over the past 20 years, the report finds that girls are still more likely than boys to be denied the right to education, a trend that suggests additional efforts will be needed to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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ESCAP Report Highlights Migrants as Development Actors [viewed]

united-iom29 February 2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched a regional report on the contribution of migrants to development. It highlights the need for migration policies to be aligned with national development priorities, and for promoting dignity and respect for workers' rights. ESCAP reports that the region hosts over 59 million migrants, most of them temporary labor migrants, as well as 5.5 million refugees, with three of the world's main refugee-hosting countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

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DAC Commits to Evolving with Development Landscape [viewed]

OECD_NEW19 February 2016: The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) released a Communiqué noting its need to “evolve in order to better align with the new realities of the 2030 Agenda and development coordination.” The Committee observes that wider, deeper collaboration with non-DAC partners will be necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and commits to making proposals and recommendations to support sustainable development efforts, and to evolve to reflect the needs of a larger array of development actors.

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CGIAR, CIFOR Outline Priorities and Targets [viewed]

cgiar_cifor2 March 2016: CGIAR has published its 'Strategy and Results Framework 2016–2030,' which describes how CGIAR will build on past successes and investments. The Framework also highlights the need to find innovative solutions to overcome barriers to success, and defines how to take advantage of emerging opportunities. It outlines CGIAR's three goals, or 'System Level Outcomes (SLOs)': reducing poverty; improving food and nutrition security; and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

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Member States, Stakeholders Call for Rethinking Migration, Increasing GFMD Role [viewed]

global_forum_migration25 February 2016: UN Member States and stakeholders exchanged views on the best ways to address migration in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its evolving architecture, at an event organized by Bangladesh as chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD). They also discussed challenges that will be addressed by the High-Level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, taking place on 19 September 2016, in New York, US.

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