Gender

UN-HABITAT Refines Roadmap on Women, Construction and Sustainable Housing [viewed]

UN-HABITAT21 January 2016: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held an expert meeting to help develop a programme on sustainable construction and decent jobs for women's empowerment. Experts discussed ways to mainstream gender equality in sustainable construction and urbanization, agreed to develop indicators to monitor progress, and identified possible partners and funders for the programme.

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DESA: 224 Million Migrants in 2015, Including 20 Million Refugees [viewed]

United Nations20 January 2016: The number of international migrants worldwide reached 244 million in 2015, of which 20 million were recognized as refugees, according to figures from the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Two other UN reports released in January highlight the urgent needs of women and girls on the move in Europe, and of children in conflict-affected areas, particularly in parts of Africa.

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WEF Reports Address Plastics Economy, Gender Gap and Shifting Jobs [viewed]

World Economic ForumJanuary 2016: By 2050, the oceans are predicted to contain more plastics than fish by weight, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report on the "plastics economy," one of several publications released ahead of the WEF Annual Meeting, which is convening from 20-23 January 2016. A WEF report on jobs declares that 65% percent of children who enter primary school today will "end up working in completely new job types that don't yet exist.” A third report discusses the impact of gender disparities on a country's competitiveness.

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UNSG: 2016 Must See National Traction on SDGs, “Put the Last First” [viewed]

ban_ki_moon14 January 2016: “We begin 2016 needing to get our priorities right,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an informal briefing to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). He noted the heavy responsibility resting on “Year One” of the UN's new development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is also the last year of Ban's tenure as Secretary-General.

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Conference Discusses the Role of Transport and Cities in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

wb_wri_embarq15 January 2016: An annual international conference, titled 'Transforming Transportation 2016,' called for greater knowledge sharing, integrated approaches and innovative approaches to solve the sustainability challenges in cities. Co-hosted by the World Bank and EMBARQ, the urban mobility initiative of the World Resources Institute (WRI) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, the conference brought together representatives from a wide array of international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), ministries, cities, municipalities, academia and the private sector.

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WEF Identifies Climate Change as Risk with Greatest Potential [viewed]

World Economic Forum14 January 2015: A failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation is the risk with the greatest potential to impact society, finds the World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Risks Report 2016. This report is one of several publications released in advance of the WEF's Annual Meeting. Reports address risk, gender gaps and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), among other topics.

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Event: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016 [viewed]

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) is an Abu Dhabi government initiative to address the interconnected challenges affecting energy, water and sustainable development. The largest sustainability gathering in the Middle East, ADSW encourages outcomes that pave the way toward sustainability, and provides the opportunity for dialogue and cooperation through policy dialogues, conferences, exhibitions and other events. ADSW 2016 is comprised of: an opening ceremony; the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), including a solar expo and sustainable transport zone; the International Water Summit; the EcoWaste exhibition; and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly. It also will also include the following events: Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy; IRENA Financial Times Debate; Egypt Energy Forum; Abu Dhabi Global Action Day; and the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirate's international awards for energy and sustainability pioneers.

Speakers during the opening event include: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and nine heads of states, including those from the Seychelles, Palau, Kosovo, Serbia, Nigeria and Morocco.

ADSW is being hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, and is expected to attract more than 33,000, with over 80 heads and ministers of state, and other participants from more than 170 countries.  

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Event: Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development [viewed]

This annual event takes place around International Women's Day, bringing together business leaders, including innovative female entrepreneurs, with civil society, the UN and governments. The 2016 event will discuss how companies around the world are implementing the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Invitations to attend may be requested through the website.  

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting [viewed]

The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting will take place under the theme, ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,' with the aim of building a shared understanding of current changes and shaping a collective future that places humans at the center. The "Fourth Industrial Revolution" refers to the creation of new capabilities and impacts on economic, political and social systems as a result of a fusion of technologies across the biological, digital and physical worlds. The WEF will discuss climate change, environment and resource scarcity, food security and agriculture, inclusive, sustainable growth and security, employment, skills and human capital, gender parity, and the future of the global financial system, among other current challenges. The Annual Meeting will bring together over 40 heads of state and government with 2,500 leaders from UN agencies, business and civil society.  

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CSocD Reviewing Working Methods for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

ECOSOC12 January 2016: The UN Commission for Social Development (CSocD) is conducting a review of its methods of work in the context of follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is expected to consider a resolution on the matter during this year's session (CSocD 54), according to Daniela Bas, Director, Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). CSocD will convene in New York, US, from 3-12 February 2016, under the theme ‘Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world.'

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