Gender

WEF: 2016 Year of Implementation on Climate Change, SDGs [viewed]

World Economic Forum23 January 2016: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting convened 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. Participants reflected that 2016 must be a year of implementation on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Switzerland Announces National, International Implementation of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

swiss_develpment_cooperation22 January 2016: During the Annual Conference of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Didier Burkhalter, announced that Switzerland will implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at two levels: at the national level as part of the Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-2019; and at the international level based on the Federal Council Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017-2020, which will be debated in Parliament in 2016.

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Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Highlights Government and Business Action [viewed]

abudhabi201621 January 2016: The 2016 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) focused on stimulating international dialogue and action on sustainable energy, water, waste, cities, women in sustainability, climate change and sustainable development. The week, which included a series of events, conferences and exhibitions, brought together thousands of delegates from government, industry and civil society with the aim of addressing challenges and opportunities in policy, finance, investment, and technology and innovation.

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High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment to Contribute to SDGs [viewed]

United Nations21 January 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of a High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment, which aims to mobilize concrete action on gender equality and provide specific recommendations for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and 8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all). The Panel is supported by the UK and the World Bank Group.

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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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