Gender

Ministers Call on UNDP to be “SDGs Accelerator” [viewed]

UNDP24 February 2016: Gathering on the 50th anniversary of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), over 80 ministers discussed ways for UNDP to contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They highlighted UNDP's potential to act as the “SDGs accelerator” by being a capacity builder, providing policy advice, coordinating donors, maintaining international commitments, and providing platforms for knowledge-sharing.

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IFAD Governing Council Focuses on Inclusive Investment to Address Hunger and Poverty [viewed]

IFAD19 February 2016: The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has called for increased investment in smallholder agriculture to ensure food security, climate change adaptation, equitable prosperity and the prevention of conflict and migration. Holding its 39th meeting, on the theme 'Inclusive Investment: Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda,' the Council discussed the role of investment in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as how to undertake such investment in order to eradicate poverty and food and nutrition insecurity, and realize rural communities' potential.

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Regions Highlight Financing, Institutions and Leadership Ahead of CSW 60 [viewed]

csw6019 February 2016: Regional preparatory meetings for the 60th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) considered financing mechanisms, institutional strengthening, and leadership by women's organizations for achieving gender equality by 2030, the target year for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CSW 60 convenes in March 2016 under the theme, 'Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development.'

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UNDP, US Officials Discuss Implementing SDGs in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

usa_undp3 February 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be owned and invested in by everyone, to ensure universal achievement and leave no one behind, said UN and US officials during an event on ‘Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific.' UNDP Assistant Administrator Haoliang Xu and US Special Coordinator for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Tony Pipa, highlighted ways to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into concrete, actionable plans, and shared examples of approaches to implementation.

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UN Officials Call for Cooperation, Funding to Tackle Human Trafficking [viewed]

United Nations9 February 2016: Participants called for coordinated, comprehensive and effective action to eliminate human trafficking, migrant smuggling and violence against women and children and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at a high-level event on human trafficking. The event was organized by the Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking and the Government of Belarus in collaboration with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC).

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UNGA President Announces Updates on Thematic Debates [viewed]

unga9 February 2016: Stakeholders discussed ways of engaging in three upcoming high-level thematic debates of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and their preparations during a briefing organized by UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft. Lykketoft will convene events on: implementing commitments on sustainable development, climate change, and financing for development (21 April); peace and security (10-11 May); and human rights (12-13 July).

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Event: 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) [viewed]

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) will discuss the priority theme, ‘Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development,' and will also review the agreed conclusions from CSW 57 on ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls'. The session will include interactive expert panel discussions on the themes, and a Ministerial Segment that will take place from 14-16 March 2016. The CSW Bureau facilitates preparations for the annual session, and is currently composed of officials from Brazil (Chair), Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan and Germany.  

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Civil Society Reflects on Peace and Security Reviews [viewed]

un_logo1 February 2016: At a meeting of the Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN), participants highlighted women, peace and security as a theme running through three UN high-level reviews, on peace operations, peacebuilding architecture, and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) organized the meeting on ‘The 2015 UN Reviews: Civil Society Perspectives on EU Implementation.'

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Gender Parity Helps Companies Excel, Says UN Women Report [viewed]

UN Women Logo22 January 2016: A UN Women report examines ten 'Fortune 500' companies in ten industries, which employ over one million people in 190 countries, and finds that a small percentage of leadership positions are held by women, compared to women in the workforce at large. But, the report shows, CEOs and companies can play a positive role in addressing gender equality in the workplace when they "lead from the front." The parity goal is part of UN Women's gender equality drive for a 50-50 Planet by 2030.

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AU Assembly Addresses Human Rights, 2030 Agenda, Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2016: African Heads of State, leaders and other stakeholders discussed the implementation of Africa's Agenda 2063 and ways to advance human rights, particularly women's rights, during the 26th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, which convened under the theme, ‘2016: African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women.'

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