Institutional Framework for SD

UNCCD Announces WDCD Slogan, Highlights Links to Climate Action [viewed]

???????????????????????23 February 2016: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the slogan for the 2016 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated on 17 June, will be ‘Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.' UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut thanked China for offering to host the global observance event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, highlighting the country's experience in “nursing degraded lands and man-made deserts back to health.”

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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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Panel: Addressing Illicit Financial Flows Could Help Finance SDGs [viewed]

ECOSOC18 February 2016: The High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (HLPIFF) discussed its findings with UN Member States at a special briefing of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The HLPIFF was established at the 2011 meeting of the Joint African Union Commission (AUC)-UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. It has produced a report assessing the volumes and sources of illicit financial flows (IFF) from Africa and recommending ways to address these outflows. Thabo Mbeki, HLPIFF Chairperson, recognized a direct link between curbing IFF and financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, saying one cannot be achieved without the other.

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Event: Ninth Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings [viewed]

The ninth Joint African Union Commission (AUC) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Annual Meetings of the AU Conference of Ministers of the Economy and Finance and UNECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development will convene under the theme, ‘Towards an Integrated and Coherent Approach to Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs'. The Conference will discuss how countries can establish common implementation and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks, with a focus on the policies and institutions needed to transform Africa's economies and achieve Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at national, regional and continental levels. Ministers are expected to share strategies for promoting sustainable long-term growth while simultaneously addressing inequality, reducing poverty and improving the living standard for all Africans. The meeting will focus on four thematic areas: harmonization, synergies and sensitization; integration of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda into national development plans and a results framework; monitoring and evaluation; and financing, including the operationalization of domestic resource mobilization (DRM) strategies. The meeting is expected to result in recommendations on a unified approach for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda, as well as guidance on developing such an approach.  

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Event: 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit [viewed]

The 9th Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) Summit will take place in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Global Forum on Migration and Development is an initiative of United Nations Member States to address the migration and development interconnections in practical and action-oriented ways. It is an informal, non-binding, voluntary and government-led process that marks the culmination of more than a decade of international dialogue on the growing importance of the linkages between migration and development.  

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ECOSOC Sets Theme, Dates for 2016 Segments [viewed]

ECOSOC19 February 2016: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) reached agreement regarding upcoming segments of its work in 2016. Governments continue to consult informally on several other items related to ECOSOC's programme of work.

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Event: First Meeting of Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS [viewed]

The first meeting of the Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is expected to discuss the working methods of the Committee. The meeting is held pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution 70/202 on 'Follow-up to and implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States,' which decided to establish the SIDS Partnership Framework, to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS. The Steering Committee is expected to support the follow-up of existing partnerships, and promote and advocate the launching of new SIDS partnerships. Maldives and Italy serve as co-chairs of the Committee.  

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Event: Retreat on Preparation for 2016 Session of HLPF [viewed]

The Permanent Missions of Germany and the Republic of Korea to the UN will host a retreat on the preparation for the 2016 session of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The retreat will aim to inform the preparation of the reviews at the 2016 HLPF, including the voluntary national reviews, the thematic reviews, the annual SDG Progress Report and the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). The retreat will focus on: countries' expectations for the HLPF 2016 session, and notably for the HLPF reviews, building on the retreat convened by the President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in November 2015 and the theme chosen for the session, 'Ensuring that no one is left behind;' the voluntary national reviews and their state-led preparations; how best to prepare and conduct HLPF thematic reviews in 2016; the possible outcome and follow-up to the HLPF reviews in 2016 – including how voluntary national reviews can lead to possible support and new partnerships to assist the reviewed countries; documentation for the HLPF, notably the GSDR and the SDG progress report, and how the HLPF can address it; and other aspects related to the 2016 HLPF session. The outcome of the retreat is expected to be an informal summary to inform the continuing preparations for the 2016 HLPF and its reviews. This first retreat will be followed by a second retreat at the end of April to discuss the status of national preparations to HLPF voluntary national reviews, and emerging findings, and to start preparing for the presentation of the voluntary national reviews at the HLPF.  

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UNEP OECPR-2 Addresses Implementation, Environmental Dimensions of Agenda 2030 [viewed]

oecpr19 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-2) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) advanced preparations for the upcoming second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will address the theme of 'Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of Agenda 2030.'

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Changes in UN High-Level Leadership Announced [viewed]

United Nations19 February 2016: Several high-level leadership positions related to intergovernmental sustainable development policy will be filled in the coming months. Within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, there will be changes in the following positions: UNFCCC Executive Secretary; President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; and the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In addition, the selection processes for the next Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the next UN Secretary-General are underway.

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