Institutional Framework for SD

ESCAP Reports Slow Growth in Asia-Pacific, Recommends Trade Facilitation Measures [viewed]

UNESCAP2 November 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) launched its annual report on trade and investment in the region, recommending trade facilitation measures to boost trade and investment for financing sustainable development.

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Third Committee Highlights Links with 2030 Agenda [viewed]

unga7027 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), discussing several of its agenda items for the 70th Session, has addressed a range of issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with speakers and delegates highlighting challenges and concerns for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Member States have highlighted links between the 2030 Agenda and, inter alia, crime prevention and drug control, advancement of women, children's rights, indigenous peoples, migration, and persons with disabilities.

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World Marks 70th Anniversary of "Strong UN, Better World" [viewed]

strongun_betterworld24 October 2015: The 70th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter was celebrated through dozens of events and activities. Three hundred sites around the world were lit in “UN Blue,” including the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Great Wall of China, Russia's Hermitage Museum and the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, along with UN Headquarters in New York, US. Since 1948, 24 October has been celebrated annually as UN Day.

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CSOs Raise Concerns to IAEG-SDGs [viewed]

post2015-time-global-actionOctober 2015: Following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), NGOs and other civil society organizations (CSOs) have raised concerns related to the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), requesting increased transparency on the process, and proposing indicators on children and water. Other recent CSO interventions address Africa's proactive role in the process, and propose areas of advocacy on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

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Second Committee Discusses Post-2015 Macroeconomic Issues [viewed]

unga7028 October 2015: UN Member States addressed how international trade, the international financial system, external debt sustainability and commodities can contribute to development during a discussion of macroeconomic policy questions. Delegates also addressed the follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development.

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Event: Regional Conference on Social Development in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This conference aims to promote and support strengthening of the LAC region's social development policies, as well as to increase cooperation and the exchange of experiences among countries. Participants will include ministers and other authorities of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean's (ECLAC) Member States, as well as international officials and representatives of civil society. A position document titled ‘Inclusive Social Development: A New Generation of Policies for Overcoming Poverty and Inequality,' to be presented at the conference, analyzes recent progress and challenges, and offers recommendations regarding public policies in the region. The conference will include roundtables on: elements of success and pending challenges in terms of poverty, social inclusion and inequality; macroeconomics and taxation for inclusive social development; progress on the role of social institutions; focus and strategies of the new generation of social policies; and advancing the understanding and measurement of multidimensional poverty. The event is being convened by ECLAC, the Government of Peru and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The Regional Conference on Social Development was created in 2014.  

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Event: UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Human Rights [viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will hold a high-level thematic debate on human rights. The event aims to discuss the UN's role in human rights related to gender equality, governance and the rule of law and institution building. The event also will emphasize the needs of individuals affected by conflicts and disasters, particularly refugees. This event is one of three high-level events that the President will convene during UNGA 70.  

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Event: Launch of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace [viewed]

The Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace is a collective initiative of a group of countries committed to global water issues. The Panel, to be launched by Switzerland and approximately 15 other countries during a public ministerial event, will be established for about two years, and aims to develop proposals to: strengthen the global architecture to prevent and resolve water-related conflicts; facilitate water use for building peace; and put water relations at the center of government policies. While the Panel will function outside the formal UN structure, it will work closely with relevant stakeholders, including the UN, taking into account already existing initiatives and organizations in the water sector. The panel will include eminent persons with political experience from national authorities, civil society, academia, international organizations and the private sector. The Geneva Water Hub will act as the Panel's Secretariat.  

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High-level Event Discusses Women, Peace and Security in 2030 Agenda [viewed]

UNGA LOGO30 September 2015: High-level representatives of governments and the UN system discussed the role of women in fostering peace and security in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, during a high-level ministerial event celebrating the 15th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). It was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Italy, Kenya, Namibia, Spain, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

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Event: First International Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The first International Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development will explore how public-private partnerships (PPPs) can contribute to sustainable development. The forum will focus on PPPs as tools to advance sustainable development at the local level, as impactful PPPs can be used not only for large-scale national projects, but also for smaller local-level projects. Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post 2015 Development Planning, will give a keynote address. This forum will include plenary sessions on the role of PPPs in combating climate change and the specificities of PPPs at the local level, as well as technical workshops to learn about the legal and financial aspects of PPPs. It will also include a ‘Good Practices Forum,' organized with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In addition, the forum will provide the space to showcase examples of successful PPPs in the sectors of transport, energy, water supply and waste management. The Forum is being organized jointly by the Government of France, the Agglomeration of Annemasse and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with other UN agencies.  

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