Institutional Framework for SD

Accountability, Transparency and Participation in Focus at IDEA-Organized Event on SDG Implementation [viewed]

Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation, said accountability is an essential element of deepening democracy. 26 September 2015: The high-level event, titled 'Engaging People for Sustainable Development: Accountability, Transparency and Participation,' was convened by the Permanent Mission of Botswana, Permanent Mission of Mongolia, Permanent Mission of Switzerland and International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance). Participants discussed existing mechanisms, roles of actors and enablers that could contribute to the transparent, participatory and accountable achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Event: Workshop on National Development Strategies and Plans for the Middle East and Central Asia Region [viewed]

This workshop will assist countries from the Middle East and Central Asia region in applying integrated systems-level approaches for envisioning, planning, implementation and monitoring national development plans and strategies for achieving the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshop will include presentations and guidance on tailoring the SDGs to national contexts, a special session on UAE National Strategic Planning, sessions exploring existing practices and opportunities for mainstreaming the SDGs into national development strategies and plans, a scenario exercise on national planning for sustainable development, and a special session on perspectives from other regions, which will present national development planning practices in Malaysia. The UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) is organizing this workshop with the Islamic Development Bank Group, the Ministry for Finance, United Arab Emirates, the Sustainable Development Planning Network and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).  

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Heads of State and Government Adopt 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [viewed]

post2015_summit27 September 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a summit of heads of State and Government, with many speakers calling the agreement a historic moment in forging a sustainable pathway for people and the planet.

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Private Sector Forum Commits to Support Achievement of SDGs [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact26 September 2015: The Private Sector Forum resulted in more than 35 corporate commitments to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including through investments in low-carbon infrastructure and solutions to make clean energy affordable and accessible. Also at the Forum, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched ‘the SDG compass,' a tool for helping companies to maximize their contributions to the Global Goals.

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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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C20 Calls for World Economy that Works for All [viewed]

g20-turkey16 September 2015: The Civil 20 (C20), a civil society platform of the Group of 20 (G20), issued a communiqué calling for world leaders to champion inclusive growth that respects human life, rights and dignity, and planetary boundaries. The Communiqué was issued by the third annual C20 Summit, which brought together hundreds of civil society delegates to finalize C20's recommendations to the G20 Leaders Summit 2015, taking place in Antalya, Turkey, on 15-16 November 2015.

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Event: UNGA High-level Debate on International Peace and Security [viewed]

This UN General Assembly (UNGA) high-level debate will take place under the theme, ‘Maintenance of international peace and security'. It aims to draw lessons from the UN's 70 years of operation, take stock of challenges related to peace and security, and renew Member States' commitment to the UN Charter. The event will include opening addresses by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and a representative of civil society, and statements by Member States and heads of regional organizations.  

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OECD: Government Support to Fossil Fuels Hampers Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

OECD_NEW21 September 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015. According to the findings, governments of OECD countries and key emerging economies are spending US$160-200 billion annually to support the consumption and production of fossil fuels.

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UNEP Consults on Revised Access-to-Information Policy [viewed]

UNEP17 September 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has invited comments on the revised draft of its Access-to-Information-Policy. The Policy aims to enhance transparency and openness in the work of UNEP and its Governing Council (GC). It contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP, and includes sections on the statement of the Policy, public access to information, exceptions, request for information, review and appeal process, and an access-to-information panel.

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Civil Society Focus Shifts Toward SDG Advocacy, Implementation [viewed]

post2015_summitSeptember 2015: Civil society reactions to the post-2015 development agenda have begun to shift toward discussion of advocacy and implementation, as indicated in recent articles, blogs and other contributions. Civil society organizations have presented initial analyses on which future performance can be based, and urged Heads of State and Government to adopt firm commitments at the UN Summit for the post-2015 development agenda. They also continue to address Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators, and to reflect on the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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