Institutional Framework for SD

UN Seeks Stakeholder Views on SDGs Follow-up [viewed]

sustainable_plataform20 October 2015: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched a consultation directed at Major Groups and other stakeholders on follow-up and review of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Based on a questionnaire, the consultation seeks to informally contribute to the preparation of the UN Secretary-General's forthcoming report on follow-up and review.

read more »

ECOSOC President Highlights Key Results in 2015 [viewed]

ECOSOC19 October 2015: Presenting the report of the 2015 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), President Oh Joon highlighted key results and messages from the session, and noted that the entire ECOSOC system, including its functional and regional commissions, committees and expert bodies, is mobilized towards supporting UN Member States on policy integration and on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

read more »

EU Reports on Policy Coherence for Development [viewed]

ec19 October 2015: The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Neven Mimica (Croatia), has launched the Commission's 2015 report on policy coherence for development (PCD). PCD seeks to minimize contradictions and build synergies between different EU policies, to benefit developing countries and increase the effectiveness of development cooperation, according to the Commission.

read more »

Forum Highlights Links between Migration, Development, SDGs [viewed]

GFMD19 October 2015: Addressing the eighth Summit Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson underscored the priority of saving lives and called for a stronger focus on refugee protection, non-discrimination, increased preparedness and shared responsibilities. Noting that Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey have been at the center of the region's refugee crisis, "paying a high price" for the war in Syria, Eliasson said the Forum should work closely with the UN System, in particular with the Global Migration Group, to integrate migration into national development plans.

read more »

UNEP FI Holds Annual General Meeting, Switzerland Pledges Funds to Natural Capital Declaration [viewed]

unep_fi12 October 2015: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) to discuss, inter alia, the changing context for sustainable finance, with a focus on risks and impacts. The AGM also reaffirmed the partnership between the UN and the finance sector as critical for unlocking private finance in support of a sustainable economy.

read more »

ECOSOC Approves ESCAP Restructuring [viewed]

UNESCAP22 July 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) endorsed a resolution adopted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), on revising the ESCAP conference structure to be “fit for the evolving post-2015 development agenda.” Among the provisions of the Resolution, ESCAP decides to review the continued "substantive relevance and financial viability" of each regional institution, every five years.

read more »

Praia Group on Governance Statistics Meets in Cabo Verde [viewed]

United Nations19 June 2015: The Praia Group on Governance Statistics met for the first time in Cabo Verde from 17-19 June 2015 to discuss the conceptualization, methodology and instruments for producing statistics related to governance, peace and security, relevant to Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

read more »

UNEP Panel Shows Environmental Impacts of Resource Efficiency [viewed]

UNEP14 October 2015: The International Resource Panel (IRP) has published a report on the role of international trade in increasing resource efficiency, reducing environmental impact and promoting equitable and inclusive growth. Revealing that the value of international trade has increased over six-fold and its volume more than doubled between 1980 and 2010, ‘International Trade in Resources: A biophysical assessment' examines upstream resource requirements - the materials, energy, land and water used in the country of origin for producing traded goods, but left behind as wastes and emissions.

read more »

Event: Lomé Conference: Protect Our Oceans [viewed]

The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union of Maritime Security and Development in Africa will take place in 2016 in Lomé, Togo. At the Lomé Conference, Heads of State and Government of the 54 countries in the African Union will meet with experts and leaders from the business world in order to establish a roadmap on Maritime Security in Africa, including an African strategy for protecting its oceans and seas that provides peace, security and stability. Delegates will discuss maritime strategy within the context of the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIMS Strategy), including an implementation plan and roadmap for promoting a secure and sustainable blue economy. Participants will also address: maritime insecurity marked by acts of assault and piracy; illicit trafficking at sea; regional and international cooperation to safeguard marine safety; illegal fishing; and preservation of marine life. The Summit will build on the results of summits in 2013 and 2015, and aims to make maritime space the key driver of Africa's sustainable economic and social development.  

read more »

Event: Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Meeting will discuss hemispheric trends, challenges and opportunities in sustainable development in areas such as disaster risk management, sustainable management of ecosystems, integrated water resources management, sustainable cities and communities, sustainable energy and energy efficiency, and governance for inclusive and sustainable development. It will also discuss effective implementation of the Inter-American Program for Sustainable Development (PIDS), including linkages to the 2030 sustainable development agenda and a resource mobilization strategy. The Meeting is expected to approve a "Declaration of Tela" approving a Strategic Framework for PIDS.  

read more »