Poverty Eradication

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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Policy Update #12: Five Ways the SDGs Are Changing International Development [viewed]

UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, after almost three years of negotiation. While many actors, including development agencies, took part in the consultations, many also doubted that there could be coherent and effective action on such a wide-ranging agenda.

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ECOSOC Forum Highlights Youth Role in SDG Implementation [viewed]

ECOSOC2 February 2016: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) fifth annual Youth Forum focused on how young people can help implement and benefit from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Key recommendations addressed poverty, security and climate change, as well as youth unemployment. Also during the Forum, the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.

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ICC Evaluates G20 Responsiveness to Business [viewed]

icc26 January 2016: The Group of 20 (G20) was rated as "Fair" in its responsiveness to policy recommendations from business, in an annual scorecard issued by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The 2015 G20 Business Scorecard shows member countries having made progress on a number of international business priorities as set by the Business 20 (B20), including on Energy and Environment, and Anti-Corruption. However, the G20 also missed opportunities for advancing trade and international investment policy frameworks, the ICC finds.

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Event: 2016 AFDB Annual Meetings [viewed]

The 2016 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) will convene under the theme 'Energy and Climate Change,' which draws on one of the Bank's 'High 5' priority areas, namely to 'Light up and Power Africa,' and reflects the Bank's New Deal on Energy and decisions emanating from the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015. The Bank's Annual Meetings are its largest annual event, bringing together approximately 5,000 participants, and featuring around 40 official events in addition to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors. The Meetings enable representatives of government, business, civil society and media to discuss the social and economic development of Africa.  

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CSOs Address Follow-Up and Review, Data and Indicators [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)February 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) have responded to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's advance report on a global follow-up and review system for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also addressing broader questions on accountability, monitoring and indicators, as well as national implementation in Canada and other topics.

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AU Reflects on Contribution to Post-2015 Agenda, SDG Implementation [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2016: Africa is the only region of the world with a common position on every aspect of the post-2015 development agenda, the 'Common African Position' (CAP), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, told African leaders at the 26th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly. Sirleaf delivered a final report in her capacity as Chair of the High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government of the AU on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, stressing the universal nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their applicability to all people everywhere.

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UN Calls for Scientific Input to GSDR on Leaving No One Behind [viewed]

hlpf28 January 2016: The UN Secretariat released an outline of the 2016 edition of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). It notes that ‘Ensuring that No One is Left Behind' will be a theme running throughout the report, consistent with theme of the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The Secretariat also called for scientific input to the report, which can be submitted until 18 February 2016.

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Liberia, Somalia Launch "Domestication" of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

liberia_somalia26 January 2016: The Governments of Liberia and Somalia held national launches of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, announcing plans to implement the agenda domestically and align it with national plans. In Liberia, officials discussed key steps in "domesticating" and mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda, stressing the importance of a bottom-up, decentralized approach to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into local and national development plans. The Somalia event addressed the implications of the SDGs for the country, and the government's aim to facilitate early engagement and implementation.

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E15 Examines Global Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, Climate Action [viewed]

inititaive1522 January 2016: The E15 Initiative, organized by The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), released a series of papers on policy options for responding to critical global challenges, along with recommendations for reshaping the global trade and investment system. According to the Initiative, further work is needed to gain clarity on national actions that countries must take to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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