Poverty Eradication

IPoA Review Co-Facilitators Release Draft Declaration for Endorsement [viewed]

Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action20 May 2016: A draft political declaration has been released for endorsement during the midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The text was negotiated by UN Member States in informal meetings led by the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental consultations on the preparatory process, Benedicte Frankinet, Permanent Representative of Belgium and Jean-Francis Regis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin, and agreed ad referendum. The declaration is under "silent procedure" until 24 May 2016, at 12 pm EST.

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UNEA-2 Begins Discussion of Critical Environmental Challenges [viewed]

UNEA-223 May 2016: The second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) opened on 23 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, to address the overarching theme of 'Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.' The UNEA-2 outcome will include a global call to action to address critical environmental challenges, which will be conveyed to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) set to meet in July 2016 in New York, US.

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CSOs Respond to Zero Drafts for Habitat III, 2030 Agenda Follow-up [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)23 May 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) have made recommendations on national-level implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and reacted to the zero draft of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on global-level follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda, in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). In addition, NGOs issued reports on: international humanitarian assistance data, in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS); sustainable seafood; and updated environmental performance rankings for 180 countries.

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First Great Green Wall Global Conference Reaffirms Commitments to Restore Africa's Drylands [viewed]

GGWSSI13 May 2016: The first Global Conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) issued the ‘Dakar Declaration,' which aims to reverse land degradation and improve economic opportunities for populations across the Sahel and Sahara belt. Convened from 5-7 May 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference sought to build on the momentum generated at a High Level Summit on the GGWSSI held on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference, where US$4 billion was pledged to step up implementation of the Initiative over the next five years.

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Guest Article #55: Translating Sustainable Development into Practice: The Case of LDCs [viewed]

From 27-29 May 2016, UN Member States and other stakeholders will gather in Antalya, Turkey, for the comprehensive high-level midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 (IPoA) as called for by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in December 2014 (resolution A/RES/69/231).

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SDG 1 in Jeopardy without More Decent Jobs, Warns ILO Report [viewed]

world_employment_socail)outlook18 May 2016: A global deficit in decent, quality jobs and declining economic conditions in several regions has the potential to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction, cautions a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The report concludes that more and better jobs are necessary to eradicate moderate and extreme poverty globally by 2030.

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World Bank Provides Data to Track SDGs, Notes Limited Data for Many Targets [viewed]

world_bank_new15 April 2016: “Only a few of the 169 targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can currently be tracked and measured completely,” finds the 2016 edition of the World Development Indicators (WDI). The 2016 report, which provides 1,400 indicators for over 200 economies that can be used to compare development and people's lives around the globe, is one of the first World Bank publications that has begun phasing out the term “developing world,” arguing that the global focus of the SDGs means that the term is becoming less relevant.

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Habitat III PrepCom Releases Zero Draft [viewed]

hiii6 May 2016: The Bureau of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) issued the "zero draft" of the New Urban Agenda, the expected outcome from Habitat III. The draft provides the basis for discussion at informal hearings with local authorities and the first round of informal intergovernmental meetings, both of which convene in May 2016, in New York, US.

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CFS Consultation Focuses on Connecting Smallholder Farmers to Markets [viewed]

CFS2 May 2016: Held under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), an informal consultation addressed the zero draft of a set of recommendations on connecting smallholders to markets, in preparation for the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) taking place from 8-9 June 2016, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in Rome, Italy.

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Working Group Continues Discussions on CFS Engagement in Advancing Nutrition [viewed]

CFS2 May 2016: Held on 29 April 2016, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the third meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) continued discussions on a draft proposal on CFS engagement in advancing nutrition.

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