Stakeholder Participation

Policy Update #31: The New Urban Agenda: Opportunities and Challenges for Financing Sustainable Cities [viewed]

It has been 40 years since the global community first addressed the cities agenda, at the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat I), but the need for strategic thinking and planning for cities is as strong as ever.

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Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework [viewed]

unccd_namibia_au19 August 2016: The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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CSOs Reflect on HLPF Declaration, SDG Monitoring, Policy Coherence [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)August 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) have reflected on follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including reflections on the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development's (HLPF) Ministerial Declaration, means of implementation (MOI) and the practice of leaving no one behind. Other contributions focus on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators, monitoring SDG progress despite poor data, and coherence between the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) policy advice and sustainable development and climate aims. The Millennium Institute released a revised version of its Integrated SDGs (iSDG) planning model.

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UN Secretary-General Announces Youth Initiatives [viewed]

United Nations12 August 2016: On International Youth Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the formation of an Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, and appointed Werner Faymann, Austria, as his Special Envoy on Youth Employment. “These steps may seem small and largely symbolic,” Ban reflected in an opinion piece, but he stressed that “incremental progress adds up.”

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UNDP, Partners Map Relationship Between Mining and SDGs [viewed]

mapping_mining19 July 2016: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Economic Forum (WEF), Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have released the final version of an "atlas" that maps how mining and the extractive industry sector can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in resource-rich countries. The white paper, titled ‘Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas,' shares examples of good practice, knowledge and resources in the mining sector that could be replicated or scaled up to support the SDGs.

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Event: Second Annual Solutions Summit [viewed]

The Second Annual Solutions Summit will highlight projects and exceptional innovators that are working to develop solutions to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Summit will showcase actions and projects that advance the objectives of upcoming UN global Summits and Conferences on climate change, the new urban agenda, urbanization, oceans, refugees and migrants, and partnerships. The Summit will convene during the 71st UN General Assembly's (UNGA) high-level week. The UN Foundation, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), and the Global Innovation Exchange are organizing the Summit in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Global Entrepreneurship Council.  

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Youth Can Shift Consumption, Production: UN Officials [viewed]

United Nations12 August 2016: The UN celebrated International Youth Day with an event on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Speakers stressed that it is time to give youth issues more than “lip service” and start living up to commitments. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 is to "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns."

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UN Reports on Progress towards New International Economic Order [viewed]

United Nations20 July 2016: The UN issued an updated overview of the major international economic and policy challenges that must be addressed to achieve the aims of the 1974 Declaration on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order (NIEO). The report finds that some of the ideas raised at the time are still relevant and useful for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Event: Informal Negotiations on Habitat III Outcome Document [viewed]

Informal negotiations on the 'Surabaya Draft of New Urban Agenda' will take place at the end of August/beginning of September. The current draft is the result of the negotiations at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom 3), held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 25–27 July 2016. Habitat III is expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

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Event: World Mining Congress 2016 [viewed]

The 24th World Mining Congress will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 18-21 October 2016, and will consider the theme, "Mining in a World of Innovation". The World Mining Congress takes place every three years. The event aims to promote and support, both technically and scientifically, cooperation for the national and international development of mineral areas and resources, and to implement a global information network concerning mineral science, technology, economy, occupational health and safety and environmental protection.  

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