Stakeholder Participation

Countries Discuss Operationalizing TFM [viewed]

un_logo5 February 2016: UN Member States exchanged views on the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) during a briefing with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Delegates expressed concern about a lack of funding for the TFM, highlighted the role of the private sector, and underscored the needs of countries in special situations.

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Civil Society Reflects on Peace and Security Reviews [viewed]

un_logo1 February 2016: At a meeting of the Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN), participants highlighted women, peace and security as a theme running through three UN high-level reviews, on peace operations, peacebuilding architecture, and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) organized the meeting on ‘The 2015 UN Reviews: Civil Society Perspectives on EU Implementation.'

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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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World Bank Panel Highlights Citizens' Role for SDGs [viewed]

world_bank28 January 2016: Representatives of governments, multilateral institutions, and civil society discussed ways for citizens to drive the accountable implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to shape the scale-up strategy of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) and its contribution to the SDGs, at a meeting organized by the World Bank. The Bank's GPSA convenes 50 governments and over 260 civil society and private sector partners to address governance challenges around the world.

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Gender Parity Helps Companies Excel, Says UN Women Report [viewed]

UN Women Logo22 January 2016: A UN Women report examines ten 'Fortune 500' companies in ten industries, which employ over one million people in 190 countries, and finds that a small percentage of leadership positions are held by women, compared to women in the workforce at large. But, the report shows, CEOs and companies can play a positive role in addressing gender equality in the workplace when they "lead from the front." The parity goal is part of UN Women's gender equality drive for a 50-50 Planet by 2030.

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SDSN, UNDP, WEF, CCSI Prepare Guide on Mining and SDGs [viewed]

miningmap13 January 2016: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) released for public consultation an "atlas" mapping the linkages between mining and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The draft report, titled ‘Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Preliminary Atlas,' was created in collaboration with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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UNISDR Conference Launches Science and Technology Partnership [viewed]

UNISDR29 January 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) convened the Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which aimed to harness the power of science and technology in implementing the Sendai Framework. The event opened with a tribute to the hundreds of scientists who have contributed their time to research climate change and its impacts.

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Member States Respond to Indicators Proposal [viewed]

unstats28 January 2016: UN Member States provided feedback to the proposal of global indicators contained in the Report of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IEAG-SDGs), during a briefing organized by UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft. Lykketoft said that the proposal, once agreed by the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) in March 2016, will be submitted to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The chairs of the UNSC and IEAG-SDGs updated Member States on the next steps in the indicators' development and implementation.

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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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IISD Event Explores Canada's Contribution to SDGs, Climate Change Agreement [viewed]

iisd25 January 2016: Over 150 people attended an event, titled 'Canada in the Post-2015 World,' which was organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and hosted by the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The event provided an early look at the landmark agreements achieved in 2015 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and an opportunity to consider how Canada can contribute to sustainable development in the wake of these agreements.

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