Africa

UNEP Releases 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual report for 2015 provides examples of partnerships and global outlooks deemed critical for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Geospatial Forum Calls for “Fit-for-Purpose” Land Information Systems to Guide SDG Implementation [viewed]

uneca_unggim22 April 2016: More than 300 geospatial experts and representatives of governments and other interested parties attending the 4th High-Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management adopted the 'Addis Ababa Declaration,' in which they committed themselves to “advocate for and increase political awareness and value of geospatial information in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2063 African Union Agenda as a collective vision and roadmap to secure land and property rights for all.”

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Event: ECRI-Basil Fuliehan Institute of Finance Conference on Post-2015 Challenges and Opportunities [viewed]

The European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), a human rights body of the Council of Europe, and the Basil Fuleihan Institute of Finance, a civil service learning center specializing in public financial management and customs, are jointly organizing this conference. It will convene under the theme, 'Post-2015 challenges and opportunities for a transformational role of governance, particularly in conflict affected countries.' The Basil Fuleihan Institute hosts the regional training center of the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the secretariat of the GIFT-MENA Network, the Governance Institutes Forum for Training in the Middle East and North Africa. It is an independent organization established by the Governments of France and Lebanon, and has previously been supported by the Governments of Canada, the Netherlands, the European Union (EU) and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.  

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Event: ESCWA Conference on Competitive Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges for Arab States in the Next Decade [viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) organizes this sustainable development conference annually in cooperation with the Arab Regional Administrative Development Organization (ARADO). This will be the 16th such conference. In 2015, the annual conference took place on the theme of 'Post-2015 Development Agenda in the Arab States', and in 2014, the theme was 'Cooperation in Establishing Resilience Toward Global Risks to the Arab Region.' Many international agencies support the conference, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Bank.  

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UNCCD, GM Publications Discuss Land Restoration and SDG Achievement [viewed]

unccd_gm28 April 2016: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and its operational arm, the Global Mechanism (GM), have published three booklets showcasing partnerships on the restoration of degraded land, a cornerstone of the Convention's implementation within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The booklets are titled: 'A Natural Fix: A Joined-Up Approach to Delivering the Global Goals for Sustainable Development;' 'Land Degradation Neutrality: The Target-Setting Programme;' and 'The Great Green Wall: Hope for the Sahel and the Sahara.'

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HLG Highlights First Steps towards 2030 Agenda in Eight Countries [viewed]

governement_of _sweden21 April 2016: The High-Level Group in support of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has issued a joint statement, highlighting the importance of leadership, partnership and responsibility at the highest level to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The joint statement was adopted by High-Level Group members on the occasion of the High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs that was convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), on 21 April 2016.

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UNGA, Security Council Adopt Resolutions on Peacebuilding Architecture [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial27 April 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) and UN Security Council concurrently adopted two substantively identical resolutions on the UN's peacebuilding architecture, which emphasize that the focus within the UN system should be on “sustaining peace.” The texts call for greater cooperation between UNGA, the Security Council and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The agreements also mark a shift from peacebuilding as preventing the recurrence of violence after wars, to peacebuilding as conflict prevention.

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UN Compiles Views on Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes [viewed]

un_pii27 April 2016: As part of an intergovernmental process on enabling indigenous peoples' participation at the UN, online consultations have been conducted with representatives of indigenous peoples and UN Member States, and the advisers for the process have released a compilation of views submitted. The online consultations took place in March and April 2016, with a focus on what measures are needed to enable indigenous peoples' participation in UN processes affecting them. In-person consultations are expected to take place during the upcoming 15th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII).

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FAO, Mountain Partnership to Launch Mountain Funding Facility [viewed]

fao_mountain27 April 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat announced plans to launch a Mountain Facility, or funding mechanism, to address the increasing threat of hunger in mountain regions in developing countries.

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Policy Update #21: Monthly Forecast: May 2016 [viewed]

After a full schedule of high-profile events, statements, and commitments in April, policy work in May 2016 will be guided by key documents on sustainable development.

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