Africa

Stakeholders Reflect on Innovative Finance, Health SDGs, Climate Progress, Data [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)28 September 2016: Civil society groups and the private sector have released publications, papers and blog posts on: innovative financing models to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the importance of an integrated approach to the SDGs. The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) released its report on health-related SDGs, while other contributions reflect on outcomes from the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and Climate Week, welcome progress on data, and showcase private sector action on food security.

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HRC Discusses Integrating Gender in its Work [viewed]

unhrc26 September 2016: At the UN Human Rights Council's (HRC) annual discussion on addressing gender concerns in its work and mechanisms, panelists and participants discussed: eliminating gender-based discrimination in nationality; meeting the gender-specific needs of female offenders and prisoners; and learning from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process to implement country-specific approaches to Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5) on gender, among other topics.

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Global Governance Group, ASEAN Ministers Focus on Development, Climate Agreements [viewed]

g20_asean22 September 2016: The UN Global Governance Group (3G) has called on the Group of 20 (G-20) to make low-carbon, sustainable infrastructure development a cornerstone of its future work, to ensure that international climate targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be fully achieved. The 3G is an informal grouping of smaller and medium-sized UN Member States.

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African Countries, Partners, Assess Strategies for Aligning the Mining Sector to SDGs [viewed]

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September 2016: An article titled ‘Involving the Mining Sector in Achieving Land Degradation Neutrality,' which is based on a review commissioned by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), argues that developing a certification system for land degradation neutrality (LDN) could stimulate interest in economic sectors such as mining “that have otherwise not yet centrally engaged with sustainable land management (SLM) issues at a policy level, while also helping businesses to comply with new legislation on LDN.” Target 15.3 under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 (Life on land) calls for global efforts to achieve LDN.

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Officials Discuss Implementing SDGs in Crisis-Affected Countries [viewed]

UNDG23 September 2016: UN officials discussed the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in crisis-affected and post-crisis countries, at a high-level event organized by the UN Development Group (UNDG) on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA). Participants heard that: Somalia has mainstreamed the SDGs into its first national development plan in more than three decades; the g7+ group of self-identified fragile states is prioritizing peace- and state-building within SDG planning processes; and Burkina Faso integrated climate risks into its recently approved national development strategy.

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SDG Cooperation in Focus for Regions [viewed]

regional_comissions_logos23 September 2016: High-level officials of the UN and Member States discussed regional cooperation and initiatives to support country efforts in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at a side event during the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA). Participants shared regional experiences, including on partnerships among governments, regional and subregional organizations and other stakeholders to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

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Partners Launch Global Alliance for SDG 16 Reporting [viewed]

UNDP22 September 2016: An alliance to support governments in reporting progress towards peaceful, just and inclusive societies was launched at a high-level event organized by the Permanent Missions of Cabo Verde, Mexico, Norway, Qatar, Sierra Leone and Tunisia. UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson welcomed the Alliance as an “important first step to building a partnership for action on SDG 16.”

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action [viewed]

ga-71-logo26 September 2016: The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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LDCs, MICs, G-77/China Ministerials Highlight South-South Cooperation [viewed]

united_nations24 September 2016: Ministers of developing countries met in several groupings on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss development progress against international targets, highlighting the importance of support for South-South Cooperation, technology access and capacity building.

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UNCCD LDN Target-Setting Programme Celebrates 100 Countries [viewed]

unccd_gm22 September 2016: The Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that 100 countries – roughly half of all UNCCD signatories – have embarked on the process of establishing national targets on Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target 15:3 (By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world).

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