Africa

African Cities Can Drive SDGs, Agenda 2063: AEO Report [viewed]

African Economic Outlook 201623 May 2016: With two-thirds of Africans expected to live in cities by 2050, the way that Africa urbanizes will determine the region's future growth and development, according to the the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2016. This year's report focuses on the theme, ‘Sustainable Cities and Structural Transformation.' It was released during the 51st AfDB Annual Meetings, taking place from 23-27 May 2016, in Lusaka, Zambia.

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Countries Submit Summaries of National Voluntary Reports for HLPF [viewed]

HLPF 2016May 2016: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has established an online platform to compile inputs from countries participating in the national voluntary reviews of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). So far, eight countries have submitted summaries of their national reports on implementation. The platform also includes inputs from intergovernmental bodies and fora, Major Groups and other stakeholders, and partnerships and voluntary commitments.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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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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UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: A special issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Our Planet' magazine explores the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including examples of national implementation and UN agency priority actions. The special issue, titled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda,' was released for the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which convenes in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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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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Anti-Corruption Summit Agrees on Actions to Drive Out Corruption and Achieve SDG 16 [viewed]

anti_corruption_summit12 May 2016: World leaders and representatives from business and civil society agreed on a package of practical steps to expose and drive out corruption at the ‘Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016.' The Summit aimed to step up global action to tackle corruption across all walks of life, as part of efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and defeat terrorism and extremism, in line with commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the lead up to the conference, over 60 countries met at the Foreign Office in London and agreed to form the Countering Conservation-related Corruption (3C) network, focused on ending the corruption behind wildlife crime.

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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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WAVES Policy Brief Outlines Benefits of NCA for SDG Implementation and Monitoring [viewed]

waves17 May 2016: A policy brief titled 'Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)', released by the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership describes how NCA, and in particular, the System of Environmental and Economic Accounts (SEEA), can support SDG implementation by unveiling the links and trade-offs between economic, environmental and social objectives and providing important monitoring data.

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Event: Launch of GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

Described as “the most authoritative study that UNEP has ever published on the state of the global environment,” the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) includes six regional reports that assess environmental issues in the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. The regional reports will be launched during the first-ever High-level Global Science-Policy Forum hosted by UNEP, that takes place ahead of the second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and will feed into the decision-making process of the Assembly.  

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