Africa

Syria Conference Raises Record US$11 Billion for Relief and Recovery [viewed]

United Nations4 February 2016: Donors and humanitarian actors attending a conference in London have pledged over US$11 for relief and recovery in Syria and neighboring countries. According to the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), this is the largest amount ever raised by the international community on a single day for a single crisis. In addition, multilateral development banks and donors announced around U$40 billion in concessional loans.

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31 Countries Agree on Multinational Transparency Measures [viewed]

OECD_NEW27 January 2016: As part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/G20 project on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), 31 countries have signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA), which aims to increase transparency by multinational enterprises (MNEs). The OECD/G20 BEPS Project sets out 15 key actions to reform the international tax framework and ensure that profits are reported where economic activities are carried out.

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Event: GCARD 3 Global Event [viewed]

The Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) Global Event represents the culmination of a two-year regional and national consultation process, which aims to realign research priorities with countries' development needs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One outcome of this consultation process is the development of the CGIAR Consortium's Strategic Results Framework. The event will bring together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation. The event is expected to result in an understanding of how to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which no one is left behind. CGIAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa are hosting the event.  

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Event: 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) [viewed]

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) will discuss the priority theme, ‘Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development,' and will also review the agreed conclusions from CSW 57 on ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls'. The session will include interactive expert panel discussions on the themes, and a Ministerial Segment that will take place from 14-16 March 2016. The CSW Bureau facilitates preparations for the annual session, and is currently composed of officials from Brazil (Chair), Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan and Germany.  

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Event: UNGA Informal Meeting on UN Secretary-General Report for World Humanitarian Summit [viewed]

On the occasion of the launch of his report for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief UN Member States.  

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Member States Discuss Next Steps on Global Follow-up and Review [viewed]

unga705 February 2016: At an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN officials presented the advance report of the UN Secretary-General on the global follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Government delegations provided preliminary reactions to the report and views on the way forward. Many described the report as a “good basis” for further discussions on the follow-up and review framework.

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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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UNEP, Partners Launch Kenya Green University Network [viewed]

UNEP5 February 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Kenya Green University Network (KGUN) to promote environmental and sustainability practices among Kenyan universities. The network will serve as a knowledge and innovation hub and support the sharing of best practices to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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IMF Governance Reforms Enter into Force [viewed]

IMF27 January 2016: A 2010 amendment to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Articles of Agreement has entered into force, making four emerging market countries (Brazil, China, India, and Russia) among the ten largest IMF members for the first time (along with the US, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK). The Board Reform Amendment is part of a package of quota and governance reforms, which also includes doubling IMF quotas and a "major shift" in quota shares towards emerging markets and developing countries, according to the IMF.

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Policy Update #11: Implementing the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs: Where to Start? [viewed]

The urgency of improving the implementation of sustainable development agreements was at the heart of the decision, at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), to negotiate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call for all countries to develop plans to voluntarily implement globally agreed goals represents a break with the past. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA, 2015) seeks to set the global community on a different path, in the hope that it will result in a better outcome “on the ground.”

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