Asia

Event: G20 Summit - China 2016 [viewed]

The Group of 20 leaders will convene in Hangzhou, China, to discuss way to enhance international economic cooperation. The theme of the 2016 Summit is China, 'Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy'. Four Sherpas' Meetings will be held before the Summit for preparation, and one after the Summit on follow-up. In addition, four meetings will be held for Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, and six for finance deputies to move forward the financial agenda. G20 trade, employment, energy and agriculture ministers meetings as well as relevant working groups meetings will also seek to promote cooperation in their respective areas and prepare the deliverables for the Summit.  

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UN Launches Digital Campaign on Refugee Crisis [viewed]

world_humanitarian_day19 August 2016: On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the UN called for a ceasefire in Syria to enable delivery of urgently-needed food and medicines, and launched the 'World You'd Rather' digital campaign to promote a just and safer world.

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DESA Studies Macroeconomic Implications of China's ‘Silk Road' [viewed]

undesa_china16 August 2016: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) announced a study of how China's ‘Silk Road' regional cooperation initiatives are contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the seven action areas of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development (AAAA). DESA will conduct the study through a capacity development project in cooperation with China.

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Event: Global Preparatory Seminar for UN World Data Forum [viewed]

The Global Preparatory Seminar for the UN World Data Forum will discuss opportunities and challenges in the production and utilization of data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) follow-up and review processes. Participants will also address SDG indicator methods and measurements and potential applications of information innovations in production and communication of sustainable development statistics. The Seminar aims to provide countries with an opportunity to prepare their contributions for the UN Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum), which will take place in January 2017. The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS) are organizing the Seminar, which is expected to include participation from public and private measurement experts, statistical producers, information system specialists and users as well as civil society, business and the scientific and academic communities.  

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Youth Can Shift Consumption, Production: UN Officials [viewed]

United Nations12 August 2016: The UN celebrated International Youth Day with an event on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Speakers stressed that it is time to give youth issues more than “lip service” and start living up to commitments. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12 is to "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns."

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EU Announces Principles of Engagement in Second Committee [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial18 July 2016: The European Union has announced several “principles of engagement” in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, which is responsible for economic and financial issues. The principles of engagement relate to participation in debates, co-drafting of resolutions, respect of deadlines, and financial implications. The announcement followed on a meeting of the Second Committee in June 2016, at which governments concluded the consultation process on the Committee's methods of work and review of its agenda, with widespread acknowledgement that the consultations had “failed.”

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Event: Informal Negotiations on Habitat III Outcome Document [viewed]

Informal negotiations on the 'Surabaya Draft of New Urban Agenda' will take place at the end of August/beginning of September. The current draft is the result of the negotiations at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom 3), held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 25–27 July 2016. Habitat III is expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

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Event: World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2016 [viewed]

The third annual World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will focus on the theme, 'Driving the Global Green Economy'. The WGES is an initiative by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of UAE and The Ruler of Dubai and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in cooperation with World Climate Ltd and WETEX. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are institutional partners for WGES 2016. The programme will incorporate plenary sessions, breakout sessions and a expert-led presentations, addressing topics including: Green Finance; Solar Energy; Transforming cities through happy citizens; Post Paris Agreement on climate change / Road to UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech; Thought Leadership for the Green Economy; and Public Private Partnerships.  

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City Initiatives Contribute to SDG 11 [viewed]

unhabitat_idb_unce_itu1 August 2016: The UN and partners have developed and launched programmes and initiatives to make cities smarter and more sustainable, including the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) and a pilot project to monitor urban-environment related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a guide to promote smart city management. These actions aim to contribute to SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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Strategic Alignment Group Maps UNGA Agenda with SDG Targets [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial21 July 2016: A group of five Permanent Representatives has issued a "mapping assessment" for reducing overlap between the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and enhancing their synergy and coherence. Their report, submitted to UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft, assesses how the targets of each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) are substantively addressed by the UNGA's agenda, the agendas of the UNGA Committees, and the agendas of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its Commissions.

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