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Jordan, Ireland Leading Consultations for Refugee and Migrant HLM [viewed]

unga9 February 2016: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft has appointed Dina Kawar, Permanent Representative of Jordan, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, as co-facilitators for the intergovernmental consultations leading to the UNGA's high-level meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants.

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UN Secretary-General Launches 'Agenda for Humanity' [viewed]

whs9 February 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a report, titled ‘One Humanity: Shared Responsibility,' which was prepared for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit. The Summit will convene from 23-24 May 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. He said that the report provides key actions and strategic shifts that the world needs, and urged world leaders to come to the Summit ready to commit to action, change and mutual accountability. UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft said the Summit will be Member States' first major opportunity to give “true meaning” to the principle of leaving no one behind, as agreed in September 2015.

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IISD, FiBL, ITC Find Shift Towards Sustainable Agricultural Production [viewed]

state_sustainable_markets2 February 2016: The International Trade Centre (ITC) published a report in collaboration with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), demonstrating the increasing adoption of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) by producers of nine major agricultural commodities in developing countries. The report aims to inform small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the potential for added value through voluntary and sustainable production practices.

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OECD Highlights Integration Policies for Refugees and Migrants [viewed]

OECD_NEW28 January 2016: A publication from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) summarizes good policy practices to support the lasting integration of refugees and other groups in need of protection in the host countries, as well as key challenges. The booklet, the first in a series on 'Making Integration Work,' stresses the importance of early intervention, including providing access to language courses, employment programmes, and integration services as soon as possible, including for asylum seekers with high prospects to remain.

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Panel Makes Recommendations on Health Crises, Health-Related SDGs [viewed]

United Nations25 January 2016: The risk of major health crises is widely underestimated, according to a high-level panel, and "the world's preparedness and capacity to respond is woefully insufficient.” The report of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises, published in an advance, unedited version, presents 27 recommendations for international, regional and national action to strengthen the global health architecture to better address the threat of pandemics, including priority actions for achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Policy Update #12: Five Ways the SDGs Are Changing International Development [viewed]

UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, after almost three years of negotiation. While many actors, including development agencies, took part in the consultations, many also doubted that there could be coherent and effective action on such a wide-ranging agenda.

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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: 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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