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Policy Update #21: Monthly Forecast: May 2016 [viewed]

After a full schedule of high-profile events, statements, and commitments in April, policy work in May 2016 will be guided by key documents on sustainable development.

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IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future [viewed]

icp_fao20 April 2016: Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016.

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OECD Factbook Reports on Economic, Social and Environmental Indicators [viewed]

OECD_NEW8 April 2016: The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released its annual statistical publication, the OECD Factbook 2015-2016. The Factbook provides statistical data on almost 100 indicators on population, economic production, household income and wealth, globalization, prices, energy and transportation, labor, environment and science, education, government and health. The Factbook reports data on all OECD countries and, where available, for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.

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FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence [viewed]

FfD20 April 2016: International organizations held several events on the sidelines of the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Inaugural Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) Follow-up (FfD Forum), which took place from 18-20 April. Participants highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization through improved tax collection, and addressing systemic issues and debt.

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Commission Discusses Action to Enhance Health Sector's Contribution to Growth, Job Creation [viewed]

United Nations23 March 2016: The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth held its first meeting, following its establishment in early March 2016. Commissioners adopted a Communiqué outlining their intention to explore ways to enhance investment in health and human capital at all levels, and to make recommendations on education and training models to ensure that health workers' competencies are aligned with population needs and epidemiologic and demographic changes, including non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and aging populations.

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Event: QCPR Training 2016 – Module V [viewed]

The fifth module of the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) Training 2016, titled ‘Briefing in preparation for QCPR negotiations,' will summarize the key elements of the previous modules, and the key messages of the UN Secretary-General's report on the QCPR. It will explain the QCPR process, and discuss ideas on the potential of the QCPR. The QCPR Training 2016 is organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.  

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175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day [viewed]

iisdrs_paris_agreement22 April 2016: During the High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 April 2016, 175 Parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement (174 countries and the EU), the largest ever number of first-day signatures to an international agreement. Of the 175 Parties that participated in the ceremony, 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. The signature ceremony was preceded, on 21 April, by the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which highlighted the interlinkages among the actions necessary to address climate change and foster sustainable development, and a briefing on forest conservation and restoration that discussed the implications of the formal signing of the Paris Agreement.

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UN, World Bank Announce Members of High-Level Panel on Water [viewed]

wb_un21 April 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of ten Heads of State and Government and two Special Advisors to the High-Level Panel on Water, which was first announced in January 2016. The presidents of Mauritius and Mexico serve as Panel co-chairs, with the prime ministers of Australia, Bangladesh, Jordan and Netherlands, and the presidents of Hungary, Senegal, South Africa and Tajikistan also on the Panel.

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GGKP Examines Measurement of Inclusive Green Growth, Links with SDG Indicators [viewed]

green-growth-plataform20 April 2016: The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) hosted a webinar on ways to measure inclusive green growth, areas where further indicators and data collection are needed, and how measuring inclusive green growth relates to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Fishackathon, FAO, WorldFish and Partners Address Challenges to Sustainable Fisheries [viewed]

FAO - Fishackathon - World FishApril 2016: Over Earth Day weekend, from 22-24 April, coders and science enthusiasts are participating in the third annual Fishackathon, during which teams develop new applications and tools to promote sustainable fisheries and address fisheries challenges, ranging from data collection to facilitate cost effective fish stock assessments to ghost fishing. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has also been working to address ghost fishing during the month of April, including through a process to develop a set of international guidelines on the challenges. Other fisheries related developments during the month of April include progress on signatories to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and the creation of a locally managed marine area (LMMA) in Timor-Leste, a member of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF).

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