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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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Event: Budapest Water Summit 2016 [viewed]

The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will build on the results of the Budapest Water Summit 2013, the Paris Climate Change Conference and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Summit will seek to ensure that efforts addressing water issues are the source of cooperation, peace and development in all countries that have a stake in sustainable development, rather than being the cause of global risks and further conflicts in the 21st century. The Budapest Water Summit 2016 will address issues related to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all). In addition, stakeholder meetings will convene on the following themes: Science-Technology Forum; Youth Forum; Civil Society Forum; and Women's Forum. Participants are expected to adopt the “Budapest Statement 2016” at the conclusion of 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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Event: Friends of the Task Force on NCDs Round Table [viewed]

The Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN and the World Health Organization (WHO) are organizing a roundtable, titled ‘Friends of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs): Supporting Member States to Achieve the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets'. The event will feature a panel discussion on the UN Inter-Agency Task Force's current work, showcase how the Task Force supports countries in progressing towards the NCD-related SDG targets, and highlight new global inter-agency programmes on good governance for health and other health-related topics.  

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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: 25th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The 25th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy will focus on: 'Energy for Sustainable Development'; how to deliver on national commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and potential solutions to be agreed on at an Energy Ministerial that will take place during the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 11 June 2017. The Committee will also exchange views on, inter alia: national actions; market realities in the context of low oil and gas prices; decision making during periods of risk and uncertainty; and the impact of decarbonization on fossil fuel assets, fossil fuel producers and energy markets in Europe. Topics addressed will also include: the effect of oil prices on the sustainable energy agenda; measuring and tracking progress regarding energy productivity; gaps between actions and nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and between NDCs and outcomes; the role of fossil fuels in a future energy system; the water, food and energy nexus and connections with smart cities and transport; and methane management in extractive industries. This meeting is being organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).  

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Event: UNDP-Sweden Human Rights and Environment Seminar [viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP), Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency are organizing this seminar on Human Rights and the Environment, following the Advisory Board Meeting of the Environmental Governance Project (EGP). The four-year EGP is funded by SIDA and addresses challenges for developing countries in implementing environmental policies and integrating environmental and social concerns into broader sustainable development policy making. The programme strengthens the environmental, gender, human rights, and rule of law dimensions of public administration covering large-scale mining sectors. The programme also welcomes and prioritizes efforts to strengthen new long-term partnerships with public, private, and civil society groups, as well as South-South triangular collaboration within and across regions.  

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Policy Update #29: UNDS Gets Fit for the 2030 Agenda Purpose [viewed]

One year after answering “What” should happen in the next 15 years for the UN Development System (UNDS), by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Member States are getting ready to negotiate “How” this will take place. The negotiations on the next Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) will take place during the 71th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), which commences on 13 September 2016.

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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: PAGE High-level Policy Dialogue [viewed]

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will hold a High-level Policy Dialogue, with a focus on job creation and social inclusion, in the context of climate change and resource scarcity. The context for this discussion is the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Future of Work Initiative, and the recently adopted ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition. The Dialogue is expected to contribute to the identification of policy instruments and practical tools to help countries at all levels of development manage the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient economies, in line with their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Dialogue will inaugurate PAGE's second global Academy on the Green Economy, from 3-15 October.  

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