Latin America & the Caribbean

DCF Addresses Development Financing, Policy Instruments for 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ecosoc7022 July 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change will require “an unprecedented multilateral cooperation,” underlined participants at the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) fifth biennial high-level meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF). During the two-day meeting, representatives from governments, UN agencies, and civil society discussed the role of various types of development financing and related policy changes necessary for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and other international agreements signed in 2015.

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DESA Summarizes Countries' Institutional Arrangements for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

nvr20 July 2016: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has issued the zero draft of a policy brief that provides an overview of institutional arrangements for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the national level. The authors consider the executive summaries submitted by the 22 UN Member States that participated in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and invite feedback from countries and other stakeholders.

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UNGA Endorses Political Declaration on IPoA [viewed]

Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action25 July 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) endorsed the political declaration of the midterm review conference, held in May 2016, on implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the least developed countries (LDCs) for 2011-2020(IPoA). The High-Level Midterm Review Conference focused on the LDCs and their progress over the past five years, and on finding ways to accelerate their sustainable development.

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UNEP-IRP Warns Against Rising Natural Resource Use [viewed]

unep_irp20 July 2016: Increasing consumption intensified by a growing middle class has tripled primary materials extraction over the last 40 years, with the richest countries consuming around ten times as much as the poorest countries, according to a report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP).

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WRI, OECD Event Highlights Policy Coherence for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

wri_oecd19 July 2016: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a consistent and effective manner was the focus of discussions at a side event organized by the Governments of Sweden and Mexico, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), in collaboration with a coalition of think tanks.

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Addis Tax Initiative Highlights Domestic Resource Mobilization [viewed]

ati18 July 2016: A side event at the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) marked the first anniversary of the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI), which was launched at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2015. Participants discussed recent developments in the ATI, as well as partner countries' needs in the area of domestic resource mobilization.

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ECOSOC Compiles VNR Inputs [viewed]

hlpf13 July 2016: A report from the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) compiles the executive summaries of voluntary national reviews for the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). The report includes executive summaries from the 22 countries that participated in the VNR, and Syria.

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UNEG Event Highlights Evaluation for Leaving No One Behind [viewed]

http://www.unevaluation.org/resources/images/logo.png13 July 2016: At a side event during the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), government officials shared experiences and challenges with using evaluation, stressing priority areas for evaluation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the potential of evaluation to ensure no one is left behind.

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UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation [viewed]

sdg_are_coming_to_life20 July 2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Development Group (UNDG) launched a publication on translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice in 16 countries. At the launch side event, representatives of the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Montenegro, Pakistan and Sierra Leone presented their experiences and challenges related to SDG implementation.

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Policy Update #27: The New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: Synergies and Challenges Ahead [viewed]

un_headquartersPopulation growth and urbanization are projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world's urban population by 2050, with nearly 90% of the increase coming in Asia and Africa. This trend illustrates why cities have become one of the most challenging and important areas in which to implement sustainable development policies. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities.” The New Urban Agenda, a document currently under negotiation as part of the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), will provide key guidance in planning for sustainable development in cities worldwide.

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