Latin America & the Caribbean

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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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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Member States Discuss Next Steps on Global Follow-up and Review [viewed]

unga705 February 2016: At an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN officials presented the advance report of the UN Secretary-General on the global follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Government delegations provided preliminary reactions to the report and views on the way forward. Many described the report as a “good basis” for further discussions on the follow-up and review framework.

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Countries Discuss Operationalizing TFM [viewed]

un_logo5 February 2016: UN Member States exchanged views on the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) during a briefing with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Delegates expressed concern about a lack of funding for the TFM, highlighted the role of the private sector, and underscored the needs of countries in special situations.

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IMF Governance Reforms Enter into Force [viewed]

IMF27 January 2016: A 2010 amendment to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Articles of Agreement has entered into force, making four emerging market countries (Brazil, China, India, and Russia) among the ten largest IMF members for the first time (along with the US, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK). The Board Reform Amendment is part of a package of quota and governance reforms, which also includes doubling IMF quotas and a "major shift" in quota shares towards emerging markets and developing countries, according to the IMF.

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World Bank Panel Highlights Citizens' Role for SDGs [viewed]

world_bank28 January 2016: Representatives of governments, multilateral institutions, and civil society discussed ways for citizens to drive the accountable implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to shape the scale-up strategy of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) and its contribution to the SDGs, at a meeting organized by the World Bank. The Bank's GPSA convenes 50 governments and over 260 civil society and private sector partners to address governance challenges around the world.

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Member States Respond to Indicators Proposal [viewed]

unstats28 January 2016: UN Member States provided feedback to the proposal of global indicators contained in the Report of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IEAG-SDGs), during a briefing organized by UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft. Lykketoft said that the proposal, once agreed by the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) in March 2016, will be submitted to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The chairs of the UNSC and IEAG-SDGs updated Member States on the next steps in the indicators' development and implementation.

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Event: Third Meeting of IAEG-SDGs [viewed]

The third meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. The meeting is one of two meetings the IAEG-SDGs plans to hold in 2016 to continue its work on the development and establishment of a global indicator framework. The meeting objectives are to: agree on a global reporting mechanism; establish a tier system for the indicators and a work plan for the further development of tier III indicators; establish procedures for the methodological review of indicators, including approval mechanisms of needed revisions; review the data availability for tier I and II indicators and develop a plan for increasing data coverage; develop further guidance on data disaggregation; and continue the discussion on interlinkages among targets and goals and the use of multi-purpose indicators. The meeting will be hosted jointly by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. Civil society will be represented at the meeting through approximately 50 representatives selected through a nomination and Steering Committee process. The deadline to apply to attend is 21 February 2016.  

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