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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo22 September 2016: UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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Guest Article #63: Monitoring Business' Performance for SDGs: Lessons from First Year [viewed]

A year ago this week, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was agreed upon by the world's governments. Even before this anniversary, 22 countries reported to their peers on initial efforts to implement the new agenda, highlighting their successes, challenges, and lessons learned while working to actualize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This first round of “follow-up and review” took place in July, during the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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Governments Announce Commitments and Discuss Compacts on Refugees and Migrants [viewed]

united_nations19 September 2016: During the UN High-level Plenary Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (HLM or UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants), Member States and other stakeholders outlined commitments and made proposals regarding two global compacts, one on refugees and another on safe, orderly and regular migration. Both compacts are expected to be negotiated by UN Member States over the next two years.

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High-Level Panel on Water Launches Call to Action on SDGs [viewed]

world_bank_united_nations21 September 2016: The High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW) issued a ‘Call to Action' at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York, US, pressing for changes in the way that water is used and managed around the world.

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High-Level Officials Discuss Needs, Priorities for Refugees, Migrants [viewed]

united_nations21 September 2016: A UN high-level side event explored the regional dimension of large movements of refugees and migrants, focusing on a comprehensive response to migratory and refugee flows from Africa and the Middle East across the Mediterranean into Europe.

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Leaders' Summit on Refugees Raises Financing, Promotes Long-Term Solutions, Supports Global Compact [viewed]

leaders_summit_on_refugees20 September 2016: Participants at the Leaders' Summit on Refugees, convened by US President Barack Obama, heard announcements of pledges for approximately US$650 from companies, called for long-term solutions to the ongoing refugee crisis, and committed to working together to develop the proposed Global Compact on Responsibility Sharing for Refugees.

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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

ga-71-logo20 September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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Member States Open Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Adopt New York Declaration [viewed]

summit_for_ refugees_and_migrants19 September 2016: UN Member States have adopted the 'New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants,' committing to: protecting the human rights of all refugees and migrants, regardless of status, ensuring that all refugee and migrant children begin receiving education within a few months of arrival; preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence; supporting those countries rescuing, receiving and hosting large numbers of refugees and migrants; and starting negotiations leading to an international conference in 2018, which will culminate with the adoption of two global compacts on refugees and migrants.

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DESA-UNHCR Event Highlights Energy-Humanitarian Nexus [viewed]

humanitarian-response18 September 2016: A high-level event on the eve of the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants highlighted connections between sustainable energy and humanitarian responses to displacement. Participants at the event, titled 'Leaving no one behind: Energy for humanitarian response and sustainable development,' argued that displaced people's energy needs must be met in order to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all).

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