Near East

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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Event: High Level Symposium on SDG 6 and Targets [viewed]

The ‘High-Level Symposium on SDG 6 and Targets: Ensuring that No One Is Left Behind in Access to Water and Sanitation' aims to discuss policy measures, actions and means of implementation (MOI) to fast-track implementation of SDG 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) and its related targets. Participants will discuss: country experiences in advancing integrated water resource management (IWRM); and lessons learned in improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), increasing water use efficiency, reducing water pollution, and protecting water basins and ecosystems. The Symposium will address opportunities for fostering regional and multilateral cooperation and launch specific partnerships related to SDG 6. The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the Symposium in cooperation with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and other partners.  

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At Learning Event, HLPF Participants Share Experiences in SDG Implementation [viewed]

unitar_undesa15 July 2016: Participants shared national experiences in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and discussed possible mechanisms for follow-up and review, at a series of eight short courses organized as part of the ‘SDGs Learning, Training and Practice.' The event, which took place alongside the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) aimed to provide a strategic vision and practical knowledge on how to find sustainable, effective solutions for communities.

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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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UNEP Inquiry Highlights Green Finance in 13 Developing Countries [viewed]

UNEP Logo18 July 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has published a report highlighting the diverse experiences of 13 developing countries in directing finance toward sustainable development aims. Launching the report to coincide with the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), UNEP emphasized the need for financing at the level of US$5-7 trillion each year to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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HLPF Side Event Addresses Youth Involvement in Conflict-Affected States [viewed]

hlpf14 July 2016: At a side event of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2016, representatives of youth organizations and UN agencies discussed national efforts to mainstream UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in conflict-affected States. Youth from Nigeria and Pakistan shared experiences from their countries.

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UNGA Discusses Human Rights as Part of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial13 July 2016: During a high-level thematic debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on human rights, many participants underscored that human rights, discrimination and inequality are at the center of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and that peace, security, human rights and development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. Many also observed that human rights violations portend conflicts, and that conflicts are a cause of human rights violations.

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In FY16, World Bank Provides Over US$61 Billion [viewed]

world_bank_new12 July 2016: The World Bank Group's (World Bank) commitments rose to over US$61 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to countries and private businesses in fiscal year 2016 (FY16), according to a World Bank press release. This financing includes support for climate change and a continued focus on sub-Saharan Africa, which remains a top priority with commitments to countries reaching US$12.5 billion in FY16.

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