Near East

Event: UNECA 31st Intergovernmental Committee of Experts [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) will host the 31st Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) under the theme, ‘Green economy to speed up industrialization in North Africa.' The meeting will bring together representatives from government, academia, civil society and the private sector from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia to discuss economic and social conditions in North Africa, and recommend ways to enhance economic development and integration in the sub-region and with the African continent. Participants will also discuss environmental preservation within the context of industrialization. A roundtable on ‘Industrialization through trade in North Africa in a multi-agreement context' will discuss the conditions necessary to facilitate and promote industrialization and build value chains through intra-African trade.  

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Syria Conference Raises Record US$11 Billion for Relief and Recovery [viewed]

United Nations4 February 2016: Donors and humanitarian actors attending a conference in London have pledged over US$11 for relief and recovery in Syria and neighboring countries. According to the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), this is the largest amount ever raised by the international community on a single day for a single crisis. In addition, multilateral development banks and donors announced around U$40 billion in concessional loans.

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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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Event: UNGA Informal Meeting on UN Secretary-General Report for World Humanitarian Summit [viewed]

On the occasion of the launch of his report for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief UN Member States.  

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Policy Update #11: Implementing the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs: Where to Start? [viewed]

The urgency of improving the implementation of sustainable development agreements was at the heart of the decision, at the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), to negotiate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The call for all countries to develop plans to voluntarily implement globally agreed goals represents a break with the past. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA, 2015) seeks to set the global community on a different path, in the hope that it will result in a better outcome “on the ground.”

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Liberia, Somalia Launch "Domestication" of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

liberia_somalia26 January 2016: The Governments of Liberia and Somalia held national launches of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, announcing plans to implement the agenda domestically and align it with national plans. In Liberia, officials discussed key steps in "domesticating" and mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda, stressing the importance of a bottom-up, decentralized approach to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into local and national development plans. The Somalia event addressed the implications of the SDGs for the country, and the government's aim to facilitate early engagement and implementation.

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UN Prepares 'Agenda for Humanity' [viewed]

whs25 January 2016: An 'Agenda for Humanity' will outline five core responsibilities of UN Member States, as part of a report being launched ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), said UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordination Stephen O'Brien in a briefing in New York.

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UN Highlights "Slow-Onset Disaster" in Ethiopia, Calls for Political Solution to Syrian Crisis [viewed]

United Nations26 January 2016: UN agencies called for substantial humanitarian financing as the Syrian crisis and exodus of migrants into Europe continue, and severe drought conditions threaten the food supply of 10.2 million people in Ethiopia.

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WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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Central Asia, UNEP Cooperate on SCP, Mountain Issues [viewed]

UNEP22 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported on its cooperation with Central Asian countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly on mountain issues, waste management, green economy and sustainable consumption and production (SCP). According to a UNEP press release, countries have made progress in identifying priorities for action on sustainable development.

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