Near East

UN Launches Digital Campaign on Refugee Crisis [viewed]

world_humanitarian_day19 August 2016: On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the UN called for a ceasefire in Syria to enable delivery of urgently-needed food and medicines, and launched the 'World You'd Rather' digital campaign to promote a just and safer world.

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Event: World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2016 [viewed]

The third annual World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will focus on the theme, 'Driving the Global Green Economy'. The WGES is an initiative by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of UAE and The Ruler of Dubai and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in cooperation with World Climate Ltd and WETEX. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are institutional partners for WGES 2016. The programme will incorporate plenary sessions, breakout sessions and a expert-led presentations, addressing topics including: Green Finance; Solar Energy; Transforming cities through happy citizens; Post Paris Agreement on climate change / Road to UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech; Thought Leadership for the Green Economy; and Public Private Partnerships.  

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City Initiatives Contribute to SDG 11 [viewed]

unhabitat_idb_unce_itu1 August 2016: The UN and partners have developed and launched programmes and initiatives to make cities smarter and more sustainable, including the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) and a pilot project to monitor urban-environment related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a guide to promote smart city management. These actions aim to contribute to SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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Countries Finalize Declaration on Refugees, Migrants [viewed]

hlm5 August 2016: UN Member States have finalized negotiations on the outcome document to be adopted at the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-level Meeting on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (HLM), which will take place on 19 September 2016. The agreed text takes the form of a declaration, which includes annexes outlining areas of agreement and next steps both on a 'Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework' and on a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The negotiations on the outcome of the HLM were led by co-facilitators David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Dina Kawar, Permanent Representative of Jordan.

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G20 Finance Ministers Recognize Role of Green Investment for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

g20-201625 July 2016: The Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' July meeting addressed green and climate finance. During the meeting, the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) and Climate Finance Study Group (CFSG) presented their reports. In their final communiqué, the Ministers and Governors recognize the need to scale up green financing and express interest in promoting voluntary principles for green finance.

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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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