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OECD Factbook Reports on Economic, Social and Environmental Indicators [viewed]

OECD_NEW8 April 2016: The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released its annual statistical publication, the OECD Factbook 2015-2016. The Factbook provides statistical data on almost 100 indicators on population, economic production, household income and wealth, globalization, prices, energy and transportation, labor, environment and science, education, government and health. The Factbook reports data on all OECD countries and, where available, for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.

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Event: Third Session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) [viewed]

The Third Session of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) will bring together governments from the Arab region, UN and regional organizations, Major Groups and other stakeholders to discuss Arab perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to enhance political commitments to begin work on the 2030 Agenda in the region. Participants will discuss and agree on future operational modalities of the AFSD as the primary regional platform for cohesive, coordinated implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the region. The meeting is expected to result in a set of findings and recommendations that will be submitted to and presented at the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the 29th UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Ministerial Session.  

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Arab Region Agrees on SDG Follow-Up Process, Joint Inputs to UNEA-2 [viewed]

escwa_unep_arab22 April 2016: Participants at the Preparatory Meeting for the Third Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD-3) and the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) agreed to establish an Arab institutional framework for sustainable development. The framework includes a regional follow-up and review mechanism, a financing strategy and a mechanism for technological cooperation. Recommendations from the meeting will be submitted to AFSD-3, UNEA-2, and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day [viewed]

iisdrs_paris_agreement22 April 2016: During the High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 April 2016, 175 Parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement (174 countries and the EU), the largest ever number of first-day signatures to an international agreement. Of the 175 Parties that participated in the ceremony, 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. The signature ceremony was preceded, on 21 April, by the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which highlighted the interlinkages among the actions necessary to address climate change and foster sustainable development, and a briefing on forest conservation and restoration that discussed the implications of the formal signing of the Paris Agreement.

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All Parties to Conflict Must Protect Child Immunization: UNICEF [viewed]

Unicef Logo22 April 2016: In advance of World Immunization Week, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) highlighted the linkage between areas of conflict and the incidence of un-immunized children. Stressing that “conflict creates an ideal environment for disease outbreaks,” UNICEF outlined efforts to vaccinate children in conflict areas.

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UN, World Bank Announce Members of High-Level Panel on Water [viewed]

wb_un21 April 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of ten Heads of State and Government and two Special Advisors to the High-Level Panel on Water, which was first announced in January 2016. The presidents of Mauritius and Mexico serve as Panel co-chairs, with the prime ministers of Australia, Bangladesh, Jordan and Netherlands, and the presidents of Hungary, Senegal, South Africa and Tajikistan also on the Panel.

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UNICEF Highlights Social Protection Benefits for Children [viewed]

social_monitor20 April 2016: Social protection provides the most benefits to children who are falling the furthest behind, a UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) report finds. The report identifies key challenges that countries in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia face in investing in and meeting children's social protection needs, and proposes recommendations for tackling them.

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MDBs Commit to Better Infrastructure Delivery at First Global Forum [viewed]

aaaa16 April 2016: The heads of nine multilateral development banks (MDBs), UN high-level officials, ministers, development partners and representatives of the G20, G24 and G77 gathered to discuss ways of enhancing multilateral collaborative mechanisms to improve infrastructure delivery globally, during the inaugural Global Infrastructure Forum 2016 (GIF). A Chair's Statement was issued following the meeting, setting out next steps in collaboration.

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Organization of Islamic Cooperation Commits to Implementing SDGs, Welcomes Paris Agreement [viewed]

oic15 April 2016: Heads of State and Government of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the OIC's 13th Islamic Summit. In the Conference's Final Communiqué, participants supported actions to address climate change and implement the SDGs, among others.

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Spring Meetings Address Humanitarian-Development Link [viewed]

wb_imf17 April 2016: The refugee crisis, a slowing economy and other global challenges were in focus for the central bankers, ministers of finance and development and civil society representatives participating in the 2016 World Bank Group - International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings.

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