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Policy Update #21: Monthly Forecast: May 2016 [viewed]

After a full schedule of high-profile events, statements, and commitments in April, policy work in May 2016 will be guided by key documents on sustainable development.

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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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CSOs Highlight National SDG Reviews and Coherence, Economic Findings [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)April 2016: The national level will be critical in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to position papers by Save the Children and the Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network and partners. The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has reflected on how Canada will implement the 2030 Agenda at home, and has provided advice for the first round of national reporting. Other inputs focus on: multi-stakeholder partnerships to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on peace and justice; the care economy; and 2015 data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

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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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Experts Stress Need to Put Housing at Center of Urban Agenda [viewed]

hiii17 April 2016: Housing must be at the center of the New Urban Agenda, according to a policy paper from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Habitat for Humanity, and other housing experts. The authors stress that housing will be critical for providing stability for urban families and communities. The New Urban Agenda is the expected outcome from the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), convening in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

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Event: US-hosted Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis [viewed]

US President Barack Obama will host a Summit on the Global Refugee Crisis that will seek to secure new commitments towards: increased and sustained support for UN humanitarian appeals; greater opportunities for resettlement; and expanded opportunities for refugee self-reliance through access to education, legal employment, and other measures. The summit was announced by Permanent Representative of the US Samantha Power during her presidency of the UN Security Council, in December 2015. The summit will be preceded by a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Meeting on large movements of refugees and migrants.  

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Implementation Update: As Governments Prepare for Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, Carbon Pricing in the Spotlight [viewed]

paris_agreement_ceremony21 April 2016: In the lead up to the Paris Agreement on climate change Signing Ceremony, various events have added to the growing momentum of what is expected to be one of the largest ever signing events. In the shadow of the announcement by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that March 2016 recorded the highest combined global average temperature of any March since 1880, the growing number of countries expected to sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April is also on track to set a record. This Implementation Update summarizes activities by UNFCCC Parties as they focus on mitigating and adapting to these warming trends, especially following the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes: recent buzz around market mechanisms, carbon pricing and scaling private sector involvement; the growing impetus ahead of the High Level Signing Ceremony; an outlook to the May session of the UNFCCC; good news about European cars; and Fiji's post-disaster recovery efforts.

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Inaugural FfD Forum Begins with 2030 Agenda Challenges, Implementation, Follow-Up [viewed]

ECOSOC18 April 2016: The inaugural session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) forum on financing for development follow-up (FfD Forum) opened in New York, US, with ministers, high-level officials, heads of UN departments and agencies and other stakeholders discussing current global economic challenges, including slow economic growth and massive waves of forced migration, the need for concerted action, and innovative development financing options, as well as their contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA).

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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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UNGA's Second Committee Discusses Alignment with 2030 Agenda [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial12 April 2016: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) is continuing the review of its methods of work to better support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The informal consultation process began in February 2016, and governments have discussed the Committee's organization of work, agenda, and resource management, most recently on 12 April 2016. The delegations of Australia and Rwanda, serving as co-facilitators of the consultations, are preparing a revised proposal on reorganizing the agenda of the Second Committee.

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