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Member States Discuss Next Steps on Global Follow-up and Review [viewed]

unga705 February 2016: At an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN officials presented the advance report of the UN Secretary-General on the global follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Government delegations provided preliminary reactions to the report and views on the way forward. Many described the report as a “good basis” for further discussions on the follow-up and review framework.

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IMF Governance Reforms Enter into Force [viewed]

IMF27 January 2016: A 2010 amendment to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Articles of Agreement has entered into force, making four emerging market countries (Brazil, China, India, and Russia) among the ten largest IMF members for the first time (along with the US, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, and the UK). The Board Reform Amendment is part of a package of quota and governance reforms, which also includes doubling IMF quotas and a "major shift" in quota shares towards emerging markets and developing countries, according to the IMF.

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Event: G7 Summit 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 Group of 7 (G7) Summit in Japan will bring together the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US to address global challenges. Under the Presidency of Japan, the 2016 Ise-Shima Summit will discuss measures to address the global economic slowdown, terrorism, the humanitarian crisis and ongoing conflicts. Separate meetings of G7 ministers will also take place through the year at various locations around Japan, including meetings of foreign, finance, agriculture, ICT, energy, education, science and technology, environment, health and transport ministers. The G7 was officially established in 1985 to facilitate economic cooperation among the world's largest industrial nations; summit meetings of the member nations began in 1975.  

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CSOs Address Follow-Up and Review, Data and Indicators [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)February 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) have responded to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's advance report on a global follow-up and review system for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also addressing broader questions on accountability, monitoring and indicators, as well as national implementation in Canada and other topics.

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IISD Event Explores Canada's Contribution to SDGs, Climate Change Agreement [viewed]

iisd25 January 2016: Over 150 people attended an event, titled 'Canada in the Post-2015 World,' which was organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and hosted by the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The event provided an early look at the landmark agreements achieved in 2015 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and an opportunity to consider how Canada can contribute to sustainable development in the wake of these agreements.

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Event: Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Georgetown University's MS in Foreign Service Program and and the Asian Studies Program will host a presentation on 'Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific' by Haoliang Xu, UNDP, and Tony Pipa, US Agency for International Development (USAID), moderated by Irfan Nooruddin, Georgetown University. They will discuss the significance of the new development agenda and vision for translating the ambitious universal goals into concrete, actionable plans that will produce tangible results.  

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Secretary-General Appoints High-Level Group for Every Woman Every Child [viewed]

everywoman_everychild20 January 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the first members of the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) who will help provide leadership for women's, children's and adolescents' health during the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of Chile, and Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, will co-chair the Group. Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland, and Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, are alternate Co-Chairs.

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Second Committee Considers Road Map on Working Methods [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial26 January 2016: UN Member States considered a proposed road map for informal consultations on “revitalization” of the work of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial). Angrej Logar, Permanent Representative of Slovenia and Chair of the Second Committee, presented the proposal, which addresses the Committee's role in guiding and supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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DESA Briefing Highlights QCPR Future, Status of UN Development System [viewed]

United Nations18 January 2016: UN Member States were briefed on the implementation of the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development (QCPR) 2012, the status of the UN Development System (UNDS), UNDS' alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the future of QCPR. The briefing centered on the recently released Report of the UN Secretary-General on the QCPR's implementation, and was organized by the Office for Economic and Social Council Support and Coordination, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (OESC/DESA).

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On Humanitarian Financing Gap, Panel Highlights DRR, Fragile States, Education and Aid Accountability [viewed]

United Nations17 January 2016: The High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing has highlighted a US$15 billion gap in financing for humanitarian needs, and called for greater focus on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and fragile states. It also notes that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will depend on whether risk and fragility are adequately managed. The Panel's work is expected to shape discussions at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in May 2016.

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