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SDG Cooperation in Focus for Regions [viewed]

regional_comissions_logos23 September 2016: High-level officials of the UN and Member States discussed regional cooperation and initiatives to support country efforts in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at a side event during the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA). Participants shared regional experiences, including on partnerships among governments, regional and subregional organizations and other stakeholders to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

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Partners Launch Global Alliance for SDG 16 Reporting [viewed]

UNDP22 September 2016: An alliance to support governments in reporting progress towards peaceful, just and inclusive societies was launched at a high-level event organized by the Permanent Missions of Cabo Verde, Mexico, Norway, Qatar, Sierra Leone and Tunisia. UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson welcomed the Alliance as an “important first step to building a partnership for action on SDG 16.”

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action [viewed]

ga-71-logo26 September 2016: The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Long-Term Study Finds Win-Win Outcomes of 'Better Work' in Factories [viewed]

ilo_ifc_better_work26 September 2016: A long-term study of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) ‘Better Work' programme found that it has resulted in both a better quality of life for workers, and increased profitability for businesses. Better Work seeks to improve garment factory conditions in seven countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Nicaragua and Viet Nam.

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On Penultimate Day, UNGA Annual Debate Addresses, SDGs, Climate, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

ga-71-logo24 September 2016: On the penultimate day of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual general debate, countries continued to highlight implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries also described challenges related to graduation from least developed country (LDC) status and access to concessional financing. The debate, which closes on 26 September, is focusing on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US.

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UNGA Debate Highlights SDG, Climate, Environmental Priorities [viewed]

ga-71-logo23 September 2016: Speakers at the 71st UN General Assembly's (UNGA) general debate highlighted their efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and galvanize climate action, including through the Paris Agreement on climate change. The theme for the 71st annual debate is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' It is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 20-26 September 2016.

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UNEP Inquiry Outlines Ways to Unlock Financing for Sustainable Development [viewed]

unep-inquirySeptember 2016: A report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System explores how national governments and business actors are starting to direct financial flows towards sustainable development aims. It draws on the outcomes of a meeting on financing sustainable development hosted by the UNEP Inquiry and UN Women, on 24 August 2016.

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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo22 September 2016: UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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Friends of Task Force Assess UN Progress on NCDs [viewed]

un-task-force22 September 2016: The Friends of the Task Force on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) gathered for a high-level roundtable to evaluate progress in the UN's work on NCDs. The meeting focused on the current work of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control on NCDs, showcasing how UN organizations are working together to support countries scale-up multi-sectoral action, in order to enable progress towards global and national NCDs targets.

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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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