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World Bank Report Highlights Urban Renewal Needs, Tools [viewed]

world_bank_ppiaf13 July 2016: Private sector participation is the most critical component in “rejuvenating decaying urban areas,” according to a report published by the World Bank and the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF). The report, titled 'Regenerating Urban Land: A Practitioner's Guide to Leveraging Private Investment,' points to the need for “massive” financial resources for cities' rejuvenation that the public sector alone cannot provide. It also explains that while every city has areas of underused or distressed land as a result of changes in urban growth and productivity patterns, the issue is most prominent in developing countries, where decaying inner cities marginalize and exclude residents.

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Local Governments, UN Agencies Launch Roadmap for Localizing SDGs [viewed]

ucgl_undp_habitat_nrgsd15 July 2016: Representatives of local and regional governments and UN agencies discussed the role played by local governance stakeholders in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring that no one is left behind, during the launch event of a 'Roadmap for Localizing the SDGs: Implementation at the Subnational Level.' The roadmap was launched by the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments, through United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

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UNGA Discusses Human Rights as Part of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial13 July 2016: During a high-level thematic debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on human rights, many participants underscored that human rights, discrimination and inequality are at the center of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and that peace, security, human rights and development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. Many also observed that human rights violations portend conflicts, and that conflicts are a cause of human rights violations.

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UN Appoints Leaders on Global Health Crises [viewed]

un_who29 June 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of several UN agency heads to the Global Health Crises Task Force. In the same week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the appointment of Peter Salama as Executive Director of its Health Emergencies Programme.

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Policy Update #26: The “Right to the City” and the New Urban Agenda [viewed]

cityThe year 2016 is of paramount importance for urban sustainability. In October, the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will convene in Quito, Ecuador, immediately after the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders concludes in Bogotá, Colombia. Given the long interval between Habitat conferences - the first Habitat conference took place in Vancouver in 1976, and Habitat II convened in Istanbul 20 years later - this year's meeting offers a rare opportunity to shape the urban development agenda for coming decades. Habitat III is also the first global conference on urban issues following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, which includes SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements.

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Officials Explain Proposed Global Compacts on Refugees, Migrants [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial24 June 2016: UN Member States discussed proposals for a 'global compact on responsibility sharing for refugees' and a 'global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration,' which are outlined in the UN Secretary-General's report, 'In safety and dignity: addressing large movements of refugees and migrants.' Karen Abuzayd, UN Special Adviser on the High-Level Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (HLM), said the global compacts would allow UN Member States to express a common resolve to improve refugees' and migrants' situations, without involving new legal commitments.

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UN Global Compact Summit Calls for Business Leadership on SDGs [viewed]

Globalcompact23 June 2016: Participants at the UN Global Compact's 2016 Leaders Summit discussed how to reach a new era of sustainability with responsible business practices, innovation, targeted investment and transformative partnerships. The Compact presented its priorities for the next five years, which include impact reporting and partnerships between the UN and business.

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G20 Agriculture Ministers Reaffirm Role of Agriculture in Achieving Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, SDGs [viewed]

g20-20163 June 2016: Agriculture Ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) reaffirmed the role of agriculture and rural development in achieving global food security, poverty alleviation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meeting under the theme, 'Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Development,' the G20 Agriculture Ministers adopted a Communiqué through which they agree to promote food security, nutrition, sustainable agricultural growth and rural development, and to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustainable natural resource use.

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GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program for US$398.68 Million, CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

gef509 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNDP Report Showcases Role of Innovation for SDGs, Climate [viewed]

undp_innovation20307 June 2016: Innovation can contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the development of new approaches, tools and partnerships, according to a recent report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Innovation Facility. The report, titled ‘2015 Year in Review: Innovation for 2030,' showcases 62 initiatives in 45 countries that tested or scaled new approaches and emerging technologies to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, manage climate risk and natural hazards, advance gender equality and prevent conflict.

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