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Event: Mental Health Well-being at the Heart of the SDGs [viewed]

The Permanent Missions of Canada and Palau, as well as the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP), are organizing an event on 'Mental Health Well-being at the Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Concrete Means of Implementation'.  

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Event: G20 Summit - China 2016 [viewed]

The Group of 20 leaders will convene in Hangzhou, China, to discuss way to enhance international economic cooperation. The theme of the 2016 Summit is China, 'Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy'. Four Sherpas' Meetings will be held before the Summit for preparation, and one after the Summit on follow-up. In addition, four meetings will be held for Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, and six for finance deputies to move forward the financial agenda. G20 trade, employment, energy and agriculture ministers meetings as well as relevant working groups meetings will also seek to promote cooperation in their respective areas and prepare the deliverables for the Summit.  

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EU Announces Principles of Engagement in Second Committee [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial18 July 2016: The European Union has announced several “principles of engagement” in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, which is responsible for economic and financial issues. The principles of engagement relate to participation in debates, co-drafting of resolutions, respect of deadlines, and financial implications. The announcement followed on a meeting of the Second Committee in June 2016, at which governments concluded the consultation process on the Committee's methods of work and review of its agenda, with widespread acknowledgement that the consultations had “failed.”

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Countries Finalize Declaration on Refugees, Migrants [viewed]

hlm5 August 2016: UN Member States have finalized negotiations on the outcome document to be adopted at the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-level Meeting on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (HLM), which will take place on 19 September 2016. The agreed text takes the form of a declaration, which includes annexes outlining areas of agreement and next steps both on a 'Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework' and on a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration. The negotiations on the outcome of the HLM were led by co-facilitators David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Dina Kawar, Permanent Representative of Jordan.

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G20 Finance Ministers Recognize Role of Green Investment for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

g20-201625 July 2016: The Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' July meeting addressed green and climate finance. During the meeting, the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) and Climate Finance Study Group (CFSG) presented their reports. In their final communiqué, the Ministers and Governors recognize the need to scale up green financing and express interest in promoting voluntary principles for green finance.

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UNEP-IRP Warns Against Rising Natural Resource Use [viewed]

unep_irp20 July 2016: Increasing consumption intensified by a growing middle class has tripled primary materials extraction over the last 40 years, with the richest countries consuming around ten times as much as the poorest countries, according to a report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP).

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Addis Tax Initiative Highlights Domestic Resource Mobilization [viewed]

ati18 July 2016: A side event at the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) marked the first anniversary of the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI), which was launched at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2015. Participants discussed recent developments in the ATI, as well as partner countries' needs in the area of domestic resource mobilization.

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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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