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UN Secretary-General Launches 'Agenda for Humanity'

whs9 February 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a report, titled ‘One Humanity: Shared Responsibility,' which was prepared for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit. The Summit will convene from 23-24 May 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. He said that the report provides key actions and strategic shifts that the world needs, and urged world leaders to come to the Summit ready to commit to action, change and mutual accountability. UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft said the Summit will be Member States' first major opportunity to give “true meaning” to the principle of leaving no one behind, as agreed in September 2015.

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Canadian Private Sector Considers Role in SDGs

gac_gcnc8 February 2016: Global Affairs Canada and the UN Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) convened a national roundtable event on the role of Canada's private sector in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In advance of the meeting, GCNC published the results of a survey on the Canadian private sector and the SDGs, which finds that the SDGs "have gone relatively unnoticed" in the Canadian corporate sector. The survey suggests that practical tools and case studies will be of benefit.

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IISD, FiBL, ITC Find Shift Towards Sustainable Agricultural Production

state_sustainable_markets2 February 2016: The International Trade Centre (ITC) published a report in collaboration with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), demonstrating the increasing adoption of voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) by producers of nine major agricultural commodities in developing countries. The report aims to inform small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the potential for added value through voluntary and sustainable production practices.

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OECD Highlights Integration Policies for Refugees and Migrants

OECD_NEW28 January 2016: A publication from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) summarizes good policy practices to support the lasting integration of refugees and other groups in need of protection in the host countries, as well as key challenges. The booklet, the first in a series on 'Making Integration Work,' stresses the importance of early intervention, including providing access to language courses, employment programmes, and integration services as soon as possible, including for asylum seekers with high prospects to remain.

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Panel Makes Recommendations on Health Crises, Health-Related SDGs

United Nations25 January 2016: The risk of major health crises is widely underestimated, according to a high-level panel, and "the world's preparedness and capacity to respond is woefully insufficient.” The report of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises, published in an advance, unedited version, presents 27 recommendations for international, regional and national action to strengthen the global health architecture to better address the threat of pandemics, including priority actions for achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Second Committee Discusses Agenda, Timelines

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial5 February 2016: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed the relevance of its work for implementing international development objectives, and began a process of reviewing its methods of work. In the first informal meeting in a series taking place between February and April 2016, governments exchanged views on: the Committee's organization of work; timelines; engaging with stakeholders; rationalizing or expanding the Committee's agenda; and resource management.

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Syria Conference Raises Record US$11 Billion for Relief and Recovery

United Nations4 February 2016: Donors and humanitarian actors attending a conference in London have pledged over US$11 for relief and recovery in Syria and neighboring countries. According to the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), this is the largest amount ever raised by the international community on a single day for a single crisis. In addition, multilateral development banks and donors announced around U$40 billion in concessional loans.

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31 Countries Agree on Multinational Transparency Measures

OECD_NEW27 January 2016: As part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/G20 project on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), 31 countries have signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA), which aims to increase transparency by multinational enterprises (MNEs). The OECD/G20 BEPS Project sets out 15 key actions to reform the international tax framework and ensure that profits are reported where economic activities are carried out.

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

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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Countries Discuss Operationalizing TFM

un_logo5 February 2016: UN Member States exchanged views on the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) during a briefing with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Delegates expressed concern about a lack of funding for the TFM, highlighted the role of the private sector, and underscored the needs of countries in special situations.

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UNEP, Partners Launch Kenya Green University Network

UNEP5 February 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Kenya Green University Network (KGUN) to promote environmental and sustainability practices among Kenyan universities. The network will serve as a knowledge and innovation hub and support the sharing of best practices to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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ECOSOC Forum Highlights Youth Role in SDG Implementation

ECOSOC2 February 2016: The UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) fifth annual Youth Forum focused on how young people can help implement and benefit from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Key recommendations addressed poverty, security and climate change, as well as youth unemployment. Also during the Forum, the International Labour Organization (ILO) launched the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth.

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Civil Society Reflects on Peace and Security Reviews

un_logo1 February 2016: At a meeting of the Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN), participants highlighted women, peace and security as a theme running through three UN high-level reviews, on peace operations, peacebuilding architecture, and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) organized the meeting on ‘The 2015 UN Reviews: Civil Society Perspectives on EU Implementation.'

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IMF Governance Reforms Enter into Force

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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UNEP, Zayed International Foundation Partner on Green Economy Textbook

unep_zayed29 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment will produce an international textbook on inclusive green economy, covering macroeconomic theory and specific sectoral policies. The textbook will provide researchers with a comprehensive analytical framework for studying green economy and will contain regional perspectives to enable policy design.

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ICC Evaluates G20 Responsiveness to Business

icc26 January 2016: The Group of 20 (G20) was rated as "Fair" in its responsiveness to policy recommendations from business, in an annual scorecard issued by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The 2015 G20 Business Scorecard shows member countries having made progress on a number of international business priorities as set by the Business 20 (B20), including on Energy and Environment, and Anti-Corruption. However, the G20 also missed opportunities for advancing trade and international investment policy frameworks, the ICC finds.

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CSOs Address Follow-Up and Review, Data and Indicators

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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World Bank Panel Highlights Citizens' Role for SDGs

world_bank28 January 2016: Representatives of governments, multilateral institutions, and civil society discussed ways for citizens to drive the accountable implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to shape the scale-up strategy of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) and its contribution to the SDGs, at a meeting organized by the World Bank. The Bank's GPSA convenes 50 governments and over 260 civil society and private sector partners to address governance challenges around the world.

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Gender Parity Helps Companies Excel, Says UN Women Report

UN Women Logo22 January 2016: A UN Women report examines ten 'Fortune 500' companies in ten industries, which employ over one million people in 190 countries, and finds that a small percentage of leadership positions are held by women, compared to women in the workforce at large. But, the report shows, CEOs and companies can play a positive role in addressing gender equality in the workplace when they "lead from the front." The parity goal is part of UN Women's gender equality drive for a 50-50 Planet by 2030.

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ITUC Calls for Greater Transparency, Decent Work in Supply Chains

frontines_scandal18 January 2016: The global supply chains of 50 large companies rely on an employment model that "hides" the majority of its workforce, so they cannot advocate for better pay or working conditions, according to a publication by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The report argues that this situation undermines progress towards decent work and employment for all, and presents recommendations on how the companies could act to "change the model of global trade.”

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