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UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation

sdg_are_coming_to_life20 July 2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Development Group (UNDG) launched a publication on translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice in 16 countries. At the launch side event, representatives of the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Montenegro, Pakistan and Sierra Leone presented their experiences and challenges related to SDG implementation.

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China Submits VNR Executive Summary

hlpf19 July 2016: China has submitted an executive summary of its Voluntary National Review (VNRs) report for presentation at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The document summarizes China's actions on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and highlights nine key areas for prioritization.

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UNESCO Launches Education Atlas for Monitoring SDG 4

e_atlas_unesco18 July 2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched a collection of interactive maps presenting global and thematic indicators to monitor achievement of the targets in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls to "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."

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UNRISD Launches Consultations on Social Policy Benchmark

UNRISD Colour Logo CMYK18 July 2016: The UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) unveiled a draft version of its flagship report on social policy innovations towards implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, inviting comments through an online consultation process. The report addresses: understanding transformative change; trends and innovations in social policy; care policies; social and solidarity economy; climate change; mobilizing domestic resources; and governance and politics.

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HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs

hlpf_ban_ki_moon19 July 2016: Thirteen governments gave the first-ever Voluntary National Reviews, reporting on efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in their countries. The VNR presentations began on the second day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Ministerial Segment. The reports - provided by Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Norway, Madagascar, Georgia, Turkey, Finland, Samoa, Uganda and Germany - emphasized the need to: modify existing national economic and development planning processes; engage different government departments and broader technical expertise; develop indicators and collect data; and ensure high-level leadership.

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First SDG Report Provides Benchmark for Progress

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)19 July 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report 2016 and the Global SDG Indicators Database during the Ministerial Segment of the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The report provides an overview of progress on each of the 17 SDGs, while the Database provides country-level data on the SDGs used to compile the annual UN Secretary-General report on 'Progress towards the SDGs' (E/2016/75).

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World Bank, UNDP and Countries Discuss SDG Implementation Factors

hlpf19 July 2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), officials from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and governments discussed experiences with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so far, and identified factors to consider for their implementation.

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UNEP Inquiry Highlights Green Finance in 13 Developing Countries

UNEP Logo18 July 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has published a report highlighting the diverse experiences of 13 developing countries in directing finance toward sustainable development aims. Launching the report to coincide with the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), UNEP emphasized the need for financing at the level of US$5-7 trillion each year to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Governments, Local Authorities, Stakeholders Discuss National SDG Planning

hlpf15 July 2016: Representatives of national and local governments and stakeholders discussed concrete challenges, opportunities and efforts at the local level for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, titled 'How can national-level strategic planning ensure that no one is left behind,' took place on the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was organized by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Independent Research Forum and the Government of Sweden.

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World Bank Report Highlights Urban Renewal Needs, Tools

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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HLPF Ministerial Segment Opens, Continues Focus on No One Left Behind

ministerial_segment_hlpf18 July 2016: The Ministerial Segment of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opened with a day of keynote speeches, discussion of main messages from the first week of HLPF proceedings, and panel discussions on the theme 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.'

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Co-Facilitators Release Final Draft of HLPF Ministerial Declaration

hlpf18 July 2016: The co-facilitators of the informal consultations on the outcome of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and of the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have issued a final draft Ministerial Declaration. In their letter accompanying the revised draft, co-facilitators Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia, and Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru, note that the text is under "silence procedure" until 6:00 pm EST on Monday, 18 July.

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OECD Report Promotes SDGs as Business Opportunities

OECD_NEW18 July 2016: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched its annual Development Co-operation Report, which makes a case for businesses to invest in sustainable development and inclusive growth. The report, titled 'Development Co-operation Report 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities,' provides examples of how OECD is promoting collaboration among the stakeholders involved in sustainable development, and emphasizes that “business thrives when the world thrives.”

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Stakeholders Share Views on Refugees, Migrants Ahead of HLM

hlm18 July 2016: As part of the preparatory process for the High-level Meeting (HLM) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to address large movements of refugees and migrants, UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft convened an informal, interactive, multi-stakeholder hearing to discuss migration and refugees in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The HLM will convene on 19 September 2016, in New York, US.

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HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations

hlpf201615 July 2016: Everyone is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, participants stressed throughout the first week of discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Key messages emerging from these discussions highlighted social inclusion as critical for sustainable development, and the importance of addressing inclusion in education, labor and political institutions and policies.

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Local Governments, UN Agencies Launch Roadmap for Localizing SDGs

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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Stakeholders Launch SDG 16 Data Initiative

sdg16_data_initiative14 July 2016: At a side event to the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a group of stakeholders launched the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 Data Initiative, which will compile and publish statistical indicators for SDG 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels). The initiative aims to complement the work of the UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) to develop an official indicator framework for monitoring the SDGs.

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HLPF Side Event Addresses Youth Involvement in Conflict-Affected States

hlpf14 July 2016: At a side event of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2016, representatives of youth organizations and UN agencies discussed national efforts to mainstream UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in conflict-affected States. Youth from Nigeria and Pakistan shared experiences from their countries.

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Finland, Colombia Discuss National SDG Experiences

colombia_finland14 July 2016: During a side event on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Colombia and Finland, participants exchanged views on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation at the country level. Speakers highlighted operational challenges including communicating the SDGs and implementing them in an integrated way.

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CSOs Reflect on SDG Implementation, Private Sector Motivations

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)13 July 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector have released reflection papers and blogs on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Other inputs address the contributions of the private sector to the SDGs, and highlight a course on development as a business strategy.

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