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Governments Reviewing "Final Draft" Resolution on 2030 Follow-up

unga7026 May 2016: The co-facilitators for consultations on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level issued a "final draft" UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution for discussion by Member States, beginning with informal-informal consultations on 27 May 2016. The latest text was circulated in a letter from co-facilitators Lois Young, Permanent Representative of Belize, and Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, who note that it takes into account views expressed by delegations during informal-informal consultations held from 24-25 May 2016.

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Australia, Peru to Facilitate Consultations on ECOSOC and HLPF Outcomes

ECOSOC24 May 2016: The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Oh Joon, announced the appointment of Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia, and Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru, to facilitate informal consultations on the outcome of the 2016 sessions of the High-level Segment of ECOSOC and Ministerial Segment of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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World Humanitarian Summit Launches Commitments to Take Action

whs24 May 2016: During the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), approximatively 1,500 commitments were made, including on education, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, global preparedness, preventing conflicts, delivering crisis responses and building resilience. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who initiated the Summit, said he will report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the Summit's achievements in September 2016, and will propose ways to take the commitments forward. He announced that an annual update will review progress in implementing the Summit's commitments.

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EMG Launches 'System-Wide Framework of Strategies' for SDGs

UNEA-225 May 2016: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) launched a System-Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment for the UN System (SWFS), to enhance support for countries in implementing the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Framework was launched at a special event on the sidelines of the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).

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UNGA President Announces Follow-up to HLTD on Peace, Security

unga19 May 2016: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft has provided conclusions and observations from the High-Level Thematic Debate on 'A World of Risks - A New Commitment for Peace.' In the outcome document, Lykketoft observes that the full range of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is an “essential corollary” to efforts in pursuit of peace and security. As a concrete follow-up to the event, Lykketoft will invite UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to brief UN Member States on implementation of the recommendations emerging from the recent reviews on peace operations, peacebuilding, and women, peace and security.

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Event Highlights Urban Refugees, Migration Myths

Habitat III18 May 2016: UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson called for dispelling myths about migrants and migration that can "poison the public discourse,” and for implementing policies to realize migrants' value to economic and demographic growth, development and diversity. Eliasson was speaking at a high-level event on ‘Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: Critical Challenges for Sustainable Urbanization,' held on the sidelines of intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).

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Countries Submit Summaries of National Voluntary Reports for HLPF

HLPF 2016May 2016: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has established an online platform to compile inputs from countries participating in the national voluntary reviews of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). So far, eight countries have submitted summaries of their national reports on implementation. The platform also includes inputs from intergovernmental bodies and fora, Major Groups and other stakeholders, and partnerships and voluntary commitments.

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IPoA Review Co-Facilitators Release Draft Declaration for Endorsement

Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action20 May 2016: A draft political declaration has been released for endorsement during the midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The text was negotiated by UN Member States in informal meetings led by the co-facilitators of the intergovernmental consultations on the preparatory process, Benedicte Frankinet, Permanent Representative of Belgium and Jean-Francis Regis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Benin, and agreed ad referendum. The declaration is under "silent procedure" until 24 May 2016, at 12 pm EST.

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CSOs Respond to Zero Drafts for Habitat III, 2030 Agenda Follow-up

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)23 May 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) have made recommendations on national-level implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and reacted to the zero draft of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on global-level follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda, in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). In addition, NGOs issued reports on: international humanitarian assistance data, in advance of the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS); sustainable seafood; and updated environmental performance rankings for 180 countries.

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ESCAP 72 Considers STI for Sustainable Development

ESCAP - 72nd Session19 May 2016: During the 72nd session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), participants discussed ways to harness science, technology and innovation (STI) for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP adopted 12 resolutions and launched a report on harnessing STI for inclusive and sustainable development in the region.

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Co-Facilitators Revise 2030 Agenda Follow-up Text

unga18 May 2016: Co-facilitators Lois Young, Permanent Representative of Belize, and Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark, issued a revised draft of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global level. In an accompanying letter, Young and Petersen announce "informal informal consultations between Member States" will take place on 24 May 2016.

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Local Authorities Exchange Views on 'New Urban Agenda' Draft

Habitat III18 May 2016: Local and regional government authorities exchanged views with UN Member States and observers on the zero draft of the 'New Urban Agenda,' the outcome document of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Habitat III Secretary-General Joan Clos highlighted that the meeting represented the first time a dedicated platform has been made available for mayors and local leaders to directly address member states in an intergovernmental negotiations process.

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World Cities Report Highlights Impacts of Planning

UN-HABITAT18 May 2016: Two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2030 and produce as much as 80% of global GDP, according to a UN-Habitat report released ahead of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The ‘World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures' finds that while cities have become platforms for production and innovation, and lifted millions out of poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, urbanization has also led to overcrowding, increased inequalities, and environmental and health challenges.

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IRP, OECD Resource Efficiency Publications Cite Role in Cutting GHG Emissions, Growing Economy

Policy Guidance on Resource Efficency Resource Efficiency15 May 2016: Ambitious action on climate change and more efficient natural resource use could achieve significant cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase economic growth, according to a report released by the International Resource Panel (IRP) in the lead up to the Group of 7 (G7) leaders meeting in Japan. The report assesses prospects and solutions for resource efficiency and considers how more efficient resource use can contribute to economic growth, employment and development and reduce use of materials, energy, biomass and water. Also requested by G7 leaders and released recently is an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publication, titled ‘Policy Guidance on Resource Efficiency.'

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UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation

UNEPMay 2016: A special issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Our Planet' magazine explores the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including examples of national implementation and UN agency priority actions. The special issue, titled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda,' was released for the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which convenes in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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G7 Agriculture, ICT and Science and Technology Ministers Agree on Strategic Actions in Support of SDGs, Paris Agreement

g7_201616 May 2016: Group of 7 (G7) Ministers of Agriculture, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), and Science and Technology gathered ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit for a series of ministerial meetings held throughout Japan. Each group of ministers agreed on a Communiqué or Declaration for the consideration of G7 leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and the US at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit, which will take place from 26-27 May 2016, in Ise-Shima, Japan.

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Anti-Corruption Summit Agrees on Actions to Drive Out Corruption and Achieve SDG 16

anti_corruption_summit12 May 2016: World leaders and representatives from business and civil society agreed on a package of practical steps to expose and drive out corruption at the ‘Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016.' The Summit aimed to step up global action to tackle corruption across all walks of life, as part of efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and defeat terrorism and extremism, in line with commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the lead up to the conference, over 60 countries met at the Foreign Office in London and agreed to form the Countering Conservation-related Corruption (3C) network, focused on ending the corruption behind wildlife crime.

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UN Compiles Second Draft of Views On Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes

un_fpii16 May 2016: The advisers of the consultation process with UN Member States and indigenous peoples on ways to enable the participation of indigenous peoples' representatives and institutions in meetings of relevant UN bodies on issues affecting them have released a second draft compilation, as part of an intergovernmental process on enabling indigenous peoples' participation at the UN. The second draft provides a general overview of responses and proposals on the way forward and includes a discussion paper that summarizes the views with significant support and highlights some points of difference.

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SDG 1 in Jeopardy without More Decent Jobs, Warns ILO Report

world_employment_socail)outlook18 May 2016: A global deficit in decent, quality jobs and declining economic conditions in several regions has the potential to undo decades of progress in poverty reduction, cautions a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The report concludes that more and better jobs are necessary to eradicate moderate and extreme poverty globally by 2030.

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Agriculture, Energy and Job Creation Critical for Transformation, WEF on Africa Says

World Economic Forum13 May 2016: Participants at the 26th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa discussed strategic actions to deliver shared prosperity, highlighting the role of agriculture, energy and job creation in transforming the region. The Forum brought together global and regional leaders from government, business and civil society to discuss digital economy catalysts to drive transformation and strengthen public-private collaboration on development challenges throughout Africa.

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