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UN Officials Urge Parliamentarian Support for SDGs, Climate Agreement

Ipu31 August 2015: Addressing the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help advance the post-2015 development agenda and ensure an equal footing for civil society in its implementation. He stressed parliamentarians' role in ensuring the agenda is “translated from the global to the national,” and that implementing and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require strong and close partnership between states and civil society.

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Forum Addresses South-South, Triangular Cooperation in Post-2015 Implementation

unossc226 August 2015: Governments and stakeholders discussed South-South and Triangular Cooperation in the context of the post-2015 development agenda during a High-level Multi-stakeholder Strategy Forum. The Forum was organized under the auspices of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and its Global South-South Development Expo Secretariat (GSSD Expo), in collaboration with the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP), UN system institutions and other partners.

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UN Secretary-General Visits Nigeria, Discusses 2030 Agenda

bankimoon-warsaw24 August 2015: During an official visit to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed ways in which state governors can contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also met with Nigeria's business and philanthropy leaders to address their role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change. The visit took place from 23-24 August 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria.

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UNGA President Circulates Draft Resolution on 2030 Agenda

69th Session of the UNGA21 August 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, circulated a draft resolution to transmit the outcome document of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda to the UNGA's 70th session, for adoption during the Summit. Kutesa further informed Member States that he will convene a plenary meeting of the UNGA to take action on the draft resolution. The UNGA meeting will take place on 1 September 2015, in New York, US.

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Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security Adopts Amman Youth Declaration

youth-forum-peace-security22 August 2015: The Global Forum on Youth, Peace and Security concluded with the adoption of the 'Amman Youth Declaration,' presenting a common vision and roadmap for the international community's engagement with young people to counter violent extremism and build lasting peace. The Global Forum was organized following an April 2015 thematic debate organized by Jordan during its presidency of the UN Security Council, which aimed to step up global attention to the potential contribution of youth to the global peace agenda.

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IMF, USAID to Cooperate on Capacity Development

imf_usaid20 August 2015: The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance their cooperation in capacity development.

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UN Regional Commissions Highlight Role in Post-2015 Agenda

uneca-unece-escap-eclac-escwaAugust 2015: The UN Economic Commissions for Africa (UNECA), Europe (UNECE), Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Western Asia (ESCWA) have published a paper on their role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda. The paper is titled 'UN Regional Commissions and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving to Deliver on a Transformative and Ambitious Agenda.'

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ECOSOC President's Summaries Suggest Way Forward for HLPF

ECOSOC13 July 2015: The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Martin Sajdik, has issued the President's Summaries of the 2015 session of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) and of the ECOSOC high-level segment. The document notes that the HLPF, at its 2016 session, could elaborate further on the review architecture and its functioning, based on an exchange of experiences on the elaboration of national strategies to implement the agenda, as well as on feedback from the regions on their approach to reviewing progress.

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Bolivia, Ecuador Submit Reservations to FfD3 Outcome

69th Session of the UNGA5 August 2015: The Permanent Missions of Bolivia and Ecuador sent letters to the Secretary-General of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), Wu Hongbo, regarding their respective reservations on the outcome. The two UN Member States requested that the letters and their annexes, containing reservations and explanations of national position (EOP), be included in their entirety in the report of the Conference.

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UN Officials Indicate Next Steps in Post-2015 Agenda

post2015-time-global-action13 August 2015: The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) NGO Relations convened a briefing on the role of civil society and NGOs in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with speakers highlighting the importance of open, transparent and participative decision-making processes. They also indicated upcoming processes that will play a role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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International Day Underscores Youth as Invaluable Partners in SDGs

International_Youth_Day12 August 2015: The world marked International Youth Day with celebrations and events around the world on the theme ‘Youth and Civic Engagement," highlighting the role of young people in advancing solutions and changing societies. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reflected that young people do not accept poverty, conflicts and unemployment as their fate, but instead rise up to challenge power structures, speak for justice and human rights, and advocate global action for people and the planet.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Climate Change Action, SD Implementation

ban_ki_moonAugust 2015: In his report on the 'Work of the Organization,' UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses optimism that “we will soon arrive at a new vision for sustainable development, new directions for the maintenance of peace and security, a renewed embrace of human rights, and a stronger United Nations to help bring our goals to life.” He calls on all countries to submit ambitious national contributions that detail how they will address climate change in the post-2020 period.

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UN Secretary-General Reports to UNGA 70 on SD, Environmental Issues

United NationsAugust 2015: The UN Secretary-General has issued reports to be considered by the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), during the 70th UNGA session. UNGA 70 opens on 15 September 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Second Committee is expected to begin its work in October.

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CSOs Evaluate FfD3 Outcome

ffd3_iisdrsAugust 2015: Civil society organizations (CSOs) have responded to the outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which is titled the 'Addis Ababa Action Agenda' (AAAA). Many express disappointment, with groups highlighting areas in which the AAAA is a step backward from the outcomes of previous FfD Conferences (Doha and Monterrey). CSOs criticize the AAAA for failure to form an intergovernmental body for international tax cooperation and highlight limitations related to human rights, especially for women.

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UNGA President Circulates Amended 2030 Agenda

post201512 August 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, circulated the outcome document of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, agreed by consensus at the conclusion of the intergovernmental negotiation process on 2 August 2015. Kutesa informed Member States that he will convene a plenary meeting of the Assembly in early September to take action on a draft resolution that will transmit the outcome document to the UNGA's 70th session for consideration and adoption during the Summit.

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IAEG-SDGs Launches Online Consultation on Proposed Indicator Framework

unstats11 August 2015: The Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) launched an online consultation to gather input from civil society, academia and the private sector on the development of an indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The consultation seeks comments on the current list of proposed indicators for each Goal and target as well as cross-cutting issues of "particular importance” to the work of the IAEG-SDGs.

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UN Committee Concludes Work on Sovereign Debt Restructuring

69th Session of the UNGA28 July 2015: The UN Ad Hoc Committee on Sovereign Debt Restructuring has concluded its work, adopting a report for submission to the UN General Assembly that reaffirms the UNGA's central role in contributing to the review of the international financial and economic architecture. The report includes the Chairs' summary and principles on sovereign debt restructuring, which, according to a statement made on behalf of UNGA President Sam Kutesa, “could serve as a basis for future deliberations of the UN General Assembly towards a multi-lateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes with the participation of all Member States.”

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International Day Spotlights Indigenous Peoples' Health, Wellbeing

international_day_worlds_indigenous-peoples10 August 2015: The UN marked the 2015 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples with a call for improving access to healthcare services. It also launched a publication focusing on health-related needs for indigenous peoples in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The 2015 Day was organized on the theme, 'Post-2015 Agenda: Ensuring indigenous peoples' health and wellbeing.'

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UNEP Circulates Stakeholder Engagement Handbook

UNEP10 August 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has circulated a Stakeholder Engagement Handbook, which was developed in association with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS). The Handbook presents the current rules and practices for the engagement of Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) in UNEP's work, based on rules of procedure of the UN Environment Assembly of UNEP (UNEA).

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Mekong Ministers Pledge EIA Use in Infrastructure Plans

lower_mekong_initiative5 August 2015: Ministers from the five Lower Mekong countries – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam – highlighted the importance of environmental impact assessments (EIA) in protecting infrastructure and promoting sustainability, at a meeting with US partners in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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