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UNEP Releases 2015 Annual Report

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual report for 2015 provides examples of partnerships and global outlooks deemed critical for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Food Security Working Group Discusses Contribution to 2030 Agenda

CFS29 April 2016: The third meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) focused on a zero-draft proposal on CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Discussing the zero draft, participants addressed the CFS contribution to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the role of the CFS High-Level Panel of Experts.

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Habitat III Consultations Prioritize Actions for New Urban Agenda

hiii3 May 2016: UN Member States, international organizations and stakeholders held a week-long session of Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The Meeting aimed to advance discusssions on the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III, and to prioritize actions and identify transformative commitments to move towards sustainable cities.

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Co-Facilitators Revise Draft Modalities for HLM on Refugees and Migrants

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial29 April 2016: The co-facilitators for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) high-level meeting (HLM) to address large movements of refugees and migrants issued revised text for a draft resolution on modalities for the meeting, reflecting changes on themes and stakeholder engagement. The draft was revised following consultations on the 13 April version. Consultations on the updated text will take place on 5 May, according to the co-facilitators' letter to Member States.

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Consultations Advance for UNGA Resolution on 2030 Agenda Follow-up

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial28 April 2016: The co-facilitators on the global-level follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development held informal consultations with UN Member States and Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGOS), to discuss elements of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution. The resolution is expected to be finalized before the July 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum for sustainable development (HLPF).

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CSOs Make Recommendations for HLPF, Reflect on National Reviews, Climate Synergies, Wetlands, FfD Forum

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)3 May 2016: A group of NGOs made recommendations for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and a multi-level review system. Other recent contributions from civil society organizations and researchers include: the results of Together 2030's Perceptions Survey; a brief on the synergies between development goals and climate action; a report on wetlands and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and a critique of the inaugural UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) follow-up (FfD Forum).

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Ahead of QCPR, Member States Consider Functions of UN Development System

unitar_undesa29 April 2016: UN Member States discussed the potential of the 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) to help address challenges and opportunities posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the second module of a training series organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.

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HLG Highlights First Steps towards 2030 Agenda in Eight Countries

governement_of _sweden21 April 2016: The High-Level Group in support of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has issued a joint statement, highlighting the importance of leadership, partnership and responsibility at the highest level to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The joint statement was adopted by High-Level Group members on the occasion of the High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs that was convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), on 21 April 2016.

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UN Executives Discuss Coherence in Achieving SDGs, Paris Agreement

CEB28 April 2016: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) discussed ways to ensure the UN system "delivers as one" on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change and other development issues, at its first regular session of 2016.

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UNGA, Security Council Adopt Resolutions on Peacebuilding Architecture

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial27 April 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) and UN Security Council concurrently adopted two substantively identical resolutions on the UN's peacebuilding architecture, which emphasize that the focus within the UN system should be on “sustaining peace.” The texts call for greater cooperation between UNGA, the Security Council and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The agreements also mark a shift from peacebuilding as preventing the recurrence of violence after wars, to peacebuilding as conflict prevention.

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UN Compiles Views on Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes

un_pii27 April 2016: As part of an intergovernmental process on enabling indigenous peoples' participation at the UN, online consultations have been conducted with representatives of indigenous peoples and UN Member States, and the advisers for the process have released a compilation of views submitted. The online consultations took place in March and April 2016, with a focus on what measures are needed to enable indigenous peoples' participation in UN processes affecting them. In-person consultations are expected to take place during the upcoming 15th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII).

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UN Secretary-General Urges Joint Action on Refugees and Migrants

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial20 April 2016: The UN Secretary-General has released his report in preparation for the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on the Large-Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants, which will convene in September 2016. Ban calls on UN Member States to uphold the safety and dignity of refugees and migrants, commit to a global compact on responsibility-sharing on refugees, and develop and adopt a global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration.

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ECLAC Caribbean Committee Highlights National Ownership, Coordination for 2030 Agenda

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 April 2016: Senior government officials shared their perspectives on sustainable development priorities in the Caribbean, during the 26th session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Among other priorities, participants stressed national ownership and integrated planning, and suggested addressing debt management through a Caribbean Resilience Fund.

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CEPA Considers Actions to Transform Public Institutions for SDG Progress

United Nations22 April 2016: The 15th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration discussed practical measures that governments can take to equip institutions to contribute to implementation and monitoring of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CEPA also reflected on how public institutions can address the principle of leaving no one behind, as a contribution to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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OECD Factbook Reports on Economic, Social and Environmental Indicators

OECD_NEW8 April 2016: The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released its annual statistical publication, the OECD Factbook 2015-2016. The Factbook provides statistical data on almost 100 indicators on population, economic production, household income and wealth, globalization, prices, energy and transportation, labor, environment and science, education, government and health. The Factbook reports data on all OECD countries and, where available, for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa.

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FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence

FfD20 April 2016: International organizations held several events on the sidelines of the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Inaugural Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) Follow-up (FfD Forum), which took place from 18-20 April. Participants highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization through improved tax collection, and addressing systemic issues and debt.

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ESCAP Identifies Regional Priorities, Four ‘Transformations' for Implementing Sustainable Development

UNESCAP13 April 2016: Governments in the Asia-Pacific region held two high-level discussions in April, resulting in a set of regional priorities for implementing sustainable development and financing commitments in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), according to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

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CSOs Highlight National SDG Reviews and Coherence, Economic Findings

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)April 2016: The national level will be critical in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to position papers by Save the Children and the Transparency, Accountability and Participation (TAP) Network and partners. The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has reflected on how Canada will implement the 2030 Agenda at home, and has provided advice for the first round of national reporting. Other inputs focus on: multi-stakeholder partnerships to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 on peace and justice; the care economy; and 2015 data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

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Host of CBD COP 13 Releases Non-paper Supporting a Declaration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming

mexico_cbd22 April 2016: Mexico intends to highlight the importance of biodiversity mainstreaming for the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its role as the host of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the aim of facilitating the adoption of a ‘Cancun Declaration.' Mexico has prepared a non-paper outlining possible elements of the declaration.

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Arab Region Agrees on SDG Follow-Up Process, Joint Inputs to UNEA-2

escwa_unep_arab22 April 2016: Participants at the Preparatory Meeting for the Third Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD-3) and the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) agreed to establish an Arab institutional framework for sustainable development. The framework includes a regional follow-up and review mechanism, a financing strategy and a mechanism for technological cooperation. Recommendations from the meeting will be submitted to AFSD-3, UNEA-2, and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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