UN Announces Third Industrial Decade for Africa [viewed]

UNIDONEPADAfrican Union (AU)United Nations25 July 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed that the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa will be from 2016-2025, and called for the advancement of “sustainable industrialization” to reduce poverty and help implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNGA President Urges Agreement on 2030 Follow-up [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial21 July 2016: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft informed UN Member States that informal consultations on the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development "effectively have to be concluded" by 2 September 2016, and that facilitation must be done by Member States. In his letter, Lykketoft notes a request from the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) to extend informal consultations; the Group's letter also requests the President's continued facilitation and good offices.

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UNEP-IRP Warns Against Rising Natural Resource Use [viewed]

unep_irp20 July 2016: Increasing consumption intensified by a growing middle class has tripled primary materials extraction over the last 40 years, with the richest countries consuming around ten times as much as the poorest countries, according to a report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP).

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WRI, OECD Event Highlights Policy Coherence for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

wri_oecd19 July 2016: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a consistent and effective manner was the focus of discussions at a side event organized by the Governments of Sweden and Mexico, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), in collaboration with a coalition of think tanks.

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Side Event Highlights Business Case for Sustainable Finance [viewed]

hlpf18 July 2016: The Government of Kenya, the Government of Switzerland and the UN Global Compact (UNGC) held a side event to discuss 'Sustainable Finance to achieve the SDGs: accelerating implementation of the 2030 Agenda through private-sector action,' on the margins of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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Event: UN Paris Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force [viewed]

This special event will take place at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has asked world leaders to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity for other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016, and will help efforts to ensure early entry into force. The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55% of global GHG emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance.  

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Event: High Level Symposium on SDG 6 and Targets [viewed]

The ‘High-Level Symposium on SDG 6 and Targets: Ensuring that No One Is Left Behind in Access to Water and Sanitation' aims to discuss policy measures, actions and means of implementation (MOI) to fast-track implementation of SDG 6 (Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all) and its related targets. Participants will discuss: country experiences in advancing integrated water resource management (IWRM); and lessons learned in improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), increasing water use efficiency, reducing water pollution, and protecting water basins and ecosystems. The Symposium will address opportunities for fostering regional and multilateral cooperation and launch specific partnerships related to SDG 6. The Government of Tajikistan is organizing the Symposium in cooperation with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and other partners.  

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Event: Multilevel Policy for Stronger Intermediary Cities [viewed]

This side event, taking place during the third Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom 3) for Habitat III, is organized by UCLG, UN-Habitat and Cities Alliance. There is currently an unprecedented international momentum behind the importance of local action, the transformational potential of urbanization, and the need to create a multi-partner governance system to address universal challenges and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This event will be a chance to explore the opportunities, concerns and priorities of intermediary cities and their national and regional governments in relation to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. We are interested to learn from participants about better intergovernmental cooperation to achieve sustainable cities.  

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HLPF Adopts Ministerial Declaration, Hears 22 VNRs [viewed]

hlpf2016_20jul22 July 2016: The 2016 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a Ministerial Declaration, focusing on the meeting's theme of 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.'

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EU Gathers Views on New Development Consensus [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL18 July 2016: During a side event of the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF), EU partners and stakeholders discussed the updating of EU's development policy framework (the European Consensus on Development) to reflect the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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