Panel Makes Recommendations on Health Crises, Health-Related SDGs [viewed]

United Nations25 January 2016: The risk of major health crises is widely underestimated, according to a high-level panel, and "the world's preparedness and capacity to respond is woefully insufficient.” The report of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises, published in an advance, unedited version, presents 27 recommendations for international, regional and national action to strengthen the global health architecture to better address the threat of pandemics, including priority actions for achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Policy Update #12: Five Ways the SDGs Are Changing International Development [viewed]

UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, after almost three years of negotiation. While many actors, including development agencies, took part in the consultations, many also doubted that there could be coherent and effective action on such a wide-ranging agenda.

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Second Committee Discusses Agenda, Timelines [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial5 February 2016: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed the relevance of its work for implementing international development objectives, and began a process of reviewing its methods of work. In the first informal meeting in a series taking place between February and April 2016, governments exchanged views on: the Committee's organization of work; timelines; engaging with stakeholders; rationalizing or expanding the Committee's agenda; and resource management.

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Syria Conference Raises Record US$11 Billion for Relief and Recovery [viewed]

United Nations4 February 2016: Donors and humanitarian actors attending a conference in London have pledged over US$11 for relief and recovery in Syria and neighboring countries. According to the UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC), this is the largest amount ever raised by the international community on a single day for a single crisis. In addition, multilateral development banks and donors announced around U$40 billion in concessional loans.

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31 Countries Agree on Multinational Transparency Measures [viewed]

OECD_NEW27 January 2016: As part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)/G20 project on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), 31 countries have signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA), which aims to increase transparency by multinational enterprises (MNEs). The OECD/G20 BEPS Project sets out 15 key actions to reform the international tax framework and ensure that profits are reported where economic activities are carried out.

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Event: GCARD 3 Global Event [viewed]

The Third Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) Global Event represents the culmination of a two-year regional and national consultation process, which aims to realign research priorities with countries' development needs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One outcome of this consultation process is the development of the CGIAR Consortium's Strategic Results Framework. The event will bring together stakeholders to confirm commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to discuss emerging applications in agri-food research and innovation. The event is expected to result in an understanding of how to achieve sustainable agricultural development in which no one is left behind. CGIAR, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Agricultural Research Council of South Africa are hosting the event.  

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Event: First Meeting of IATT 10-Member Technology Group [viewed]

The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is organizing the first face-to-face meeting of the ten-member group to support the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the SDGs (IATT). The IATT is one of three elements of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) mandated by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The other two elements are an online platform aimed at matching the technology demand and supply, and a multi-stakeholder forum on STI.  

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Event: 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) [viewed]

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) will discuss the priority theme, ‘Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development,' and will also review the agreed conclusions from CSW 57 on ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls'. The session will include interactive expert panel discussions on the themes, and a Ministerial Segment that will take place from 14-16 March 2016. The CSW Bureau facilitates preparations for the annual session, and is currently composed of officials from Brazil (Chair), Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan and Germany.  

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Event: UNGA Informal Meeting on UN Secretary-General Report for World Humanitarian Summit [viewed]

On the occasion of the launch of his report for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief UN Member States.  

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Member States Discuss Next Steps on Global Follow-up and Review [viewed]

unga705 February 2016: At an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN officials presented the advance report of the UN Secretary-General on the global follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Government delegations provided preliminary reactions to the report and views on the way forward. Many described the report as a “good basis” for further discussions on the follow-up and review framework.

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