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

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 [viewed]

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 [viewed]

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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Event: First Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue [viewed]

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Partnership Framework, established by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) following the 2014 Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa, mandated the UN Secretariat, in consultation with the Partnership Framework Steering Committee, to organize on an annual basis, an action-oriented, results-focused Global Multi-stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue. This first Dialogue will provide an opportunity to: review progress made by existing partnerships; share good practices, lessons learned and challenges and solutions from SIDS partnerships; and launch new partnerships for SIDS. The SIDS Partnership Framework seeks to monitor and ensure the full implementation of pledges and commitments through partnerships for SIDS, and to encourage new, genuine and durable partnerships for the sustainable development of SIDS. In addition to a Steering Committee and the organization of the Dialogue, the Framework also includes a reporting template, and encourages the organization of national and regional partnership dialogues.  

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Event: IASS High-Level Event: Thematic Reviews for an Integrated Follow-Up and Review of the 2030 Agenda [viewed]

Organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and partners, this high-level event will address the framing of a thematic review of progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), from an integrated perspective on natural resources in support of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The event will provide an opportunity for representatives from UN Member States, UN organizations, ministries, science and academia, civil society, and the private sector to discuss initial considerations regarding the requirements and framing of natural-resource related thematic review, such as a review of food-security related targets or targets relating to soil and land resources. The event is invitation-only.  

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IPoA Review Co-Facilitators Release Draft Declaration for Endorsement [viewed]

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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International Biodiversity Day Emphasizes Biodiversity Mainstreaming for Sustainable Development [viewed]

International Day for Biological Diversity 201622 May 2016: The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) was celebrated globally on 22 May 2016 on the theme 'Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their Livelihoods.'

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UNEP Identifies Emerging Environmental Issues in 'Frontiers' Report [viewed]

UNEP Frontiers 2016 Report20 May 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies six "emerging issues of environmental concern" in its 2016 Frontiers Report, released to coincide with the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). For each issue, the report provides examples of ways to address it, including through innovating and rethinking policy interventions, devising new solutions and adapting existing practices. UNEA-2 is convening in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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ESCAP and Japan Promote Tsunami Awareness in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

ESCAP - 72nd Session18 May 2016: The Government of Japan and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) cooperated to present a side event promoting awareness of tsunami risk in the Asia-Pacific region, on the margins of the 72nd Commission session of ESCAP.

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