UNGA Discusses Recommendations for QCPR [viewed]

ga-71-logo6 October 2016: The 2016 quadrennial comprehensive policy review (QCPR) is essential to making the UN development system (UNDS) more effective, transparent and results-oriented, said UN Member States during the annual debate on operational activities for development, held in the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial).

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ECOSOC Takes Action on AAAA's Tax Mandate [viewed]

ECOSOC5 October 2016: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution and decision on international cooperation in tax matters, as well as a decision on its working arrangements. The documents were adopted in response to paragraph 29 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD).

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Event: Informal Meeting of UNGA Plenary with Secretary-General-designate [viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson will convene an informal meeting of the plenary with the Secretary-General-designate, where all Member States and groups will be welcome to speak.  

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Event: UNGA Consideration of Appointment of UN Secretary-General [viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will meet to consider the UN Security Council's recommendation of a candidate for UN Secretary-General. The Council agreed to recommend Antonio Guterres on 6 October 2016. The anticipated resolution will be followed by statements by the Chairs of the five regional groups of UN Member States and the host country.  

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Guest Article #65: From PPP to ABC: A New Partnership Approach for the SDGs [viewed]

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for a new partnership approach, or a “revitalized global partnership for sustainable development,” but how this Goal will be achieved is still unclear. Strengthening partnerships is central to the entire implementation approach of the SDGs. Goal 17 includes targets to enhance Global Partnership for Sustainable Development complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships to encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships. The chapter on ‘Means of Implementation' asserts that the entire 2030 Agenda will be judged on the success of partnership constructs and their implementation of every Goal.

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World Bank, IMF Annual Meetings Address SDGs, Fragility and Conflict [viewed]

2016_annual_meetings9 October 2016: In the context of the highest number of developing countries in an economic recession since 2009, the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group explored ways of: handling the impact of globalization and technology; harnessing digital development; encouraging inclusion and integration; deploying finance for development; managing migration; and stimulating economic growth. The meetings also focused on issues pertaining to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addressing root causes of fragility and conflict.

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UNGA Discusses ECOSOC Role in 2030 Agenda [viewed]

ECOSOC10 October 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) considered the report of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on its activities in 2016, particularly related to early implementation of the 2030 Agenda. ECOSOC's 2016 president, Oh Joon (Republic of Korea), introduced the report and highlighted the Council's relevance to global threats, challenges and humanitarian emergencies.

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Asia-Pacific Ministers Commit to SDG Action on Health, Environment [viewed]

who_unep8 October 2016: Ministers and high-level officials from 14 Asia Pacific countries pledged to tackle hazardous chemicals, marine pollution, climate change, air pollution, water and sanitation, and destruction of coral reefs at a meeting of the Ministerial Regional Forum on Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian Countries. The Forum resulted in the Manila Declaration on Health and Environment, which calls for action on specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and identifies areas of collaboration within and between countries.

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ESCAP Committee Endorses Plans for Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway [viewed]

UNESCAP7 October 2016: A committee on digital technology, science and innovation in Asia and the Pacific endorsed a "master plan" and regional cooperation framework for the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS). The AP-IS is expected to establish and strengthen a regional network of land- and undersea-based ICT infrastructure. The initiative was first discussed at the 69th session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in 2013.

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HRC Creates Special Rapporteur on Right to Development [viewed]

OHCHR29 September 2016: The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has agreed to establish the position of a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development, in a resolution approved at the Council's 33rd session in Geneva, Switzerland.

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