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Event: High-level Review of Progress on SAMOA Pathway

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 06:20
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will convene a one-day high-level review to review progress made on the SAMOA Pathway, in September 2019, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Regional preparatory meetings of SIDS countries as well as an interregional meeting will take place in 2018 to review progress at the national and regional levels, as mandated by the UNGA in a resolution of December 2017 on the follow-up and implementation of the SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the Mauritius Strategy. That resolution also requests the UN Secretary-General to submit to the 73rd UNGA a report on the follow-up to and implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, including progress made and continuing challenges faced.

Event: Coordination Meeting with International Organizations on Statistics for SDGs

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 06:18
This meeting will take place back-to-back with the second expert meeting on statistics for the SDGs, for the UN organizations and their regional offices in the UNECE region involved in providing statistics for SDGs.

Event: SDG Business Forum 2018

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 06:10
The annual SDG Business Forum will convene during the ministerial segment of the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The 2017 Business Forum was co-hosted by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), and the UN Global Compact, and organized in collaboration with the Global Business Alliance (GBA) for 2030. The event is one of four special events taking place alongside the HLPF. The others are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; a Partnership Exchange on 13 July; and a Local and Regional Authorities Forum on 16 July. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Business Forum is here.

Event: Local and Regional Authorities Forum 2018

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 06:07
The Local and Regional Authorities Forum will take place on the margins of the ministerial segment of the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), on 16 July. The event is one of four special events taking place alongside the HLPF. The others are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; a Partnership Exchange on 13 July; and an SDG Business Forum on 17 July.

Event: Partnership Exchange 2018

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 06:06
The Partnership Exchange is an annual gathering to review multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments in support of SDG implementation. It takes place on the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and is organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP). The 2018 Partnership Exchange will take place on 13 July. Like the HLPF session, it will have the theme, 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,' with a focus on SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. Initiatives can register or provide updates at the Partnership for SDGs online platform to be considered for review at the Exchange. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 Partnership Exchange is here. The Partnership Exchange is one of four special events taking place alongside the 2018 HLPF. The other three events are: a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) event on 11 July; the Local and Regional Authorities Forum on 16 July; and an SDG Business Forum on 17 July.

Event: Morning Dialogue Series with UNGA President - Sixth Session

Sat, 02/24/2018 - 06:00
UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will host the sixth session of the Morning Dialogue Series, on the theme of 'Multilateralism Under Fire'. It is the second session on this theme.

The Morning Dialogues are informal discussions between Permanent Representatives to the UN on specific topics of concern. Each gathering is limited to 20 individuals, with all 193 Member States being involved in the course of the 72nd UNGA session. Two Dialogues are held each month, and they take place under Chatham House rules, with ambassadors participating in their personal capacities. Announcing the Dialogues, Lajcak expressed hope that they will "provide a platform for us to truly listen to each other and exchange views in a frank and constructive way”.

The first dialogue took place on 10 November, on women's participation and the inclusion of gender aspects in the UNGA, with the participation of 16 female PRs (Andorra, Colombia, Cuba, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Slovenia, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan and Viet Nam). At the second session, held on 1 December on the topic of ensuring that small delegations have a seat at the table, 20 Permanent Representatives from small States participated. The third session took place on 19 December.

Event: FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:20
The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development. The 34th session of the Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa will focus on: agricultural transformation in the Near East and North Africa Region and the challenge of youth employment and migration; agroecology: adapting to climate change in semi-arid areas for a sustainable agricultural development; one health: addressing transboundary plant, animal and fish pests and diseases: a case for regional cooperation; and other priorities for the region.

Event: FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:17
The development of agriculture, including crops, livestock, fisheries (blue growth) and forestry, have played a key role in reducing food insecurity and malnutrition across the Asia and the Pacific region. The 34th session of the Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific will discuss the lessons learned from these experiences to assess the prospects for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 2 on zero hunger, while tackling new and emerging challenges such as climate change, endemic and emerging diseases and pests or their vectors, urbanization, and ageing populations. In this context, delegates will exchange views, relate country experiences and share information on the food security situation in the region, and bring to the table ideas and suggestions for achieving the SDGs. The meeting will also focus on: climate action for agriculture; accelerating action on food security and nutrition in Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS); and safe food for better nutrition and trade. The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.

Event: Second Meeting of Issue-based Coalition on Health

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:09
The Issue-based Coalition on Health is led by the WHO Regional Office for Europe. It aims to act as a pan-European enabling mechanism on implementing the SDGs' health-related targets. The Coalition was established at the meeting of the UN Development Group (UNDG) Regional Team for Europe and Central Asia in May 2016 as a useful mean of cross-sectoral cooperation on health. Following the first meeting of the Coalition in November 2016, it is expected to meet again in March 2018.

Event: FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and Caribbean (LARC)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 03:45
The most recent FAO reports indicate that food insecurity has increased in Latin America and the Caribbean in the last three years, and that rising overweight and obesity rates have become a major public health threat. The 35th session of the Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean will discuss how to strengthen the Food and Nutrition Security Plan of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (FSN-CELAC) and other strategies that can help countries of the region to achieve Zero Hunger, while also promoting food systems that favor healthy diets. The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.

Event: FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 03:43
The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development. This event will be the 31st session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe (ERC).

Event: FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC)

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 03:41
The regional conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development. The 30th session of the Regional Conference for Africa (ARC) will focus on the following topics: situation and trends in food security; trends in multiple burdens of malnutrition in Africa; key drivers of food insecurity and malnutrition; population growth, urbanization and income growth – rising and changing food demand; raising agricultural productivity for sustainable growth; and private sector opportunities and challenges. Climate change and youth, among other topics, will also be discussed.

Member States Receive Explanatory Notes on Development Reform Proposals

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 03:35
Among the eight explanatory notes provided by the ECOSOC secretariat, the note on ‘UN inter-agency Pooled Funds’ indicates that the Secretary-General’s proposal to double pooled financing would include the capitalization of the ‘Joint Fund for the 2030 Agenda Fund’ at US$290 million per year. The notes respond to questions raised by UN Member States during a series of informal briefings held in January and February 2018 on proposals for the repositioning of the UN development system.

Guest Article: The EU’s BRIGAID Climate Innovation Window: A Bridge towards SDG Achievement

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 03:29
The BRIGAID project under EU Horizon2020 aims to contribute to SDGs achievement by promoting innovation for climate change adaptation and disaster resilience. The Climate Innovation Window is open to receive and share innovations for climate change adaptation.

First Conference on Taxation and SDGs Calls for Capacity Building, Multi-Stakeholder Approaches

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 03:25
Addressing the first global conference on 'Taxation and the SDGs', organized by the Inter-agency Platform for Collaboration on Tax, Vodafone explained that the private sector should help governments build tax capacity in order to create a good environment for their business, which will facilitate return of investment. McGill University highlighted that unless BEPS monitors the use of revenue to ensure that tax revenue is spent in line with the SDGs, BEPS will not necessarily support the SDGs.

Generation 2030: Diets of the Future

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 03:01
Linking food, health and the environment provide the most powerful tool to stimulate societal shifts. Because the food system interacts with many other domains, citizens have the power, by ripple effect, to change the system for the better.

ECLAC’s Statistical Yearbook Finds Increasing Population, Declining Forests

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:54
ECLAC’s Statistical Yearbook finds that Latin America and the Caribbean have lost 97 million hectares of forest between 1990 and 2015, and the region’s harvested areas continue to increase, primarily for soybean production. The annual report provides economic, environmental and socio-demographic indicators that allow for comparison across countries.

UNDP, GFLAC Urge Better Monitoring of Climate Change Spending

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:49
A joint study by UNDP and the Latin American and Caribbean Climate Finance Group has found a lack of international funding for climate adaptation efforts. The study analyzed climate change finance in six countries: Colombia, Guatemala, Kenya, Nepal, the Philippines and Zambia. The authors call for better monitoring of climate change spending, to ensure that it is directed toward achieving the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda.

UNGA to Hold Negotiations on Development System Repositioning

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:46
The permanent representatives of Algeria and Denmark will lead intergovernmental consultations on the repositioning of the UN development system. Member States' informal consultations on the proposals of the UN Secretary-General resulted in agreement to "take the process forward under the auspices of the General Assembly". The consultation process will begin following the upcoming session of ECOSOC's operational activities segment.

Summit Commits to Ending Violence Against Children, Achieving SDG 16.2

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:44
The ‘Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit’ underscored the importance of shifting the world’s focus towards the prevention of violence against children. In a Proclamation, Summit participants called for placing all children at the center of the 2030 Agenda and for reviewing progress at the 2019 session of the HLPF.