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UN Member States Discuss 2030 Agenda and Sustaining Peace[viewed]

During a meeting organized jointly by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), UN Member States considered the links between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustaining peace. Several said there can be no sustainable development without peace, nor peace without sustainable development. Some proposed holding an annual joint PBC-ECOSOC meeting.

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10x20 Steering Committee Discusses Support for SDG Target 14.5[viewed]

The Steering Committee of the 10x20 Initiative met to discuss concrete initiatives and next steps in support of the Initiative, which aims to promote the achievement of target 14.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which calls to, "By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information."

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IOM, Governments Launch Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries in Crisis[viewed]

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched a set of guidelines for improving responses to ensure the wellbeing of migrants in countries experiencing conflict and natural disasters, following the outcome of a government-led, multi-stakeholder initiative launched in May 2014.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on Regional Commission Action for SDGs[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has issued a report on efforts made by the UN Regional Commissions to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report finds that the Commissions have “institutionalized, deepened and broadened their partnerships” in support of country-level implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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Event: World Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum)[viewed]

Organized by the UN High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG), the UN World Forum on Sustainable Development Data (World Data Forum) is intended to serve as a platform for intensifying cooperation on data for sustainable development with multiple stakeholders, including information technology professionals, geospatial information managers, data scientists, data users, and members from civil society.

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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly[viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.

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Madagascar, Togo Report on SDG Implementation[viewed]

Madagascar and Togo have submitted preliminary inputs ahead of their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). In the executive summary of Madagascar's forthcoming presentation, and the preliminary version of Togo's full report, the governments note challenges in terms of their respective capacity building and resource mobilization for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation.

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UN Strengthens Response to Global Health Crises[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a briefing on strengthening the global health architecture, hearing updates on multilateral responses to global health crises such as Ebola and other pandemics. UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft told delegates that implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) will require a shift from addressing single issues to taking a systems approach.

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High Level Forum Agrees on Actions to Increase Urban Resilience[viewed]

Ministers, government officials, mayors and UN representatives have agreed on actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters. The High Level Forum on 'Implementing the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the Local Level' marked the first time that mayors and representatives of municipalities came together to discuss how to implement the Framework. The meeting resulted in an outcome document titled 'The Florence Way Forward,' which recognizes the importance of coherence at the local level to complement overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Event: First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury[viewed]

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017.

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