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UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation[viewed]

On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Development Group (UNDG) launched a publication on translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice in 16 countries. At the launch side event, representatives of the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Montenegro, Pakistan and Sierra Leone presented their experiences and challenges related to SDG implementation.

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HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs[viewed]

Thirteen governments gave the first-ever Voluntary National Reviews, reporting on efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in their countries. The VNR presentations began on the second day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Ministerial Segment. The reports - provided by Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Norway, Madagascar, Georgia, Turkey, Finland, Samoa, Uganda and Germany - emphasized the need to: modify existing national economic and development planning processes; engage different government departments and broader technical expertise; develop indicators and collect data; and ensure high-level leadership.

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World Bank, UNDP and Countries Discuss SDG Implementation Factors[viewed]

On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), officials from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and governments discussed experiences with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) so far, and identified factors to consider for their implementation.

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FAO's State of the World's Forests Calls for Positive Interactions Between Agriculture and Forestry[viewed]

It is not necessary to cut down forests to produce more food. Promoting more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry can stop deforestation, build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security. This is the key message of The State of the World's Forests (SOFO), the flagship publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), presented at the opening of the 23rd session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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UNEP Inquiry Highlights Green Finance in 13 Developing Countries[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has published a report highlighting the diverse experiences of 13 developing countries in directing finance toward sustainable development aims. Launching the report to coincide with the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), UNEP emphasized the need for financing at the level of US$5-7 trillion each year to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNESCO Committee Adds 12 Sites to World Heritage List[viewed]

The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee adopted the Istanbul Declaration on the Protection of World Heritage, which invites States Parties to take measures and act together against the destruction of common heritage of humankind in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Participants also added 12 sites of special cultural or physical significance to the World Heritage List.

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African Union Summit Reviews Progress on Gender Equality, Women's Land Rights[viewed]

The 27th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened from 10-18 July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, on the theme ‘Women's Rights, Human Rights,' recognized Algeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Tunisia as the best-performing countries in promoting women's rights and gender equality across the political, social and economic arenas. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Land Policy Initiative launched a campaign to achieve 30% documented allocation of land by African women by 2025.

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Governments, Local Authorities, Stakeholders Discuss National SDG Planning[viewed]

Representatives of national and local governments and stakeholders discussed concrete challenges, opportunities and efforts at the local level for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, titled 'How can national-level strategic planning ensure that no one is left behind,' took place on the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was organized by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Independent Research Forum and the Government of Sweden.

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World Bank Report Highlights Urban Renewal Needs, Tools[viewed]

Private sector participation is the most critical component in “rejuvenating decaying urban areas,” according to a report published by the World Bank and the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF). The report, titled 'Regenerating Urban Land: A Practitioner's Guide to Leveraging Private Investment,' points to the need for “massive” financial resources for cities' rejuvenation that the public sector alone cannot provide. It also explains that while every city has areas of underused or distressed land as a result of changes in urban growth and productivity patterns, the issue is most prominent in developing countries, where decaying inner cities marginalize and exclude residents.

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Co-Facilitators Release Final Draft of HLPF Ministerial Declaration[viewed]

The co-facilitators of the informal consultations on the outcome of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and of the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have issued a final draft Ministerial Declaration. In the Declaration, Ministers “pledge that no one will be left behind in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and reaffirm the 2030 Agenda's principles, recognizing “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions” as “the greatest global challenge and indispensable for sustainable development.”

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