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Africa Africa News / 13 October 2016
UN Launches SDGs Financing Platform
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10_October 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the launch of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Financial Innovation Platform aims to identify and pilot innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support SDG interventions. Meanwhile, the World Bank Group released a 2030 vision document, identifying steps for the Bank to support the SDGs, including through open trade promotion, sustainable concessional financing, and helping to bridge the infrastructure gap. continued...
UNDP, World Bank Support Small States to Achieve SDGs
Read More: UNDP, World Bank Support Small States to Achieve SDGs
6_October_2016: Addressing the Small States Forum (SSF) during the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said that during the current volatile and unpredictable times, Small States will continue to be affected by forces beyond their control, in particular climate change and disasters, and she outlined how UNDP plans to support them. Also during the Forum, the World Bank Group launched a report that takes stock of its engagement with Small States. continued...
Second Committee Considers Sustainable Development Approach in UNGA 71
Read More: Second Committee Considers Sustainable Development Approach in UNGA 71
11_October 2016: During the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) annual debate on sustainable development (agenda item 19), governments stressed the need for: aligning the Committee's agenda with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; addressing climate change, the El Niño phenomenon, desertification, land degradation and loss of biodiversity; strong partnerships; ensuring commensurate means of implementation with the ambition of the international agreements signed in 2015; and national ownership of development plans and strategies. continued...
Governments Highlight Rule of Law, Disarmament-Development Links
Read More: Governments Highlight Rule of Law, Disarmament-Development Links
10_October 2016: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) discussed the relationship between disarmament and development as part of its general debate for the 71st session. Speakers called for redirecting money spent on militaries and weapons to fighting poverty, tackling climate change and addressing sustainable development and the refugee crisis. In the Assembly's Sixth Committee (Legal), governments discussed the rule of law as an enabler of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and as a goal in and of itself, during a debate on 'Rule of law at the national and international levels.' continued...
Poland and Rwanda Ratify Paris Agreement
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7_October_2016: Poland and Rwanda became the latest countries to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, bringing the total number of ratifications to 76. Rwanda ratified on 6 October 2016 and Poland ratified on 7 October. continued...
Climate Vulnerable Forum Calls for Climate Finance Roadmap
Read More: Climate Vulnerable Forum Calls for Climate Finance Roadmap
6_October_2016: The third Ministerial Dialogue of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group called for a clear roadmap for raising US$100 billion in additional financing to build resilience to climate impacts in countries most vulnerable to climate change. continued...
UNECA LPI Pilot Projects to Mainstream Land Governance in Agricultural Strategies
Read More: UNECA LPI Pilot Projects to Mainstream Land Governance in Agricultural Strategies
4_October_2016: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Land Policy Initiative (LPI) held an inception workshop to launch a series of pilot projects meant to improve collaboration between African ministries of agriculture and land by mainstreaming land governance into agricultural development strategies and plans. Participating ministers committed to ensuring that land reforms secure land rights, provide equal access to land and promote responsible agricultural investments. continued...
Africa African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Kigali, Rwanda 8 Oct - 14 Oct
12th Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 11 Oct - 14 Oct
Our Global Commons: An International Dialogue Washington D.C., US 12 Oct - 13 Oct
5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia 12 Oct - 15 Oct
Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) Meeting (Invitation Only) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 13 Oct
UNGA Consideration of Appointment of UN Secretary-General New York City, US 13 Oct
2016 Mayors' Summit on the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Rome, Lazio, Italy 13 Oct - 14 Oct
High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries Santa Cruz, Bolivia 13 Oct - 14 Oct
World Food Day 2016 worldwide 14 Oct - 16 Oct
Lomé Conference: Protect Our Oceans Lome, Togo 15 Oct
8th BRICS Summit Goa, India 15 Oct - 16 Oct
ECOWAS Sustainable Energy Week Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana 17 Oct - 19 Oct
44th Session of the IPCC Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 17 Oct - 20 Oct
Habitat III Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 17 Oct - 20 Oct
World Mountain Forum 2016 Mbale, Eastern, Uganda 17 Oct - 20 Oct
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