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Africa Africa News / 19 July 2016
Co-Facilitators Release Final Draft of HLPF Ministerial Declaration
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18_July_2016: The co-facilitators of the informal consultations on the outcome of the 2016 session 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 their letter accompanying the revised draft, co-facilitators Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia, and Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru, note that the text is under "silence procedure" until 6:00 pm EST on Monday, 18 July. continued...
Stakeholders Share Views on Refugees, Migrants Ahead of HLM
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18_July_2016: As part of the preparatory process for the High-level Meeting (HLM) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to address large movements of refugees and migrants, UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft convened an informal, interactive, multi-stakeholder hearing to discuss migration and refugees in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The HLM will convene on 19 September 2016, in New York, US. continued...
Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification
Read More: Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification
15_July_2016: The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer. continued...
HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations
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15_July_2016: Everyone is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, participants stressed throughout the first week of discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Key messages emerging from these discussions highlighted social inclusion as critical for sustainable development, and the importance of addressing inclusion in education, labor and political institutions and policies. continued...
Mediterranean Countries Commit to "Zero Tolerance" for Illegal Killing of Birds
Read More: Mediterranean Countries Commit to "Zero Tolerance" for Illegal Killing of Birds
14_July_2016: The first-ever meeting of the Intergovernmental Task Force on Illegal Killing, Taking and Trade of Migratory Birds concluded with the adoption of the Cairo Declaration in which countries agreed to a "zero tolerance approach" to any illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds (IKB) in the Mediterranean Region in accordance with national law, commitments under international conventions and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). continued...
HLPF Side Event Addresses Youth Involvement in Conflict-Affected States
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14_July_2016: At a side event of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2016, representatives of youth organizations and UN agencies discussed national efforts to mainstream UN Security Council Resolution 2250 on youth, peace and security in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in conflict-affected States. Youth from Nigeria and Pakistan shared experiences from their countries. continued...
African Stakeholders Call for Prioritizing Water at COP 22
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12_July_2016: In preparation for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), 650 decision makers, researchers, technical experts, financiers and civil society members from 40 countries came together for an International Conference on Water and Climate. Organized under the theme 'Water Security for Climate Justice,' the conference resulted in a ministerial call from 22 African countries emphasizing the importance of implementing and funding water initiatives in Africa, both in the context of the COP 21 outcomes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
SDG 2 Event Highlights Need for Deep Transformation
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12_July_2016: A discussion hosted by Biovision, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the Permanent Mission of Senegal highlighted two initiatives to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). continued...
UNGA Discusses Human Rights as Part of 2030 Agenda
Read More: UNGA Discusses Human Rights as Part of 2030 Agenda
13_July_2016: During a high-level thematic debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on human rights, many participants underscored that human rights, discrimination and inequality are at the center of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and that peace, security, human rights and development are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. Many also observed that human rights violations portend conflicts, and that conflicts are a cause of human rights violations. continued...
In FY16, World Bank Provides Over US$61 Billion
Read More: In FY16, World Bank Provides Over US$61 Billion
12_July_2016: The World Bank Group's (World Bank) commitments rose to over US$61 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to countries and private businesses in fiscal year 2016 (FY16), according to a World Bank press release. This financing includes support for climate change and a continued focus on sub-Saharan Africa, which remains a top priority with commitments to countries reaching US$12.5 billion in FY16. continued...
UNSG Candidates Highlight Gender, UN Reform, Inclusiveness
Read More: UNSG Candidates Highlight Gender, UN Reform, Inclusiveness
12_July_2016: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft held a Townhall event for candidates for the position of next UN Secretary-General to discuss their vision. The event was globally televised live by Al Jazeera Media Network. Ten of the 12 current candidates participated, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the UN, and taking questions from UN Member States and the public, both from the floor and via video. continued...
UNEP-WCMC Publishes 2015 Annual Report
Read More: UNEP-WCMC Publishes 2015 Annual Report
8_July_2016: The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has issued its 2015 Annual Report, which highlights how the Centre enables policymakers to put biodiversity “at the heart of decision making.” continued...
UN Appoints Leaders on Global Health Crises
Read More: UN Appoints Leaders on Global Health Crises
29_June_2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of several UN agency heads to the Global Health Crises Task Force. In the same week, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the appointment of Peter Salama as Executive Director of its Health Emergencies Programme. continued...
Africa African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016) New York City, US 11 Jul - 20 Jul
Resumed OEWG 37, OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol Vienna, Wien, Austria 15 Jul - 23 Jul
Fourteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) Nairobi, Kenya 17 Jul - 22 Jul
MedCOP Climate 2016 Tangier, Tanger, Morocco 18 Jul - 19 Jul
23rd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 23) Rome, Lazio, Italy 18 Jul - 22 Jul
ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2016 New York City, US 18 Jul - 22 Jul
SDG Business Forum New York City, US 19 Jul
ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 3 New York City, US 25 Jul - 27 Jul
Habitat III PrepCom Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia 25 Jul - 27 Jul
Restoring the Socio-Ecological and Socio-Economic Relationships in the Miombo Woodlands Maputo, Mozambique 27 Jul - 29 Jul
Meeting of the CBD Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness Montreal, Quebec, Canada 28 Jul - 29 Jul
Informal Group on Household Wastes Montevideo, Uruguay 2 Aug - 4 Aug
Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment New York City, US 3 Aug - 9 Aug
Africa Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 TBA 8 Aug - 12 Aug
African Drought Conference Windhoek, Namibia 15 Aug - 19 Aug
 
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