Intergovernmental Organization

UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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Governments Announce Commitments and Discuss Compacts on Refugees and Migrants [viewed]

united_nations19 September 2016: During the UN High-level Plenary Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (HLM or UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants), Member States and other stakeholders outlined commitments and made proposals regarding two global compacts, one on refugees and another on safe, orderly and regular migration. Both compacts are expected to be negotiated by UN Member States over the next two years.

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Commission Report Links Health Employment, SDGs [viewed]

report_cover310px20 September 2016: The final report of the Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth finds that addressing the health employment deficit can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their targets on inclusive economic growth, decent work and universal health coverage. The Commission notes that, while the global economy is projected to create around 40 million new health sector jobs by 2030, mostly in middle- and high- income countries, a projected shortage of 18 million health workers will remain in terms of achieving the SDGs, primarily in low and lower-middle income countries (MICs).

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Policy Update #1: Wildlife Crime: Fanning the Ivory Pyres [viewed]

Stopping wildlife crime has truly become, as the title of a recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) high-level dialogue pronounced, “Everybody's Business.” And it seems everyone - from multilateral organizations to national governments to the private sector and to non-governmental organizations - is getting in on the action.

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UN Agencies Highlight Childhood Data Gaps, Refugee Education Needs [viewed]

unicef_unhcr_oecd14 September 2016: UN agencies are urging Member States to address childhood education and data gaps, particularly in the hidden areas of refugee and migrant children's needs, ahead of the UN Summit for Migrants and Refugees in New York.

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Guest Article #9: Why Legal Timber Matters [viewed]

Have you ever run your hand across a gleaming table top and wondered where its wood came from? Or asked whose job it was to cut the logs that became your new bookcase? Whose trees were used to produce that pencil you're chewing on?

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Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS [viewed]

CBD CITES13 September 2016: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held four joint regional meetings in an effort to coordinate Parties' preparation for the Conventions' Conferences of the Parties (COP), which will take place in September and December, respectively. The joint meetings brought together over 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean and Oceania, providing an opportunity for Parties to the two Conventions to prioritize topics and exchange views on CITES-CBD joint elements, such as on synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions.

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Mitigation Update: Pricing Emissions in Focus, Climate Pledges Go Personal [viewed]

ieta_eea_adb_icao_imo_vatican9 September 2016: Over the last couple of weeks, a number of events, initiatives and publications have highlighted the role of market mechanisms in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other pollutants. In addition, both Pope Francis and the UNFCCC Secretariat are encouraging climate action on an individual level.

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.  

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TICAD-VI Adopts Declaration on Structural Transformation, Shared Prosperity [viewed]

ticadSeptember 2016: Heads of State and Government and representatives of Japan and 54 African countries have adopted the Nairobi Declaration, a three-year plan to promote structural economic transformation, resilient health care systems and social stability for shared prosperity. The officials were gathered for the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-VI) Summit, which focused on the theme, ‘Advancing Africa's Sustainable Development Agenda: TICAD Partnership for Prosperity.'

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