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IPoA Mid-term Review Calls for Greater Support to LDCs [viewed]

review29 May 2016: The Mid-term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 has closed with a call for greater support to the world's more vulnerable countries. The review focused on the 48 LDCs and their progress over the past five years, and on finding ways to accelerate their sustainable development. The conference resulted in a political declaration that had been negotiated among UN Member States in the months leading up to the review.

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Event: Ocean Economy and Trade: Sustainable Fisheries, Transport and Tourism [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Ocean Institute are hosting this seminar to discuss how international trade in goods and services can support the advancement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (To conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) and other related goals. The seminar also aims to enhance understanding of the oceans economy concept and its links to trade. The meeting will underscore the interdependencies of ocean-based sectors like fisheries, coastal tourism and maritime transport. Participants will also discuss: global oceans challenges and policy responses, including climate change and the implications of sea level rise; ocean biodiversity, large marine ecosystems (LMEs) and marine genetic resources (MGR); illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and the role of fisheries in graduating from Least Developed Country (LDC) status.  

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FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence [viewed]

FfD20 April 2016: International organizations held several events on the sidelines of the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Inaugural Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) Follow-up (FfD Forum), which took place from 18-20 April. Participants highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization through improved tax collection, and addressing systemic issues and debt.

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Inaugural FfD Forum Begins with 2030 Agenda Challenges, Implementation, Follow-Up [viewed]

ECOSOC18 April 2016: The inaugural session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) forum on financing for development follow-up (FfD Forum) opened in New York, US, with ministers, high-level officials, heads of UN departments and agencies and other stakeholders discussing current global economic challenges, including slow economic growth and massive waves of forced migration, the need for concerted action, and innovative development financing options, as well as their contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA).

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UN Calls for 'Stepping it Up' to Achieve Gender Equality, SDGs [viewed]

womenday20168 March 2016: The world must take immediate actions to close gender gaps and promote women's empowerment to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and leave no one behind, said UN leaders on the occasion of this year's International Women's Day (IWD), marked on 8 March 2016. UN agencies and other international organizations called for gender equality and women's empowerment at special events and in new publications.

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Event: ECOSOC Financing for Development (FfD) Forum - Inaugural Session [viewed]

The inaugural session of the Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will discuss issues pertaining to the follow-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), and the implementation of its outcome, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The Forum will consist of up to five days, one of which will be the special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as additional institutional and other stakeholders. The intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations of the Forum will be fed into the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The deliberations of ECOSOC's Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will also be taken into account. On 14 March 2016, ECOSOC decided that the Forum will run for three days in 2016, without prejudice to duration of future meetings of the Forum. It also agreed that the theme of the 2016 Forum will be 'Financing for sustainable development: follow-up to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA).' Side events during the Forum will include a high-level panel discussion on 'Financing for Development Follow-Up in the Asia-Pacific Region: Agenda for implementation of regional priorities': http://www.unescap.org/events/apffd-nyc  

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Event: UNCTAD Trade and Development Board: 62nd Executive Session [viewed]

The 62nd Executive Session of the UN Trade and Development Board will discuss issues of interest for the least developed countries (LDCs). It will include a High-Level Panel on Transforming Rural Economies, consisting of: Dogo Seck, Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Senegal; Kako Nubukpo, Former Minister of Long-term Strategy and Public Policy Evaluation, Togo; Alexandros Sarris, former Director of the Trade and Markets Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); and Jean-Louis Arcand, Centre for Finance and Development, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. The Executive Board also will discuss: the LDCs Report 2015 – 'Transforming Rural Economies;' the Trade and Development Report 2015 – 'Making the International Financial Architecture Work for Development;' and the Report of the Working Party on the Strategic Framework and the Programme Budget on its 72nd session. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) serves as the Secretariat for the Board.  

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UNCTAD Publications Address SDG Implementation [viewed]

UNCTADDecember 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released publications addressing investment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the business potential of smallholder farmers for achieving the SDGs, and the implementation of SDG 9 (‘Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation).

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Second Committee Extends Deadline for Negotiations [viewed]

unga7025 November 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) has extended the deadline for the session's work to 7 December 2015, as several draft resolutions are yet to be tabled and only a few have been adopted, according to a briefing for civil society with representatives of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). The briefing highlighted areas of progress, such as on information and communications technologies (ICT) for development, and where negotiations have made little progress, such as on Implementation of Agenda 21 (A/C.2/70/L.31).

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UNCTAD Proposes Road Map for LDC Rural Economies [viewed]

UNCTAD25 November 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Report 2015, subtitled ‘Transforming Rural Economies,' in which UNCTAD proposes a road map to fight the root causes of migration flows within and from the LDCs, as well as to eliminate poverty by 2030.

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