UNCTAD

UNCTAD Speakers Address Digital Economy, SME Empowerment [viewed]

UNCTAD20 September 2016: Five things will change the world economy in the next 50 years, Alibaba Founder Jack Ma noted during a multi-stakeholder discussion organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): new retail, with online and offline going hand-in-hand for more than 75% world's business; new manufacturing in the 'internet of things'; internet finance, which will serve 80% of young entrepreneurs who do not have access to international finance; the digital economy; and data, which will be come “the new energy... the new oil.”

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UNCTAD Reports SSEs' Progress in Reorienting Markets for Sustainability [viewed]

see_unep_unctad_global7 September 2016: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has issued a progress report on the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Initiative, announcing that membership in the initiative has reached 58 stock exchanges from countries around the world. The exchanges represent over 30,000 companies and more than 70% of listed equity markets worldwide, the report notes. The report also analyzes 82 stock exchanges' contributions towards five Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): gender equality (SDG 5), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), responsible production and consumption (SDG 12), climate change (SDG 13), and global partnerships (SDG 17).

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UNCTAD to Play "Central Role" in Achieving SDGs [viewed]

unctad1425 July 2016: Delegates agreed to give the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by adopting a framework that will guide UNCTAD's work over the next four years, and that is primarily focused on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 14th session of UNCTAD (UNCTAD 14) resulted in a political declaration and the ‘Nairobi Consensus,' on providing technical assistance to ensure that globalization and trade benefit people in developing countries.

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UNGA Dialogue Yields Recommendations for Commodity-Dependent Developing Countries [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial9 June 2016: Experts and UN Member States have identified best practices and policy recommendations to cushion against the adverse impact of excessive commodity price volatility on sustainable development. The discussion took place during a High-Level Dialogue on Commodities, organized by UN General Assembly (UNGA) Mogens Lykketoft. The Dialogue focused in particular on trends and prospects in commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs).

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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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