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UN Special Rapporteur: Climate Change Threatens Right to Food [viewed]

OHCHR3 November 2015: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, has issued a press release warning that climate change poses "severe and distinct threats to food security," which, as argued in her interim report in August 2015 (A/70/287), could result in another 600 million people suffering from malnutrition by 2080.

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DSD Highlights 17 Partnerships for SDGs [viewed]

UNDESANovember 2015: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) has released a compilation of partnerships supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The publication, titled '17 Sustainable Development Goals, 17 Partnerships,' highlights 17 partnerships established through the ‘Partnerships for SDGs' online platform, which was launched ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The platform contains 1,901 partnerships, as of 4 November 2015.

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World Cities Day Highlights Role of Good Urban Design [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2015: The UN marked World Cities Day under the theme, ‘Better City, Better Life,' with global celebrations at the Expo 2015 Milano in Milan, Italy and around the world. The Day aims to raise awareness of sustainable urbanization, including on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.

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OHRLLS Event Addresses Resilience Building for Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

UNOHRLLS30 October 2015: Participants discussed how to enhance disaster mitigation and resilience building for the least developed countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), during a side event of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), organized by the UN Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (OHRLLS).

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Second Committee Discusses Post-2015 Macroeconomic Issues [viewed]

unga7028 October 2015: UN Member States addressed how international trade, the international financial system, external debt sustainability and commodities can contribute to development during a discussion of macroeconomic policy questions. Delegates also addressed the follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development.

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Defense Ministers Highlight Climate Threats to Peace and Security [viewed]

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14 October 2015: At the International Conference on the Implications of Climate Change for Defense, convened by France's Ministry of Defense in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, defense authorities and experts from 35 countries, the UN, the African Union and the EU shared views on the implications of climate change for defense, peace and security.

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Governments Air Priorities for 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga7020 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its discussion of sustainable development (agenda item 20) and several sub-items, including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and small island developing States (SIDS). UN Assistant Secretary-General, Lenni Montiel, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), who introduced several reports of the UN Secretary-General, said sustainable development is not confined to one item on the Committee's agenda; instead, the Committee should consider all issues before it through the lens of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Event: Second Committee Special Event on LDCs, LLDCs, SIDS [viewed]

The side event held during the UN General Assembly's Second Committee session, titled 'A crisis mitigation and resilience building mechanism for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS,' will discuss ways to enhance disaster mitigation and resilience building for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), including through a discussion on the possibilities of establishing a fund. The proceedings of the event will contribute to the consideration of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for LDCs (IPoA), the Vienna Programme of Action for LLDCs (VPoA), and the SAMOA Pathway for SIDS, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and will feed into the Mid-term Review of the implementation of the IPoA. The discussion will consist of panel presentations by government representatives from LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS, development partners, civil society and the private sector, to be followed by an interactive dialogue among all meeting participants. The meeting will conclude with an informal summary by the Secretariat highlighting the main points of the discussions and specific proposals or ideas leading to action-oriented results.  

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Event: UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days [viewed]

This series of coordinated events on water and sanitation includes the Second Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters, the UN World Toilet Day and the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB). The Session on Water and Disasters will develop messages and recommendations for major UN conferences, including the Paris Climate Change Conference and Habitat III. World Toilet Day aims to inspire action and underscore the urgency of ending open defecation, especially for women and girls, and will focus on sanitation and nutrition. The New York event will focus on how improved sanitation supports better nutrition and improved health.

During its final meeting the UNSGAB will share its final report and recommendations on advancing water and sanitation objectives in the post-2015 era with the UN Secretary-General and the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination.  

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Second Committee Begins Session with Focus on 2030 Implementation [viewed]

unga707 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) opened its General Debate for the UNGA 70th Session. Member States focused on issues related to the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The General Debate is taking place on 7-9 October, and will be followed by a discussion of the Committee's working methods on 9 October.

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