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HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs [viewed]

hlpf_ban_ki_moon19 July 2016: Thirteen governments gave the first-ever Voluntary National Reviews, reporting on efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in their countries. The VNR presentations began on the second day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Ministerial Segment. The reports - provided by Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Norway, Madagascar, Georgia, Turkey, Finland, Samoa, Uganda and Germany - emphasized the need to: modify existing national economic and development planning processes; engage different government departments and broader technical expertise; develop indicators and collect data; and ensure high-level leadership.

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FAO's State of the World's Forests Calls for Positive Interactions Between Agriculture and Forestry [viewed]

cofo2318 July 2016: It is not necessary to cut down forests to produce more food. Promoting more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry can stop deforestation, build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security. This is the key message of 'The State of the World's Forests' (SOFO), the flagship publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), presented at the opening of the 23rd session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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UNEP Inquiry Highlights Green Finance in 13 Developing Countries [viewed]

UNEP Logo18 July 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has published a report highlighting the diverse experiences of 13 developing countries in directing finance toward sustainable development aims. Launching the report to coincide with the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), UNEP emphasized the need for financing at the level of US$5-7 trillion each year to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

technologyupdate15 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.

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HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

hlpf201615 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.

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Event: MedCOP Climate 2016 [viewed]

MedCOP Climate 2016 will be held in advance of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), and aims to: contribute to international efforts to fight climate change from a regional perspective; act as a platform for dialogue and consultation among stakeholders across the Mediterranean region; strengthen solidarity among stakeholders; and determine best practices and innovative mechanisms for changing individual and collective behaviors. The meeting will bring together approximately 2000 representatives from 22 Mediterranean countries, the private sector, civil society, and regional and international organizations to: highlight existing climate initiatives in the region; formulate innovative ideas through local, national and regional networks; enable stakeholders to present and discuss the development of their projects; and raise awareness regarding the benefits of and need for climate action in the Mediterranean region. MedCOP 2016 also aims to: monitor commitments approved during the first MedCOP, held in Marseille, France, in June 2015; affirm the relevance of the Mediterranean dimension in combating climate change; and prepare a Mediterranean action plan, enabling the implementation of a mitigation and adaptation roadmap. The conference is organized by the Government of Morocco, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the COP 21 and COP 22 Presidencies, among others. The MedCOP convenes every year in advance of the UNFCCC COP.  

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Governments, Stakeholders Discuss Alignment of SDGs and Paris Agreement [viewed]

can_unngls_wri_aid13 July 2016: At a side event during the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), representatives of governments, civil society and academia discussed ways to integrate climate change and sustainable development planning, by looking at both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNSG Candidates Highlight Gender, UN Reform, Inclusiveness [viewed]

United Nations12 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.

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Human Rights Council Marks Tenth Anniversary, Adopts 33 Resolutions [viewed]

OHCHR8 July 2016: The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded its 32nd session in Geneva, Switzerland, after celebrating the tenth anniversary of its establishment with a special event discussing its achievements.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: NAP Expo 2016 Underway, DRM Activities Enhance Urban Resilience [viewed]

adaptation_lost_damage11 July 2016: News in recent weeks related to climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) brought the issue of urban resilience to the forefront. NAP Expo 2016 and the Second Global Conference on Health and Climate contributed to the implementation of the Paris Agreement by giving renewed impetus to efforts to formulate and implement national adaptation plans (NAPs), and build healthier societies.

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