Economics, Trade & Investment

OHRLLS Reports LDCs' Progress Towards Graduation [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS13 September 2016: The UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) released its 2016 report on the ‘State of Least Developed Countries' (LDCs), highlighting that at least ten countries are currently in the progress of graduating from LDC status. Titled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' the 2016 report takes on the special theme of 'Coherence and Synergies between the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda.'

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UNGA 71 Opens with First-ever Oath of Office [viewed]

ga-71-logo13 September 2016: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) held its closing plenary, adopting a consensus resolution to improve the transparency and accountability of the Office of the UNGA President. UNGA 71 then opened with the incoming President, Peter Thomson of Fiji, becoming the first in UN history to take an Oath of Office.

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UNSG Releases Human Rights Reports on Food, Water, Migration and Disabilities [viewed]

United Nations19 August 2016: The UN Secretary-General (UNSG) has transmitted several reports on human rights to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) ahead of its 71st session. The reports address issues related to the rights to food, drinking water, and sanitation, and the human rights of migrants and of persons with disabilities.

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SDG Fund, UNITAR Conference Highlights Models of Business-UN Cooperation [viewed]

sdgf_unitar8 September 2016: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) held a conference on ways for business and the UN to work together to attain the SDGs. Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji and President-elect of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) said business contributions “can go well beyond philanthropy" and that the SDGs "can be turned into corporate strategies that work to everyone's advantage.”

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Event: Conference on Vulnerable States and Territories: Special Session on the Blue Economy [viewed]

This event is taking place in advance of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC and will focus on climate change and oceans and the blue economy.  

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IUCN WCC Adopts 85 Motions, Hawai'i Commitments; Calls for Action on Oceans, Wildlife Trafficking, Climate Change [viewed]

iucn201611 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations.

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UN-REDD Proposes Conceptual Framework for Country Approaches to Safeguards [viewed]

unredd12 August 2016: A technical brief published by the UN-REDD Programme Safeguards Coordination Group presents the emerging common elements of country approaches to safeguards related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: UNECE/FAO Workshop on Measuring the Value of Forests in a Green Economy [viewed]

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section, this one-day expert workshop is linked to the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. Participants will analyze the consistency of the present forest sector valuation systems with approaches developed by other sectors in the context of green economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The objective of the workshop is to identify synergies and differences between the work in green economy evaluation processes and the forest sector work in that area.  

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Event: 2016 Our Ocean Conference [viewed]

The third 'Our Ocean' conference, organized by the US Department of State and hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, will convene under the theme, ‘Our Ocean, One Future'. The conference, in addition to tracking progress made on commitments from the first two conferences, is expected to focus on marine protected areas (MPAs), sustainable fishing, marine pollution, and climate and ocean. The meeting will aim to catalyze actions to protect the ocean from threats posed by unsustainable and illegal fishing, pollution and climate change as well as empower a new generation of leaders to identify solutions and commit to protecting and conserving the ocean and its resources. The conference is also expected to generate commitments to protect the ocean with a focus on the role of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in ocean conservation and sustainable use; and partnerships with relevant industries, such as fisheries, technologists, plastics producers, waste management companies, major retailers and producers, as well as multilateral development banks (MDBs) and civil society, including philanthropies, academia and the faith-based community. A parallel event at Georgetown University, 'Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit,' will focus on youth and student engagement in ocean policy and advocacy.  

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Event: Seed Africa Symposium 2016 [viewed]

The SEED Africa Symposium is an annual international forum for sharing experience and knowledge, developing solutions to stimulate social and eco-entrepreneurship across Africa, and establishing partnerships. The Seed Africa Symposium 2016 will focus on, ‘From Innovation to Imitation: Replicating Successful Business Models for Green Growth and Sustainable Development'. Participants will discuss how to collaboratively utilize and replicate business models to contribute to green growth and sustainable development in Africa. The Forum is expected to bring together over 500 representatives of civil society, the private sector, academia and others in panels, interactive sessions and investor dialogues.  

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