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Africa MDG Report Reviews Progress, Looks Forward to SDGs [viewed]

UNECA28 September 2015: Despite challenging initial conditions, African countries have made progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the 2015 edition of an Africa-focused MDG report. This year's report, titled ‘Assessing Progress in Africa Toward the Millennium Development Goals,' emphasizes that success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will depend on embracing the three dimensions of sustainability, and on “credible means of implementation,” including financing and renewed commitment.

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Poverty Eradication Day Calls for Post-2015 Solidarity [viewed]

United Nations17 October 2015: The UN has marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which was held under the theme 'Building a sustainable future: Coming together to end poverty and discrimination.' This year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the theme highlighted the need for more attention with regard to the excluded and marginalized. Helen Clark, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, said the theme celebrated “the solidarity and the optimistic spirit” of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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World Food Day 2015 Focuses on Social Protection in Ending Hunger [viewed]

world-food-day-oct1616 October 2015: World Food Day (WFD) 2015 was marked by a series of events at the Milan Expo attended by leaders of the UN and other international organizations, under the theme 'Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.' The main ceremony also marked the 70th Anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), founded in 1945 to free the world of hunger and malnutrition.

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IRENA REmap 2030 for Africa Finds High Growth Potential for Renewables [viewed]

IRENA5 October 2015: African countries, on average, could meet 22% of their energy needs with renewable energy by 2030, according to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report is part of IRENA's global REmap 2030 initiative, which sets a roadmap to doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030.

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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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Event: 42nd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 42) [viewed]

Organized under the theme ‘Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition,' the 42nd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 42) will address agenda items, related to: CFS and the sustainable development challenge; policy convergence, including a policy round table on water for food security and nutrition, and the framework for action for food security and nutrition in protracted crises; coordination and linkages between CFS and other food security and nutrition stakeholders at the global, regional and national levels; ongoing workstreams, including the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition, the outcomes of the High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets, the report on the findings of the CFS effectiveness survey, and the multi-year programme of work and priorities for 2016-2017; the role of CFS in advancing nutrition; and organizational issues. Special events will be held on youth for food security and nutrition and resilience building for sustainable food security and nutrition. The session marks the culmination of some areas of work, including the anticipated endorsement of the Framework for Action for Food Security and Nutrition in Protracted Crises, but also launches the beginning of new areas of work like the role CFS will play in nutrition and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

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UN Agencies, MDBs React to Adoption of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015October 2015: Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN agencies, Regional Commissions, multilateral development banks (MDBs), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and others have welcomed and responded to the Agenda's adoption.

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Second Eye on Earth Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi [viewed]

Eye on Earth6 October 2015: The second Eye on Earth Summit has opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with leaders hailing the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was unanimously adopted by UN Member States in September. The Summit aims to spark new partnerships, agreement on guidelines for data governance and support for countries developing their own environmental data policies.

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70th UNGA Debate Concludes with Calls to Implement 2030 Agenda [viewed]

unga703 October 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) completed its 70th annual General Debate. At the high-level debate, which was attended by a record number of Heads of State and Government, many speakers welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and highlighted their commitment to the Agenda's implementation, as well as their countries' particular priorities.

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Global Citizen Festival Spotlights SDGs, WASH [viewed]

global_citizen27 September 2015: The fourth annual Global Citizen Festival took place in New York City's Central Park alongside the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. An estimated crowd of 60,000 people participated, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on attendees to help make the new Goals "a global reality,” and demand that their leaders deliver on them.

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