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SDG Fund, IPI Showcase Private Sector's Role in SDG Implementation[viewed]

Participants highlighted the private sector's growing awareness the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their increasing participation in implementing them, during a high-level event on business and peace in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN SDG Fund (SDGF) and the International Peace Institute (IPI) organized the event on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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Global Governance Group, ASEAN Ministers Focus on Development, Climate Agreements[viewed]

The UN Global Governance Group (3G) has called on the Group of 20 (G-20) to make low-carbon, sustainable infrastructure development a cornerstone of its future work, to ensure that international climate targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be fully achieved. The 3G is an informal grouping of smaller and medium-sized UN Member States.

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Event: Global Sustainable Transport Conference[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening the first-ever global conference on sustainable transport in recognition of the critical role that sustainable transport plays in combating climate change and achieving sustainable development.

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Event: High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries[viewed]

The High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) will review progress and challenges for LLDCs in developing and maintaining efficient, reliable and sustainable transport systems.

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SDG Cooperation in Focus for Regions[viewed]

High-level officials of the UN and Member States discussed regional cooperation and initiatives to support country efforts in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at a side event during the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA). Participants shared regional experiences, including on partnerships among governments, regional and subregional organizations and other stakeholders to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

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Partners Launch Global Alliance for SDG 16 Reporting[viewed]

An alliance to support governments in reporting progress towards peaceful, just and inclusive societies was launched at a high-level event organized by the Permanent Missions of Cabo Verde, Mexico, Norway, Qatar, Sierra Leone and Tunisia. UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson welcomed the Alliance as an “important first step to building a partnership for action on SDG 16.” In a keynote address, Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation, highlighted linkages between SDG 16, SDG 10 (reduced inequality) and SDG 5 (gender equality), and stressed these three Goals' role in achieving all of the others.

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Event: World Food Day 2016[viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, World Food Day 2016 will be celebrated under the theme 'Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must too,' with a focus on raising awareness about the actions people around the world can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action[viewed]

The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Long-Term Study Finds Win-Win Outcomes of 'Better Work' in Factories[viewed]

A long-term study of the International Labour Organization's (ILO) ‘Better Work' programme found that it has resulted in both a better quality of life for workers, and increased profitability for businesses. Better Work seeks to improve garment factory conditions in seven countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, Indonesia, Jordan, Nicaragua and Viet Nam.

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OECD Identifies 80.1% Carbon Pricing Gap in Major Economies[viewed]

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the first full analysis of the use of carbon pricing in 34 OECD member countries and seven partner countries. The report titled, 'Effective Carbon Rates - Pricing CO2 through Taxes and Emissions Trading Systems,' considers a wide range of types of carbon prices, such as specific taxes on energy use, carbon taxes and tradable permits. In all, the 41 countries analyzed separately and in aggregate for the report account for 80% of global energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

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