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Transparency and Compliance Update: COP 22 Documents Released for Transparency Framework Discussions, Submissions Deadline Approaching [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2016: As the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC approaches, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of documents related to the transparency and compliance items on the various bodies' agendas. In the last month, reports and notes from the Secretariat have relayed the overall status of the submissions and review of the second Biennial Reports (BR2s) and updated on capacity-building progress for transparency. Status reports on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and reports on the technical review of BR2 submissions were also published.

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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo22 September 2016: UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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Governments Announce Commitments and Discuss Compacts on Refugees and Migrants [viewed]

united_nations19 September 2016: During the UN High-level Plenary Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (HLM or UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants), Member States and other stakeholders outlined commitments and made proposals regarding two global compacts, one on refugees and another on safe, orderly and regular migration. Both compacts are expected to be negotiated by UN Member States over the next two years.

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High-Level Panel on Water Launches Call to Action on SDGs [viewed]

world_bank_united_nations21 September 2016: The High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW) issued a ‘Call to Action' at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York, US, pressing for changes in the way that water is used and managed around the world.

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Leaders' Summit on Refugees Raises Financing, Promotes Long-Term Solutions, Supports Global Compact [viewed]

leaders_summit_on_refugees20 September 2016: Participants at the Leaders' Summit on Refugees, convened by US President Barack Obama, heard announcements of pledges for approximately US$650 from companies, called for long-term solutions to the ongoing refugee crisis, and committed to working together to develop the proposed Global Compact on Responsibility Sharing for Refugees.

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31 Countries Join Paris Agreement at UN High-Level Event, Passing First Threshold for Entry into Force [viewed]

paris_agreement21 September 2016: At a special ‘High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change' on 21 September, 31 countries deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement. Added to the 29 Parties that had already joined, these 60 Parties account for 47.76% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Having surpassed the first threshold for entry into force (55 Parties), the Agreement only needs enough new ratifications to account for an additional 7.24% of global GHG emissions in order to enter into force.

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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

ga-71-logo20 September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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Commission Report Links Health Employment, SDGs [viewed]

report_cover310px20 September 2016: The final report of the Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth finds that addressing the health employment deficit can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their targets on inclusive economic growth, decent work and universal health coverage. The Commission notes that, while the global economy is projected to create around 40 million new health sector jobs by 2030, mostly in middle- and high- income countries, a projected shortage of 18 million health workers will remain in terms of achieving the SDGs, primarily in low and lower-middle income countries (MICs).

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UNCTAD Speakers Address Digital Economy, SME Empowerment [viewed]

UNCTAD20 September 2016: Five things will change the world economy in the next 50 years, Alibaba Founder Jack Ma noted during a multi-stakeholder discussion organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): new retail, with online and offline going hand-in-hand for more than 75% world's business; new manufacturing in the 'internet of things'; internet finance, which will serve 80% of young entrepreneurs who do not have access to international finance; the digital economy; and data, which will be come “the new energy... the new oil.”

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