Main themes for ECOSOC 2017-19 decided

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has taken a decision on the main themes for its next three sessions. Currently, from July 2016 to July 2017, its theme is “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions through promoting sustainable development, expanding opportunities and addressing related challenges.” The theme for the 2018 session, from July 2017 to July 2018, will be “from global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities), and for the 2019 session, from July 2018 to July 2019 “one world for all: empowering people to build equal and inclusive societies”. (See: E/2017/L.9)...

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World Antibiotic Week – joint WHO, OIE and FAO report on antimicrobial resistance in animal production

As reported by IIED, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released as part of ‘World Antibiotic Week,’[1] a joint scientific report and other information materials to support actions to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by the public, health practitioners and policy makers. it recognizes the links between human, animal and environmental health and promotes cross disciplinary collaboration to support human and animal health globally...

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IAEG-SDGs: way forward and next steps

November 2016 -- March 2017 

In the final session Yongyi Min briefed participants on the IAEG’s next steps. It will:

Nov 2016: finalize the indicator and prepare and submit its report to the Statistical Commission (early December)

Dec 2016 – Jan 2017: further develop the work plans for Tier III indicators and prepare a background document for the Statistical Commission

Dec 2016 – Feb 2017: harmonize categories for data disaggregation for the global indicators

Dec 2016 – Mar 2017: review possible Tier III indicators to be “fast-tracked” for discussion at the 5th IAEG-SGDs meeting...

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IAEG-SDGs: results of discussions on key concerns to health and SRHR advocates

A number of issues of key concern to health and SRHR advocates were considered during the plenary sessions of the IAEG. Below are summaries of key points and decisions:

1          Tier system for the indicators

In presenting the updated tier system for the indicators, classifications were reiterated, ie:

  • Tier I: Indicator conceptually clear, established methodology and standards available and data regularly produced by countries
  • Tier II: Indicator conceptually clear, established methodology and standards available but data are not regularly produced by countries
  • Tier III: Indicator for which there are no established methodology and standards or methodology /standards are being developed/tested...

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Apply to Attend / Submit Comments: 22 November meeting w/ UN Member States on intergovernmental process for Global Compact for Migration

We have received the following from UN-NGLS

Dear Colleagues,

We write to provide four updates:

  1. The start time of the meeting on Tuesday is moved to 4:00pm NY time, to end at 6:00pm.
  2. The meeting will take place in Trusteeship Council Chamber.

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Report on Stakeholder briefing with IAEG-SDGs Co-chair

During the Briefing for Stakeholders, including civil society organizations (CSOs), on Friday 18 November, the Co-chair responded to a number of questions. These included:

Closed meetings – The Co-chair pointed out that these had begun in Bangkok. Insofar as the IAEG-SDGs meets only every 6-7 months with teleconferences between, it is not possible for everyone to attend all meetings and the closed meetings provide a process to bring everyone up-to-speed. This time they had two days of closed meetings as many issues had arisen at the last meeting...

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4th IAEG-SDGs: Tier III Work Plans & Next Steps

The proposal for next steps for IAEG-SDGs’ review of Tier III work plans is:

  • For the short term, the IAEG-SDGs will review the Tier III work plans and identify those indicators whose development is quite advanced and can be ‘fast tracked’ to be Tier II
  • The IAEG-SDGs will review these ‘fast track’ indicators at its March meeting in 2017
  • For the longer term, the IAEG-SDGs will conduct a review of the Tier III work plans in advance of the Fall physical meeting

At the Fall meeting a decision will be reached on those that will be reclassified. 


Opening plenary session of 4th IAEG-SDGs, Geneva, 17 November

Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe, made opening remarks for the Plenary Meeting of the 4th Session of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDGs (IAEG-SDGs), stressing the importance of proper data. He pointed out that there will be an unprecedented amount of data and that devices can collect data using the internet. This is already happening for example with big data and machine learning in Ghana (on diseases) and in India (on school dropouts).  In mobilizing for change, partnerships with the private sector as well as with academia and civil society will be important...

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Changes in classification of indicators that relate to women and girls by IAEG-SDGs

The latest version of the Tier Classification of Global SDG Indicators (dated 10 November 2016)that will be discussed at this Fourth Session of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDGS (IAEG-SDGs) shows that several that indicators that relate to women and girls and health have been moved from Tier I to Tier II, predominantly because of lack of sufficient data coverage. They include 3.3.1 HIV infections; 3.7.2 Adolescent birth rate; 5.3.1 Child marriage; and 5.3.2 Female genital mutilation. In addition,...

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Consultation on Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data, 3 – 16 November

We have received the following invitation from the United Nations Statistics Division, on behalf of the High Level Group on Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building for statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to participate in a consultation on the Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development which will be finalized at the World Data Forum to be held in Cape Town 15-18 January 2017. The deadline for the consultation is 16 November:...

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