Tuesday
Feb092016

Next Steps on Global Follow-up and Review… General Assembly informal meeting 

UN officials presented the advance report of the UN Secretary-General on the global follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ‘Critical Milestones Towards Coherent, Efficient and Inclusive Follow-Up and Review at the Global Level,'  to an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly. (See: Report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level)  

Government delegations provided preliminary reactions to the report and views on the way forward, with many describing the report as a “good basis” for further discussions on the follow-up and review framework...

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Thursday
Feb042016

Upcoming briefings and meetings at UNHQ - webcast details

We are pleased to inform you that all three events will be web cast at webtv.un.org.

Please also note that the briefing by the President of the General Assembly to stakeholders on the high-level thematic debates to be convened during spring 2016 will be held on Tuesday, 9 February, at 1:15 p.m. in conference room 5 (not 1:30 p.m. as previously announced).

Wednesday
Feb032016

Upcoming briefings and meetings at UNHQ

We have received the following from Lotta Tähtinen, DESA:

You may be interested in the following upcoming briefings to be held at UNHQ in New York. Please note that a valid UN access badge is required to attend the meetings. Kind regards, Lotta...

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Tuesday
Feb022016

Zika Virus Declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

The WHO Director General, Dr Margaret Chan, convened an Emergency Committee made up of 18 experts and advisers, under the International Health Regulations, “to gather advice on the severity of the health threat associated with the continuing spread of Zika virus disease in Latin America and the Caribbean” on 1 February.

In assessing the level of threat, the Committee “looked in particular at the strong association, in time and place, between infection with the Zika virus and a rise in detected cases of congenital malformations and neurological complications.”...

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Monday
Feb012016

Secretary-General Appoints High-Level Group for Every Woman Every Child

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the first members of the High-level Advisory Group for Every Woman Every Child (EWEC). They will help provide leadership for women's, children's and adolescents' health during the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of Chile, and Hailemariam Dessalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, are the co-chairs for the Group, with Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland, and Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of Tanzania, as alternate Co-Chairs...

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Saturday
Jan302016

Videos of stakeholder speakers at UNHQ from post-2015, FfD, and more!

We have received the following from UN-NGLS:

Dear Colleagues,

As UN-NGLS  begins exciting work for 2016, we would like to extend our gratitude to all in civil society and the UN system for the extraordinary experiences working together last year during the processes and events for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, Financing for Development Conference, World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sustainable Energy for All Forum, and more...

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Friday
Jan292016

General Assembly Briefing on Global Indicator Framework, 28 January 2016

President: Mr. Mogens Lykketoft in opening the briefing, referred to his letter of 14 January 2016 on the report of the Interagency and Expert Group (IAEG) on indicators to the Statistical Commission, which includes the list of indicators in Annex. They have been developed through an open and inclusive consultative list. Most of the indicators have been agreed, with the exception of those marked with an *, which need further work. The Group is still working on them and will be submitting its updated proposals in an addendum to the report for the report. Once the report of the IAEG has been agreed by the Statistical Commission, the indicator framework will go to ECOSOC and General Assembly for adoption

Member States were invited to register any further questions or concerns, so that they can be addressed before the Commission meets...

 

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Annex to Report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level

The annex to the Report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level sets out the components that could help countries to frame the preparations for their Voluntary National Reviews at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF), based on the expectation that each country will present a focused report and make brief presentations during the meeting of the HLPF. The main points are summarized below. For complete annex see Report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level.

1 Opening statement will be given by a “Head of State or Government, a Minister or other high-ranking Government official” and will highlight key messages and critical issues on the implementation of sustainable development...

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Tuesday
Jan262016

Report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level

The unedited version of the Report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level is now available. It has been prepared in response to paragraph 90 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for consideration at the 70th session of UN General Assembly, the explores how to put in place a “coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review system at the global level,” within the mandates outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Below is an account of the main suggestions for the work of the High-level Political Forum, drawing particular attention to those that relate to the Voluntary National Reviews, the role of the General Assembly, the ECOSOC and its functional commissions (which include the Commission on the Status of Women and the Commission on Population and Development) and the Regional Commissions. Also included in detail are suggestions that relate to the work of Major Groups and other Stakeholders...

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Tuesday
Jan262016

2016 United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on HIV/AIDS - Register now!

We have received the following from UN-NGLS:

Register or Apply for Special Accreditation + Apply for Speaking Roles

DEADLINE: 12 February 2016

I. BACKGROUND

In accordance with resolution A/Res/70/228, the UN General Assembly will convene a high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS (HLM) from 8-10 June 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. The HLM will undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the 2006 and 2011 

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