Wednesday
Sep202017

72nd United Nations General Assembly debate is LIVE from New York

The 72nd United Nations General Assembly debate is LIVE from New York. More than 100 world leaders, thousands of diplomats and advocates will convene from 19-25 September 2017.

This year’s theme is “Focusing on people — striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet”.

Full Schedule: https://gadebate.un.org

Tuesday
Sep192017

Join the SDG Media Zone!

Sent on behalf of UN Department of Public Information

Dear colleagues, 

What does achieving gender equality, addressing climate change and conflict prevention have to do with sustainable development?

Join the conversations at the SDG Media Zone from 18 to 22 September to find out!…

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Monday
Sep182017

HLPF: Health in the 2030 Agenda (6)

Health as agreed in the Ministerial Declaration

SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages is addressed in para 16 of the Ministerial Declaration for both the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also includes the interlinked SDG 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Para 16 addresses nearly all the targets in SDG 3. The slowness in the decline of maternal mortality and the stark inequalities in newborn and child mortality are noted, (although they were added late in the negotiating process). Infectious diseases are specified, such as tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis, neglected tropical diseases and HIV and AIDS, with the addition of sexually transmitted infections, which, incidentally, are not specifically mentioned in the 2030…

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Sunday
Sep172017

2018 HLPF: Letter from the President of ECOSOC

We have received the following email from Lotta Tahtinen, DSD-DESA, which relates to the 48 countries that will be reporting to the HLPF in 2018

We wanted to draw your attention to the letter from the President of ECOSOC, H.E. Ms. Maria Chatardova, regarding the 2018 HLPF and VNR countries that is now posted on the HLPF website at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/16985Letter_ECOSOC_President_VNRs_and_closing_country_list_for_2018_HLPF_14Sept17.pdf

As per the letter, 48 countries have volunteered to present at next year’s HLPF session and the list is now closed.

Sunday
Sep102017

HLPF: Health in the 2030 Agenda (5)

Major Groups and other Stakeholders position papers: civil society organization engagement with HLPF process

Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) speak out in their position papers on issues related to civil society organization engagement with HLPF process. Their concerns include, for example, restrictions on civil society organizations activities and funding; the need for spaces for their participation; and collaboration between Member States and civil society organizations. While the development of the SDGs and 2030 Agenda increased possibilities for civil society involvement, these opportunities are now shrinking rather than expanding further…

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Friday
Sep082017

HLPF: Health in the 2030 Agenda (4)

Major Groups and other Stakeholders position papers: Accountability, data, indicators, transparency

There are recurring themes raised by MGoS in their position papers that relate to accountability and transparency, as well as to data collection and indicators. They impact either directly or indirectly on the effective implementation and follow up of SDG 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and health-related targets...

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Monday
Sep042017

HLPF: Health in the 2030 Agenda (3)

Major Groups and other Stakeholders position papers

Official position papers were submitted as part of the preparations for the High-level Political Forum by Major Groups and other Stakeholders. They include:

Women’s Major Group (WMG); Major Group for Children & Youth (CYMG); Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG); Non-Governmental Organizations Major Group (NGOMG); Worker & Trade Union Major Group (WTUMG); Local Authorities Major Group (LAMG); Business & Industry Major Group (BIMG); Scientific and Technological Community Major Group (STCMG); Education and Academia Stakeholder Group (EASG); Persons with Disabilities Stakeholder Group (PWDSG); Volunteer Groups (VG); Stakeholder Group on Ageing (ASG); Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM); and Together 2030.

These position papers provide a rich resource of civil society organization (CSOs) thinking around SDG 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages and health-related targets. The key messages are presented below. In general,…

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Wednesday
Aug232017

HLPF: Health in the 2030 Agenda (2)

Thematic session on Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages – Statements following panel presentations

Of the 27 interventions that followed the panel presentations, nine were made by Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS). The main focus of the majority was on universal health coverage (UHC) and its financing. Other issues related to the health workforce and the need for health system strengthening. At the same time, a number of the Member State interventions referred specifically to the progress that had been made in implementing the relevant health MDGs…

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Friday
Aug182017

High-level political forum: Health in the 2030 Agenda

During the high-level political forum (HLPF) a thematic review took place of SDG 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. This provided the first opportunity, since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda at the Summit in 2015, to look at the health goal in detail and to assess interlinkages for health with the other goals that were also reviewed. Insofar as SDG 3 will not be reviewed again until after the end of the current cycle, we will be posting a series of articles looking at the various presentations and statements, as well as related documentation. These postings will, we hope, assist organizations and networks in assessing how the 2030 Agenda can best be used in promoting all aspects SDG 3 and related health targets in the coming years…

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Saturday
Aug122017

2017 Solutions Summit at UNHQ: Submit a project or apply for Selection Committee!

We have received the following from UN-NGLS:

WHAT IS THE SOLUTIONS SUMMIT?

Solutions Summit is an annual catalytic gathering at UN Headquarters in New York during UN General Assembly high-level week in September. This initiative lifts-up and advances the work of exceptional teams who are already developing innovative solutions that address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year's Solutions Summit will take place in…

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