HLPF: A Review of SDG 13

The meeting entitled “Review of SDG implementation and interrelations among goals: Discussion on SDG 13 – Climate action including the link to the Climate Action Summit and six action portfolios,” was convened this morning under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council’s High Level Political Forum. The purpose of the gathering was to review progress towards SDG 13, and to demonstrate the inter-linkages between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. The structure of the meeting consisted of remarks by four resource persons, and five lead discussants, with intermittent comments from member states and other stakeholders.  

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HLPF 2019: Perspectives of Society

As part of the thematic review of the 2019 High Level Political Forum (HLPF), Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) were gathered this morning to report on their contribution, provide recommendations, follow-up and review on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Particular focus was placed on addressing the systemic barriers to achieve sustainable development and strengthening the follow-up and review process to best contribute to “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”, the theme of this year’s HLPF.

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HLPF 2019: Perspectives of Least Developed Countries and Landlocked Developing Countries

Under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019) convened today to examine progress and the greatest challenges in empowering individuals and ensuring inclusiveness across the world, especially equality in the least developed countries (LDCs) and the landlocked developing countries (LLDCs).

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Towards a more accountable, inclusive, and participatory SDG implementation that leaves no one behind

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The HLPF side event was held by the International Civil Society Centre (ICSC), featuring speakers who are working towards the goal of “leaving no one behind” in Agenda 2030. Such an ambition demands higher engagement and better connection among all actors, platforms, as well as citizens for the participatory progress towards implementing SDGs. Mr. Robert Skinner said, “We wish to leave no one behind, but we’re falling behind on that.” Since its creation, the United Nations Office for Partnerships has aimed to create partnerships that reach across the UN system, agencies, private and public sectors to scale up the level of implementation while making an impact on the local level. It is thus crucial for all participants, especially the experts and NGO partners present at the meeting, to reach out to the UN and local authorities.

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Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda: The relevance of SDGs to foreign policy and international security

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The HLPF side event was co-organized by the Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations and Adelphi to better understand how the SDGs could be leveraged to achieve foreign policy objectives. Draw on a recent study “Driving Transformative Change: Foreign Affairs and the 2030 Agenda”, the discussion explored the role of foreign policy in the global sustainability architecture and the idea of “Sustainable Foreign Policy”. The event also discussed the geopolitical implications of Agenda 2030 and its links to peace and security.

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Launch of UN SDG: Learn

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Organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN partners met today to celebrate the launch of the UN SDG: Learn, which is an online knowledge platform for stakeholders to learn more about each of the sustainable development goal.

Having been devoting to delivering innovative training for all to increase the capacity of global community in responding to ever-changing international challenges, the UN SDG: Learn aims to optimize each individual’s learning experience through allowing the user to Continue reading

COOPS 4 DECENT WORK

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Organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division of Inclusive Development (DESA, DISD), this meeting was convened to celebrate the International Day of Cooperatives.

The opening segment consisted of an introduction to the 2019 theme of the celebration: “COOPS 4 DECENT WORK.” The Permanent Representatives of Nepal and Mongolia were invited to explain how, due to their democratic nature, cooperatives function as an effective tool for the empowerment of individuals and solidarity of their communities in both developed and developing countries.

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High-level Event: Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights to Achieve Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies

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The UNPD, UNESCO, the Permanent Mission of Argentina, and the Permanent Mission of Austria co-organized such an event on the eve of High-Level Political Forums (HLPF) to set the tones for further discussion on SDG 16 and concerning issues. Ms. Ana Maria Menendez considered the HLPF to be the timing for taking stocks of all efforts reviewing the progress done so far. The forum should also investigate the linkages between SDGs, in particular, goal 5, 10, and 16 concerning the topic of today. On gender equality, society should strive to establish norms and mechanisms to address the problems women and girls face in accessing justice and human rights protection. Goal 10 establishes the principle of non-discrimination in all institutions while goal 16 similarily calls for access to justice for all.

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UNODC 2019 Global Homicide Study (co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Italy and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Today’s meeting discussed homicide rates across the world in regards to both the victims and who is committing these murders. A thorough presentation was given explaining how it contained statistics in international rates of homicide across 202 countries from 1990-2017. Putting them in groups of location, age, gender, etc., 45% have data from 20+ years, 33%have from 11-20 years and 22% have up to 10 years. 

Studies found that Violent behavior and homicide happen more with men than women. The Americas has the highest rate of homicide followed by Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. 

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2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

This afternoon’s meeting discussed 2019’s plan on risk reduction in regards to the climate. From 1998-2017 1.3 million were killed by climate concerns and the numbers appear to be continuing to rise. The UN wants to take action and find ways to get these numbers to drop which is why a plan was drawn explaining potential risks and how to stop them. By taking Stock of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (the plan from 2015-2030), we inform the public of potential risks thereby creating momentum to find ways to stop them. 

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