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HLPF Adopts Ministerial Declaration, Hears 22 VNRs[viewed]

The 2016 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a Ministerial Declaration, focusing on the meeting's theme of 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.'

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Montreal Protocol Parties Make Progress Towards HFC Amendment[viewed]

Participants at a series of three meetings under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed proposed amendments to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), concluding work on generating solutions to the stated challenges contained in the Dubai Pathway on HFCs, with an agreement on possible funding solutions. However, Parties were unable to conclude all of their work, and suspended the 38th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38).

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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus[viewed]

Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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At Learning Event, HLPF Participants Share Experiences in SDG Implementation[viewed]

Participants shared national experiences in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and discussed possible mechanisms for follow-up and review, at a series of eight short courses organized as part of the ‘SDGs Learning, Training and Practice.' The event, which took place alongside the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) aimed to provide a strategic vision and practical knowledge on how to find sustainable, effective solutions for communities.

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ECOSOC Compiles VNR Inputs[viewed]

A report from the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) compiles the executive summaries of voluntary national reviews for the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). The report includes executive summaries from the 22 countries that participated in the VNR, and Syria.

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UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation[viewed]

On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Development Group (UNDG) launched a publication on translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice in 16 countries. At the launch side event, representatives of the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Montenegro, Pakistan and Sierra Leone presented their experiences and challenges related to SDG implementation.

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HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs[viewed]

Thirteen governments gave the first-ever Voluntary National Reviews, reporting on efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in their countries. The VNR presentations began on the second day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Ministerial Segment. The reports - provided by Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Norway, Madagascar, Georgia, Turkey, Finland, Samoa, Uganda and Germany - emphasized the need to: modify existing national economic and development planning processes; engage different government departments and broader technical expertise; develop indicators and collect data; and ensure high-level leadership.

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HLPF Ministerial Segment Opens, Continues Focus on No One Left Behind[viewed]

The Ministerial Segment of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opened with a day of keynote speeches, discussion of main messages from the first week of HLPF proceedings, and panel discussions on the theme 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.'

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Co-Facilitators Release Final Draft of HLPF Ministerial Declaration[viewed]

The co-facilitators of the informal consultations on the outcome of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and of the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have issued a final draft Ministerial Declaration. In the Declaration, Ministers “pledge that no one will be left behind in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and reaffirm the 2030 Agenda's principles, recognizing “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions” as “the greatest global challenge and indispensable for sustainable development.”

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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