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Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Uniting Actions for a Sustainable and Peaceful Future
Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
In today’s turbulent world, we are increasingly interdependent and interconnected. Global challenges – from conflict and violent extremism to poverty and the consequences of climate change – affect all societies, touching every human being. Effective and lasting solutions require new forms of global solidarity and cooperation. In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly took a significant step in this direction by committing to implementing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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UN Photo/ Logan Abassi Capacity Building and Technology Update: Improved Early Warning Systems Enhance Regional Capacities
21 February 2017: The past month was dominated by capacity-building activities on issues ranging from early warning systems and adaptation to energy efficient maritime shipping and coastal systems’ response to climate change.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth Paris Agreement Reaches 132 Parties
20 February 2017: Since the Marrakech Climate Change Conference, 17 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement. The total number of ratifications stands at 132 countries.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Governments, Stakeholders Give Input on Ocean Conference Themes, Call for Action
16 February 2017: UN Member States, UN agencies and stakeholders discussed the proposed themes for seven partnership dialogues that will convene during the UN Ocean Conference, as well as elements for the 'Call for Action' that will result from the Conference, during the Preparatory Meeting for the 'Ocean Conference: Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14' (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development). Consultations on the draft 'Call to Action' will begin on 7 March.

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UN Photo/Gill Fickling FAO Report: Achieving Zero Hunger Requires "Major Overhaul" of Global Food Systems
22 February 2017: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a report analyzing 15 global trends influencing food security, poverty and food production. The report, titled 'The Future of Food and Agriculture: Trends and Challenges,' also discusses ten major challenges arising from these trends for agriculture and food systems.
Photo by IISD/ENB Advisers Issue Updated Elements Paper on Indigenous Participation
16 February 2017: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) President, Peter Thomson, circulated an updated version of an elements paper on options for enabling the participation of Indigenous peoples’ represenatives and institutions at relevant UN meetings. The paper provides the basis for consultations that will take place from 27-28 February 2017.
UN Photo/Mark Garten IFAD Council Appoints President as Indigenous Peoples' Forum Discusses Participation
15 February 2017: The Third Global Meeting of the Indigenous Peoples' Forum of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the 40th session of the IFAD Council were held back-to-back in Rome, Italy. The Council appointed Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, the former Prime Minister of Togo, as IFAD's sixth president.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Investors Call for End to Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Wind Power Capacity Rises
18 February 2017: Calls and actions to balance the energy ledger emerged recently. On one side, investors and researchers highlighted the negative impacts of government support to fossil fuels and, on the other, reports showed record-breaking increases in installation of renewable energy, especially wind power.
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Parliamentarians Consider SDG 14 Challenges at Annual Hearing
13 February 2017: The 2017 Annual Parliamentary Hearing at the UN addressed the interlinkages between Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (life below water) and other SDGs such as climate action (SDG 13), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), zero hunger (SDG 2), good health and well-being (SDG 3), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), and peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16). Parliamentarians, UN officials, diplomats and experts discussed their roles in safeguarding and restoring the health of the oceans, considered oceans' economic benefits and stresses, including fishery management and tourism, as well as the effects of pollution and marine debris.
Photo by IISD/ENB | ENB GEF-7 Replenishment Discussions Underway
February 2017: The process for discussing the level and priorities for the replenishment of the trust fund for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) is underway.
Photo by Tanya Rosen IASS, FAO and UNDP Highlight Resources to Protect Global Commons
February 2017: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam have produced a guide and animated film that offer “strategic guidance and inspiration” for the responsible governance of tenure of land, fisheries and forest resources. Also with an emphasis on the global commons, a tranche of projects under the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Ecosystem and Biodiversity (EBD) portfolio were approved by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in 2016, with the aim of optimizing conservation and development benefits from protected areas for countries.

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93rd Meeting of the CDM Executive Board
20-24 February 2017 | Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
First Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum
21-23 February 2017 | Oranjestad, Aruba
Meeting of GSDR 2019 Drafting Group
21-23 February 2017 | New York City, US
UN Bahamas Symposium on Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in SIDS
21-23 February 2017 | Bahamas
15th EU-OCT Forum and 15th OCTA Ministerial Conference
21-24 February 2017 | Oranjestad, Aruba
World Ocean Summit 2017
22-24 February 2017 | Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
Consultation on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation
27-28 February 2017 | New York City, US
Aid and Development Africa Summit 2017
28 February - 1 March 2017 | Nairobi, Kenya
ECOSOC Operational Activities for Development Segment 2017
28 February - 2 March 2017 | New York City, US
Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development
1-3 March 2017 | Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
15th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance
6-9 March 2017 | Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
TAG Meeting on IATI
6-9 March 2017 | Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
IPBES-5 and Stakeholder Day
6-10 March 2017 | Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development
6-10 March 2017 | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Global Cities Summit
7-9 March 2017 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
11th Meeting of the Adaptation Committee
7-10 March 2017 | Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany