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Your chance to input on the High Level Political Forum survey. Working? Not Working? What do you think?

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Dear Colleagues,

As many of you know, the UN Foundation has developed a survey on the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). Given the tremendous response in past years and the very useful insights gathered from it, which we shared in a roundtable event last year and have incorporated into our own work, we have decided to conduct this survey annually in the hopes of understanding how the HLPF was helpful and how it can be improved.

I am writing to ask you or someone in your organization to respond to the survey, by clicking on this link if you haven't already.

The survey aims to take stock of the 2018 HLPF, and gather views on how to maintain momentum on SDG implementation and set ourselves up for success at the 2019 HLPFs and beyond. We do not ask you to identify yourself or your affiliation, and all data will be anonymized and de-identified. We will ask some initial “demographic” questions to see if there are any interesting trends among major topical groups or types of organizations…

Principles of Multi Stakeholder Partnership Charter second draft available for comment

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The UN General Assembly will be debating the biannual Partnership Resolution in the next few weeks. You may want to share with your government this draft of the Principles of MSPs for Sustainable Development. it can be found on the MSP website We are soliciting comments by the 7th of November pleas send any input to info@msp-institute.org Principles of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development2ndDraft, as of October 20, 2018 The common challenge of sustainable development requires the joint commitment of all stakeholders. Multi-stakeholder partnerships are a way of joining forces, to build on the strengths of each partner, and to complement governmental and stakeholder capacities and capabilities for the benefit of all. We strive for true transformation towards realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in a joint effort to leave no one behind.We will do our utmost to adhere to the following principle…

Palestine elected to Chair the Group of 77 for 2019

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"The General Assembly decided today to provide additional rights and privileges of participation to the State of Palestine when it assumes its position as chair of the ‘Group of 77’ developing nations," the release said on Tuesday. "The Assembly set out those terms in a resolution (document A/73/L.5) adopted by a recorded vote of 146 in favor to 3 against (Australia, Israel, United States), with 15 abstentions." UN Press

The developing countries have chosen their Chair for 2019 which is Palestine. This will be in some circles controversial but it does perhaps bring to a head the issue of needing to find a solution. The selection of Palestine will have been done by the Arab regional group and then endorsed by the developing countries as a whole - 136 countries.

Martin Khor, an advisor to the Malaysia-based Third World Network, told Inter Press Service: “I think it will be a historic and a significant development-first for the G77 countries to elect Palestine as its…

Guest Blog from Katerva: Embracing the challenge of feeding the world

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Feeding 9 Billion People will challenge us to embrace agricultural practices that can produce enough food without creating too much harm for the planet. The challenges associated with producing a high enough quantity of quality food is outlined in the second Sustainable Development Goal put forth by the United Nations: Zero Hunger. Image Source: http://www.fao.org/sustainable-development-goals/goals/goal-2/en/
If the large consultancies start picking up on a topic you know it is being taken seriously by the business world - recent reports include “Tackling the 1.6-billion-ton food loss and waste crisis” by the Boston Consulting Group and “From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth” by McKinsey. So it is no surprise that one of Katerva’s 10 awards categories focuses exclusively on Food. Our aim is to accelerate advances in food security, production, and more sustainable resource use in the agricultural sector. A growing human population is placing increas…

What can you expect from G-STIC 2018? Have you registered yet?

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Integrated technological solutions that are good for the planet, for the people and for the economy Brussels 28-30 November  G-STICis a series of conferences that aim to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technological innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). G-STIC is focused on building knowledge bases and global expert networks to support the technological transitions that are needed for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

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