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Secretary-General Appoints Group to Support Technology Facilitation Mechanism

The appointment of a group of 10 experts to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM) was announced by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 29 January. The Mechanism was launched at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015 and will support the implementation of the sustainable development goals.

The 10-Member Group consists of representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community. They will advise the TFM Interagency Task Team, in particular on preparations for the annual meetings of the TFM multi-stakeholder forum and on support for the development and operationalization of the TFM online platform. The Group consists of both social and natural scientists. They have internationally recognized expertise that covers all stages of the technology and innovation life cycle, from science to research and development to technology deployment.

At least 19 countries to participate in national reviews of 2030 Agenda at High-level Political Forum

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is mandated to conduct national and thematic reviews of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and will be doing so for the first time in 2016. Inputs will be given by other intergovernmental bodies and forums, relevant UN entities, regional processes, major groups and other stakeholders. As of 17 February 2016, 19 countries have volunteered to take part in the national reviews at the upcoming session of the HLPF, namely Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Madagascar, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Togo, Turkey, Uganda and Venezuela.

Apply to speak at UN General Assembly High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs

A High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda will be convened by the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft on Thursday, 21 April 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. The debate will feature a panel discussion on "Action at all levels," which will focus on national responses to implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This panel will include three stakeholder representatives: one each from civil society, the private sector and academia. UN DESA and UN-NGLS are facilitating a process to identify these three speakers. Travel funding will be available for the speakers selected through this process.

Apply for Selection Committee by 23 February and for Speaking Roles by 29 February:

General Assembly briefing on the global SDG indicator framework

A robust follow-up and review mechanism for the implementation of the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will require a solid framework of indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of all stakeholders. The global indicator framework is currently being developed by the Inter Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and is to be agreed on by the UN Statistical Commission by March, 2016 and adopted thereafter by the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. On 28 January 2016, the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, hosted a briefing on the global SDG indicator framework.

New website for National Capacity Building

Achieving the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs at its core in every country will depend on collaborative partnerships between governments and non-State actors at all levels, and at all stages of the programmatic cycle-planning, consultations, implementation, monitoring and reviews.

UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), through the SD2015 project funded by the European Commission, is in the process of organizing multi-stakeholder consultations and workshops for national and local policy makers in a number of countries to support dialogue and cooperation between national authorities and relevant stakeholder groups. These capacity building events will aim to foster multi-stakeholder governance and cooperation for accountability and transparency, and support national efforts to strategize future engagement with the implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda. A website that will provide an overview of these national consultations and access to related documents has been created on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.

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