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Preparatory meeting for the Ocean Conference taking place on 15-16 February

A two-day preparatory meeting for the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development, will be held at UN Headquarters on 15-16 February 2017. Participants of the preparatory meeting will consider the elements of the "Call for Action" - an intergovernmentally agreed declaration to support the implementation of SDG 14 that will be one of the outcomes of the Conference - as well as the themes for the partnership dialogues.

Symposium on implementing 2030 Agenda and SAMOA Pathway in SIDS held on 21-23 February

The Government of the Bahamas, with the support of DESA, will organize a Symposium from 21 – 23 February 2016 on Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Equipping public institutions and mobilizing partnerships. The Symposium will reflect on how SIDS can integrate the 2030 Agenda and the SAMOA Pathway in national planning, policies, strategies and public institutions. It will place a special focus on how best to equip public institutions and mobilize partnerships and cooperation for realizing the 2030 Agenda and will discuss options and innovative solutions for planning and policy making.

43 countries to present Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs implementation at HLPF 2017

The High-level Political Forum on sustainable development in 2017, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from 10 - 19 July 2017. 43 countries will present Voluntary National Reviews on their progress towards implementing the 2030 Agenda, including the sustainable development goals.

Synthesis Report of Voluntary National Reviews 2016 now available

Twenty-two countries participated in the first round of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and particularly the sustainable development goals, during the 2016 meeting of High-level Political Forum on sustainable development. A Synthesis of the 22 Voluntary National Reviews presented at the HLPF has been published.

Experts and eminent scientists to draft Global Sustainable Development Report

Before leaving office, former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed 15 eminent scientists and experts to draft the Global Sustainable Development Report. The Report is a key component of the mechanism to follow up and review progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to strengthen the science-policy interface and provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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