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High-level Meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda

The President of the General Assembly (PGA) established a multi-sectoral "Advisory Committee on Sustainable Urbanization" to advise the PGA planning for the High-Level Meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda to be held on April 28, 2022, and other strategic commitments during the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

High-level Meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda

26-28 April 2022 | New York (USA)

Members of the Global taskforce are part of this advisory committee whose first meeting was held on December 2, 2021 and the next meetings will be held in March and May 2022.

More information will be available here soon

UN Secretary-General's Video Message for “Bridge for Cities 2021”
"Bridge for Cities” is an annual event that aims to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development via the Belt and Road Initiative, with which it shares many similarities, and to encourage municipal officials and development stakeholders to scale up their engagement in inclusive and sustainable urban and industrial development initiatives.

UN Secretary-General's Video Message for “Bridge for Cities 2021”

12 October 2021 

Watch the video here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads2.unmultimedia.org/public/video/evergreen/MSG+SG+/SG+8+Oct+21/2666710_MSG+SG+BRIDGE+FOR+CITIES+08+OCT+21.mp4

VIDEO MESSAGE

I am pleased to greet the sixth “Bridge for Cities” event.

Cities have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic — yet they are also demonstrating remarkable resilience and creative problem solving to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Many cities are rethinking urban spaces, making them more inclusive, sustainable, and safe;

establishing social protection measures to support women, vulnerable groups and young people;

inventing new ways to live, travel and work for a net zero emissions and resilient world;

providing financial assistance to local business and supporting job creation;

leveraging technology and digitalisation;

and strengthening public health and education systems.

Investment in recovery is a generational opportunity to put climate action, clean energy, gender equality and sustainable development at the heart of cities’ strategies and policies.

But cities cannot do it alone.

They need coordinated action from all levels of government;

strong partnerships with the private sector and civil society;

and the fiscal and policy space to bring solutions to scale.

They also need to be able to learn from each other.

That is why we launched the Local2030 Coalition – to identify innovations and help localize the SDGs.

The United Nations is committed to working with you.

Organizations such as UNIDO are providing platforms for cities to partner up.

Our Resident Coordinators and Country Teams can support your priorities, provide the expertise of our specialized agencies, and connect you with other global players.

Together, we can build bridges to an inclusive, sustainable recovery and clean, green cities for all.

Thank you.

Retrieved from https://www.un.org/sg/en/node/260045

​ Learn more here: https://www.unido.org/bridge-for-cities

SDG Moment 2021

SDG Moment 2021

The Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint for fighting poverty and hunger, confronting the climate crisis, achieving gender equality and much more, within the next ten years. At a time of great uncertainty, the SDGs show the way forward to a strong recovery from COVID-19 and a better future for all on a safe and healthy planet.

Overview

Convened by the UN Secretary-General, the second SDG Moment of the Decade of Action will be held virtually on Monday, 20 September 2021 from 9 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Background Note | Full Programme

Objectives

As the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic and major challenges to progress across the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the SDG Moment will seek to: 

  1. Reinforce the continued relevance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and build momentum in advance of major summits and intergovernmental meetings.   
  2. Highlight urgent actions needed to ensure COVID-19 response and recovery efforts are equitable, inclusive and accelerate the transition to sustainable development.   
  3. Demonstrate that transformative change at scale is possible between now and 2030.  

The meeting will convene leaders from over 30 Member States as well as champions for the SDGs from civil society, the private sector and international partners. It will be accessible to everyone, everywhere through UN media channels including:

Stay tuned for announcements on speakers and special guests over the coming weeks here: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sdg-moment/

United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

Under the leadership of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the UN Food Systems Summit will take place on Thursday, 23 September 2021. It will be a completely virtual event during the UN General Assembly High-level Week.

United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021

Details: 23 September 2021 | 09:00 to 18:00 EDT | New York - Virtual

Under the leadership of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the UN Food Systems Summit will take place on Thursday, 23 September 2021. It will be a completely virtual event during the UN General Assembly High-level Week.

The UN Food Systems Summit will serve as a historic opportunity to empower all people to leverage the power of food systems to drive our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and get us back on track to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Over the past 18 months, the Summit has brought together all UN Member States and constituencies around the world – including thousands of youth, food producers, Indigenous Peoples, civil society, researchers, private sector, and the UN system – to bring about tangible, positive changes to the world’s food systems. As a people’s summit and a solutions summit, it has recognized that everyone, everywhere must take action and work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes, and thinks about food.

The Summit will culminate this inclusive global process, offering a catalytic moment for public mobilization and actionable commitments by heads of state and government and other constituency leaders to take this agenda forward. 

Through this people’s summit, the UN will reaffirm its commitment to promote human rights for all and ensure everyone, everywhere has the opportunity to participate. The event is open to all through its virtual programme and platform.

Join us at this event alongside leaders, experts and stakeholders from around the world. Together we can and must leverage the power of our food systems to achieve all of our shared goals for people, planet, and prosperity.

Note: Participants who registered for the Pre-Summit virtual platform in July do not need to register again for the Summit, as their existing profile will enable them continued access to the platform. If you have forgotten your login details or need to reset your password please visit our password reset page.

Register and read the guidance note here: https://www.un.org/en/food-systems-summit/summit

Join the #FoodSystems4SDGs countdown to the Summit

Photo: Debdatta Chakraborty ©. Floating Island Vegetables, India - a winner of the Good Food For All photo competition.

United Nations Secretary-General reappoints Michael R. Bloomberg of the United States Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions
5 February 2021 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the reappointment of Michael R. Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions to mobilize stronger and more ambitious climate action in the lead-up to the critical Glasgow Climate Conference – COP 26 – in November 2021. 

United Nations Secretary-General reappoints Michael R. Bloomberg of the United States Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions

New York, 5 February 2021 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the reappointment of Michael R. Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions to mobilize stronger and more ambitious climate action in the lead-up to the critical Glasgow Climate Conference – COP 26 – in November 2021. 

Mr. Bloomberg will support the work of the Secretary-General in growing and strengthening the coalition of governments, companies, cities and financial institutions committing to net-zero before 2050 in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.  The Special Envoy will engage government officials and members of the private sector and civil society to finalize and implement plans, particularly in high-emitting countries, industries and sectors, to vastly accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. Mr. Bloomberg will leverage his deep experience and track record in accelerating the transition from coal to help deliver on the Secretary-General’s global call for the phase-out of coal in industrialized countries by 2030, and all other countries by 2040, underpinned by a just transition for affected communities and workers.

As Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, Mr. Bloomberg’s work will build on the outcomes of the 2019 Climate Action Summit and 2020 Climate Ambition Summit and will stress the Secretary-General's call to ensure that all measures to respond to the CoViD-19 pandemic are aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement.  

As founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and the 108th Mayor of New York City, Mr. Bloomberg is globally recognized for his work to accelerate climate action, including support for the Beyond Coal movement, which helped to catalyze momentum towards the clean energy transition in the United States and other countries, and America’s Pledge, an initiative to quantify and report the actions of U.S. states, cities, businesses and organizations, to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. 

In addition, Mr. Bloomberg also supports efforts of cities and mayors taking climate action at the local level.  He is the board president of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a global network of 97 major cities, and co-chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, a network of more than 10,000 cities and local governments.  He also currently serves as chair of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, and at the Secretary-General’s request, formed the Climate Finance Leaders Initiative in 2019.

Mr. Bloomberg is a graduate of John Hopkins University and Harvard Business School and is co-author of Climate of Hope:  How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet.

Retrieved from https://www.un.org/press/en/2021/sga2019.doc.htm

Photo of Michael Bloomberg: AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group//Denver Post via Getty Images

United Nations Comprehensive Response to COVID-19: Saving Lives, Protecting Societies, Recovering Better (September 2020)
Now, six months since the pandemic was declared, we issue this updated, comprehensive overview of the UN system response. The overview recounts our key guidance, lessons, and support in the first six months of the pandemic – and points the way to the crucial steps that must follow to save lives, protect societies and recover better, leaving no one behind and addressing the very fragilities and gaps that made us so vulnerable in the first place. It also points the way toward addressing future shocks – above all from climate change – and toward overcoming the severe and systemic inequalities that have been so tragically exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic.

Over the course of 2020, the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, infected millions of people, upended the global economy and cast a dark shadow across our future. No country has been spared. No population group remains unscathed. Nobody is immune to its impacts.

From the outset of the pandemic, the United Nations system mobilized early and comprehensively. It led on the global health response, provided life-saving humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable, established instruments for rapid responses to the socio-economic impact and laid out a broad policy agenda for action on all fronts. It also provided logistics, common services and operational support to governments and other partners around the world on the front lines of the pandemic, as they mounted national responses to this new virus and unprecedented global challenge.

It became clear early on that the pandemic was more than a health crisis; it is a socio-economic crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis, and a human rights crisis. It has affected us as individuals, as families, communities and societies. It has had an impact on every generation, including on those not yet born. The crisis has highlighted fragilities within and among nations, as well as in our systems for mounting a coordinated global response to shared threats. Our response will therefore also need to engender a deep reflection on the very structures of societies, both nationally and internationally, and the ways in which countries cooperate for the common good. Coming out of this crisis will require a whole-of-society, whole-of-government and whole-of-the-world approach driven by compassion and solidarity.

A THREE-POINT UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM RESPONSE

The United Nations response to COVID-19 and its impact has three overarching components:

  1. A large-scale, coordinated and comprehensive health response, guided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan, which aims to mobilize all sectors and communities in the response, control and suppression of the transmission of the virus, reduce mortality by providing care for those affected, and develop safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics that can be delivered at scale and that are accessible based on need. A world where COVID-19 is no longer a threat to humanity requires the most massive public health effort in history, that recognizes universal access to health as a critical global public good. Part of this response is a new global collaboration – the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator – the aim of which is to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. The UN has also provided international coordination and operational support at the global, regional and country level, and supported the scaling up of country preparedness and response operations.
  2. A wide-ranging effort to safeguard lives and livelihoods by addressing the devastating near-term socio-economic, humanitarian and human rights aspects of the crisis with attention to those hit hardest. The focus is on saving lives, keeping vital services accessible, households afloat, businesses solvent, supply chains functioning, institutions strong, public services delivering and human rights at the forefront. This is achieved through immediate humanitarian support to the hardest-hit population in the most vulnerable 63 countries with life-saving assistance through a Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP), as well as support to more than 120 countries for an immediate socio-economic response guided by the UN development system framework. At the global level, it includes the policy agenda contained in the series of policy briefs, as well as strong advocacy for support to developing countries, including a debt standstill, debt restructuring and greater support through the international financial institutions. Preventing and responding to the increased levels of violence against women and girls is also a critical feature.
  3. A transformative recovery process that leads to a better post-COVID-19 world by addressing underlying fragilities and identifying opportunities for transformative change towards more just, equal and resilient societies and economies. Emerging from this crisis is an opportunity to address the climate crisis, inequalities, exclusion, gaps in social protection systems and the many other injustices that have been exposed and exacerbated. Instead of going back to unsustainable systems and approaches, we need to transition to renewable energy, sustainable food systems, gender equality, stronger social safety nets, universal health coverage and an international system that can deliver consistently, effectively and universally – with the Sustainable Development Agenda as our guide.

Read the full report here: https://www.un.org/sites/un2.un.org/files/un-comprehensive-response-to-covid-19.pdf

Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond - Meeting of Heads of State and Government
Canada, Jamaica and the United Nations Secretary-General will convene a Meeting of Heads of State and Government to take stock and consider bold choices that now need to be made to secure our common future. The objective of the meeting is to consider the menu of policy options developed over the last four months with the ambition of supporting Member States in responding and recovering from the current global crisis. 

Event: Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond: Meeting of Heads of State and Government

Date and Time: Tuesday, 29 September 2020 – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT 

Canada, Jamaica, and the United Nations Secretary-General will convene a Meeting of Heads of State and Government to take stock and consider bold choices that now need to be made to secure our common future. The objective of the meeting is to consider the menu of policy options developed over the last four months with the ambition of supporting Member States in responding and recovering from the current global crisis. 

On 28 May 2020, Canada, Jamaica, and the Secretary-General convened a High-Level Event to join forces with Heads of State and Government, international organizations, and other key partners to enable discussions of concrete financing solutions to the COVID-19 health and development emergency for everyone. In follow up, six Discussions Groups were convened. The result is a single, ambitious menu of options addressing policies for the short, medium, and long term. The menu of policy options is not a negotiated document and reflects a wide array of perspectives and priorities. 

The ambition and partnership embedded in this effort will feed into and mobilize action at high-level meetings such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings and the G20 Leaders’ Summit, in October and November, respectively. 

Format of the meeting 

Following opening remarks by the United Nations Secretary-General and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Jamaica, the work of the six Discussion Groups and outcomes of the Ministerial meeting will be presented. Heads of State and Government and High-Level speakers of the international financial institutions, the private sector and civil society, and selected experts, will intervene. After the announcement of next steps, the meeting will conclude with closing remarks from the co-conveners.

The meeting will be webcast through http://webtv.un.org 

For more information: Please visit the event website: https://www.un.org/en/coronavirus/financing-development  

Launch of Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World
Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World
28 July 2020 - The Policy Brief describes how cities can manage the pandemic and emerge as the hubs of energy, resilience and innovation that make them such vibrant and appealing places for many to live. It also looks at how the pandemic has exposed deep inequalities in how people live in cities, and how cities serve their residents, with the most vulnerable suffering the most.

28 July 2020UN Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is more than a health crisis; it is an economic crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a security crisis, and a human rights crisis. This crisis has highlighted severe fragilities and inequalities within and among nations. Coming out of this crisis will require a whole-of-society, whole-of-government and whole-of-the-world approach driven by compassion and solidarity.

The UN Secretary-General has launched the UN Comprehensive Response to COVID-19 to save lives, protect societies, recover better.

As part of the response, the UN Secretary-General is issuing policy briefs to provide ideas to governments on how to address the consequences of this crisis and COVID-19 in an urbanizing world is part of this series.

The Policy Brief describes how cities can manage the pandemic and emerge as the hubs of energy, resilience and innovation that make them such vibrant and appealing places for many to live. It also looks at how the pandemic has exposed deep inequalities in how people live in cities, and how cities serve their residents, with the most vulnerable suffering the most. The Policy Brief calls for conscious policy choices, particularly with respect to inequalities, local capacities and a green, inclusive recovery. The UN agencies involved in writing the Brief included UN-Habitat, UNDP, UNDESA, UNEP, UNICEF, UNODC, ILO, WHO, all Regional Economic Commissions and several local government networks were also engaged in this process.

Download the Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World here

Find more information about UN Response to COVID-19 here

Find more information about the Policy Brief: COVID-19 in an Urban World at UN-Habitat's website

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