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Call For Action For Sustainable Urbanization in the Region Fifth Pacific Urban Forum

Opening Welcome by the Hon. Premila Devi Kumar, Minister for Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism

Nadi, Fiji: More than 200 participants from over 25 countries, including High Level Representatives from 13 Pacific Islands Countries convened in Nadi for the Fifth Pacific Urban Forum (PUF5). The three day meeting focused on the theme ‘Accelerating implementation of the New Urban Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the Pacific’. PUF5 concluded with a call for action and on deployment of all efforts, means and resources available towards the implementation of the “New Urban Agenda for the Pacific”.

The event kicked off with the opening remarks from the host, represented by Hon. Premila Kumar, Minister of Industry, Trade, Tourism; Local Government; and Housing and Community Development. In the following session, Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), highlighted the need for a regional approach to urbanization:

If we act with foresight and get our responses to these challenges right, urbanization can become a powerful force for the sustainable development of our Pacific countries.

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“We Must Recognize The Relationship Between Population, Development And Individual Well-being.

Message of the UN Secretary-General on World Population Day
11 July 2019

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the world’s blueprint for a better future for all on a healthy planet. On World Population Day, we recognize that this mission is closely interrelated with demographic trends including population growth, ageing, migration and urbanization.

While the world’s population overall continues to increase, this growth is uneven. For many of the world’s least developed countries, the challenges to sustainable development are compounded by rapid population growth as well as vulnerability to climate change. Other countries are facing the challenge of ageing populations, including the need to promote healthy active ageing and to provide adequate social protection. As the world continues to urbanize, with 68% of the world population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, sustainable development and climate change will increasingly depend on the successful management of urban growth.

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Global Response to Poverty and Environmental Goals ‘not ambitious enough’

The global response to realizing poverty and environmental goals agreed by world leaders in 2015 has not been “ambitious enough” according to the UN Secretary-General.

In his latest report on the progress towards meeting the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, the UN chief António Guterres said that while a “wealth of action” had been taken by governments across the world “the most vulnerable people and countries continue to suffer the most.” More

Taking Stock of Progress of the Sustainable Development Goals

More than two thousand participants, including approximately 100 ministers, as well as business and civil society leaders will attend the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) this month to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and discuss plans, successes, challenges and lessons learnt on the road to a fairer, more peaceful and prosperous world on a healthy planet by 2030.

Convened by the Economic and Social Council and called the largest annual gathering on SDG implementation, the Forum will also attract nearly 156 side events over ten days.

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Green Tickets to Recognize Young People Driving Climate Action

UN Opens Applications for Youth Climate Summit in New York.

New York, 1 July — Starting today, young people from around the world are formally invited to apply to participate in the United Nations Youth Climate Summit to take place at UN Headquarters in New York on 21 September.

To recognize the vital role of young people in driving climate action, the UN today announced that it will offer over 100 “Green Tickets” – funded opportunities for young people, in particular from the least developed countries, to participate in the Youth Climate Summit. The Green Ticket will include travel to and from New York – which will be carbon neutral.

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Statelessness For Terrorists’ Families Never An Acceptable Option

Thousands of suspected foreign ISIL terrorist fighters and their families who are being held in detention in Syria and Iraq, must be treated fairly by their captors and taken back by their home countries, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday.

In an address to Member States marking the start of the Human Rights Council’s 41st session in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet explained that more than 55,000 men, women and children have been rounded up since the fall of the self-styled “Caliphate” in the spring. More

Focus on Equity, Sustainability, the Environment and Climate Change in Pacific Urban Environments


 Subject: Save the Date – 5th Pacific Urban Forum

Date: 1 – 3 July, 2019
Place: Nadi, Republic of Fiji
Venue: Tanoa International Hotel
Address: Votualevu Road, Namaka, Nadi

The Pacific Urban Forum is an inclusive multi-stakeholder platform for policy dialogue towards a sustainable urban future for the Pacific region.

Following the adoption of the New Urban Agenda and a renewed recognition of the many opportunities and challenges for the Pacific, the Fifth Pacific Urban Forum (PUF5) aims to develop action plans, provide recommendations for urbanization strategies and elicit voluntary commitments from different stakeholders. PUF5 aims to successfully anchor and implement the Pacific New Urban Agenda.

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Replace Impunity With Justice and Indifference With Action

Secretary-General’s Message on International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, 19 June

Sexual violence in conflict is a threat to our collective security and a stain on our common humanity.

It is used as a tactic of war, to terrorize people and to destabilize societies.

Its effects can echo across generations through trauma, stigma, poverty, long-term health issues and unwanted pregnancy.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we must hear the survivors, and recognize their needs and demands.

They are mostly women and girls, but also men and boys, calling for our support to access life-saving health services, justice and reparation.

Today we also honor those working on the front-lines, directly assisting victims to rebuild their lives.

Our global response must include more concerted action to ensure accountability for the perpetrators – and to address the gender inequality that fuels these atrocities.

Together, we can and must replace impunity with justice; and indifference with action.

Thank you.