Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, Pioneering Leader in Resilience Building and Impact Investing, Announces Departure

Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, Pioneering Leader in Resilience Building and Impact Investing, Announces Departure
June 16, 2016
:: In 12-Year Tenure, Rodin Overhauled The Rockefeller Foundation, Ushering in a New Era of Strategic Philanthropy That Leveraged Cross-Sector Partnerships
:: Rodin Served as First Female President of The Rockefeller Foundation and of an Ivy League Institution at University of Pennsylvania

New York, NY—After nearly 12 years at the helm, Judith Rodin, the first female president of The Rockefeller Foundation, announced her decision to depart the institution once a new president is identified and takes office. Rodin’s leadership ushered The Rockefeller Foundation into a new era of strategic philanthropy that emphasized partnerships with business, government, and the philanthropic community to address and solve for the complex challenges of the 21st century. In her planned announcement to the board, Rodin and longtime colleague and Board Chair, Dick Parsons, committed to a seamless transition. Until a new president takes office, Rodin will continue to actively lead the Foundation as she has for the past 12 years.

As president, Rodin recognized that the Foundation’s funding alone was unable to spur the kind of systemic change necessary to solve the key challenges facing the world. Responding to that dynamic, Rodin led the Foundation in a sweeping transformation that modernized all operational and programmatic aspects of The Rockefeller Foundation. Rodin looked for new spaces where there was momentum for innovation, identified places where Rockefeller could use its influence to leverage additional financing and engage private and public sector partners to ensure impact continues after Rockefeller grantmaking ends. Building on the Foundation’s history of creating and developing the field of public health and the Green Revolution, under this new form of strategic philanthropy, Rodin championed two whole new fields that are now pervasive: resilience and impact investing.

“The Rockefeller Foundation has benefitted enormously from Judy Rodin’s tenure as our President and CEO. Over the last 12 years, she has lead the Foundation to embrace a new and cutting-edge approach to grantmaking and innovation, and she has positioned us as a global leader in the urgent dialogue regarding how to make ours a better, more just, and more sustainable world. As both a longtime friend and a colleague her presence will be missed, though her vision will continue to guide us,” said Dick Parsons, board chair of The Rockefeller Foundation.

“It has been thrilling to guide The Rockefeller Foundation’s evolution to face the complex challenges of the 21st century and develop innovative solutions. We worked to transform this organization into one that is fit to deliver rapid and scalable impact for the multitude of changes around the world, ” said Rodin. “Through this evolution, I have witnessed transformative impact on the lives of our beneficiaries; I have seen resilience progress from concept to global practice with 100 cities on six continents that are now better prepared to face global challenges and climate change; and the creation and growth of impact investing into a $60 billion industry embraced by major investors. I have also had the joy of watching the first group of 20,000 inner-city students, bursting with excitement and a newfound love of American history meet and work with the cast of HAMILTON, thanks to our partnership with the producers and cast of the transcendent musical. If these were the only successes I witnessed as president I would be humbled. As is always the case in philanthropy, our work is never done. I look forward to seeing the Foundation continue to grow, transform and affect change worldwide and am committed to working as hard as ever until the day a new president takes over this amazing organization.”

David Rockefeller, Jr., former Board Chair and great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. said, “I am so grateful to Judith for her leadership of The Rockefeller Foundation over 12 years. With Judith at the helm, The Rockefeller Foundation has charted a clear course through a rapidly changing world. She has truly been a transformative president who responded nimbly to global disruption and dynamism with a clear focus on fostering resilience among people, organizations and communities and building more inclusive economies. She achieved those goals by first strengthening the Foundation’s infrastructure, then reinventing the rules of philanthropic partnership, embracing strategic grantmaking and innovation, and deploying the power of The Rockefeller Foundation name and legacy. It was an enormous honor for me to be Chair of the Board as the Foundation marked its centennial in 2013. I was able to work with Judith as we celebrated the Foundation’s history of innovation and launched the Foundation’s second century. With Judith’s inspired leadership our future is bright.”

Resilience
The Foundation’s resilience focus was largely influenced by Rodin’s work to revitalize West Philadelphia while leading the University of Pennsylvania. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and watching cities worldwide struggle with the combined impacts of urbanization, globalization, and climate change, Rodin made it her mission to help cities build long-term resilience. In doing so, she ensured resilience was understood as a compendium of solutions that foster social cohesion, economic stability, and physical and environmental integrity.

Under her presidency, the Foundation invested more than half a billion dollars and leveraged billions more in resilience programs including: establishing 100 Resilient Cities, the creation and growth of the chief resilience officers around the globe, the Global Resilience Partnership, collaboration with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to support the National Disaster Resilience Competition and the Rebuild by Design competition, along with a decade of support for the City of New Orleans to help it become a model of resilience after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The Foundation’s resilience investments have leveraged billions of dollars from the public and private sectors, including commitments from an initial group of 10 cities in the 100 Resilient Cities network to direct $5.2 billion of their own budgets to address resilience challenges; billions from multinational organizations like the International Finance Corporation who committed $19 billion to resilience programs; and partnerships with the private sector and non-governmental organizations giving communities access to hundreds of millions of dollars in innovative resilience services.

Impact Investing
Rodin’s efforts to incentivize private sector engagement in global problem-solving helped catalyze the growth of impact investing around the world. As part of an effort to significantly increase the amount of private sector funding available for social impact through investments that yield a financial and social return, the Foundation invested $50 million to support building the field of impact investing. The term “impact investing” was coined at an international conference the Foundation hosted at its Bellagio Conference Center in 2006. Four years later, despite the 2008-2009 worldwide financial meltdown, $6 billion of new investment capital had gone into impact investments. Three-quarters of that growth has been tied directly to Rockefeller’s efforts, leveraging the Foundation’s investment one hundred to one. The sector is now estimated at $60 billion. The Foundation has continued to build on its impact investing initiative through leading the development of the field of innovative finance. Rockefeller’s Zero Gap initiative sources and seed funds new and creative ways of mobilizing private capital to close the gap between development funding and global need.

HAMILTON
One of the most high-profile examples of the nimble and strategic approach Rodin brought to philanthropy was the partnership she developed with HAMILTON, The Musical. Under Rodin’s leadership, The Foundation leveraged a $1.5 million investment to provide 20,000 inner-city kids with access to see the musical and incorporate Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers into their 11th-grade history curriculum, through an arts education program. The success of the New York program has inspired similar efforts in Chicago and other cities where HAMILTON will be performed.

Rodin is the longest serving president of The Rockefeller Foundation in the last 40 years and is its first female president. Prior to her tenure at the Foundation, she served as the first female president of an Ivy League university at the University of Pennsylvania after having served as provost of Yale University.

Rodin will remain as president of the Foundation until a successor is identified and a smooth and seamless transition can take place. The search for a new president will begin late this summer.

United Nations – Secretary General, Security Council, General Assembly [to 18 June 2016]

United Nations – Secretary General, Security Council, General Assembly  [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.un.org/en/unpress/
Selected Press Releases/Meetings Coverage

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17 June 2016
SG/SM/17863-HR/5315-OBV/1629
Secretary-General Urges States to Stand by Victims of Torture, Support United Nations Fund, in Message for International Observance
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, observed on 26 June:
[See Week in Review above for more detail]

17 June 2016
GA/11794
General Assembly Approves Nearly $8 Billion for 15 Peacekeeping Missions in 2016/2017
Approving the appropriation of $7.86 billion for 15 peacekeeping operations for the 2016/2017 fiscal period, the General Assembly today adopted 25 resolutions and one decision contained in reports from its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary).

15 June 2016
SC/12403
Security Council Presidential Statement Reaffirms Link between Women’s Involvement in Conflict Prevention Efforts, Calls for Increased Participation
Despite commitments of the international community, inconsistent levels of political will, resourcing, accountability and gender expertise had often hindered the full and meaningful inclusion of women in efforts to prevent conflict, the Security Council said in a statement issued this morning.

14 June 2016
SC/12401
Security Council Authorizes Inspection of Suspected Embargo-Breaking Vessels off Libya’s Coast, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2292 (2016)
In an effort to implement the arms embargo imposed on Libya, the Security Council today authorized Member States, acting nationally or through regional organizations, to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya believed to be in violation of the embargo.

13 June 2016
SC/12398
Security Council Extends Mandate of United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2291 (2016)
The Security Council today decided to extend until 15 December the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), under the leadership of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and in full accordance with the principles of national ownership.

 

UN OHCHR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [to 18 June 2016]

UN OHCHR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/media.aspx?IsMediaPage=true

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Geneva, 13 June 2016
Hate is being mainstreamed – global update by the High Commissioner
In a wide-ranging update to the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner detailed concerns in more than 50 countries and situations, and outlined ways the Office can assist.
[See Week in Review above for more detail]

Selected Press Releases – “TOP NEWS”
Zeid urges U.S. to adopt robust gun control measures to pre-empt further killings

Burundi: UN experts call for concrete steps to end crisis

Fundamentalist intolerance is degrading assembly and association rights worldwide – UN expert

Gender equality: Women’s health should not pay the price for discriminatory ideologies

Digital technology in education can impair the right to education and widen inequalities – New UN report warns

State-owned enterprises must lead by example on business and human rights – New UN report

UN expert launches initiative on private sector’s responsibility to ensure freedom online

Brazil must move forward on business and human rights – UN expert group

UN OCHA [to 18 June 2016]

UN OCHA [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.unocha.org/media-resources/press-releases
Press Releases

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17 Jun 2016
Central African Republic: Humanitarian Coordinator strongly condemns mounting violence against civilians in Ngaoundaye, north-west Central African Republic
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad
(Bangui, 17 June 2016): The Humanitarian Coordinator a.i., Dr. Michel Yao, and the entire humanitarian community in the Central African Republic (CAR), condemns a recent upsurge in violence against the civilian population in Ngaoundaye, Ouham-Pende Prefecture. Dr. Yao calls on all parties to respect international humanitarian law, to protect civilians and ensure that they can…

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14 Jun 2016
Myanmar: Statement attributable to Ms Janet Jackson, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (a.i.) on floods in Myanmar [EN/MY]
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar Country: Myanmar
(YANGON: 14 June 2016): Heavy monsoon rains since the beginning of June have caused flooding in five states and regions of Myanmar. According to the initial reports from the Government Relief and Resettlement Department, at least 26,000 people are affected in Ayeyarwady, Bago and Sagaing regions as well as Chin and Rakhine states. A total of 14 deaths have been…

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13 Jun 2016
Sudan: South Sudanese Influx into East Darfur Fact Sheet Issue 3 | 13 June 2016
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country: South Sudan, Sudan KEY FACTS Beginning in late January 2016, there was a surge of South Sudanese fleeing into Sudan, with about 500 households arriving per day until early April. New arrivals have since continued at a slower rate, and as of 11 June about 47,100 refugees had arrived in East Darfur, of whom 29,515 are in Khor Omer camp, Ed Daein locality. This includes 28,595 people…

UNICEF [to 18 June 2016]

UNICEF [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.unicef.org/media/media_89711.html
Selected Press Releases

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Lions Health and UNICEF announce DigitasLBi as the winner of global award for young creatives and marketers
NEW YORK/CANNES, France, 18 June 2016 – Lions Health, the Festival and Awards that celebrate life-changing creativity in healthcare communications, and UNICEF, have announced the winner of the 2016 Young Lions Health Award.

African youth to African leaders: “You must do more to end conflicts in Africa”
GAMBELLA, Ethiopia/DAKAR, Senegal/NAIROBI, Kenya 16 June 2016 – African leaders are not doing enough to stop conflicts in Africa, said two-thirds of the nearly 86,000 youth surveyed in a recent mobile-based poll conducted in nine African countries.

“Neither safe nor sound”: Sexual exploitation, trafficking and abuse engulfing the lives of children in the camps of Calais and Dunkirk
LONDON/PARIS, 16 June 2016 – Children experience sexual exploitation, violence and forced labour on a daily basis in the camps of Northern France, according to the findings of Neither Safe Nor Sound, a new UNICEF France and UNICEF UK study.

“If you try to run, they shoot you; if you stop working they beat you. It was just like the slave trade.”
GENEVA, 14 June 2016 – More than 9 out of 10 refugee and migrant children arriving in Europe this year through Italy are unaccompanied, prompting UNICEF to warn of the growing threats of abuse, exploitation and death facing them.

UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to 18 June 2016]

UNHCR Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/search?page=&comid=4a0950336&cid=49aea93a7d&scid=49aea93a40
Selected Press Releases

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13 Jun 2016
UNHCR report puts projected resettlement needs in 2017 at 1.19 million
With a multitude of conflicts and crises causing record displacement around the world, resettlement has become an increasingly vital part of UNHCR’s efforts to find solutions and advocate for fairer responsibility-sharing for refugees, a UNHCR report released today at an annual meeting in Geneva says.

While the UNHCR Projected Global Resettlement Needs 2017 report says that more than 1 million refugees were submitted by UNHCR to over 30 resettlement countries in the past decade, the number of people in need of resettlement far surpasses the opportunities for placement in a third country.

The report says that despite increased resettlement quotas from some countries, expansion in global resettlement capacity, and increases in submissions, the projected number of people in need of resettlement in 2017 will pass 1.19 million.

In response, UNHCR expects to submit 170,000 refugees for resettlement next year, based on the expected global quotas from resettlement states. This compares to a current target of some 143,000 in 2016 and more than 100,000 in each of 2015 and 2014 respectively. Despite the increase in quotas from states and submissions made, the gap in terms of needs remains great.

The 1.19 million forecast is up 72 per cent on the projected needs of 691,000 in 2014, before large-scale resettlement of Syrians began. In 2017, Syrians are projected to account for 40 per cent of needs, followed by Sudan (11 per cent), Afghanistan (10 per cent) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (9 per cent).

Projected Global Resettlement Needs also reports that 2015 was a record year for submissions with 134,044, up 29 percent from the 103,890 recorded in 2014…

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 18 June 2016]

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.iom.int/press-room/press-releases

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06/17/16
Niger Deaths Add to Growing Toll of Migrant Fatalities within Africa
Niger – The discovery this week of the remains of 34 migrants near the Algeria-Niger border brings to 471 the number of deaths and disappearances recorded in Africa this year.

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 213,581; Deaths: 2,859
06/17/16
Italy – IOM reports an estimated 213,581 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 15 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

IOM Calls for Cheaper, Transparent and More Accessible Remittances
06/17/16
United Kingdom – The International Day of Family Remittances recognises the financial contributions made by 250 million migrant workers to sustainable international development.

Northern Triangle: IOM Builds Capacity to Protect Child Migrants of Central America
06/17/16
El Salvador – Nearly three hundred representatives of civil society and the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were trained by IOM on issues such as national policy and the international protection framework for migrant children and adolescents.

IOM Statement on the International Day of Family Remittances
06/16/16
Switzerland – The hard-earned money that migrants send every day to their loved ones back home represents a vital economic lifeline for millions of struggling families around the world.

Fatal Journeys, Vol. 2 – New Global Report from IOM
06/14/16
Germany – IOM reports that over 60,000 migrants are estimated to have died or gone missing on sea and land routes worldwide since 1996.

International Organization for Migration Welcomes China Application for IOM Membership
06/13/16
GENEVA – International Organization for Migration Director General William Lacy Swing on Monday met with People’s Republic of China Vice Foreign Minister Wang Chao.

IOM Welcomes Guidelines to Protect Migrants
06/10/16
Switzerland – IOM today (10/6) welcomed the publication of the “Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster”.
[See Week in Review above for more detail]

UN Women [to 18 June 2016]

UN Women [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.unwomen.org/news/stories

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Date: 17 June 2016
Partnerships key to success of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Win-win partnerships are key to achieving women’s and girls’ economic empowerment and will lead the way towards sustainable development, according to Plan International, UNIDO, UN Women and the World Bank.

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UN Women statement on World Refugee Day (20 June)
Date: 17 June 2016
In a statement for World Refugee Day on 20 June, UN Women calls for urgent action to ensure refugee women and girls have access to secure transit routes, safe spaces and protection when they arrive in a host country, and resources and services that will help them to build a post-conflict life free from violence and poverty.

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UN Women statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)
Date: 16 June 2016
In a statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on 19 June, UN Women recounts the historic firsts this year in combatting sexual violence in conflict.

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Statement by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on the fifth anniversary of the Domestic Workers Convention
Date: 15 June 2016
On the fifth anniversary of the convention concerning decent work for domestic workers, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka highlights the importance of implementing the convention in reaching more equal, gender-responsive labour markets and societies.

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Joint statement on the Memorandum of Understanding between the European Union and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Date: 15 June 2016
Four years after the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012, the European Union and UN Women recommitted to their partnership on 15 June with a joint statement signed at the European Commission by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica.

WHO & Regional Offices [to 18 June 2016]

WHO & Regional Offices [to 18 June 2016]

Highlights
Launch of the 2016 Global Nutrition Report
June 2016 –The Global Nutrition Report examines the world’s nutrition and the efforts to improve it. It assesses progress in meeting Global Nutrition Targets established by the World Health Assembly, and provides current information from global, regional and country perspectives. WHO is a Global Nutrition Report Partner.

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Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
:: Chikungunya – United States of America 14 June 2016
:: Yellow fever – Angola 14 June 2016
:: Lassa Fever – Benin 13 June 2016

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:: WHO Regional Offices
Selected Press Releases, Announcements
WHO African Region AFRO
:: Yellow fever global vaccine stockpile in emergencies – 17 June 2016
:: WHO African Region Programme Subcommittee meeting begins in Brazzaville, Congo – 14 June 2016

WHO Region of the Americas PAHO
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WHO South-East Asia Region SEARO
:: WHO South-East Asia Region continues to be polio-free 18 June 2016

WHO European Region EURO
:: Celebrating 20 years of the Ljubljana Charter 16-06-2016
:: Slovenia’s substantial and sustained health gains revealed in new reports 16-06-2016
:: Conclusions of the third meeting of the Emergency Committee regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus 15-06-2016
:: Blood connects us all – blood donation text message service in Sweden 14-06-2016

WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO expresses concern over disease outbreaks in its response to Fallujah crisis
Baghdad, 16 June 2016: WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan arrived in Baghdad yesterday to review firsthand WHO’s response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Fallujah city, where more than 42,000 Iraqis have been displaced since the beginning of the military operations in the city in May 2016. Tens of thousands of besieged and displaced men, women, children and older people face major health risks as they lack adequate access to health services.
:: Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations 14 June 2016
::: WHO reaches more people in need with lifesaving treatments in Duma 13 June 2016

WHO Western Pacific Region
:: Tenofovir reduces mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B: new study
GENEVA, 16 JUNE 2016 – New study findings published today confirm that antiviral therapy with tenofovir in late pregnancy can result in a 3-fold reduction in mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of hepatitis B virus (HBV), when used in combination with immunoglobulin and HBV vaccine at birth…

UNAIDS [to 18 June 2016]

UNAIDS [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/

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15 June 2016
UNAIDS gala honours former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and raises more than US$ 1 million for UNAIDS
Supporters of UNAIDS attended its annual fundraising gala on 13 June. Held at Design Miami Basel on the eve of the Art Basel art festival, the gala raised more than US$ 1 million to support the work of UNAIDS to increase access to HIV prevention and treatment services worldwide,…

UNDP United Nations Development Programme [to 18 June 2016]

UNDP United Nations Development Programme [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/presscenter.html

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Jun 17, 2016UN, New York
Magdy Martínez-Solimán: Statement at the Fourth Annual Seminar for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs): NHRI’s Role in Conflict and Fragile Contexts

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Helen Clark: Statement for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Jun 15, 2016

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Millions of Latin American risk sliding back into poverty; new generation of public policies crucial to prevent setbacks: UNDP
Jun 14, 2016
Panama City – The main threat to progress in Latin America and the Caribbean is the relapse of millions of families back into poverty. The economic slowdown is part of the story, but not the only cause of such a setback, says the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report (HDR) for Latin America and the Caribbean, launched with more than 60 congresspersons at the regional parliament (Parlatino). To continue to advance and prevent reversals in the social, economic and environmental fronts, the report highlights key policy recommendations, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In the report titled Multidimensional Progress: Well-being beyond income, UNDP expresses particular concern over the 25 to 30 million people in the region—more than a third of those who left poverty since 2003 — who risk falling back into poverty. Many are youth and women, with precarious employment in the service sector. They are part of a larger group of over 220 million people (38% of the population, or almost two in every five in the region) who are vulnerable: officially they are not poor (living on less than US$4/day) but have been unable to rise to the middle class (living on more than $10/day)…

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UNDP takes part in the European Development Days on Agenda 2030 implementation
Jun 14, 2016
UNDP will participate in the European Development Days, Europe’s leading forum on development and cooperation, which will take place on 15-16 June in Brussels.

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UNDP, partners to chart roadmap for tackling violent extremism in Central Asia
Jun 13, 2016
Combatting the rise of violent extremism in Central Asia and beyond will require long-term measures that include creating life opportunities for young people and a chance to serve and shape the future of their communities, said experts at a conference on the phenomenon that opened here today.

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UNDP Film gives voice to Thirty Million
Jun 13, 2016
A UNDP supported documentary on the threat sea-level rise poses to 30 million Bangladeshis premiered in New York City on Monday.

UNEP United Nations Environment Programme [to 18 June 2016]

UNEP United Nations Environment Programme [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.unep.org/newscentre/?doctypeID=1

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Press Releases
17/06/2016
Evaluate Land to Halt Annual Loss of 24 Billion Tonnes of Fertile Soil, Expert Panel Says
On World Day to Combat Desertification
Beijing, China, 17 June 2016 – The world needs to improve the way land is evaluated in order to unlock its true potential and reverse the alarming pace of land degradation, like the loss of 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil and 15 billion trees every year, a new report from the International Resource Panel says.

Erosion, nutrient depletion, acidification, salinization, compaction and chemical pollution have left 33 per cent of the world’s soils either moderately or highly degraded. If current conditions continue, then 320-849 million hectares of land will be converted to cropland by 2050 at the expense of the world’s savannahs, grasslands and forests. As a result, greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture may increase from 24 per cent to 30 per cent.

As the global population expands, climate change intensifies and more people move to urban areas, it will become increasingly difficult to sustainably produce enough food, fuel and fibre to meet demand without further depleting the world’s finite land resources.

Released today in Beijing at a high-profile event to mark the World Day to Combat Desertification, the IRP’s latest report says that evaluating the long-term potential of land will help the world sustainably meet this demand.

Unlocking the Sustainable Potential of Land Resources: Evaluation Systems, Strategies and Tools looks at a series of tools that can help policy makers and land managers unlock the full potential of land, allowing them to use resources more efficiently…

:: Download Full Report :: World Day to Combat Desertification

UNISDR UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction [to 18 June 2016]

UNISDR UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.unisdr.org/archive

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17 Jun 2016
Action for urban resilience
A two day high level forum concludes today in Florence with recommendations on series of actions required to build urban resilience to disasters.

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17 Jun 2016
UN welcomes European Commission Action Plan on Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
The EU played a key role in negotiating the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the European Commission has now launched an action plan to implement it.

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15 Jun 2016
Uganda deploys drones to build refugee resilience
Uganda is developing base maps for refugee settlements that host thousands of people in the east African country, with the goal being to support risk-informed development and land use planning and thereby build community resilience.

UNESCO [to 18 June 2016]

UNESCO [to 18 June 2016]
http://en.unesco.org/news
Selected Press Releases/News

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16 June 2016
The growing influence of billionnaires on research priorities in the USA

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14 June 2016
UNESCO Director-General and ICC President reaffirm joint commitment to end impunity for deliberate destruction of heritage
“The destruction of heritage is inseparable from the persecution of people. This is why we consider the protection of cultural heritage today as far more than a cultural issue. This has become a humanitarian imperative, and a security issue,” stated UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova today in The Hague during the Europe Lecture 2016, organised by the European Lecture Foundation in collaboration with Europa Nostra and the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO.
[See Week in Review above for more detail]

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14 June 2016
UNESCO Director-General addresses the Europe Lecture 2016 on heritage protection as a security issue
“The destruction of heritage is inseparable from the persecution of people. This is why we consider the protection of cultural heritage today as far more than a cultural issue. This has become a humanitarian imperative, and a security issue,” stated UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova today in The Hague during the Europe Lecture 2016, organised by the European Lecture Foundation in collaboration with Europa Nostra and the Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO.
[See Week in Review above for more detail]

FAO Food & Agriculture Organization [to 18 June 2016]

FAO Food & Agriculture Organization [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.fao.org/news/archive/news-by-date/2016/en/

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17-06-2016
Partnership makes strides in promoting sustainable land management in Africa
Improved land management strategies and technologies being used across sub-Saharan Africa are helping protect the environment, boost agricultural productivity, strengthen livelihoods and enhance food security, according to a new study, published by NEPAD and its TerrAfrica partners, including FAO.

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Forest and farm producer organizations are drivers of sustainable global development
Forest and farm producer organizations are key players in meeting the world’s growing demand for food and forest products, improving the lives of rural communities, and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That is the key take-away of a new FAO publication launched today at the European Development Days in Brussels, Belgium, taking place on 15-16 June.
16-06-2016

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FAO urges more efforts to address rural hunger and poverty, reduce migration pressure
“The migratory pressures causing major concern at a global level today result from war, conflict and political instability, but FAO also calls for adequate attention to be given to pressures associated with the very root causes of migration,” Graziano da Silva told participants at the European Development Days 2016 in Brussels.
15-06-2016

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FAO study identifies small fish with a big role to play feeding Africa’s drylands
Fish weighing as little as one gram could be crucial allies in the race to end hunger in some of the world’s most chronically poor and underfed regions, according to a new FAO report on fisheries in the drylands of sub-Saharan Africa
14-06-2016

ILO International Labour Organization [to 18 June 2016]

ILO International Labour Organization [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.ilo.org/global/about-the-ilo/newsroom/news/lang–en/index.htm

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Press release
ILO formulates policy options for upward convergence in the EU
16 June 2016
A new ILO publication examines the differences in socio-economic performance between EU member states and formulates policy options for upward convergence.

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5th anniversary of ILO Convention No 189
Who cares for the carers?
16 June 2016
On International Domestic Workers’ Day, some good news on protecting vulnerable workers in the home – An OP-ED on the Domestic Workers Convention by Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General.

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Child sexual abuse
‘Luxembourg Guidelines’ on terminology: A step forward in the fight against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children
14 June 2016
[See Week in Review above for more detail]

WMO World Meteorological Organization [to 18 June 2016]

WMO World Meteorological Organization [to 18 June 2016]
http://public.wmo.int/en/search?sort_by=changed&f[0]=type%3Anews

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Publish Date: 17 June 2016 News
WMO appoints new executive management
Elena Manaenkova has been appointed Deputy Secretary-General and Wenjian Zhang Assistant Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization. The appointments were approved by the Executive Council. Ms Manaenkova has been WMO Assistant Secretary-General since June 2010 and has spearheaded WMO’s drive for gender equality and empowerment of women. The Geneva Environment Network earlier this year selected her as one of 20 “inspirational” women working for the environment.

UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization [to 18 June 2016]

UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.unido.org/news-centre/news.html

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Thursday, 16 June 2016
UNIDO Director General says mobilizing private sector crucial for implementation of 2030 Agenda
BRUSSELS, 16 June 2016 – Ways for the public and private sectors to accelerate sustainable development were today the focus of a discussion at the annual European Development Days (EDD) taking place in Brussels.

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UNIDO Director General Li says sustainable energy for all initiative crucial for global development
BRUSSELS, 15 June 2016 – Without ensuring sustainable energy for all, it will be difficult to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Strategic partnership between UNIDO and Global Food Safety Initiative announced
CAPE TOWN, 15 June 2016 – A new partnership aiming to advance food safety in several regions, including in Africa, China, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, was today sealed on the sidelines of a gathering

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UNIDO and World Customs Organization to support effective implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement
BRUSSELS, 14 June 2016 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) today signed a joint declaration aimed at supporting the implementation of the World Trade…

UNWTO World Tourism Organization [to 18 June 2016]

UNWTO World Tourism Organization [to 18 June 2016]
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16 June 2016
UNWTO and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics launch the UNWTO Ethics Award
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) have launched the UNWTO Ethics Award. The Award will recognize companies committed to making their business more responsible and sustainable through the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

The UNWTO Ethics Award, geared to recognize the engagement of tourism enterprises in promoting and implementing the principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, is open to all tourism companies and trade associations that are official signatories of the Private Sector Commitment to the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism.

As the organ responsible for the promotion and monitoring of the implementation of the Code, the World Committee on Tourism Ethics conceived this initiative to promote the positive initiatives steaming from the growing number of companies and trade associations that have adhered to the Private Sector Commitment to the Code. As of June 2016, a total of 463 signatories from 64 countries have committed to promote and implement the Code.

According to the Committee “in these times of needed awareness and common action we should praised those entrepreneurs worldwide who contribute to responsible and sustainable tourism through their Corporate Social Responsibility”.

The candidatures will have to demonstrate to be long-lasting and have a positive impact in at least two of the following areas: (a) Corporate governance and business ethics; (b) Employment quality; (c) Social Equity and Human Rights; (d) Community Well-Being; and (e) Environmental sustainability.

The winner of the first UNWTO Ethics Award will be announced on 18 January 2017 during the 13th UNWTO Awards ceremony and gala dinner organized in collaboration with the International Tourism Trade Fair (IFEMA/FITUR) in Madrid, Spain. The prize will be conferred by a representative of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, which will act as the Jury of the Award.
Candidacies are open until 30 September 2016.

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15 June 2016
UNWTO and the Government of The Netherlands partner to foster religious tourism
To promote the role of religious tourism as an agent for cultural preservation, peace and understanding is the focus of the agreement undersigned by UNWTO and the Government of The Netherlands. The partnership includes the celebration of a conference on ‘Religious Heritage and Tourism: How to increase religious heritage tourism in a changing society’” that will be held on October 2016, in Utrecht, The Netherlands

ITU International Telecommunications Union [to 18 June 2016]

ITU International Telecommunications Union [to 18 June 2016]
http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/index.aspx?lang=en#.VF8FYcl4WF8

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Geneva, 16 June 2016
Reaching the world’s two billion unbanked: ITU Focus Group makes steady progress
Group shares initial findings from Digital Financial Services Ecosystem and Consumer Experience and Protection working groups
[See Week in Review above for more detail]

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Washington D.C., 14 June 2016
Digital solutions to drive progress toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
Focus on improving lives, fostering growth and environmental protection
The information and communication technologies (ICT) sector can play a vital role in helping achieve the objectives of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, according to new analysis prepared for the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) by Accenture (NYSE:ACN). This would involve deploying innovative digital solutions to improve the quality of people’s lives, achieve equitable growth and protect the environment.

The GeSI report, #SystemTransformation: How digital solutions will drive progress towards the sustainable development goals, published in collaboration with Accenture Strategy, demonstrates the impact that digital technologies can have on shaping a more sustainable future, and highlights the opportunity for companies in the ICT sector to drive growth and competitiveness by investing in these initiatives. The report also identifies roadblocks to realizing the full potential of these digital solutions, including policy, regulatory and supply-side constraints, as well as barriers on the demand-side…