Declaration

WFS2016 LogoSão Paulo Declaration – Families in Balance — Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity ensuring that NO FAMILY IS LEFT BEHIND

Click in the links below to download the final text of the São Paulo Declaration, approved at the World Family Summit 2016 held in São Paulo, Brazil, translated by the United Nations into its official  working languages.

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Background Papers

Global Sustainable Development Report – 2016 edition – Building upon the 2014 and 2015 reports, the current report responds to the mandate from the Rio+20 Conference to contribute to strengthening the science-policy interface for sustainable development in the context of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF).

The preparation of the report involved an inclusive, multistakeholder process drawing upon scientific and technical expertise from within and outside the United Nations. 245 scientists and experts based in 27 countries, including 13 developing countries, contributed to the report. 62 policy briefs were submitted in response to an open call.

Twenty agencies, departments and programmes of the UN system contributed to the report with inputs, comments, suggestions or revisions.

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united_nations_logoNew York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants – UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/71/1 – resolution referred to the high-level plenary meeting on addressing large movements of refugees and migrants by the United Nations General Assembly at its seventieth session.

Since earliest times, humanity has been on the move. Some people move in search of new economic opportunities and horizons. Others move to escape armed conflict, poverty, food insecurity, persecution, terrorism, or human rights violations and abuses. Still others do so in response to the adverse effects of climate change, natural disasters (some of which may be linked to climate change), or other environmental factors. Many move, indeed, for a combination of these reasons.

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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 – This inaugural report on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a first accounting of where the world stands at the start of our collective journey to 2030. The report analyses selected indicators from the global indicator frame- work for which data are available as examples to highlight some critical gaps and challenges. The list of SDG indicators agreed upon by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2016 will be subject to refinements and improvements as methods and data availability improve.

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Agreed Draft of the New Urban Agenda – After the release of the Surabaya Draft of the New Urban Agenda at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference in Surabaya, Indonesia in July 2016, the New Urban Agenda has finally been agreed on at the Habitat III Informal Intergovernmental Meeting which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 7 to 10 September 2016, and it will be adopted in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

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Delivering the Post-2015 Development Agenda – One year ago the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) released a summary of a global consultation process on the world that people want. The report, ‘A Million Voices’, captured the results of nearly 100 national dialogues on post-2015, 11 thematic consultations, and a vibrant e-discussion and global survey, MY World.

The current report picks up where ‘A Million Voices’ left off, and looks in more depth at the factors within each country that will support or impede implementation. A set of Dialogues has been exploring these factors and are still capturing ideas around these six topics: Localising the post-2015 development agenda, Helping to strengthen capacities and build effective institutions, Participatory Monitoring for Accountability, Partnerships with civil society, Engaging with the Private Sector and Culture and development.

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DESA Working Paper No. 146 – How well are the links between education and other sustainable development goals covered in UN flagship reports? A contribution to the study of the science-policy interface on education in the UN system.

In 2015, a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will succeed the Millennium Develop- ment Goals as reference goals for international development for the period 2015-2030. Educa- tion was identified as a standalone goal (SDG4). Epistemic communities have documented a number of links between education and other SDG areas, and policy makers have long recog- nized many of them. Based on an exhaustive content analysis of 40 global reports, this paper examines how well such links are represented in flagship publications of the United Nations system. Taken together, the reports identify links between education and all the SDGs, with the notable exception of SDG 14 on oceans.

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Draft outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda – Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields

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Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report – The Synthesis Report distils and integrates the findings of the three working group contributions to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report — the most comprehensive assessment of climate change yet undertaken, produced by hundreds of scientists — as well as the two Special Reports produced during this cycle.

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Report on World Social Situation 2013: Inequality Matters – Published by the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of UN DESA, the report places special focus on policy and disadvantaged social groups, in addition to examining the consequences of high inequality. “Much can be learnt from those countries that managed to reduce inequality even under an uncertain and volatile global environment,” said Mr. Wu Hongbo, UN DESA’s Under–Secretary-General. “The international community can play a role in providing support to policies that help reduce inequality.”

A unique contribution of the report is that it brings special attention to the disparities that are experienced by five specific social and population groups – youth, indigenous peoples, older persons, persons with disabilities and migrants – and also illustrates how such disparities intersect with and reinforce one another.

The report illustrates that growing inequalities can be brought to a stop by integrated policies that are universal in principle while paying particular attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. It reminds world leaders that, in addressing inequalities, policy matters.

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Observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family and beyond – Resolution adopted by the UN Economic and Social Council on 12 June 2014 – Recognizing that the preparations for and observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year provide a useful opportunity to draw further attention to the objectives of the Year for increasing cooperation at all levels on family issues and for undertaking concerted actions to strengthen family-centred policies and programmes as part of an integrated comprehensive approach to development.
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Preparations for and observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family in 2014 – Report of the UN Secretary-General – The report focuses on the preparations for the observance of the twentieth anniversary of the International Year of the Family at the national, regional and international levels. It further elaborates on civil society initiatives for the twentieth anniversary and offers conclusions and recommendations on advancing family policy development in overall development efforts.
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Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges and Opportunities for MDG Achievement – The MDGs have been the greatest anti-poverty push in history. New partnerships have been established. New actors have engaged. And now we must finish the job…
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HLPF Issue Briefs 1: From Rio+20 to post-2015: towards an integrated and universal development agenda – In the Outcome document of the Special event to follow up efforts made to- wards achieving the Millennium Development Goals held on 25 September 2013, the Member States decided to launch a process of intergovernmental negotiations at the beginning of the sixty-ninth session of the General Assembly which will lead to the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.
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A/67/941 – Progress report on the work of the General Assembly Open Working Group on SDGs at its first four sessions – Letter dated 19 July 2013 from the Co-Chairs of the Open Working Group of the General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals addressed to the President of the General Assembly
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Outcome Document – Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals – The Rio+20 outcome document, The future we want, inter alia, set out a mandate to establish an Open Working Group to develop a set of sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action by the General Assembly at its 68th session. It also provided the basis for their conceptualization. The Rio outcome gave the mandate that the SDGs should be coherent with and integrated into the UN development agenda beyond 2015.

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Progress report of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals
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Realizing the Future We Want for All – Report of the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda – In its report Realizing the Future We Want for All, the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 UN Development Agenda lays out its main findings and recommendations for a development agenda beyond 2015.
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The Millennium Development Goals Report 2013 – This year’s report looks at the areas where action is needed most: hunger, maternal health, sanitation and environmental protection, for example. This report also shows that the achievement of the MDGs has been uneven among and within countries.
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UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) – The Solutions Network mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales.

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High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Post-2015 HLP)– The High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda today released “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” a report which sets out a universal agenda to eradicate extreme poverty from the face of the earth by 2030, and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. The report calls upon the world to rally around a new Global Partnership that offers hope and a role to every person in the world.
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UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) – The Solutions Network mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales.
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