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Newsletter-Header March 2016

Welcome message from g7+ Chairman

g7plus-Chair Dear Readers,

This being the first edition for 2016, I would like to renew my sincere wishes for the year ahead of us.

The last edition of the Newsletter featured the launch of Agenda 2030 at the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). As we have fully embarked in the first quarter of 2016, I am pleased to see that we have spared no efforts in maintaining the continuity and the momentum that we generated towards the end of 2015. We have demonstrated by our prompt actions that we are fully committed to turn promises into actions and that the true value of the victory at the UNGA 70 resides in our leadership, in owning, shaping and delivering this agenda for the next 15 years. This pro activeness was evidenced by the g7+ who met in Nairobi less than 3 months after the launch of Agenda 2030 to discuss a strategy on how to monitor and localize the SDGs at the country level and ensure that this time around, we are not going to be under-reported. I am proud of seeing the leadership role that g7+ is taking in this regard. ...Read more

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The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) will host the 4th g7+ Ministerial meeting on 23 and 24 March 2016. Ministers and focal points from g7+ countries along with some development partners will participate in the meeting. Marking an important milestone towards consolidation of the group, the meeting will be an opportunity to review progress made since the previous Ministerial meeting held in Lome, Togo in 2014 and also agree on strategic roadmap for the year 2016 -2017. The themes of the meeting include discussion on peace and reconciliation efforts pursued in member countries, economic resilience, New Deal implementation and localizing the SDGs. The government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will also share an update on the report of fragility assessment which itself is an important milestone for the Afghanistan in terms of New Deal implementation. The g7+ family is grateful to the government of Afghanistan for taking all necessary measures to make the meeting successful.

SDGs implementation and Monitoring in g7+ countries

implementation-SDGs-Photo Agenda 2030 is relevant to the countries affected by conflict and fragility. In fact, a goal on peace and state building (SDG 16) makes this agenda inclusive for g7+ countries. However, its relevance will be proved by its implementation at the country level. Its inclusion of SDG 16 in the agenda 2030 is a paradigm shift in recognizing nexus between peace and development. As we have reached this turning point, the work ahead of us will include tackling the fundamental challenges for the next 10-15 years...Read more

g7+ country update

Launch of Agenda 2030 in Liberia and Somalia- step toward localizing SDGs.

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It is encouraging to see political buy in for the country level implementation of the agenda 2030. Since the adoption of this Agenda, we have seen that g7+ member countries are undertaking country level consultations on the implementation of the SDGs. These consultations are marked by official launch of the SGDs...Read more

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Successful Election in Central African Republic.

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The g7+ family congratulates the people and government of Central African Republic (CAR) that has organized two rounds of peaceful and successful elections:(i)30 December 2015 with almost 33.000 voters casted their ballot. (ii) 14 February 2016. This signifies the beginning of a new era of peace and reconciliation for the people of CAR...Read more

From the desk of General Secretary

Helder-da-Costa As we approach the first quarter 2016, it is encouraging to see an increasing level of engagement from g7+ member countries namely: Liberia, Somalia, and Timor - Leste by launching SDGs at the country level. This shows our commitment to be not left behind in the global development agenda. I am looking forward to meeting you all at the g7+ fourth Ministerial Meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan on 23 - 24 March. It will be the main event of the g7+ family as we will be discussing how to operationalize the SDGs by launching the list of proposed set of 20 indicators for the sustainable development goals to be implemented by the g7+ family. The secretariat will set up an online monitoring portal to follow and evaluate the progress and the impact of the implementation of the SDGs in our respective countries...Read more  

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