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Guest Article: Giving Governments the Tools to Deliver the SDGs: Lessons from Advisors in Africa

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:29
Achieving the SDGs will be based on the capacity of the domestic public and private sectors to deliver. The 2017 report titled, ‘The Jobs Gap: How to Make Inclusive Growth Work in Africa,’ contains this and other lessons from helping governments to achieve their SDG priorities in the context of resource constraints and local political differences.

Guest Article: FinTech for Sustainable Development: A Bold Step in Sierra Leone

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:23
Three start-ups were selected from 20 applicants for the Sierra Leone FinTech Challenge 2017, a unique initiative by the UNCDF's Mobile Money for the Poor, in partnership with the Bank of Sierra Leone and Financial Sector Deepening Africa. The finalists will test new ideas on contributing to the SDGs through greater financial inclusion.

Guest Article: Sowing the Seeds of Sustainable Forest Restoration

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 02:22
It is estimated that more than 2 billion hectares of the world's degraded landscapes have potential for forest and landscape restoration. The success of any landscape restoration attempt will be largely determined by the quality and timeliness of the technical input that underpins it.

IMD2017 Galvanizes Action, Highlights Challenges for Mountain Communities

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:59
International Mountain Day (IMD2017) addressed the theme, 'Mountains under pressure: climate, hunger, migration'. Participants at a Mountain Partnership Global Meeting pledged to make sustainable mountain development and mountain ecosystem conservation an integral part of their development policies. Ahead of IMD2017, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg pledged €9 million in support of a UNEP initiative to preserve threatened mountain species.

NAMA Update: NAMA Facility Launches Fifth Call, Future for NAMAs Explored at COP 23

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:55
The NAMA Facility launched its fifth Call for Proposals, which will run through 15 March 2018. The 2017 Annual Status Report on NAMAs by Mitigation Momentum finds that only 8.5% of registered NAMAs have secured funding for implementation. At COP 23, the UNFCCC Secretariat delivered a technical briefing on the UNFCCC NAMA Registry, which explored possible additional roles for the Registry.

Member States Discuss Decade on Water for Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:50
UN Member States discussed a plan of action for an International Decade focused on water for sustainable development. Vladimir Smakhtin, UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, noted that the planned activities for the Decade will closely align with the work on water-related SDGs and other global agreements. The Netherlands and Finland expressed hope that during the Decade, Member States will establish a regular place to review progress on SDG 6.

Sustaining Peace Event Highlights Partnerships, Financing, Gender

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:39
A multi-stakeholder meeting on ‘Sustaining Peace: Partnerships for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding’ took place on 8 December 2017, at Columbia University, in New York, US. The event comprises part of the outreach agenda of the UNGA President, as outlined in his road map. Speakers included leaders of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, the World Bank, the UN Peacebuilding Commission and the UN Department of Political Affairs.

Climate Finance Institutional Update: Adaptation Finance in the Spotlight

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:35
The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn agreed to a total of 13 finance-related decisions, including that the Adaptation Fund shall serve the Paris Agreement subject to and consistent with decisions to be taken in 2018. The Adaptation Fund reached its US$80 million resource mobilization goal for 2017 thanks to pledges made at COP 23 by Germany, Sweden, Italy, the Walloon Region of Belgium and Ireland, totaling US$93 million. COP 23 also saw a number of other funding pledges, and numerous side events, project launches and partnership announcements related to climate finance.

CCAC Annual Report Highlights Emissions Trends in Short-lived Climate Pollutants and Related Global Actions

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:27
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition published its fifth annual report, focusing on emissions trends of short-lived climate pollutants and actions by its members to reduce them. The report presents emissions trends for methane, tropospheric ozone, black carbon, and hydroflourocarbons, highlighting scenarios for emissions reductions. The publication also spotlights policy achievements by Canada, Chile, Uruguay, Kenya, and Clean Air Asia.

Biosafety Supplemental Protocol on Liability and Redress to Enter Into Force on 5 March 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:20
On 5 December 2017, Japan became the fortieth country to ratify the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress in the Context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Japan's ratification triggered the Supplementary Protocol's entry into force after ninety days on 5 March 2018. Adopted in 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, the Supplementary Protocol provides rules and procedures in the field of liability and redress in relation to living modified organisms (LMOs).

UN Agencies, Partners Call for Open, Interoperable Data

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:17
The Joined-Up Data Standards project produced a report calling for greater collaboration among the data communities and the broader development community on data interoperability issues. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data launched a website prior to the Data for Development Festival in March 2018. UNESCO issued a report on strategies and tools to help countries produce data on education, vital for monitoring of SDG 4.

UNGA Adopts Resolutions on Oceans

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 01:07
The UNGA adopted two resolutions that aim to advance implementation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The UNGA also discussed a draft of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction, under UNCLOS. The UN designated 2021-2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’.

Report Assesses Progress on NDC Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:55
As of November 2017, the NDC Partnership, which is co-chaired by Germany and Morocco, includes 62 member countries and 12 institutional partners. The report describes how the Partnership helps countries develop successful approaches for NDC implementation.

Co-Facilitators Revise Text on Peace and Security Reforms

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:48
The Permanent Representatives of Rwanda and Slovakia, co-facilitators for a draft resolution regarding the restructuring of the UN peace and security pillar, issued a revised draft resolution on this topic, based on consultations with UN Member States. The resolution follows the UN Secretary-General's presentation of reform proposals on the UN peace and security pillar.

UN Agencies Discuss Data Sources for SDG 6 Baseline

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:44
UN agencies are analyzing country contributions of data on SDG 6 for presentation in a global baseline report. The ‘SDG 6 Synthesis Report’ will be published in June 2018, feeding into discussions of the HLPF when it convenes in July. A UN-Water task force made up of UN agency representatives and chaired by UNESCO is producing the report, based on contributions of data and information from UN Member States.

Regional Commissions Consider Objectives for UN Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:30
The Regional Coordination Mechanism's 23rd meeting took place from 20-21 November 2017, in Beirut, Lebanon. The UN Deputy Secretary-General said the Regional Economic Commissions have a key role to play “as the regional think-tanks” that the UN system and the regions require. From an environmental perspective, and considering the region’s priorities, UNEP identified five nexus areas that should be considered as entry points for an integrated approach to implementing the SDGs.

Event: Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:59
Organized by the East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE), the first Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa will be held under the theme 'Fostering Economic Transformation in the East African Region through Equitable Access to Sustainable Energy for All'.

Event: 45th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 06:38
The 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45) will hold discussions on policy convergence on food security and nutrition in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, convene a Global Thematic Event on the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security, and celebrate World Food Day. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CFS 44 is here.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly – 11 December 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 01:48
Reports and news coverage around third session of the UN Environment Assembly addressed air and marine pollution, e-waste and frameworks for tackling the challenges. The UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy and German Development Institute released a joint publication on Green Industrial Policy. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research analyzed synergies and trade-offs across the SDG framework, with a focus on responsible consumption and production.

Event: Fifth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 05:43
The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) is expected to take place during the last week of February 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017. By the text, the Assembly decided that going forward, UNEA will convene during the last week in February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA. We will update this page as more information becomes available. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNEA-3 is here.