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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Event: Conference on the Global Pact for the Environment

Sat, 08/19/2017 - 01:59
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council of the French Republic, will host this one-day conference to discuss the draft for a Global Pact for the Environment. In its November 2015 report titled, 'Increasing the Effectiveness of International Environmental Law: Duties of States, Rights of Individuals,' the Environmental Commission of Le Club des Juristes (CDJ) proposed the adoption of a Global Pact for the Environment to serve as a binding, universal “umbrella text” synthesizing the principles outlined in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, the Earth Charter, the World Charter for Nature, and other instruments shaping environmental governance. Subsequently, a draft pact was developed and presented to an event in Paris in June 2017, during which French President Emmanuel Macron promised to present the draft to the UN in September.

Guest Article: Harmonisation, Participation and Coherence are Key to Realising the 2030 Agenda

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:37
Two challenges – overlapping reporting requirements and less than universal compliance with human rights obligations – could be addressed by involving civil society more meaningfully in substantive processes. Furthermore, it is essential that positions on human rights matters that are taken at the UN Human Rights Council are followed up at the UN General Assembly and, most importantly, are implemented at the local level.

Guest Article: Global Goals Indicators: The Challenge of Ensuring No One is Left Uncounted in Canada

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:10
Using aggregate, internationally reported statistics, Canada is ranked 17th out of 157 countries on the 2017 SDG Index, suggesting that Canada is uniformly on track to achieve the ambitious SDGs. Recognizing that the progress reported at the national scale is far from true for all living within Canada, metrics must be formed based not only on aggregated quantitative data, but community-level, qualitative findings premised on reciprocal listening and learning.

Cities Continue to Lead on Climate Action

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:09
Former Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan and UN Environment (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim published an op-ed titled, ‘The Asian cities battling the worst air pollution are doing the most to combat it’. Orlando established a goal of moving to 100% renewables by 2050. Nevada City passed a resolution ensuring that the city’s electricity originates entirely from renewable sources by 2030 and that all energy sources are renewable by 2050.

South Australia Commissions Solar Thermal Power Plant for Baseload Energy Supply

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:00
The Government of South Australia has commissioned two innovative energy projects to procure all its energy needs from renewable sources. A thermal solar power plant with integrated heat storage will deliver 150MW of baseload electricity. A lithium-ion grid storage battery will stabilize energy supply from an existing wind farm.

UNECE Drafts Guidance for Classification of Resources to Boost SDG 12 Implementation

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:55
Human production and consumption activities produce large amounts of residual materials that could provide additional energy or raw materials for other processes. Currently many of these materials are classified as waste, making it difficult to use them for other purposes. UNECE has developed specifications to reclassify such materials as anthropogenic (human-made) resources to facilitate their re-use and recycling.

UNIDO Releases Vienna Energy Forum Report, Participates in Future Energy Forum

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:47
The report summarizes and events of the fifth edition of the Vienna Energy Forum, which explored the inter-linkages between energy, the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Conference titled, 'Energy for All,' of the Future Energy Forum discussed actions and experiences of countries and organizations in achieving access to sustainable energy for all.

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: LEG Collaborates with Partners on Work Programme Implementation, UNISDR Identifies Climate Change as Key Driver of Disasters

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:42
The LEG convened for its 32nd meeting in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from 7-10 August 2017. At the meeting, the LEG reviewed the implementation of its work programme for 2017-2018. UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for DRR Robert Glasser published an article outlining the results of a research paper titled ‘Increasing risk over time of weather-related hazards to the European population: a data-driven prognostic study’.

Governments Finalize Draft Declaration on Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:39
An intergovernmental meeting responsible for finalizing a draft declaration of ethical principles in relation to climate change took place in Paris, France, from 27-30 July 2017. UNESCO member States are expected to adopt the declaration and proclaim the principles reflected therein at the 39th session of the UNESCO General Conference, taking place in Paris from 30 October to 14 November 2017.

Doha Amendment Reaches 80 Ratifications

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:35
India, Serbia, Malawi, Malaysia, Armenia, Cuba, Burkina Faso, Australia, the Gambia, and Saint Kitts and Nevis accepted the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol since 23 September 2016. The Doha Amendment was adopted at CMP 8, which took place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November to 8 December 2012.

World Bank Finances Water Supply Infrastructure as Countries Plan for Water Scarcity

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:32
The World Bank has announced financing for several water infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia. The World Bank has also released a working paper that presents findings on the impacts of climate change on water availability. Also on water availability, UNECE and partners are supporting Algeria, Libya and Tunisia to jointly manage scare groundwater resources.

IIASA Report Exposes Hidden Trade Flows of Water, Energy, Food

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:28
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis has published a report on the virtual trade in water, energy and food in East Asia. The report highlights a mismatch between the region's water-energy-food availability and resource consumption, underscoring countries' limited attention to the environmental impacts of their economic growth strategies.

Deadline for Proposals on Innovative Data Project Approaches, HLPF Event Address Data for SDGs

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:22
Proposals for ‘Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development’ must be submitted by 1 September 2017. At a related HLPF side event, speakers discussed the need to build capacity for the data requirements of the 2030 Agenda.

EMG Nexus Dialogues to Address Environmental and Humanitarian, Urban Pollution and Health Linkages

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 22:16
The third EMG Nexus Dialogue will focus on the partnerships between the environmental and humanitarian sectors. The fourth dialogue will consider linkages between pollution and health. The second dialogue, which convened during HLPF 2017, considered the nexus between poverty and environment and the SDGs. A side event following the second nexus dialogue highlighted the value of policy coherence and embracing the challenge to do things differently.

Event: Global Goals Week 2017

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 00:16
Global Goals Week 2017 is a collective effort to maximize the value of events and activations held during UN General Assembly week and focused on driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals. Global Goals Week was originally piloted in 2016 by organizing partners Project Everyone, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Foundation. Global Goals Week 2017 events include: Hult Prize Awards Ceremony; Social Good Summit (17 September); SDG Media Zone (18—22 September); Solutions Summit; UN Private Sector Forum (18 September); Global Citizen LIVE! (18 September); Climate Week Opening Ceremony (18 September); Concordia Annual Summit (18-19 September); World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit (18-19 September); International Conference on Sustainable Development (18-19 September); Global Citizen Movement Makers (19 September); Global Goals Awards Dinner (19 September); Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers (20 September); TED Global NYC (20 September); UN Global Compact Leaders Summit (21 September); We the Future (21 September); and Global Citizen Festival (23 September).

Guest Article: Sanitation and the SDGs: Starting with the One in Everyone

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:41
Individual action combined with the necessary tools and resources can result in large numbers of people changing their lives and gaining the dignity and pride that comes with improved sanitation and hygiene. To make progress, a crosscutting approach that uses sanitation and hygiene as a ‘docking station’ to achieve not only clean water, but also other SDGs, is necessary.

Guest Article: Push-Pull for Addressing the SDGs: Implementing Holistic Agricultural Development Technology

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:39
Agriculture is at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and key towards achieving them. Push-Pull is as an example of how a knowledge intensive solution developed to address biological constraints became a proven technology directly impacting SDG 2, SDG 1, SDG 5 and SDG 15.

Index Assesses US Cities' Progress on SDGs

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:33
The first-ever US Cities SDG Index ranks the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the US based on their performance on the SDGs. The Index aims to provide a framework for action to help address sustainable development challenges faced by cities.

UN Releases Draft Resolution on Indigenous Peoples’ Participation

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:27
UN Member States have negotiated a draft resolution on indigenous peoples’ participation in UN processes. The draft resolution is based on informal consultations among Member States and indigenous peoples, which began in February 2016, and intergovernmental negotiations, which took place from May-July 2017.

UN Event Celebrates International Day of Indigenous Peoples

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 00:21
A high-level event at UN Headquarters commemorated the 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous peoples and UN officials highlighted challenges faced by indigenous peoples and discussed progress on indigenous peoples’ rights.