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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Guest Article: Enabling the Global Goals: How Digital Solutions Can Help Achieve the SDGs

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:21
Today, GeSI presents its latest report, ‘Enabling the Global Goals,’ at the third SDG Business Forum in New York. The evidence shows that there is a clear, positive link between digital access and 11 of the 17 SDGs. To monitor digital access, GeSI developed a new tool: the GeSI Digital Access Index, focused solely on digital and technology indicators.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: 2018 High-level Political Forum, Part 1

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:19
The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development conducted in-depth reviews of SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. A plethora of papers and reports have been released around the Goals under review.

14 Countries Kick off 2018 VNRs at HLPF Ministerial Segment

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:08
During the opening day of the HLPF 2018 High-level Segment, 14 countries presented their VNRs. Many countries highlighted the alignment of their country’s national development plans with the 2030 Agenda, including Ecuador, Kiribati and Cabo Verde. Several discussion questions addressed stakeholder involvement in SDG implementation.

SEforALL Report Sounds Alarm on Risks Related to Lack of Access to Cooling

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 02:04
The report titled, 'Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All’, outlines the risks related to lack of access to cooling and refrigeration for health, food security, workplace safety and other issues. It finds that globally 470 million people in rural areas are suffering form lack of access to medicine and safe food, and 630 million people in urban areas exposed to health risks from extreme heatwaves. An additional 2.3 billion people are unable to afford energy efficient cooling technology.

Water Partnerships Announce Anniversaries, Future Plans for SDG 6

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:03
Implemented by WHO, GLAAS is an UN-Water initiative that supports achievement of SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation. The 2018/2019 GLAAS country survey will canvass four sections: governance; monitoring; human resources; and finance. The GWSP, marking its first anniversary, focuses on five themes - inclusion, sustainability, financing, institutions and resilience - relevant to the water-related SDGs.

HLPF Side Event Addresses Aligning Aichi Biodiversity Targets with 2030 Agenda

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 01:02
Cristiana Pașca Palmer, CBD Executive Secretary, highlighted the need for urgent, inclusive and transformative actions on biodiversity to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. CBD COP 15 in Beijing, China, in 2020 will provide the opportunity to assess the need for changes to national commitments.

First Local and Regional Governments Forum Discusses Conditions for Localizing SDGs

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:50
The first Local and Regional Governments’ Forum convened on the sidelines of the HLPF to discuss local and regional governments’ engagement in the preparation of Voluntary National Reviews and integrated territorial planning to achieve the SDGs. The Forum focused on rethinking subnational financing systems to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, local and subnational monitoring of the SDGs, and synergies and coherence, among other issues. Co-organized by DESA, UN-Habitat, the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, and Local2030, the Forum gathered approximately 200 local and regional governments and other stakeholders.

PAGE Event Discusses Green Economy Successes and Challenges

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:48
Opening the event, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner recalled that it was six years ago that the international community began discussing the SDGs and green economy, at Rio+20, and said the discussion on green economy has now taken on a positive narrative. Speakers focused on industry areas of particular importance, including textiles and chemicals. Activities to facilitate green bonds and green finance decision making were also discussed.

Peer Reviewers Highlight Recommendations for Germany's SD Strategy

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:38
A team of independent experts shared insights from a peer review of Germany’s national sustainable development strategy. The Strategy is Germany’s main framework for implementing the SDGs, and it includes SDG progress as an indicator. Marianne Beisheim, German Institute for International and Security Affairs, noted that half of the Strategy’s indicators are off track; although the process is unique, it hasn’t yet delivered results.

HLPF Side Event Considers the Contribution of Transboundary Water Cooperation to the SDGs

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:32
A side event examined the role of international water law and transboundary cooperation on water in achieving the SDGs. The event was organized in the margins of the HLPF by the Governments of Finland, Kazakhstan and Senegal, with the UNECE and UNESCO who are the custodian agencies for SDG indicator 6.5.2 on the proportion of transboundary basin areas with an operational arrangement for water cooperation.

HLPF Side Event Considers Ways to Leverage SDG Synergies to Efficiently Finance Implementation

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:30
A side event, convened by the University of Sussex, UK, and Government of Ghana in the margins of the HLPF, discussed how to maximize financial resources to simultaneously achieve multiple SDGs. Panelists outlined synergies and trade-offs in the SDG framework, noting that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to coherent implementation. While the funds do exist to implement the Goals, discussants highlighted the need for bankable, sellable projects in an enabling environment that also features strong legal protections.

Conference Seeks to Integrate Climate Change Adaptation with SDGs, Sendai Framework

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 00:26
The conference addressed a range of adaptation-related issues, including integrating climate change adaptation with the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for DRR. The EU Joint Programming Initiative convened a workshop on international cooperation in climate services for Africa. Future conferences will likely focus on consolidation of knowledge to formulate better initiatives, and on innovative ideas and solutions such as artificial intelligence, blockchain and circular economy.

Countries Reach Agreement on Migration Compact, Seek to Build Momentum

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:45
UN Member States reached consensus on the final draft of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The compact will be forwarded to the UNGA President, who will transmit the text to the intergovernmental conference in Marrakesh, Morocco. Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration, said the global compact is a “blueprint for hope”, and called for building momentum and forging partnerships in the lead-up to the conference.

HLPF Review of SDG 17 Warns Against Trade Barriers, Calls for Fulfilling Aid Commitments

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:37
The review session built on the outcomes of the ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development as well as recommendations from related processes, including the Development Cooperation Forum, the World Investment Forum, the UN World Data Forum, and the the Multistakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs. Speakers addressed issues related to aid, trade, taxation and technology, among other issues.

HLPF Finds Mixed Progress on SDG 15

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:35
Delegates noted that the Aichi Biodiversity Targets will not be achieved by their deadline of 2020, casting doubt as to whether sufficient progress is being made toward SDG 15, which shares similar targets. Speakers highlighted, among others, land management as an important issue for SDG 15, the benefits of sustainable forestry and land restoration for mitigating climate change, and the role of biodiversity protection in conflict prevention.

HLPF Partnership Exchange Explores How to Build, Maximize Collaborations for Sustainable Development

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:32
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN Office for Partnerships and UN Global Compact convened the annual Partnership Exchange on 13 July 2018. Participants identified ways of aligning diverse stakeholders, highlighting the importance of soft skills and putting in place the enabling system needed to build institutions that are fit for partnering. The Exchange showcased 15 multi-stakeholder partnerships on the SDGs under review at this year’s HLPF.

The Partnering Initiative, DESA Launch Guidebook on Maximizing Value of Partnerships for SDGs

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:29
A guidebook released by The Partnering Initiative and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs outlines how partnerships can maximize their value-add and contributions to the SDGs. The document articulates eleven ways in which value can be created both for organizations and for society, and features three case studies.

Guest Article: SDG 11: Catalysing Local Implementation of the SDGs in Asia

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:15
With more than half the world’s population living in cities, it is widely understood that the development path that cities take will have profound implications for whether the countries will be able to achieve the SDGs. Subnational reporting offers a way for many cities to track their own progress; at the same time it can also be used by national governments to better understand city needs, improve resource allocations, and incentivise new approaches and solutions.

HLPF Side Event Spotlights National-level SDG Implementation and Reporting

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:09
Participants highlighted that CSO involvement in the VNR process does not preclude a separate spotlight report. A CSO spotlight report concluded that Brazil is going backwards on all the SDGs.

HLPF Side Event Addresses Energy in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:04
The construction, transportation and industrial sectors account for over 90% of the Saudi Arabia’s energy consumption. Highlighting energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in Saudi Arabia, participants stressed the need to overcome the perception that Saudi Arabia is solely an oil producing country.