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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Governments Discuss Dates for 2019 HLPF under UNGA Auspices

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:59
Governments discussed an UNGA draft decision on scheduling the dates of high-level meetings in the beginning of the 74th session of the Assembly. Cuba said the HLPF under the UNGA should take place in July, while Mexico and Japan noted that, to benefit from participation at the highest-level, the HLPF under UNGA auspices should take place in September, before the high-level week.

VNR 2018 Main Messages Available for 45 Countries

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:58
Of the 47 countries presenting their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 HLPF in July, 45 have made their report's main messages available. This update focuses on 10 countries for which VNR main messages were available online between 7 June and 18 June, complementing our reporting on the first 35 countries for which VNR messages were available by 7 June. The UN Secretariat has posted online an unedited version of a compilation of the 2018 VNR main messages.

Canadian City Tracks Well-being against SDGs

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:58
The fourth edition of the report titled, 'Our City: A Peg Report on Sustainability,' evaluates progress in Winnipeg, Canada towards environmental, economic and social well-being. The data used to produce the report was drawn from Peg, an online community indicator system (CIS) relaunched on 15 June 2018, with its indicators aligned to the SDGs.

Brookings Institution Examines SDG Coverage in Newspapers, Academic Journals

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:57
A Brookings Institution blog on ‘Who is Talking about the UN Sustainable Development Goals?' highlights findings from an assessment of MDG and SDG coverage in a cross-section of 16 major print media outlets and 13 academic journals from 2000 to 2016. When examining a selection of newspapers from emerging economies, including in India, South Africa and Nigeria, the authors note a higher number of MDG-SDG mentions compared to newspapers from advanced economies.

UN Secretary-General Says Peace Requires Human Rights Protection

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:56
13 June marked the 100-day countdown to the International Day of Peace, which will consider the theme, ‘The Right to Peace: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70’. On the occasion of the 100-day countdown, Guterres remarked that peace requires standing up for human rights. The UN also invites people to share ideas on what the right to peace means to them, using the hashtags #peaceday and #standup4humanrights.

Global Observances and Initiatives Focus on Plastics, Illegal Fishing

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:56
UNEP and partners released a 'Pacific Marine Climate Change Report Card 2018,' which summarizes the impacts of climate change and other stressors on Pacific islands' coasts and seas. UNDP launched a global campaign encouraging volunteerism in support of SDG 14 achievement. An ocean plastic-cleaning machine will begin collecting marine debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Open Letter to HLPF Calls for Urgent Water Action

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:56
International water and development agencies issued an open letter to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), calling on the UN system and governments to build resilience through urgent action on water. The letter is meant to build momentum heading into the July 2018 session of the HLPF, which will review progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6). As of 6 June, 21 UN and other multilateral agencies, research organizations and NGOs had signed the letter.

Sitra Report Highlights Circular Economy as Critical to Achieving Paris Agreement Goals

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:55
According to the study, developing circularity of materials already in use could significantly reduce emissions from heavy industry. The report recommends that the EU adopt circular business models, including stronger incentives to adopt such models, increased recirculation of materials and more material efficient products. The UNFCCC also recently focused on the circular economy, co-convening a Technical Expert Meetings on Mitigation during the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn in May, where participants highlighted the benefits of a circular economy.

ECOSOC Functional Commissions Submit HLPF Input

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:55
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) functional commissions provided a synthesis of their voluntary submissions prepared as inputs to the HLPF. The synthesis provides a detailed analysis of the SDGs to be reviewed by the HLPF in 2018. It notes that current trends are not compatible with achieving the 2030 Agenda in its given time frame.

ICAT Launches Updated Climate Transparency and Reporting Guidance

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 00:54
ICAT guidance documents address GHG impacts in the renewable energy, buildings, transport, agriculture and forestry sectors, as well as broader sustainable development and transformational impacts. The guidance aims to help users assess the impacts of policies and actions in an integrated manner, and assist decision makers in developing strategies for achieving mitigation and broader sustainable development objectives, including the SDGs. The Sustainable Development Guidance is informed by and compatible with the SDGs, and aims to help users assess the impact of policies and actions in relation to the SDGs.

Event: 32nd Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:41
The 32nd meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) will convene in Bonn, Germany. The Adaptation Fund (AF) finances projects and programmes that help vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. It was established under the Kyoto Protocol to the UNFCCC. The Fund is financed in part by government and private donors, and also from a 2% share of proceeds of Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) issued under the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects. The Fund is supervised and managed by the AFB, which is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates and convenes meetings throughout the year. The World Bank serves as AF trustee on an interim basis.

Event: 2018 Climate Alliance International Conference

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:08
The annual Climate Alliance International Conference will bring together Climate Alliance members and other interested parties, including over 200 representatives of local-level administrative and technical staff, as well as mayors and high-level local decision makers from across Europe, to discuss hot topics in the field of climate action and climate justice while sharing experiences on local-level projects and initiatives. The theme of the 2018 conference is ‘Connecting Cities: Local Solutions for Global Challenges’. In addition to a number of side events, excursions and working groups, the event incorporates the Climate Alliance General Assembly, where each member can have a say in network affairs. Founded in 1990, Climate Alliance of European Cities with Indigenous Rainforest Peoples is a network of local authorities committed to the protection of the world’s climate.

Event: UNECE Regional Conference on Enabling Choices: Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:06
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) will convene this conference in preparation for the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and its Programme of Action, in 2019. The UNECE preparatory conference aims to assess progress and identify gaps in the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action in the region. The Conference will address policy concerns related to: population dynamics and sustainable development; families, sexual and reproductive health over the life course; and inequalities, social inclusion and rights. The regional review and conference will also serve to strengthen linkages between the ICPD and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, enhance integration of population dynamics into development planning, and reaffirm commitment to implementing the ICPD Programme of Action in the UNECE region.

A regional report covering trends and developments since the last ICPD review, in 2013, will be presented and discussed at the Conference. The report and the Conference outcome, in form of a Rapporteurs’ summary, will feed into the global ICPD review to take place at the 52nd session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 52) in 2019.

Event: African Biodiversity Summit

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:04
The Government of Egypt, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, and other partners, will convene an African Biodiversity Summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, immediately prior to the UN Biodiversity Conference. The theme of the Summit is 'Land and Ecosystem Degradation and Restoration: Priorities for Increased Resilience in Africa'.

Event: Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:56
This conference will discuss the Sustainable Development Goal on zero hunger (SDG 2) and on partnerships (SDG 17). To tackle the challenges of the SDGs, various stakeholders from governments, science, industry and civil society will discuss issues of governance, balancing synergies and trade-offs, the evidence base for sustainable food systems, and future collaboration.

Event: Global Landscapes Forum Africa Conference

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:55

Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous Peoples, scientists and youth, the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference will foster political and community support to implement the AFR100 Initiative to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030.

This regional conference will focus on the coordination and promotion of international, national and private sector support for forest and landscape restoration, while paving the way forward for forest and landscape restoration implementation. The 2018 GLF Africa Conference will showcase and discuss local to regional success stories and challenges, emphasizing ways to strengthen human, technical and financial capacities.

As a platform for discussions between experts, eyewitnesses, policymakers and the local public, the event will build on the momentum to offer emerging but concrete plans for combating deforestation and land degradation challenges in Africa. Social media: #thinklandscape #glfnairobi2018.

Event: IBFRA18 - Cool Forests at Risk?

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:53
The theme of the International Boreal Forest Research Association Cool Forests Conference (IBFRA18) is the critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems for people, bioeconomy and climate. The event will launch an initiative to raise awareness, maintain and promote the multiple, critical values, provided by those ecosystems. The conference is hosted by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in collaboration with the International Boreal Forest Research Association, the Pan-Eurasian Experiment, and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.

Event: East Asia Air Quality Forum

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:52
The annual East Asia Air Quality Forum will bring together representatives from 13 Northeast Asian cities and provinces – Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Hunan, Jinan, Jilin, Sichuan and Tongren in China; Seoul in the Republic of Korea; Kitakyushu, Kyoto and Tokyo in Japan; and Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia – as well as researchers, experts and representatives of international organizations. Participants will exchange knowledge and experiences on air quality improvement, seeking to gather ideas for future actions. The Forum is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and partners.

Event: Urban 20 (U20) Mayoral Summit

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:48

The inaugural Urban 20 (U20) Mayoral Summit will convene ahead of the 2018 G20 Leaders’ Summit.

U20 is a diplomatic initiative, convened by C40 Cities and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), to help cities develop collective messages and inclusive solutions for global issues such as climate action, the future of work and social integration. It is supported by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), among others.

Event: Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:46
The first Global Symposium on Urban and Territorial Planning (GSUTP), convening under the theme ‘Improving Planning for More Sustainable Cities and Territories,’ will provide an opportunity to discuss in an international forum the role of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning (IG-UTP) in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), following the ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 9) in February 2018, and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The symposium is organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), in partnership with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of the Government of Japan, the City of Fukuoka and Seinan Gakuin University.