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APA Co-Chairs Detail Expectations for Bonn Climate Change Conference

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:06
In their reflections note, the APA Co-Chairs express confidence that the APA is “on track” to fulfill its mandate but acknowledge that, given the “breadth and complexity” of topics, the pace of work must be significantly increased. The note calls for producing an agreed basis for negotiations that can be worked on, through iterations, until the end of the APA’s mandate at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018. It outlines progress made thus far on each agenda item and expectations for each at APA 1-5.

SOI Dialogue Outcome Supports Cross-Sectoral Collaboration

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:59
The SOI Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies discussed ways to accelerate achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the SDGs. The meeting’s outcome document, the Seoul Outcome Plus +2, recognizes the role of cross-sectoral collaboration in enhancing ecosystem-based approaches and area management tools, and in preventing pollution. The Seoul Outcome Plus +2 also proposes a roadmap to translate the meeting’s recommendations into practice.

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Guidance for Aligning Infrastructure Investments with Sustainability Objectives

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:53
The Inter-American Development Bank has produced guidance on aligning development and infrastructure with sustainability objectives and published its 2017 Sustainability Report. A report from Carbon Tracker Initiative has shown that US$1.6 trillion of carbon-intensive infrastructure investments are at risk by 2025. The first meeting of the International Solar Alliance saw the announcement of several agreements and financing commitments.

NAMA Update: What are Success Factors of the Financial Mechanisms Attached to NAMAs?

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:31
NAMA Facility reports a high proportion of NAMA Support Project Outlines received during the 5th Call have been found eligible. Ecofys analysis highlights lack of successful financial mechanisms attached to NAMAs as one reason behind limited success in securing funds. Countries and organisations discuss climate actions, enhanced cooperation and capacity building, including with focus on transparency.

World Bank Report Reviews SDG Achievement in Water-Scarce Cities

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:13
A World Bank report highlights water security as an integral part of achieving the SDGs, arguing that human development, livable cities, climate change, food security and energy security all hinge on access to water and sanitation services. The report draws on experiences from 20 water-scarce cities around the world, in both developed and developing countries, and proposes a range of measures for improving urban water supply security.

Parties Provide Inputs to Talanoa Dialogue

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:45
Party submissions thus far include those from the Arab Group, CARICOM, the EU, Australia, China, Ethiopia, Fiji, Indonesia, Norway and Palestine. Input has also been provided by Switzerland, Costa Rica, Finland, New Zealand and Sweden, supported by Monaco. Submissions assess current progress towards the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, underscoring the gap between “where we are” and “where we want to go”.

Africa Clean Mobility Week Explores Options for Cleaner Mobility Solutions

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:37
Participants at Africa Clean Mobility Week explored opportunities for Africa to leapfrog to cleaner and more efficient mobility solutions. The conference focused on four themes: improving the fuel efficiency of Africa's vehicles, advancing electric mobility across the continent, regulating the import of used vehicles, and promoting sustainable transport infrastructure.

Guest Article: An End to Electronic Waste – Building the E-waste Coalition

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:14
UN organizations that are active on addressing global e-waste have signed a Letter of Intent paving the way for coordination and collaboration on United Nations system-wide support for e-waste management. Envisaged plans to be pursued through the Letter of Intent include more engagement with electronics manufacturers and recyclers and pilot projects to address downstream e-waste management activities and consumer behavior.

Event: G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:05
The Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency will meet to discuss how to promote a transformative G7 agenda and support leaders and ministers in ensuring that gender equality and gender-based analysis are integrated across all themes, activities and outcomes of Canada’s G7 Presidency. The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The Group of Seven (G7) presidency for 2018 has selected five themes to guide discussions during the year: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world.

Event: G7 Foreign Affairs and Security Ministers: Building a More Peaceful and Secure World

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 03:01
G7 Foreign Affairs and Security Ministers will discuss the theme, 'Building a more peaceful and secure world,' during this event. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair the discussion sessions on foreign affairs with her G7 counterparts. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, will chair the discussions sessions on public safety with his G7 counterparts. Ministers will co-chair a joint session on 23 April. The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The Group of Seven (G7) presidency for 2018 has selected five themes to guide discussions during the year: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world.

Event: Science 7 (S7) Our Digital Future Summit

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:38
The Science 7 (S7) Our Digital Future Summit will be hosted by the Royal Society of Canada and will bring together agencies, academies, and universities throughout Canada, the G7 member States and the European Union. This is the second meeting of the S7. The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The Group of Seven (G7) presidency for 2018 has selected five themes to guide discussions during the year: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world.

Event: Women 7 (W7)

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:35
The Women 7 (W7) meeting will convene women’s rights advocacy groups and experts from all G7 member States and the European Union to discuss gender equality. The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The Group of Seven (G7) presidency for 2018 has selected five themes to guide discussions during the year: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world.

Event: Civil Society 7 (C7)

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:29
The Civil Society 7 (C7) meeting in will bring together delegates from all G7 member States and the European Union to discuss and form policy recommendations. The 2018 Group of Seven (G7) Leaders' Summit will convene under the presidency of Canada in Charlevoix, Quebec, from 8-9 June 2018. The Group of Seven (G7) presidency for 2018 has selected five themes to guide discussions during the year: investing in growth that works for everyone; preparing for jobs of the future; advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy; and building a more peaceful and secure world.

Event: 8th Green Standards Week

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:22
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), UN University (UNU), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Basel Convention and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), in partnership with the Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF) and Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA), are organizing the eighth edition of the Green Standards Week. The Green Standards Week acts as a global platform for discussion and knowledge sharing to raise awareness of the importance of and opportunities for using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to protect the environment, unlock the potential of circular economy and expedite the transition to smart sustainable cities. Dedicated to the theme ‘Linking circular economy and industry 4.0,’ the 2018 Green Standards Week will bring together leading specialists in the field, including policy-makers, engineers, designers, smart city planners, government officials, regulators, standards experts, academia and others. Participants will discuss, inter alia: ICT, environment and climate change; and artificial intelligence and “internet of things” in the development of smart sustainable cities under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are also expected to address regional issues for Africa and the Arab region, and receive training on e-waste statistics.

Event: Fourth IPCC Lead Author Meeting on SR15

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 02:16
Authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC (SR15) will convene to prepare the final draft of the report. The report is titled, ‘Global Warming of 1.5°C: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty’. More than 500 experts and government representatives took part in the review of the report’s Second Order Draft, resulting in nearly 25,600 review comments. SR15 is one of three special reports that the IPCC is releasing over the next two years. The other two are the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) and the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL). The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will also produce a Methodology Report on national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Blockchain in Practice

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:49
The Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development released a white paper describing how unconventional technologies such as blockchain can be leveraged to achieve sustainable development aims. Recent articles and blogs point to examples of where blockchain and cryptocurrencies are already having an impact on SDG progress. The Blockchain for Sustainable Solutions Conference and Global Festival of Action on Sustainable Development touch on applications for blockchain in supporting SDG implementation.

Sustainable Development Financing Report Pulls Alarm on Short-Termism

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 22:45
The annual IATF report sets the tone for the spring meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), followed by the annual FfD Forum. On the occasion of the launch of the 2018 report, Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for DESA, pointed out that without investing in infrastructure projects like bridges, roads and sewage systems, and if the poorest and women are cut off from access to credit and other financial services, there is little chance of achieving the SDGs.

Event: Arab Preparatory Meeting on Energy Related Issues for the 2018 AFSD and HLPF

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 06:46
The Arab Preparatory Meeting on Energy-related Issues for the 2018 Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) and the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is part of a series of meetings, which will also address water issues, and environmental and natural resources issues.

Event: Arab Preparatory Meeting on Water Issues for the 2018 AFSD and HLPF

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 06:44
The Arab Preparatory Meeting on Water Issues for the 2018 for the 2018 Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) and the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is part of a series of meetings, which will also address energy issues and environmental and natural resources issues.

Event: 2nd Latin American Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 06:43
This event will seek to foster climate resilience in Latin America by showcasing replicable experiences from research, field projects and best practice. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), with international and local partners, the symposium aims to: provide scholars, practitioners and members of governmental agencies undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in Latin America with an opportunity to present their work; foster information exchange; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for networking and exploring possibilities for cooperation.