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IRENA Assembly Establishes Global Commission on Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:32
The eighth session of the IRENA Assembly launched the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation to inform policy makers on how the surge in renewable energy is changing the dynamics of cooperation and trade among nations. In two ministerial round tables, Assembly participants discussed ways to accelerate renewable energy investment and potential synergies between transport electrification and renewable energy deployment. The Assembly further considered how to scale up access to renewable energy finance for SIDS and considered challenges of specific renewable energy sources.

IRENA Report Predicts All Forms of Renewable Energy Will Be Cost Competitive by 2020

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:28
IRENA's Report titled, 'Renewable Power Generation Costs 2017' shows that onshore wind energy is now cost competitive with fossil fuel-based power generation. Based on current trends in cost declines, the publication estimates that in 2020 all forms commercialized renewable power generation will be cost competitive. The main drivers for cost declines in renewable energies are technological improvements and competitive auctions for energy generation contracts in which renewable sources increasingly emerge as least cost options.

UNGA President Sets Out Vision for 2018

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:24
UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak stressed the importance of broad support for the global compact on migration, on which intergovernmental negotiations will begin on 20 February 2018. He also highlighted sustaining peace, SDG implementation, UN reforms, human rights, and defending the United Nations' "very purpose" among his priorities for the remaining eight months of the 72nd session.

UN Secretary-General Launches Migration Report Ahead of Compact Negotiations

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:19
The UN Secretary-General launched his report ‘Making Migration Work for All’, which will serve as an input to the zero draft of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration and the related intergovernmental negotiations. The report identifies key challenges and possible solutions, makes suggestions to UN Member States on framing the global compact, and includes elements for consideration on follow-up and review. It also outlines the Secretary-General’s intention to initiate internal consultations on how best to configure the UN system to coordinate the actions of the UN on migration, and calls for a review of progress on the global compact through a periodic high-level review conference.

EC High-Level Multi-stakeholder Platform on SDGs Sets Priorities

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:12
The European Commission’s high-level multi-stakeholder platform on the Sustainable Development Goals held its first meeting. The platform will support and advise the Commission on delivering the SDGs at the EU level.

WESP Update Offers Four Keys to "Move out of Crisis Mode"

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 01:06
The monthly briefing of the World Economic Situation and Prospects report calls on governments to diversify their economies, address rising inequality, establish a new financial architecture, and strengthen institutions, in order to pursue economic growth and SDG achievement. The yearly version of WESP covers expected trends in the global economy.

ECOSOC President Appoints STI Forum Co-Chairs

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:56
Toshiya Hoshino, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan, and Juan Sandoval Mendiolea, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico, will chair the third annual STI Forum, taking place from 5-6 June 2018 at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Forum will result in a co-chairs’ summary of discussions, which will serve as an input to the 2018 session of the HLPF.

World Bank Group Report Focuses on Governance, Accountability

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:48
The World Bank Group has published its report ‘Governance and The World Bank Group: Year in Review 2017: Foundations and Frontiers,’ that provides an overview of the work it carried out in 2017 to help countries build public institutions that are capable, efficient, open, inclusive and accountable. The report outlines initiatives undertaken at the national and sub-national levels.

Guest Article: The Sanitation Economy: The New Economy Set to Tackle SDG 6.2

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 23:19
Not only can business be a part of the solution that provides clean water and sanitation for all, but it can profit at the same time. The Sanitation Economy monetizes toilet provision, products and services, biological resources, health data and information, to provide benefits across business and society. This new economy is made up of three distinct sub-economies: the Toilet Economy, the Circular Sanitation Economy, and the Smart Sanitation Economy.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Looking Ahead on Green Economies, the G20 and Business Engagement

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:14
The Green Economy Coalition and Overseas Development Institute released reports on transitioning to a green economy. PwC and Corporate Citizenship each studied how businesses are engaging with the SDGs. Bond published a paper on ‘Leave No One Behind'.

Event: Global Platform for DRR 2019

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 04:00
The 2019 meeting of the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will discuss the 2019 edition of the Global Assessment Report on DRR. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 2017 meeting of the Global Platform on DRR is here.

Event: Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2018

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 03:54
The Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR 2018 (AMCDRR 2018) will take place on the theme, ‘Preventing Disaster Risk: Protecting Sustainable Development’. AMCDRR 2018 will be the second ministerial conference to take place since the adoption of the Sendai Framework in 2015. The conference will review progress in implementing the Sendai Framework, and seek to strengthen coherent implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting is expected to produce the ‘Ulaanbaatar Declaration,’ a 2018-2020 Action Plan for the Asia region, and various voluntary commitments.

Event: 28th Meeting of States Parties to UNCLOS

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 03:49
The Meeting of the States Parties is convened in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which provides, in article 319, paragraph 2 (e), that the Secretary-General "shall convene necessary meetings of States Parties in accordance with this Convention". Resolutions 49/28 and 52/26 requested that the Secretary-General should continue "preparing for and convening the Meetings of States Parties to the Convention and providing the necessary services for such meetings, in accordance with the Convention". Among other things, the Meeting elects the members of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (election of one-third of the members takes place every three years) and the members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (election of all 21 members takes place every five years). It considers, annually, the report of the Tribunal and deals with its budgetary and administrative matters. It receives information provided by the Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority and the Chairman of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on the activities of these bodies and also receives the Report of the Secretary-General under article 319 for the information of States parties on issues of a general nature, relevant to States parties, that have arisen with respect to UNCLOS.

Event: Informal Consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 03:45
The UN Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks entered into force on 11 December 2001. The 13th round of informal consultations of States Parties to the UN Fish Stocks Agreement (ICSP/13) will convene from 22-23 May 2018.

Event: Organizational Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an International Legally Binding Instrument under UNCLOS on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 03:38
The organizational session of the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction will convene at UN Headquarters in New York, US. This session follows the fourth and concluding session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under UNCLOS, which concluded with the adoption of an outcome by consensus. The outcome included non-exclusive elements of a draft ILBI text that generated convergence among most delegations, a list of main issues on which there is a divergence of views, with the indication that both do not reflect consensus. It also included a recommendation to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to take a decision, as soon as possible, on the convening of an intergovernmental conference (IGC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the fourth PrepCom is here.

Event: IFPRI-UNSCN Seminar: Investment for Nutrition

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 03:26
The UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will hold a joint policy seminar on 'Investment for Nutrition'. The organizers note that the SDGs call for the elimination of all forms of malnutrition, while the Framework for Action of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) gives insights in what action can be taken. This event aims to raise attention to the many entry points the food systems offer, and opportunities for investments to positively impact nutrition, including with regard to: healthy food system investments tailored to specific contexts; and nutrition-sensitive agricultural investments. The event can be attended in person or online.

Event: ICAO Seminar on Carbon Markets

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 03:23
Organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), this seminar addresses measures to implement the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), including carbon markets, emissions units, and criteria for eligible emissions units. Participants will have the opportunity to share information on emissions units programmes, mechanisms and projects relating to the implementation of CORSIA. The seminar will be followed by a series of regional seminars on CORSIA implementation to be held between March and April 2018.

Policy Brief: The Most Read Stories on the SDG Knowledge Hub in 2017

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 02:56
Themes of measurement and assessment, institutional reform and policy coherence, finance, and addressing gender issues emerge from a review of the top 20 most accessed stories during 2017. In 2018, we will continue to report on these themes, as the UN Secretary-General releases his next SDG Progress Report, discussions take place to align institutional agendas, private sector entities engage in the SDGs, new bonds are issued, and new guidelines for implementing the SDGs are launched.

Event: Regional Workshop on Geothermal Financing and Risk Mitigation in Africa

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 03:58
Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), this workshop addresses barriers to access financing for geothermal energy in African countries and dissemination of best practices and innovative models to finance operations and mitigate financial risks. Participants from governments, utilities and relevant public authorities will also have the opportunity to learn about IRENA's technical guidelines for geothermal energy and the IRENA Project Navigator with a focus on development risks.

Event: Workshop on Risk Mitigation in Renewable Energy Investments in Africa

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 03:55
Organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), this event will focus on risk-mitigation instruments in renewable energy investments in African countries. The workshop will provide an opportunity for renewable energy stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges of risk mitigation instruments and how to increase their availability for African renewable energy projects.