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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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New Decision-making Tool Supports ITPGRFA National Implementation

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 00:07
The decision-making tool aims to assist national policy makers and other stakeholders in identifying appropriate measures to implement the ITPGRFA’s Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing in their countries. The tool builds on eight years of experience in working with partners in many countries to develop national policies under the framework of the Capacity-building Programme for Developing Countries on Implementation of the Treaty and its Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing, coordinated by the ITPGRFA Secretariat and jointly implemented by FAO and Bioversity International.

Summit Promotes Cooperation on Blue Carbon Initiatives

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:57
The Blue Carbon Summit highlighted opportunities to promote blue carbon development in Indonesia. Participants discussed, among other issues, a roadmap for blue carbon development in Indonesia to support discussions UNFCCC COP 24 and the Our Ocean Conference.

First Countries Report on Genetic Resources Use under Nagoya Protocol

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:49
Germany, Malta, and Qatar published their first reports on the use of genetic resources under the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing. Afghanistan, Austria, Central African Republic, and Palau are the latest countries to join the Nagoya Protocol, bringing the total number of ratifications to 109.

Global Water Partnership Brings WASH Support to Mountains of Pakistan

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:41
The partnership, supported by local government and the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, seeks to improve access to drinking water and sanitation in Chitral. The Pakistan Water Partnership team conducted several community education workshops in Chitral in July, focusing on water management, conservation, purification, sanitation and hygiene.

UN and World Bank Develop Framework for Supporting National Geospatial Information Management Initiatives

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:40
The UN Statistics Division and World Bank launched a framework for countries that seeks to guide governments in their efforts to manage geospatial information. The framework recommends seven principles and provides specific suggestions for pursuing nine strategic pathways in order to implement integrated geospatial information systems.

ESCWA Annual Report 2017 Showcases SDG Implementation in Arab Region

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:21
The 2017 Annual Report builds around three pillars of action: inclusive development, regional integration, and good governance and resilience. The ‘Arab Multidimensional Poverty Report’ provides a technical analysis of poverty in various Arab countries and areas, as well as recommendations to accelerate efforts towards realizing SDG 1 (no poverty). The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development discussed experiences in aligning the work of institutions and development plans with the SDGs, and examined Arab countries’ VNRs to help assess progress and accelerate SDG implementation. ESCWA produced a harmonized consumer price index and annual purchasing power parities to help determine the size of economies in the Arab region to enhance comparability of regional, subregional and national inflation.

City of Bristol Partners Share Lessons on Localizing SDGs

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:17
The University of Bristol Cabot Institute and Bristol Green Capital Partnership released a publication on how local actors in Bristol, UK have engaged to help drive the SDG agenda. The "Bristol Method+" includes locally-developed priorities, blended with 75 of the global SDG targets, to create "Bristol's SDGs". The paper outlines the origins of city-level action and lessons learned for integrating the SDGs into local initiatives.

IRENA Highlights Off-grid Renewable Energy’s Impact on SDG 7

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:15
IRENA published a brief on off-grid renewable energy solutions that highlights global and regional trends, noting the rates of expansion and increases in people reached by off-grid energy. IRENA describes key enabling factors, including policies and regulations, institutional frameworks, technology, capacity building, delivery and financing models.

Switzerland Aligns National Indicator System with 2030 Agenda

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 23:13
Switzerland has aligned its existing national sustainable development indicator system, MONET, with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to create MONET 2030. MONET 2030 monitors 85 indicators across all 17 SDGs and situates the Goals in a Swiss context. According to findings released in July, 39 of the indicators show a positive trend, 12 show no significant evolution, and 14 identify a reverse trend.

Ireland Releases SDG Portal that Incorporates Data, Stories and Videos

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 22:49
Ireland’s SDG portal shares its experiences with the 2030 Agenda through publicly available data, stories, videos and maps. Ireland’s SDG portal is the fifth of its kind to emerge from a partnership with Esri and the UN Statistical Division. The portal follows on the release of Ireland's national SDG implementation plan in May 2018.

2030WaterSecure Programme Scales Up Capacity-building Efforts in Africa

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 22:33
Workshop participants considered trends in e-learning, such as Massive Open Online Courses, and their potential to meet capacity needs in the region. They also discussed the nature of water problems in various parts of the African continent. Participants expressed support for UNU-INWEH and ACARE to jointly liaise with national agencies to create an Africa-focused platform for knowledge sharing under the existing 2030WaterSecure programme, to be known as 2030AfricaWaterSecure

Toolbox Highlights Interlinkages between Human Rights, Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 22:30
A toolbox by Franciscans International explains that the international community has increasingly recognized that sustainable development and climate policymaking can impact on realizing human rights. It maps existing instruments and review mechanisms, describes relevant monitoring and advocacy mechanisms, and provides information on government reporting schedules and submission of information. The publication notes that while the SDGs promote the role of the private sector and public-private partnerships, accountability mechanisms that hold businesses and governments accountable for non-compliance with human rights are lacking.

Event: Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:54

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in cooperation with the custodian agencies of the Communities of Ocean Action and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean (tbc), will host an Asia-Pacific Day for the Ocean.

The event will bring together member States, UN agencies, civil society, businesses and other ocean stakeholders to follow up on voluntary commitments for implementation of SDG 14 (life below water), build partnerships and engage in concerted regional action for a healthy ocean. 

Event: Cities Conference II: Towards Safe, Affordable and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:52

The annual Cities Conference provides a strategic platform for dialogue which supports the implementation and monitoring of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), and the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs, particularly SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), in Latin America and the Caribbean, while also contributing to fulfillment of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), among others global agendas.

Its 2018 edition themed, ‘Towards Safe, Affordable and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Latin America and the Caribbean,’ will address the need to better integrate urban planning, management and financing with mobility and transport systems in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve sustainable urban development. The conference aims to contribute to safe, affordable and sustainable urban mobility and transport by focusing on, among others: national urban mobility policies; sustainable urban mobility plans; equality and gender issues; health and active mobility; improving access to international and local financing; public-private partnerships (PPPs); smart urban mobility; and monitoring urban mobility. 

The Cities Conference II is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Assembly of Ministers and High Authorities on Housing and Urban Development of Latin America and the Caribbean (MINURVI), with the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and others.

Event: GCOS Science Day

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:50

The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Science Day aims at informing the regional and national community on activities related to systematic climate observations and their relevance to pressing environmental concerns. The 2018 Day will focus on local actions with regard to climate observations, science and adaptation in the Arctic region. The event will consist of four sessions: GCOS activities in global and regional context; the Arctic now and tomorrow; science-based information for decision makers; and climate change and observing initiatives.

GCOS is co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the International Council for Science and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment).

Event: ESCWA Workshop on Sound Institutional Environment, Cooperation, Dialogue and Partnerships for the Production and Utilization of SDG Indicator

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:46
This workshop will address the institutional environment for official statistics in support of monitoring progress towards the SDGs, including governance, leadership, coordination mechanisms and tools as well as dialogue and partnership between producers and users of data and statistics.   It will aim to achieve a common and improved understanding among the participants about institutional, organisational and managerial arrangements that can best sustain the transformation and modernisation of official statistics in order to address emerging user needs for high-quality and internationally comparable data and statistics including for the follow up and review of progress towards the 2030 Agenda.

The workshop will contribute to the development of guidelines, compilations of best practices and other training material at global and regional levels illustrating the impact of institutional, organisational and managerial arrangements on the capacity of national statistical systems to embrace the necessary transformation of official statistics.

Event: ESCAP Committee on Statistics, Sixth Session

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:36

The Committee on Statistics, Sixth Session will consider the theme, 'Navigating Policy with Data to Leave No One Behind'. The meeting will convene at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 16-19 October 2018.

ESCAP will organize this session, which aims to secure the high-level political commitment required to support the achievement of the collective vision on 'Advancing official statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: a collective vision and framework for action by the Asia-Pacific statistical community,' and thereby support the realization of the vision of the Asia-Pacific statistical community that: by 2030, national statistical systems are enabled and empowered to lead development of and to deliver innovative, trusted and timely products and services for urgently needed and evolving statistical requirements of the 2030 Agenda.

The session aims to: strengthen the understanding and appreciation by high-level decision-makers of the importance of statistics, the necessity of linking data and policy more strongly and hence the need to transform national statistical systems for the successful implementation of SDGs and national development goals; identify and prioritize actions that should be taken by national statistical offices for the national statistical systems to be more responsive to policy needs; identify and prioritize the most relevant and effective action that should be taken by government and other stakeholders to advance official statistics and its use; and to commit to take those actions.

Event: Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:23

The Ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development seeks to provide policymakers and experts from various parts of the energy sector with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the fast-paced energy transition, review the activities to date and make further progress towards meeting the SDGs. It will follow up on the recommendations from the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in June 2017 and the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The forum will comprise an opening ministerial session, plenary sessions and parallel workshops under four main tracks: energy transition and decarbonization; robust systems and infrastructure; matchmaking and investor confidence; and “hot topics” and “deep dives.” It will also include the annual sessions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency and Group of Experts on Renewable Energy.

The forum is co-organized by the Government of Ukraine and the five UN Regional Commissions, in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment), the World Bank, International Energy Agency (IEA), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other stakeolders.

Event: International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Regional Agreements

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:16

Mexico’s National Association of Environmental State Authorities (ANAAE) will convene the annual International Conference on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Regional Agreements to foster South-South cooperation between subnational governments towards more sustainable territories.

Event: 14th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 14)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:14

The 14th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 14) will discuss, inter alia: implementation of the UN strategic plan for forests 2017-2030, including voluntary announcement of voluntary national contributions and UN system-wide contributions to the implementation of the global forest goals and targets; monitoring, assessment and reporting, including progress on the development of global forest indicators; enhancing global forest policy coherence and a common international understanding of sustainable forest management; progress on the activities and operation of the Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network and availability of resources; and enhanced cooperation, coordination and engagement on forest-related issues.

The SDG Knowledge Hub story on UNFF 13 is available here.