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Event: Workshop on Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Solutions in Africa

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 03:48
This event is organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in cooperation with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), a member of the CGIAR System Organization, and the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS). The workshop will provide information on how to jointly increase bioenergy availability and food security in rural Africa while ensuring positive social and environmental impacts. Presentations will include winners of IRENA's call for submission of good practices for Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Strategy in Africa 2017.

Eurostat Begins Monitoring SDG Progress

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:59
A November 2017 report from Eurostat is the first monitoring exercise under the EU's mandate to monitor progress towards the SDGs in an EU context. A set of 100 indicators was developed to monitor the SDGs in the context of EU policies, and does not cover all aspects of the SDGs.

UNEP, WHO Launch Partnership on Environmental Health

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:56
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP or UN Environment) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have announced an initiative to combat environmental health risks, which claim an estimated 12.6 million lives a year. The agencies will develop a joint work programme and hold an annual high-level meeting to evaluate progress and make recommendations for continued collaboration.

Climate Finance Institutional Update: One Planet Closes Climate Financing Year on High Note

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:46
In December 2017, the One Planet Summit and a ‘Climate Finance Day’ resulted in a high number of climate financing-related announcements. Nigeria issued a US$26.9 million sovereign green bond, becoming the fourth country in the world to do so, after Poland, France and Fiji. The GCF opened a call for concept notes and funding proposals in response to its pilot programme for REDD+ results-based payments.

FABLE Consortium Launches Programme on Integrated Land-Use and Food Systems

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:41
The FABLE Consortium aims to facilitate the development of integrated modeling tools covering agriculture, bioenergy, food security, diets, water, biodiversity, and other critical dimensions of food and land-use systems. The Consortium is coordinated by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the EAT Foundation.

UNU Brief Outlines Steps for SDG 6 Implementation

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:39
The brief describes six components "that governments can focus on to meet SDG 6 with equity and true sustainability". To ensure SDG 6 implementation, the brief also details six steps, which depend on cross-sector, inter-agency collaboration and planning.

Investors Announce LDN Fund Commitments

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:36
Three months after its official launch, the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Fund has raised approximately 30% of its target capitalization of US$300 million. The LDN Fund, promoted by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, aims to accelerate achievement of SDG target 15.3, or a land degradation neutral world by 2030.

Fifth Committee, UNGA Approve Management Reforms

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:28
The UNGA, in meetings of its Fifth Committee and plenary on 23 and 24 December 2017, approved parts of the Secretary-General’s management reform agenda, including a change in the UN budget cycle from a biennial to an annual budget period. It also adopted a US$5.397 billion budget for the UN's work in the 2018-2019 biennium, which is 5% less than the budget approved for the 2016-2017 biennium.

UN Secretary-General Releases Development System Strategy

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:26
As mandated by the 2016 QCPR resolution, the UN Secretary-General has issued a system-wide strategic document providing recommendations for the UN development system to accelerate its alignment with the 2030 Agenda. In the report, which elaborates on reforms first presented in June 2017, Guterres also proposes that the UN Development Coordination Office will assume managerial and oversight functions of the Resident Coordinators, in order to ensure a more direct reporting line to the Secretary-General.

WHO, Caribbean Countries End Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:23
WHO has supported several countries to prevent HIV and other communicable diseases from being passed from mother to child during pregnancy, labor, delivery or breastfeeding. In December 2017, six Caribbean countries joined this group, successfully ending mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis.

CGIAR Consortium Celebrates “Big Wins” with Enhanced SDG Alignment

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 02:21
The CGIAR Consortium published its 2016 Annual Report titled, ‘Innovations for Global Food Security’. Among relevant SDG targets, the report highlights achievements related to nutrition and health, climate change, soils and degraded land, food systems waste, food safety and the global stewardship of genetic resources.

Event: Eleventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 23:24

The Eleventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process) will convene from 23-24 August.

The General Assembly, in its resolution 71/257 of 23 December 2017, on 'Oceans and the law of the sea,' recalled that the Regular Process shall be overseen and guided by its Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole, and decided that the Working Group shall facilitate the delivery of the outputs of the second cycle as outlined in the programme of work for the period 2017-2020 for the second cycle of the Regular Process.

The Regular Process is expected to meet twice in 2018 to: approve an outline of the 'World Ocean Assessment;' and to provide recommendations to the UN General Assembly on the preparation of the assessment. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the ninth meeting of the Regular Process is here.

Event: Tenth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 23:11
The Tenth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (Regular Process) will convene from 28 February to 1 March 2018. The General Assembly, in its resolution 71/257 of 23 December 2017, on 'Oceans and the law of the sea,' recalled that the Regular Process shall be overseen and guided by its Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole, and decided that the Working Group shall facilitate the delivery of the outputs of the second cycle as outlined in the programme of work for the period 2017-2020 for the second cycle of the Regular Process. The Regular Process is expected to meet twice in 2018 to: approve an outline of the 'World Ocean Assessment;' and to provide recommendations to the UN General Assembly on the preparation of the assessment. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the ninth meeting of the Regular Process is here.

Event: Forty-sixth Session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 22:53
The forty-sixth session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will convene for a seven week period, from 29 January to 16 March. From 29 January to 2 February, the Subcommissions will meet. From 5-9 February and 5-9 March, the Plenary will convene. Subcomissions will meet again from 12 February to 2 March, and 12-16 March.

Event: Expert Group Meeting on Interlinkages

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 22:49
The UN Division for Sustainable Development is organizing an expert group meeting (EGM) on interlinkages among the SDGs, in preparation for the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Event: Subregional Workshop on the Management of Mercury Containing Lamps

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 08:12
This subregional workshop on the management of mercury containing lamps is organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Local Affairs Tunisia and the Tunis International Center for Environmental Technologies (CITET). Experts from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan Morocco, and Tunisia, the private sector and civil society will exchange expertise and experiences on the environmental sound management of mercury containing lamps and to enhance regional cooperation and coordination among the invited countries in this area, in order to assist in the implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.

Event: Fifth Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 06:52
As lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Georgia will host the 5th OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 17-19 July 2018. The OGP 2018 Global Summit will focus on civic engagement, fighting against corruption, and public service delivery. The objectives of the Summit are to promote peer learning, inspire OGP reformers to raise the level of ambition, and push the open government agenda forward to address new challenges and improve the lives of citizens around the world.

Event: Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI3)

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 01:08
The Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) will be jointly hosted by the European Commission, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, and will focus on promoting the green transition. The events associated with the CEM will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmö, Sweden. The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI) are parallel collaborations led by the energy ministers of the G20 and Nordic countries. The Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI3) will take place at Malmö Live on 23 May 2018, followed by the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) in Copenhagen on 24 May. The CEM consists of 24 countries and the EU, who together account for 90% of all investment in clean energy in the world and 75% of global GHG emissions. CEM focuses on practical co-operation, the exchange of good ideas and experiences within green solutions and the involvement of the private sector. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CEM8 is here.

Event: 24th Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority (Second Part)

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:21
The International Seabed Authority (ISA) is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the 1994 Agreement relating to the Implementation of Part XI of UNCLOS. The Authority is the organization through which States Parties to the Convention organize and control activities in the seabed, ocean floor and subsoil beyond the limits of national jurisdiction. At Annual Sessions of the International Seabed Authority, representatives from member States of the Authority meet to discuss and formulate the work of the Authority and its Secretariat. The 24th Annual Session (ISA 24) will be held in two parts, the first in March 2018 and the second in July 2018. During the first part, the Council will meet the 5-9 March, while the Legal and Technical Commission will convene the 12-23 March. The dates for the second part are: 2-13 July for the Legal and Technical Commission; 9-12 July for the Finance Committee; 16-20 July for the Council; and 23-27 July for the Assembly. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority is here.

Event: UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 05:15
The 19th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-19) will convene at UN Headquarters in New York, US. It will take place immediately after the 28th Meeting of States Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which will convene from 11-14 June. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of ICP-18 is here.