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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Event: Africa Days 2018

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 06:40
Organized by SOS Sahel and its partners, the second edition of the Africa Days Forum will explore the contribution of family farming and small-scale agriculture to a sustainable future for the Sahel region. The event will include a market place and field visits to showcase actions on the ground aimed at protecting the environment while ensuring the sustainable development of local communities that are dependent on agriculture. SOS Sahel organized the first Africa Days Forum in 2017 as part of its 40th Anniversary celebrations, during which the regional Food and Nutrition Security 2025 Initiative was also launched. The Initiative seeks to promote local solutions to fight desertification, while ensuring that farmers have the resources necessary to produce sufficient food.

Guest Article: Civil Society, Resolute Resistance and Renewed Purpose

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 22:31
This year's 'State of Civil Society' report from CIVICUS reaches an important conclusion: even as fundamental freedoms and democratic values are being encroached upon, peaceful acts of resolute resistance by civil society give us reasons for hope. The report encourages active citizens to join or start their own organizations, social movements and social enterprises to further rights based agendas and defend progress on human rights.

Event: Mountains 2018

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 00:00
Mountains 2018 is an international conference mean to stimulate and disseminate knowledge on mountain-related development issues. Discourse will be based on lessons learned from scientific research and practical experiences related to use and challenges of promoting sustainable development in mountain territories, including how mountains can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Mountains 2018 will be organized along two axes: ‘III Workshop on Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions;’ and the ‘II International Conference on Research for Sustainable Development in Mountain Regions’. The Workshop will focus on practical experiences related to sustainable development in mountain regions, gathering professionals and other stakeholders actively working towards this goal. The Conference will discuss issues related to scientific research and perspectives to enhance and disseminate knowledge on mountains.

Generation 2030: Youth Climate Leaders Program Empowers Youth to Tackle Climate Change

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 23:33
The first pilot of the Youth Climate Leaders Program will involve an immersion in Paris, France, and several cities in Kenya, three-month tailored field placements, and a one-week trip to COP 24 to the UNFCCC in Katowice, Poland. This year’s group project will focus on sustainable agriculture (SDG 2) and land use (SDG 15). It will support Endeleza, a non-profit organization seeking to promote human and community development through education, empowerment and sustainability, in scaling its ‘Sustainable Primary School’ program in partnership with reNature Foundation, which helps farmers to change their production method to a sustainable agroforestry system.

Resource Watch Facilitates Data Access and SDG Monitoring

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 23:31
Resource Watch is an online platform that brings together hundreds of data sets to facilitate users' efforts to evaluate and visualize the state of the environment at local, national and global levels. The platform provides API documentation to allow developers to pull its data into applications, and encourages sharing maps or apps developed with Resource Watch data.

ESCAP Updates Social Protection Toolbox

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 23:21
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has updated its Social Protection Toolbox, an online platform for policy makers to share experiences and good practices in providing healthcare and income security. The refreshed platform offers over 100 examples of good practices from around the world, and users can apply an online assessment tool to identify gaps in social protection coverage by country and population group.

Non-Aligned Movement Affirms Commitment to SDGs, Climate Action, Migration Compact

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 23:19
The 18th Mid-term Ministerial Conference of the Non- Aligned Movement focused on the theme, ‘Promoting international peace and security for sustainable development’. In the Baku Declaration, ministers identified ending poverty and hunger as the “greatest global challenge” and indispensable to achieving sustainable development. The Declaration calls for action on the SDGs, climate change, migration and a number of other issues related to peace and development.

Delegates Debate Scope of Migration Compact

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 23:17
Delegates debated the root causes of migration that the Global Compact should address. Many supported a strong focus on children and on the gender dimension of migration, with Australia calling to also add reference to people with disabilities. Several countries, including China and Russia, requested clear emphasis of the non-legally binding nature of the Compact. Bangladesh, Uganda and the Holy See, among others, stressed that this would weaken the text.

Cement Industry Initiative Releases Technology Roadmap to Cut CO2 Emissions 24% by 2050

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:59
The publication titled, 'Low-Carbon Transition in the Cement Industry,' provides a roadmap towards reducing CO2 emissions in the cement industry based on scenarios developed by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The report states that emissions from the cement industry must decrease by 24% by 2050 to achieve the IEA's 2°C Scenario. It outlines the policy and regulatory priorities, investments and technologies needed to realize this target.

FAO Launches Initiative to Scale Up Agroecology in Support of the SDGs

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:57
The Second International Symposium on Agroecology was held 3-5 April 2018 in Rome, Italy. Participants discussed how Agroecology can be scaled up so that it delivers benefits for multiple SDGs. They launched the 'Scaling up Agroecology Initiative' as a framework for concerted action and partnerships for Agroecology. They also kicked off the Future Policies Award 2018 competition, which will recognize the best enabling policies for Agroecology.

UN Initiatives Enhance Sustainable Urbanization, Land-Use Planning Efforts

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:56
During the capacity-building training on participatory urban planning for Kenya’s Turkana County, UN-Habitat called for formulating plans, which ensure that urban development incorporates environmental, social and cultural considerations. Thimphu, capital of Bhutan, formally joined UNISDR’s ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign during the Fifth Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, which convened from 28-30 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. The UNITAR and IUCN joint online course aims to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to optimize land-use planning to achieve compatible conservation and development results, including through engaging protected areas.

Hotel Study Makes Business Case for Achieving SDG 12.3

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:54
'The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Hotels,’ was co-authored by the World Resources Institute and sustainability organization WRAP, with support from Walmart Foundation and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. The findings have been welcomed by industry and sustainability actors for their potential contribution towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 12.3 of halving food waste by 2030.

Non-Party Stakeholders Provide Inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:50
In advance of the 2 April deadline, several non-Party stakeholders have submitted inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue, relating to the three questions on where we are, where we want to go and how we get there. Inputs include assessment of current progress towards the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, underscoring the gap that exists between “where we are” and “where we want to go,” and the need to enhance ambition in the 2020 NDCs. Many submissions also include stakeholders' vision for a transition to a safe future for all in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

Experts Report on Public Institutions' Readiness to Implement SDGs

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:39
In advance of CEPA 17, DESA issued organizational documents and experts’ reports on ‘Readying Public Institutions for the Implementation of the SDGs'. Topics covered by the reports include: promoting policy and institutional coherence for the SDGs; building capacities and effectively mobilizing, allocating and managing budgetary resources for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda; and building the awareness, competencies and skills of civil servants at the national and local levels. CEPA 17 will take place from 23-27 April 2018, at the UN Headquarters.

ESCAP and Asia Foundation Leverage Online Platforms for Sustainable Development

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:35
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asia Foundation launched a joint initiative to use online platforms to promote sustainable development and achieve the SDGs. The Partnership for Online Platforms & Sustainable Development (POPS) supports the use of digital technologies for diverse aims, including for education, entrepreneurship, and enabling financial inclusion of disadvantaged communities.

Global Covenant of Mayors Launches Agenda for City Research and Innovation

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:32
Through its new office in Brussels, Belgium, the Covenant will facilitate enhanced efforts to realize the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and to build a low-carbon future. The City Research and Innovation agenda will address knowledge, data and innovation gaps to help cities undertake accelerated and more ambitious climate action through urban-focused research.

Event: Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference: London 2018

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 03:48
The Government of the UK will host this conference, which will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction. The meeting will focus on three key themes. The first is tackling illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organized crime, looking to: increase collaboration across continents to tackle IWT-associated illicit financial flows and corruption; strengthen networks of  IWT law enforcement experts, helping front line countries to coordinate across the trade routes; and improve understanding of the linkages to wider security challenges. The second theme will be building coalitions, to: use levers of influence across illicit trade routes, through increased engagement with the private sector, NGOs, academia and new partners; harness technology; and share and scale up successful and innovative solutions. The third theme, closing markets, will investigate: sharing common challenges and solutions to make market closure as effective as possible, including tackling displacement to neighboring countries, and encouraging other countries to follow suit; and sharing successful approaches for reducing demand for other illegal wildlife products. SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade 2014.

Event: Comprehensive Review of Progress in Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 03:33
By UN General Assembly resolution 68/300 of 10 July 2014, the General Assembly decided to hold a comprehensive review in 2018 of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will be the third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the issue. In January 2018 UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak appointed Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy, and Elbio Rosselli, Permanent Representative of Uruguay, to co-facilitate open, transparent and inclusive consultations in preparation for the comprehensive review. Informal consultations took place in March 2018 on the modalities for the review meeting. A final draft of the resolution was circulated under the silence procedure on 28 March, indicating agreement to hold the review on the third day of the general debate for UNGA 73, which is 27 September 2018.

Event: High-Level International Forum on Sustainable Urban Development 2018

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 03:13
This forum is organized by UN-Habitat and the China Center for Urban Development (CCUD) to discuss Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) implementation and provide an open platform for sharing good practice.

Event: VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 03:10
The VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Americas will discuss how governments, ministers, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, the private sector and the media could promote the application and measurement of the expected results of the Sendai Framework for DRR in the Americas. Hosted by the Government of Colombia, in cooperation with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), the Regional Platform will represent an opportunity for governments, the private sector, civil society and others to exchange experiences regarding the implementation of the Regional Action Plan, agreed in March 2017 in Montreal, Canada, as a guide for the implementation of the Sendai Framework in the Americas.