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Event: Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference II

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:44
The second Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) Conference, organized by the Fijian Presidency of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, will bring together leaders from Pacific small island developing States (SIDS), government representatives, civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), investors and financiers, regional organizations, international development partners and the private sector. The overall aim of the conference is to help mobilize the partnerships and investment needed to accelerate climate action in the Pacific, in support of the more ambitious target of keeping the global temperature increase to within 1.5°C and to achieve net-zero emissions as soon as possible. The meeting will seek to: showcase and discuss the various opportunities and challenges in the Pacific in accelerating climate action; present Pacific issues, including high-level messages from participating Pacific SIDS leaders, to the UNFCCC Talanoa Dialogue; and firm up the Pacific climate action plans for the thematic areas.

Event: Global Workshop on Long-term Low Emission and Development Strategies 2018

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:42
The 2050 Pathways Platform, Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) Global Partnership, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) Partnership, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and World Resources Institute (WRI), in cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat, will convene a workshop to kick off discussion on the process of creating a long-term, low emission and development strategy. The workshop aims to: engage governments in the development of long-term strategies by outlining importance, advantages and urgency of such strategies; highlight emerging good practice, country experiences, and expert views on and support for developing long-term strategies, as well as related challenges and ways to overcome them; explore the relationship between long-term impacts and near-term climate actions and NDC implementation; and build a community of practitioners to support the development of long-term strategies.

Event: XII UNESCO Creative Cities Network Annual Meeting

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:40
Krakow and Katowice, respectively Creative Cities of Literature and Music in Poland, and also jointly referred to as “Krakowice,” will host the 12th UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network (UCCN) annual meeting from 12-15 June 2018. The UCCN 12th annual meeting in Krakowice is themed ‘Creative Crosscroads,’ building on the idea of cross-sectoral cooperation between Creative Cities. The event will provide an opportunity for members to showcase, share and discuss joint initiatives, as well as to identify concrete projects, policies and programmes putting culture and creativity at the core of sustainable urban development, and examples of the local and international implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, notably its SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Measuring Progress towards Sustainable Cities and Communities

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 05:36
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) released its Second SDG Cities Index which ranks the 100 largest US cities on progress towards the Goals. The Peg community indicator system for Winnipeg, Canada, was relauched, with its indicators for sustainable development progress and well-being linked to the SDGs. The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3IE) examines whether community-driven development programs have built social cohesion or infrastructure.

Guest Article: Soil Biodiversity and Soil Organic Carbon: Why Should Nations Invest In It To Keep Drylands Alive?

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 04:33
Soil biodiversity and soil organic carbon are an important foundation of a broad range of ecosystem services across all four standard ecosystem service categories. Drylands encompass some of the world’s most important land use systems and significant biological diversity. Governments should aim at protecting and promoting the multi-functionality of land to ensure that land users employ sustainable approaches that are measured against the delivery of multiple goods and services.

Governments Consider Third Draft of Global Refugee Compact

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:46
A two-day consultation is underway in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the third draft of the global compact on refugees. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, circulated the revised text and a summary of the main changes made since the second draft.

Event: First Meeting of the Informal Advisory Group on Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:35
This meeting will consider: the scope, approaches and steps for revising and further developing existing scientific guidance on the application of the scientific criteria for ecologically or biologically significant marine areas (EBSAs); and the scope, approaches and steps for revising and further developing existing training manuals, including the training manual on the application of EBSAs and the training manual on the incorporation of traditional knowledge into the description and identification of EBSAs. It will also address the preliminary results of a scientific gap analysis of the process of regional workshops to facilitate the description of the EBSAs under the Convention on Biological Diversity, and implications for the future work on EBSAs; and discuss the scope, approaches and steps for improving the functionality of the EBSA repository and the information-sharing mechanism.

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Carbon Pricing Gains Traction, Banks Update Policies to Support Low-carbon Transition

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:23
The six largest Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) have released a joint report showing that their climate finance increased in 2017 by 28% to a record amount of US$35.2 billion in 2017. Several individual reports by MDBs show the growing popularity of carbon pricing and carbon-related financial disclosures. Two commercial banks, HSBC and RBS, have announced policy changes to limit global financing of carbon-intensive energy projects, such as Arctic oil exploration, oil sands development and new coal fired power plants. Solar project financing in May 2018 included the first utility-scale solar PV plants in Indonesia and a solar power complex in Morocco.

Experts Discuss Effective Multi-stakeholder Partnerships ahead of SDG 17 Review

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:20
An expert group meeting convened to support preparations for the 2018 HLPF's in-depth review of SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals). Jonahkriza Aglups, Office of the Vice President of the Philippines, said her government works with civil society organizations to assess the needs of local communities and inform policies and budget planning. David O’Connor, IUCN, said that while multi-stakeholder partnerships are important for expediting SDGs’ implementation, the drivers are the policy frameworks that regulate and enable change.

UN Releases Zero Draft on Modalities for Universal Health Coverage Meeting

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:18
The co-facilitators of negotiations towards a High-Level Meeting on universal health coverage have released the zero draft of a UN resolution outlining proposed modalities of the meeting, which is to take place in 2019. The zero draft indicates that the High-Level Meeting is planned as a one-day event, with plenary segments and multi-stakeholder panels on the overall theme of 'Universal Health Coverage: Together for a Healthier World'.

Pope Francis Urges Rapid Transition to Clean Energy

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:11
Pope Francis called for “an adequate energy mix” to fight pollution, eliminate poverty and promote social equality. He urged for developing a long-term strategy to ensure energy security. Noting the interconnectedness of challenges faced, Pope Francis said that energy access, while necessary to eliminate poverty and hunger, should also be clean and not exacerbate climate change.

Five G7 Countries and EU Pledge to Tackle Pollution in Ocean Plastics Charter

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:02
The G7 agreed on a Blueprint for Healthy Oceans, Seas and Resilient Communities that outlines commitments related to resilient coasts and coastal communities; ocean knowledge related to science and data; sustainable oceans and fisheries; and ocean plastic waste and marine litter. The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the EU committed to five overarching actions to tackle ocean plastic in the ‘Ocean Plastics Charter.’

FTSE Russell Study Highlights Investment Opportunities in Green Economy

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:56
The green economy represents 6% of the global stock market, or around US$4 trillion, coming from clean energy, energy efficiency, water, waste and pollution services. The energy industry makes up more than half of the green economy, with food, agriculture, water and transport also being important. Over the last five years, green companies generated higher returns than the broader stock market.

UNWTO Report Links Sustainable Tourism to 17 SDGs

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:54
The report describes tourism as a driver of sustainable development, and explains that tourism benefits economic growth, quality of life, environmental protection, diverse cultural heritage and world peace. The report highlights action areas and makes recommendations for governments, businesses and individuals. Among others, the publication recommends that: governments establish and enforce inclusive and integrated policy frameworks for sustainable tourism development; businesses demonstrate their commitment to sustainability in core business models and value chains with enhanced action; and individuals and civil society advocate for and adopt consciously sustainable practices and behaviors.

World Bank Approves US$100 Million for Water Supply in Indonesia

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:42
Indonesia has received a World Bank loan of US$100 million for its National Urban Water Supply Project. Indonesia has set a national target of universal access to water supply and sanitation by 2019, ahead of the 2030 deadline for SDG 6.1 on drinking water and SDG 6.2 on sanitation and hygiene.

Third STI Forum Calls for National Roadmaps, Technology Regulations

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:35
The third annual STI Forum focused on the Goals under review at the 2018 HLPF, and featured ten substantive panel discussions and a series of 90-second innovation pitches. Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank Group, explained that STI roadmaps serve as a practical building block for policy makers, the private sector, civil society and development partners, helping integrate STI into national development plans and budgets. Andrew Keen, author, called for greater regulation of companies and data privacy, adding that the UN is the right place to begin this conversation.

UNGA Adopts Resolution on UN Development System Reform

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 23:12
The UNGA held a plenary meeting on 31 May 2018 to adopt the final draft text on the repositioning of the UN development system. The Secretary-General emphasized that his preference would have been to fund the Resident Coordinator system through the regular UN budget, in order to ensure predictability, sustainability and ownership from all Member States, but noted that the hybrid funding solution put forward by the co-facilitators “is the best possible alternative". G-77/China cautioned that the Group’s Member States will bear the brunt of the costs if the resolution is poorly implemented, and the EU said the agencies of the UN development system will be “in the driver’s seat.”

Guest Article: Dust Disregards Political Boundaries, Let’s Act Together

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:27
Sand and dust storms (SDS) affect 151 countries and pose real threats to the lives, health, well-being and sustainable development of millions of people. Governments are starting to act, but they need inspiration to work together. Successful and collaborative actions on SDS contribute directly and indirectly to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Guest Article: SDG 11: Building the World’s Smart Sustainable Cities Together

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 22:24
If we want to reach the targets set out by the UN SDG 11, we need to work together to develop the tools that will help cities become truly smart and sustainable. U4SSC has facilitated the development of internationally recognized key performance indicators which allow cities to set goals and measure progress on becoming smarter and more sustainable. The creation of smart cities requires a trusted infrastructure capable of supporting an enormous volume of ICT-based applications and services, which in turn requires coordinated adherence to common standards that ensure openness and interoperability. The transformation towards resilient and sustainable societies requires the redesign of our cities as well as a radical shift in our patterns of production, consumption, and waste.

Six Countries and EU Reaffirm Strong Commitment to Paris Agreement, Carbon Neutrality at G7 Summit

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:48
In the G7 Leaders’ Summit communiqué, the G7 countries affirm their collective commitment to achieve a clean environment, clean air, clean water and healthy soil, and underscore global efforts the G7 countries are pursuing towards a sustainable and resilient future that creates jobs. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the EU reaffirm their strong commitment to ambitious action to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and achieving a global carbon-neutral economy over the course of the second half of the century, noting the importance of carbon pricing, a just transition and increasing efforts to mobilize climate finance, among others. The US notes its belief that sustainable economic growth and development depend on universal access to affordable and reliable energy resources, among others, although President Trump indicated on twitter that the US had removed its support for the Summit Communique.