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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Event: International Day for Disaster Reduction

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:05

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, following a call by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for a day to promote a global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction. Held on 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. 

The 2018 edition of the Day will focus on Target C of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) on reducing disaster economic losses in relation to global gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.

Event: Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:02

African and Arab States, as well as intergovernmental and UN organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, women, youth, civil society and other stakeholders, will come together for the first time to participate in the Africa-Arab Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), hosted by Tunisia, in cooperation with the African Union Commission (AUC), the League of Arab States (LAS) and the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR). 

The forum will address the theme, ‘Towards Disaster Risk-informed and Inclusive Sustainable Development,’ and will take stock of progress made in, and reaffirm political commitment to achieving, implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR, thereby contributing to the realization of Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The platform will  provide the regions with opportunities to share knowledge, experiences and best practices in advancing DRR. Its outcomes will inform the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the 2019 Global Platform for DRR.

Event: Seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII)

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 04:00

The seventh Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VII) on the theme, ‘Supporting the Implementation of the Paris Agreement in Africa: From Policies to Action,’ will bring together stakeholders to examine Africa’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and to define actionable climate interventions.

Its specific objectives are to: provide space and facilitate science-practice-policy dialogue to unpack the options available for NDC implementation in Africa; address the missing links for enhanced uptake and use of climate information services (CIS) into development planning, policy and practice in the region, including sectoral NDCs; and understand the various options to finance climate actions, including the modalities for unlocking available and new forms of climate finance, such as leveraging market mechanisms for climate actions and sustainable economic development.

The Conference, organized by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), convenes each year under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. ClimDev-Africa is a consortium of key African development institutions, including the UN Economic Commission (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

Event: 12th Meeting of the CTCN Advisory Board

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:35

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) Advisory Board will hold is 12th meeting at the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

The CTCN Advisory Board meets twice per year and provides direction on the CTCN’s fulfillment of the guidance provided by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC.

Event: 1st Africa Environment Partnership Platform

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 03:00

The 1st Africa Environment Partnership Platform will convene under the theme, ‘50 years of Environmental Governance and Sustainability in Africa’. The meeting will seek to, inter alia: enhance coordination of environmental management among stakeholders at all levels; mobilize sufficient resources for the implementation of Africa’s priority environmental programmes and projects; enhance linkages between Africa’s environment and key productive socioeconomic sectors such as trade, infrastructure and the extractive industry; enhance knowledge sharing and capacity development initiatives on the environment; and facilitate the monitoring and evaluation of environmental priority programmes and projects at regional and continental levels.

The meeting, organized by UN Environment and the African Union (AU), jointly with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency, will take place back-to-back with the Seventh Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment.

The objective of the Africa Environment Partnership Platform is to promote sustainable environment management in Africa through enhanced partnership, coordination and harmonization of activities.

Event: Seventh Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:58

The Seventh Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), organized by UN Environment and the African Union (AU), jointly with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency, will consider key issues to be discussed at the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in 2019 and Africa’s common approach for engagement in the Assembly. Themed, ‘Turning Environmental Policies into Action through Innovative Solutions,’ the meeting will focus on how environmental challenges can be addressed through innovative solutions and interventions and by promoting sustainable consumption and production.

The special session will provide an opportunity for the continent to prepare for the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), as well as UNFCCC COP 24.

The special session will be held back-to-back with the first meeting of the Africa Environment Partnership Platform, and will consist of a meeting of the expert group to be held from 17-18 September, and a ministerial segment on 19 September.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: The Belt and Road Initiative and China’s Investment in Africa

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:51
Academics have discussed the possibilities and pitfalls of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. ICTSD and IIED explore trends in and implications of China’s investments in Africa, while Impakter examines a “trade-down” versus “grassroots-up” approach to SDG implementation, with a focus on agriculture. Brookings compares the US market-driven approach in Africa to that of China’s state-led model.

Event: First Arctic Resilience Forum

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:30

The first Arctic Resilience Forum aims to form a better understanding of the opportunities for cooperation connected to the resilience of the Arctic, and to showcase and learn from concrete best practices in the region. The two-day event will focus on climate resilience.

The Arctic Resilience Forum is organized by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry on behalf of the Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The programme is prepared in cooperation with the Arctic Resilience Action Framework (ARAF) Implementation Team, with support from the Arctic Council Secretariat and inputs from the Arctic Council Working Groups. 

Event: Towards a Global Pact for the Environment

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:29

An ad hoc open‑ended working group to consider a technical and evidence-based report that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments with a view to strengthening their implementation, established by UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 72/272 of 10 May 2018, will convene for the organizational session. The working group is co-chaired by the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Lebanon to the UN.

This organizational session will be followed by a series of substantive meetings. The working group is expected to present its recommendations to the UNGA during the first semester of 2019.

Event: UArctic Congress 2018

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 02:25

The UArctic Congress 2018, hosted by the University of Oulu and the University of Helsinki as part of Finland’s Arctic Council Chairmanship programme, comprises key UArctic meetings and a science conference.

The event will highlight the themes and priorities of the Finnish chairmanship, including the SDGs, supporting gender equality and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The UArctic Congress will feature, inter alia, sessions, aligned with the four priorities of Finland’s Chairmanship, on environmental protection, connectivity, meteorological cooperation, and education, as well as side events.

The UArctic Congress aims to take the Arctic agenda forward by creating and strengthening collaborations that produce new findings and solutions for the future of the Arctic region. It will bring together institutional leaders, indigenous representatives, academics, scientists and students from around the Circumpolar North and beyond. The UArctic Congress, organized by partners from Finnish government, academia, research institutes and others, will begin in Oulu, from 3-6 September, and conclude in Helsinki on 7 September.

Event: UN World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC)

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 03:35

The United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC) will address the theme, 'The Geospatial Way to a Better World'. This event will bring together stakeholders at the highest level to address and ensure that geospatial information has its widest and fullest utility in service of social, economic and environmental development. 

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), as the Secretariat for the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in collaboration with the Government of China, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, will host the event.

The organization of UNWGIC follows from the mandate of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to the Committee of Experts to convene global forums to promote comprehensive dialogue on global geospatial information management with all relevant governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. 

In addition to the UNWGIC, which will convene from 19-21 November, events will take place from 19-23 November, including global and regional meetings, workshops and learning events, side events, and the annual (2018) plenary meeting of national representatives from Member States to the Regional Committee of United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management for Asia and the Pacific (UN-GGIM-AP), as well as the annual UN-GGIM Expanded Bureau meeting.

Policy Brief: Monthly Forecast August 2018: Civil Society, Youth, Water, and a Full Agenda for the Final Quarter of 2018

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:58
In preparation for the Group of 20 (G20) meeting later this year in Argentina, two critical groups of actors are convening for preparatory “Engagement track” discussions: the Civil Society 20 (C20) Summit and the Youth 20 (Y20) Summit. World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and partners, will focus on the theme, 'Water, Ecosystems and Human Development'. Behind the scenes, preparations will be underway for another very busy final quarter to the year, including on climate change, biodiversity, and finance.

APA Co-Chairs Prepare “Tools” to Facilitate Bangkok Climate Discussions

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:56
The tools include proposals for streamlining the text, examples of how Parties could further progress towards developing an agreed basis for negotiations, and various options and formulations on a range of issues under each agenda item. The APA Co-Chairs emphasize that: all options identified by Parties remain on the table; no new substantive concepts or textual narratives were inserted and no existing ones deleted; and Parties can still make submissions on any agenda item.

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Migration Conference, Decisions on UHC Meeting, SAMOA Pathway Review

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:54
In its resolution on the migration conference, the UNGA recommends that the conference result in adoption of an intergovernmental negotiated and agreed outcome. The UNGA decided on arrangements for several high-level meetings, including the dates for the 74th session of the UNGA’s General Debate in 2019 and high-level meetings on universal health coverage and the review of implementation of the SAMOA Pathway.

Agencies Find Poor Quality Healthcare Stymies Universal Health Coverage

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:47
The World Bank, the WHO and the OECD published a joint review of healthcare quality around the world, which finds that inaccurate diagnoses, inappropriate treatment and hospital infections are problems in all countries. The agencies argue that universal health coverage (SDG target 3.8) cannot become a reality unless healthcare quality also improves. They call on governments to take urgent steps to improve health systems and engage citizens in designing new models of care to meet the needs of local communities.

WHO, UNICEF Deploy Aid to Ebola Outbreak in DRC

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:45
WHO is distributing a vaccine that has recently been shown to be effective in limiting the spread of the disease. UNICEF is communicating information about Ebola among the local communities, providing clean water supply and giving psychosocial support to children and families affected by the disease.

EU Carbon Accounting System to Measure Forest Impacts on GHG Emissions

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:43
The new accounting system calculates the effect of forests on GHG mitigation by using factual evidence rather than forecasts of projected future policy impacts, as previous systems have done. The EU is expected to use this new system to measure the contribution of the LULUCF sector in its climate strategy.

Guide Facilitates Businesses’ Integration of SDGs into Corporate Reporting

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:42
The Global Reporting Initiative and UN Global Compact released a guide as part of an Action Platform on Reporting on the SDGs. Titled, ‘Integrating the SDGs into Corporate Reporting: A Practical Guide,’ the paper provides a three-step process to define priority SDG targets, measure and analyze progress, and report change. The document articulates a process of “principled prioritization” for the SDGs, identifying two main entry points for companies.

FAO Report Calls for Urgent Assistance to Underfunded Crises

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:40
FAO released a mid-year update on funding for agriculture-based humanitarian action that highlights critical needs and funding requirements for interventions in the second half of 2018. FAO has received less than 30 percent of the US$1 billion that it requested to meet the urgent needs of 33 million people worldwide who are facing acute hunger and food insecurity.

UNDP Joins Consortium to Develop Safe AI for SDGs

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:32
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has joined a consortium of companies, academics, and NGOs working to ensure that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is developed in a safe, ethical and transparent manner. Through the partnership, UNDP’s Innovation Facility will support the testing and scale-up of AI for the SDGs.