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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Event: Preparatory Meeting for ECOSOC Special Meeting 2018

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 04:57
A high-level meeting will convene to prepare for the 2018 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Special Meeting, on the theme, 'Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all'.

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

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:39
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: ECOSOC Review - Informal Meeting

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:31
The co-facilitators to lead the intergovernmental consultations on the review of UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 68/1 regarding reform of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will convene an informal meeting to discuss the timeline, outcome and other substantive and structural elements of the review process. Following the adoption of UNGA resolution 68/1 titled, ‘Review of the implementation of General Assembly resolution 61/16 on the strengthening of the Economic and Social Council,’ in 2013, ECOSOC underwent a series of reforms to strengthen the Council. By that resolution, UN Member States must review the arrangements during the 72nd UNGA session. Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland, and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar, will serve as co-facilitators to lead intergovernmental consultations on the review of Resolution 68/1.

Climate Adaptation Finance Update: MDBs Approve Projects with Co-benefits

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:25
In December 2017, the Caribbean continued to receive support for disaster risk resilience and post-hurricane recovery. Multilateral adaptation and resilience project financing targeted agricultural resilience, and road and water infrastructure. Many of the multilaterally-funded projects approved in December 2017 will have multiple co-benefits, such as job creation, poverty eradication and food security.

LDCs Technology Bank Sets Focus for 2018

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:22
The premises of the Technology Bank for the LDCs in Gebze, Turkey are under construction and are expected to be inaugurated in the spring of 2018. The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation has granted NOK 9 million (about US$1,070,550) to support the Technology Bank as it sets up operations during 2018. At its inaugural meeting, the Council of the Technology Bank agreed that in 2018, the Bank will focus on preparing a number of science, technology and innovation reviews and technology needs assessments in the world’s poorest countries.

Carbon Pricing and Markets Update: Year Closes on Chinese Carbon Market Launch

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:19
In December 2017, the One Planet Summit, convened by French President Emmanuel Macron, delivered several announcements related to carbon pricing and markets. China's announcement on a national carbon market took the center stage. Other major commitments included a new regional collaboration on carbon pricing in the Americas and pledge by five European ministers to pursue a meaningful carbon price.

IEA Predicts Flat Coal Demand Until 2022 as UK Heads Towards 2025 Coal Shutdown

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:10
The IEA's annual coal report predicts flat global coal demand from 2017-2022, resulting in a decade-long period of stagnation for the industry. The Agency's publication cites natural gas price reductions, increased demand for renewable energy, and energy efficiency improvements as the drivers of reduced coal demand. The UK Government announced plans to impose new pollution standards as aprt of its plan to phase out unabated coal power by 2025 that are considered to render coal fired electricity generation uneconomical.

Co-Facilitators Announce Negotiating Schedule for Migration Compact

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:05
Six negotiating rounds for the global compact on migration will take place at UN Headquarters, between February and July 2018. The co-facilitators intend to release the zero draft of the compact by early February, ahead of the first negotiations. The co-facilitators also issued a summary of the stocktaking meeting held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in December 2017.

Migration Co-Facilitators Circulate Summary of Stocktaking Meeting

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:02
The stocktaking meeting in Puerto Vallarta served to link the consultation phase with the negotiation phase through an in-depth analysis of the substance gathered. Some delegations called for a robust review mechanism with voluntary but clear goals, targets and indicators at global and at national levels, while others emphasized that the follow-up should primarily focus on mapping progress, sharing best practices and supporting countries in strengthening capacities for implementation, rather than monitoring compliance. The UNGA will hold an informal meeting on 11 January to hear a briefing by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on his forthcoming report on migration.

GACSA Annual Forum Focuses on Collective Action for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 02:00
The Second Annual Forum of the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture ended with a call for collective action to support climate-smart agriculture practices and systems to ensure food security, nutrition and resilience under conditions of climate change. More than 200 participants exchanged experiences and action-oriented knowledge regarding CSA practices, finance and measurement. Two regional side-events considered the scaling up of CSA in Africa and Asia.

Belgium, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to Co-Facilitate 2030 Agenda 'Synergies' Process

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:57
Inga Rhonda King, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, Permanent Representative of Belgium, will serve as co-facilitators on synergies, coherence and overlap among UN bodies in light of the 2030 Agenda. A UNGA resolution calls for identifying proposals to address gaps and duplication, for consideration during UNGA 73.

UNGA's 2018 Work Framed by Migration, Peace, SDGs and Reform

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:45
UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak said the remainder of the 72nd session will have a focus on migration, with intergovernmental negotiations beginning in February 2018. He also highlighted a high-level event on sustaining peace, three events to be convened in support of SDG implementation, and several ongoing reform processes, among the priorities for the remainder of UNGA 72.

Co-Facilitators Initiate ECOSOC Review Process

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:40
The first informal meeting to discuss the review of UNGA resolution 68/1 regarding reform of ECOSOC will take place on 1 February 2018. Delegates are expected to discuss, inter alia: the timeline and the outcome of the review; the approach to carry out the review; ways by which ECOSOC could generate effective “leadership, strategic direction and specific guidance;” and augmenting the added-value coming from the various interlinked functions of the ECOSOC cycle.

UNISDR Launches Monitoring Process for Sendai Framework, SDGs

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:38
UNISDR launched a process for monitoring implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction that also helps measure progress towards the SDGs on poverty, sustainable cities and climate action. In Asia, a UNISDR partnership affirmed its commitment to the Sendai Framework target of increasing the number of countries that have national and local DRR strategies.

UNEP, BNP Paribas Partner to Meet Climate Goals, SDGs

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:35
The projects together could contribute over 30% to achievement of the Paris Agreement. Erik Solheim, UNEP Executive Director, called for a tenfold increase in climate finance that goes towards sustainable land use. The projects will include participation of all stakeholders, including women and indigenous peoples and local communities.

UN Campaign, Science Academies to Raise SDG Awareness

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:31
Two separate surveys among scientific academies and people in the Philippines found low awareness of the SDGs among the scientific community as well as ordinary citizens. To address this issue, the UN SDG Action Campaign is creating space for people to engage in implementation and monitoring, while the InterAcademy Partnership, a global network of science agencies, has published an SDG guide for its members.

UN Recommends Measures to Tackle Air Pollution, Antimicrobial Resistance

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:27
UNICEF assesses the impacts of air pollution on infants, noting the serious and widespread nature of the problem in South Asia and parts of East Asia and the Pacific. UNEP warns that antibiotics in the environment are causing bacteria to evolve into "ferocious superbugs" that pose a major health risk.

IAEG-SDGs Reclassifies Indicators, Advances Work on Reporting Flows, Data Disaggregation

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:22
The sixth meeting of the UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators convened in Manama, Bahrain, from 11-14 November 2017. The Group decided to reclassify 44 indicators, to better reflect their methodological development and the availability of data to measure them. The Group also agreed on work to develop guidelines on data disaggregation and on data flows between country and global levels for reporting on the SDGs.

UN Launches Initiatives to Unleash Big Data for Sustainable Development

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 01:02
The UN System Staff College with the Data-Pop Alliance launched a platform offering online courses on big data will conduct face-to-face trainings as well. The UN Statistics Division with the GIS software company Esri have set up a data hub enabling countries to use mapping software to monitor progress on the SDGs. The Data-Pop Alliance also issued a 12-point plan on privacy and governance issues to unleash big data-driven innovation.

Expert, Stakeholder and Regional Meetings Convening Ahead of HLPF 2018

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 00:57
The 2018 HLPF will include: an in-depth review of six SDGs; Voluntary National Reviews by 48 Member States; a high-level discussion of the 2018 theme; and the SDG Business Forum, Local Authorities Forum, Partnerships Exchange and numerous side events. A revised set of guidelines for preparing VNRs is expected to be released in early 2018.