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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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UN Secretary-General Appoints Special Adviser on Reforms

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:21
The UN Secretary-General appointed a Special Adviser on Reforms. Jens Wandel will lead a coordination structure meant to ensure a unified and cohesive approach to the change management programme across the three UN reform streams of development, peace and security, and management.

UN Global Compact Report Highlights Local Networks’, Businesses’ Contributions to SDGs

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:19
The paper focuses on five areas of business engagement: awareness raising, capacity building, recognizing leadership, policy dialogue and multi-stakeholder partnerships. It features more than 30 country examples of Local Network-led initiatives. The paper was discussed at an HLPF side event titled, ‘SDG Country Plans: A Roadmap to Private Investment,’ which served to launch the publication.

Switzerland’s VNR Reports Progress, Identifies Future Challenges

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:17
Switzerland’s first VNR reports on the status of all 17 SDGs, reflects on efforts to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development and policy coherence for sustainable development, and shares the country’s experience with institutional embedding and partnerships. Switzerland describes the role of its federal, cantonal and communal levels in SDG implementation, and notes that a non-state advisory group has identified priority challenges and organized dialogues with government.

Australia Delivers VNR, Holds Senate Inquiry on SDG Implementation

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:10
At the domestic launch of Australia’s VNR, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop highlighted SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) as being of particular importance to Australia. She launched the Australian SDGs Website developed by the Global Compact Network Australia, which showcases sustainable development initiatives by government and allows for stakeholders to upload case studies of their SDG-related work. Australia is currently holding a Senate inquiry on the SDGs, which is inviting contributions from all concerned.

Caucasus and Central Asia Ministers Commit to Forest Restoration

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:02
Representatives from Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan reaffirmed their commitments to the Bonn Challenge during a ministerial roundtable on forest landscape restoration. Participants adopted the Astana Resolution, in which they agree to identify degraded lands within their countries, work to restore them and assess the potential for further forest landscape restoration.

Event: Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 04:32
This event will explore the potential of voluntary standards as powerful tools in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will take place as a side session to the 41st ISO General Assembly (GA), and will bring together representatives of the standards community, UN agencies, corporate entities, diplomats and national policymakers. The event will present practical approaches for standards users (for example, mapping tools created by UNECE that link standards with the SDGs they can support), and examine four SDGs in detail: SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation); SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (Sustainable cities and communities); and SDG 13 (Climate action). Follow the conversation on twitter here: #StandardsfortheSDGs.

Event: An Investor’s Approach to Climate Change Policy

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 03:22
A breakfast roundtable on the theme, ‘An Investor’s Approach to Climate Change Policy,’ hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and VoLo Foundation, will convene during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. The event will discuss investors’ role in shaping climate policies that catalyze bold climate action. Speakers will assess the opportunities and challenges of developing policies that create investment incentives to accelerate clean power and reduce carbon emissions. The event is by invitation only.

Event: 100% Clean Energy Transition

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 03:20
A discussion convened by The Climate Group focusing on how companies can accelerate their 100% clean energy transition will take place during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. The event will explore innovative renewable energy solutions with corporate members of the RE100 campaign and specialist companies providing solutions to drive action and profit. Companies joining RE100, a collaborative, global initiative by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), make a global, public commitment to 100% renewable electricity.

Event: Small City Resilience

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 01:28
A roundtable discussion on small and medium-sized cities’ climate resilience, hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Cities at Hunter College (New York, US), in partnership with the National League of Cities, Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast and CitiesIPCC, will take place during Climate Week NYC 2018 and Global Goals Week 2018. Themed ‘Small City Resilience,’ the event will explore the opportunity for climate resilience that is offered by small and medium-sized cities around the world. Based on lessons from hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Irma and Maria in small cities in Louisiana, New York, Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, expert practitioners and researchers will discuss, inter alia: enabling capacities to prioritize resilience that addresses immediate community needs; political drivers to engage elected and appointed officials; measurement tools to create pragmatic and incremental resilience plans; innovative models to finance and fund the “next era” of climate resilience; and collateral benefits to ensure judicious use of limited resources.

Event: Our Ocean Conference 2018

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 13:04

The fifth Our Ocean Conference will focus on the theme, 'Our Ocean, Our Legacy,' with participants reflecting on choices and actions to maintain the sustainability of ocean resources and to preserve ocean health, as a heritage presented for our children and grandchildren.

Our Ocean Conference is focused on generating commitments and taking actions to maintain the sustainability of our oceans. Since 2014, Our Ocean Conference has generated commitments totaling around US$18 billion and 12.4 million square kilometers of marine protected areas. Our Ocean Conference 2018 will introduce the Our Ocean Commitment Registry, to facilitate tracking and review of past and new commitments. In addition, the fifth Conference is the first conference to be held in Asia, and will feature a focus on the importance of action in the region.

The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the fourth Our Ocean Conference is here; the 2016 Our Ocean Conference summary is here; the 2015 Our Ocean Conference summary is here; and the 2014 Our Ocean Conference summary is here.

Guest Article: Effective Governance for Sustainable Development: 11 Principles to Put in Practice

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:59
The UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) and UN DESA have prepared 11 basic principles that should clarify the governance agenda, taking into account different governance structures, national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities. Operationalizing the principles and undertaking related strategic actions that are known to be effective in particular contexts is essential to taking the work on principles to the next level.

UNFCCC Expert Meeting Compares National Adaptation Goals to SDGs, Sendai Framework

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:56
An expert meeting convened by the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee in Tokyo, Japan, discussed linkages between adaptation under the Paris Agreement on climate change, the SDGs and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction. Presentations by countries and UN organizations showcased how adaptation is being assessed, measured, and integrated across the multiple frameworks’ implementation efforts, and challenges faced. A background paper prepared by the Adaptation Committee examines the goals and indicators on adaptation under the three frameworks, noting countries’ different approaches.

Global Climate Action Summit Selects 22 “Climate Trailblazers”

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:50
The Trailblazers address a diversity of issues, including sustainable farming, green technology, climate change communication, water scarcity, climate justice and coral reefs. Six Trailblazers come from North America, three from Central or South America, two from Europe, four from Africa, three from Asia and four from Australia or Oceania.

Global Climate Action Summit Appoints UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth as Sixth Co-Chair

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:48
In a statement, Wickramanayake said her appointment represents a recognition of the transformative power of youth as equal partners in the fight against climate change. As GCAS Co-Chair, Wickramanayake will mobilize youth to lead climate efforts, and will help deliver the call to action from the Summit to the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, UNFCCC COP 24 and the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September 2019.

UNFCCC Publishes Report of the Suva Expert Dialogue on Loss and Damage

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:43
The Suva Expert Dialogue discussed risk assessment, risk transfer, risk reduction and retention, and comprehensive risk management approaches to extreme weather events and slow onset climatic processes. Regarding comprehensive risk management and access to finance, developing country and civil society representatives highlighted challenges regarding accessing post-disaster financial resources, including for the recovery and reconstruction phases. The dialogue identified the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy as an organization, which could develop tools to support risk assessment and reduction strategies for cities for integration into city and national sustainable development plans.

FAO, IFAD, IMO, WFP Report Examines Linkages Among Migration, Rural Development, Food Security

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:42
FAO, IFAD, IMO and WFP released a report on migration drivers, patterns, impacts, challenges and opportunities. The study examines evidence on the drivers of migration, from poverty and food security to environmental and climate factors. The report recommends investing in rural development, sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation and resilient livelihoods to address the adverse drivers of migration from rural areas.

New ECOSOC President Prioritizes a Successful HLPF, Climate Action

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:39
The Council elected by acclamation Inga Rhonda King, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as its new President. King described the HLPF as the centerpiece of her priorities, highlighting the HLPF meeting to be held under the UNGA in September 2019, when Heads of State and Government will review the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

ALivE Tool Enables Effective Ecosystem-based Adaption

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:34
The tool helps users understand their local context, assess risks to their ecosystems and livelihoods, identify and prioritize eco-system based adaptation measures, design projects to facilitate their implementation, and build a framework to monitor progress. An accompanying manual guides users through the tool’s features.

UN Member States Briefed on Dushanbe High-Level Conference on Water Decade

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:00
The Dushanbe Conference resulted in three outcome documents: a co-chairs’ summary; a call for action and partnership; and a final declaration titled, ‘Promoting action and policy dialogue’. The call for action and partnership will provide a guideline for future Dushanbe conferences, and Tajikistan will host this meeting on a biennial basis during the international decade – to be referred to as the “Dushanbe process” – to monitor implementation of commitments taken during the meeting. Speakers highlighted issues related to cooperation over transboundary water resources, partnerships, and the recommendations of the High-Level Panel on Water, among other topics.

Signatories to Inclusive Data Charter Showcase Commitments to Leave No One Behind

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:55
The Inclusive Data Charter, launched during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, seeks to improve the quality, quantity, availability, and financing of disaggregated data to ensure that no one is left behind. It features five principles on data' inclusion, disaggregation, collection and analysis. During the launch event, ten founding champions described efforts their organizations or governments are taking to integrate the Charter’s principles into their work.