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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Event: 71st World Health Assembly

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 03:08
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Assembly sets WHO policies, appoints its Director-General, supervises financial poles and reviews and approves the proposed programme budget of the WHO. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 70th World Health Assembly is here.

Event: International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-Scale Agriculture and Water Management

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 03:04
The International Forum on Solar Technologies for Small-Scale Agriculture and Water Management will bring together key stakeholders from the water, energy, agriculture and rural development sectors, to engage in a debate and establish a community of practice on solar technologies in small-scale agriculture and water management. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will host this event.

Event: Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 03:02
The Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality will mobilize civil society, governments, private sector and academia from all over the world to intensify efforts for a gender equal world. The Forum will be held in a spirit of co-creation and use the strength and momentum of the UN Global Goals. It will cover critical issues and seek common solutions, around women’s and girl’s human rights, representation and access to resources. Participants will exchange experiences, methods and strengthen dialogue in order to take concrete steps moving the agenda forward. Sweden will share experiences from the feminist perspective in our foreign policy during recent years.

Policy Brief: NGO Brief: Working Together for Better Implementation of Global Agendas

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 01:14
This NGO brief highlights a selection of contributions from NGOs in the past months that are providing inputs to moving forward the SDGs, Sendai Framework for DRR and Paris Agreement on climate change, calling governments to account and pressuring them to act with their highest ambition. Inputs include C20 energy policy recommendations, a first-of-a-kind report from India on women- and child-centric approaches to development, guidance on developing long-term, low GHG emission development strategies, and a toolkit to guide support and build capacity for implementation of the Paris Agreement. The brief also highlights a pledge to make finance more sustainable through green bonds, and legal action to encourage policy change for fossil fuel companies.

Guest Article: Towards a Stronger Connection between Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The Role of the Human Rights Council

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 01:03
At its 37th regular session in March 2018, the UN Human Rights Council adopted two complementary texts aimed at mainstreaming human rights in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Taken together, the two resolutions contribute to strengthening of the normative framework that establishes mutual connection between human rights and development, in particular the 2030 Agenda.

Cooling For All Panel Discusses Sustainable Cooling Access Ahead of Flagship Report Launch

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:59
The Kigali Cooling Efficiency Program (K-CEP) hosted the Africa Cooling Efficiency Conference in Kigali, Rwanda, to explore opportunities to maximize energy efficiency of cooling solutions in the context of the global clean energy transition. Delegates discussed, among other issues, how to reduce the use of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) in cooling solutions. The Global Panel on Access to Cooling convened after the conference to prepare a report to be released at the HLPR in July.

NAP Expo 2018 Advances Formulation and Implementation of NAPs

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:53
The NAP Expo aimed to discuss country experiences, best practices, lessons learned, gaps and needs, and information on support provided and received in relation to the process to formulate and implement NAPs. The event convened amidst alarm bells sounded by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, who called for “a race to the top – with political will, innovation, financing and partnership” to counter “the most systemic threat to humankind” that is climate change. At the Expo, the NAP Global Network Secretariat, hosted by the IISD, presented its recently published synthesis report titled, ‘Towards Gender-Responsive National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes: Progress and Recommendations for the Way Forward’.

Scientists Propose Method to Assess Global Ocean Health

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:50
In a ‘Global Change Biology’ paper, a group of scientists propose using “essential ocean variables” as part of a sustained Global Ocean Observing System. The authors argue such a method can provide information on global changes in marine ecosystems and resources in response to internationally agreed needs, including data needed to monitor progress towards the SDGs, CBD Aichi Targets and the UNFCCC.

Solar Energy Installations in 2017 Topped Gas, Coal and Nuclear Combined, Amid Steady Growth in Renewables

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:47
The International Renewable Energy Agency reported that global renewable energy generation capacity grew by 167 GW in 2017, representing a stable growth rate of 8.3%. Solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity grew by 32%, followed by wind energy at 10%, driven by significant cost reductions since 2010. Another report found that new solar capacity in 2017 exceeded combined new capacity installations of coal, gas and nuclear plants.

Asian and Pacific Energy Ministers Commit to Accelerate Progress SDG 7 Implementation

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:41
Energy Ministers of the Asian and Pacific Region met at the Second Asia and Pacific Energy Forum to review regional progress in implementing SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy) and discuss cooperation towards accelerating its implementation. In their declaration, Ministers commit to increase regional cooperation, including on national SDG 7 roadmaps, phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, and analyzing regional energy trends and emerging issues. They also decided to continue reviewing SDG 7 implementation at regional level, including at the next Asian and Pacific Energy Forum to be held in 2023.

High-level Tuberculosis Meeting Set as Agencies Call for Action

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:17
The UNGA adopted a resolution on the modalities of the first-ever high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis (TB), deciding to hold the meeting on 26 September 2018. Ending the TB epidemic by 2030 is called for in the SDGs through target 3.3, which also addresses AIDS, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases. UN agencies marked World Tuberculosis Day on 24 March, with UNAIDS calling for five actions to address the challenges to preventing and curing TB and HIV.

ECOSOC Partnership Forum Discusses Big Data for SDGs

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:14
Participants in the ECOSOC Partnership Forum considered the theme, 'Partnerships for promoting opportunities, increased prosperity and sustainable development for all'. The outcome of the Forum will help shape the dialogue of the Special Meeting of the ECOSOC President on the theme, ‘Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation of all,’ and will serve as an input to the HLPF. Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact, noted that 100% of the UN leaders from 35 UN entities surveyed said partnerships with the private sector are crucial for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda.

UN Member States Begin Preparations for UNEA-4

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 00:04
Member States have agreed that the fourth UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) will focus on the theme, ‘Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production (SCP)'. In response to the theme, Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) are proposing that the scope of the meeting include not only technological innovation but also social innovation and local and indigenous knowledge.

Energy News: Events for SDG 7 Implementation, Countries Advance with Renewable Energy and Storage

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:55
The IEA held a workshop on Enhancing the Impact of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policies and launched an online resource to centralize its data and scenario projects relating to SDG 7. The Sustainable Energy Forum for East Africa aimed to promote access to renewable energy resources for East African countries. EU reports on gas an electricity use show that the EU's economic growth is decoupling from its electricity consumption. South Australia and the Netherlands announced major projects in renewable energy generation and storage, as a report from the US predicts that US energy storage installations and market size will triple in 2018.

UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme Contributes to Multiple SDGs

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:51
The synthesis report summarizes the work of the NWP in the period from May 2016 until April 2018 in preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 30 April to 10 May. Intended to inform the review of the NWP at the 48th session of the SBSTA, the report describes the progress of the NWP as a “knowledge-for-adaptation action” hub, with over 350 partner organizations, including the IISD and its SDG Knowledge Hub.

WHO Global Conference Highlights Climate Change and Health Interlinkages in SIDS

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:48
WHO is convening the Third Global Conference on Climate and Health using an innovative, geographically dispersed approach. The conference is being held in the three SIDS regions: the Pacific in Nadi, Fiji, from 15-16 March; the Indian Ocean in Saint Louis, Mauritius, from 21-22 March; and the Caribbean in Trinidad from 6-7 June. The Conference includes a formal launch in each of the regions of the special initiative on climate change and health in SIDS. The WHO initiative aims to ensure that, by 2030, all SIDS health systems are climate resilient.

EU Stakeholders Issue Advice on Financial Framework for SDGs

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:44
The position paper titled, ‘Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals through the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework of the European Union,' takes the form of an advisory report to the European Commission. It calls for adjusting the EU’s multi-annual financial framework (MFF) to “match policies and initiatives … to ensure delivering on [SDG] commitments”.

Draft SDG Index and Dashboard Track African Progress on SDGs

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:35
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the SDG Center for Africa invited comments on the draft Africa SDG Index and Dashboard, which track individual country progress on each of the 17 SDGs. Eleven African countries ranked green on SDG 13 (climate action). For eleven of the SDGs, no African country received a green score.

Social Justice Ireland Reports on Ireland's SDG Progress

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 23:30
A report by Social Justice Ireland finds that Ireland ranks 11th out of 15 similar European countries on SDG indicators. The report cautions that Ireland is lagging behind on SDGs 5, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 17. Ireland performed well on SDGs 3, 4 and 6.

Event: 7th Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA)

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 06:17
The 7th session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 7) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) will take place in December 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of MOP 6 is here.