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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Governments to Consider Revised Resolution on ECOSOC Reforms

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:40
The co-facilitators of the process to review reforms to the UN Economic and Social Council have circulated a revised draft resolution for consideration on 13 June. This version of the document includes a section on 'Operational activities for development,' establishing the segment's new role after the adoption of the resolution on the UN Development System. By the 8 June text, the UNGA review the agreed changes in conjunction with the review of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development during UNGA 74.

Delegates Continue Migration Compact Negotiations, Hear Plans for UN Migration Network

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:25
During the fifth round of negotiations of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, delegates exchanged views on the second revised draft of the compact. UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed informed Member States of plans for a UN Migration Network to succeed the Global Migration Group. IOM will serve as its coordinator and secretariat.

Main Messages from 35 VNR Countries Outline SDG Actions and Plans

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:21
Of the 47 countries scheduled to present their Voluntary National Reviews during the HLPF in July, 35 have issued main messages from their reviews. These include countries from the five UN regional groups, as well as Palestine. The VNRs will be presented during the HLPF's ministerial meeting from 16-18 July.

India-UN Fund Supports 22 Projects for SDG Implementation in First Year

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:13
The India-UN Development Partnership Fund has supported 22 projects during its first year of operation, including projects on early warning systems and governance. The Government of India initially pledged US$100 million to the fund over ten years, and more recently committed an additional US$50 million for projects in Commonwealth countries. The fund supports implementation of the SDGs in low-income countries.

World of Work Summit Highlights Links between SDG 8, SDG 16

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:10
The ILO World of Work Summit highlighted the role of employment and decent work for building and sustaining peace and resilience, with a focus on addressing on the ground realities and partnering to achieve results. Participants shared country experiences and supported efforts to address employment and decent work for all as a key component of ending and preventing conflict.

South Sudan First State of Environment Report Emphasizes Sustainable Resource Management for Peace

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:05
The report reviews the historical and geographical context and the socioeconomic and natural drivers of environmental change, and provides recommendations for addressing climate change impacts and natural hazards. According to the report, adapting and implementing the SDGs will require relevant ministries to review targets and indicators, and prioritize and incorporate them into national policy documents to help sectoral planning. The report provides recommendations for achieving the SDGs, peacebuilding through natural resources and using the environment as an investment platform in South Sudan.

Special Event Highlights "Integrated Technological Solutions" for SDGs

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:17
A special event on technological solutions for the SDGs took place as part of the Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference (G-STIC) series. The event shared key outcomes from the first edition of the Conference, in 2017, offered an early look at themes to be discussed at G-STIC 2018, and showcased examples of market-ready, integrated technological solutions for advancing the SDGs. It convened following the 2018 STI Forum.

European NGOs Launch Campaign to Drive Progress on SDG 10

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:14
European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and 24 other European NGOs launched a campaign titled 'Fight Inequality'. It that warns that without action on SDG 10, the world will not achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The NGOs launched the campaign at the 12th edition of the European Development Days.

ECLAC Calls on Countries to Sign Escazú Agreement

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:09
The ‘Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in LAC,’ or the Escazú Agreement, will open for signature on 27 September 2018 at UN Headquarters. ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena said that the Agreement reflects regional ambitions, priorities and uniqueness. The Agreement also joined InforMEA, an online platform for regional and global MEAs.

Global Climate Action Summit Co-Chairs Urge More Carbon Disclosure, Businesses Pledge to Go Climate Neutral Now

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:05
The GCAS Co-Chairs’ challenge aims to have at least 300 more disclosures by September 2018, calling for universal and standardized reporting by all governments and entities worldwide by 2030. More than 570 cities, 100 states and regions across 88 countries, and 6,300 companies have already measured and reported their climate impact through the CDP. Two companies that help businesses reduce their emissions have joined the UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now pledge.

Seawalls in Tanzania Build Climate Resilience

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:01
Around 800,000 Tanzanians could be impacted annually by flooding caused by the rising sea levels between 2070 and 2100, without significant investments in climate adaptation. Seawalls were constructed in seven sites along Tanzania’s coast. Mangrove and coral habitats were also restored as they can act as natural barriers against wave and tidal surges.

Peer Review of Germany's Sustainable Development Strategy Results in 11 Recommendations

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:51
An International Peer Review Group headed by Helen Clark has delivered its review of the German Sustainable Development Strategy to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The Group recommended 11 areas for Germany to take action, beginning with the suggestion that Germany should "Keep what works, elevate what is good, and change what has failed to deliver".

Portugal, Lebanon to Lead Open-ended Group on Environment Pact

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:39
Francisco António Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative of Portugal, and Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative of Lebanon, were appointed co-chairs of the ad-hoc open-ended group. The group is to begin its working sessions after the Secretary-General publishes a report on possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments.

Guest Article: Chad’s Accession to the Water Convention: Benefits, Lessons Learned and the 2030 Agenda

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:32
Chad is the first country from outside the pan-European region to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes. IISD interviewed the Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Fisheries, Mahamat Alifa Moussa, to learn more about Chad’s journey, motivations, and lessons learned, as well as the inter-linkages with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Guest Article: A Plan for the Future: How Strong Strategies Can Bring a More Sustainable Europe

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:27
The EU still has no strategy in place for how to meet the SDGs. The EU has not brought its policy and efforts in line with the Paris Agreement’s goals to keep temperature rise to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Getting this 2050 climate strategy right is a dire necessity as well as an opportunity for the EU to act on a global emergency, patch up its climate credibility and lead the way to an energy efficient, renewable energy future.

Guest Article: Unity in Diversity: How ITU Supports Smart Sustainable Cities and the Achievement of SDG 11

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:25
The ITU standardization expert group for ‘IoT and Smart Cities,’ ITU-T Study Group 20, develops international standards supporting the interconnection and interoperability of cities’ IoT systems. Exchange of knowledge and experience is supported by the Key Performance Indicators for Smart Sustainable Cities developed by ITU within the U4SSC initiative. U4SSC’s KPI project includes cities such as Dubai and Singapore, Switzerland’s Pully, Colombia’s Manizales, Italy’s Rimini, China’s Foshan, Uruguay’s Montevideo and Tunisia’s Kairouan and Bizerte.

FAO Discusses Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:23
Participants at the 'Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Biodiversity Mainstreaming across Agricultural Sectors' took stock of the state of current biodiversity mainstreaming efforts and considered future work under FAO's Biodiversity Mainstreaming Platform. To address multiple SDGs, FAO launched the Biodiversity Mainstreaming Platform to build bridges between sectors, identify synergies, align goals, and develop integrated cross-sectoral approaches to mainstream biodiversity in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.

GLF Event Discusses Mitigation of Land Tenure Risks

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:20
The discussion panel focused on practical examples of land tenure risk mitigation approaches from live investment cases and proposed recommendations for removing tenure barriers to investment. The discussions drew on the “first-of-its-kind” investor survey on land rights aimed to address the question, “how does the private sector think about and deal with risks to their investments stemming from unclear or weak land tenure and property rights?"

Co-Facilitators Appointed for 2019 Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:16
UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák has appointed the Permanent Representatives of Hungary and Thailand to act as co-facilitators preparations toward the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. The UN General Assembly resolved on 12 December 2017 to organize the high-level meeting (Resolution 72/139), with modalities to be agreed during the 72nd session.

New York Declaration on Forests Launches Community of Practice

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:14
The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF), endorsed in 2014, outlines ten global goals to protect and restore forests and end natural forest loss by 2030. NYDF endorsers and partners called for the Community of Practice to support collaboration and knowledge sharing towards the NYDF global goals.