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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Global Partnerships Pledge Improved Coordination for Water Security

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 01:04
Five global, multi-stakeholder water partnerships - the World Bank Water Global Practice, the 2030 Water Resources Group, the Global Water Partnership, the World Water Council, and the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate - announced plans to cooperate on water security. The partnerships will convene a series of discussions between their leaders, with a view to accelerating progress on the international water agenda.

Policy Brief: Getting to 2030: Tracking SDG Indicators for Evidence of Implementation Progress

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 01:00
As international organizations, governments and practitioners around the world focus their workplans and agendas on the 2030 Agenda, data are being collected, reported on and organized in visualizations that can begin to tell the story of where we are vis-à-vis our 2030 ambitions. The centerpiece for global assessments is the annual report that the UN Secretary-General is mandated to produce. National governments are the keepers of official statistics for their country and seek to ensure that indicator methodologies and data collection processes will result in robust, reliable datasets. Data collection at the local level is particularly important for this global agenda that seeks to “leave no one behind”.

Revised Migration Compact Draft Reflects Changes on Implementation, Review

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:30
The co-facilitators have released the ‘Draft Rev 1’ of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Key changes include elimination of language differentiating between migrants and refugees and elimination of a previous request to the Secretary-General to align the set-up of the UN system on migration with ongoing management and development system reforms. The revised draft also includes changes related to implementation and follow up and review, including language on a Regional Migration Review Forum.

Generation 2030: Youth Issue Declaration, Hold Parliament at WWF8

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:25
The WYPW, an organization of young water leaders from 80 countries around the world, convenes its Generally Assembly every three years, during the World Water Forum. The Junior Forum, attended by 70 youth leaders from around the world, concluded with a youth Call to Action that was incorporated in the outcomes of the WWF8 Citizen's Process.

‘Smoke on Water’ Report Spurs Partnership to Protect Largest Tropical Peatland

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:22
The report titled ‘Smoke on Water: Countering Global Threats from Peatland Loss and Degradation’ summarizes contributions by 30 experts from 15 organizations analyzing the threat to peatlands from agriculture, forestry, resource extraction, and infrastructure development. The Brazzaville Declaration, signed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo, and Indonesia, aims to protect the Cuvette Centrale region in the Congo Basin.

African Climate Talks Contribute to Talanoa Dialogue

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:17
In a keynote address, Lumumba Di-Aping, South Sudan, called for an African Climate Science Working Group and an AU Commissioner for Climate Change. James Murombedzi, ACPC, said the talks sought to reflect on the “global dynamics of climate governance” and their implications for Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Speakers questioned whether the Paris Agreement on climate change is an adequate framework to address the “climate crisis”.

WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:13
The checklist addresses four elements of early warning systems: disaster risk knowledge; detection, monitoring, analysis and forecasting of hazards; warning dissemination and communication; and preparedness and response capabilities. Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for DRR Mami Mizutori urged countries to incorporate the checklist into national and local DRR strategies.

WSIS Forum Highlights Critical Role of Information Technologies in Advancing SDGs

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:10
During the WSIS Forum opening ceremony, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “connecting the unconnected” is crucial for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and for sharing information and giving all people a voice. The Forum demonstrated how the WSIS and SDG processes are aligned at the implementation level and how this alignment can be strengthened. WSIS Prizes recognized success in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs in support of the SDGs.

Projects Enhance Climate Information Management, NAP Process

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:07
Liberia’s NAP project is the first African project to be financed by the GCF. It aims to advance the NAP process for medium-term investment planning in climate-sensitive sectors, including agriculture, energy, waste management, forestry and health, and in coastal areas in Liberia. Delegates attending a workshop in PNG agreed on priority actions for establishing a strategic framework and work plan for PNG’s Climate Change and Development Authority, the lead government climate change agency.

EC Conference Urges Forward Movement on Sustainable Finance

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:03
The EC hosted a High-Level Conference on Financing Sustainable Growth to advance discussion on the Action Plan on Sustainable Finance. The Action Plan presents a ten-point strategy to connect finance with sustainability in support of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. The first legislative proposals to follow up on the Action Plan on Sustainable Finance are expected to be produced by May 2018.

UN-World Bank Report Makes Business Case for Conflict Prevention

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 23:59
The UN and World Bank have published a joint report that argues for greater attention and financing for identifying the risk of violence in hotspots around the world. Such efforts could save an estimated US$5 to $70 billion a year. Jago Salmon, advisor to the UN/World Bank Partnership on Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations, stressed the need for a shift from conflict management to "inclusive prevention."

Europe Forum Queries Investability of SDGs

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 23:53
Not all the SDGs are equally actionable, and investing in some could prevent the advancement of others, according to speakers at the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe. UNEP-FI estimates that, of the US$6 trillion a year needed to achieve the SDGs, half is already flowing, with approximately 60% coming from the private sector. The EU’s new Action Plan on sustainable finance underscores the need for a "change of culture" to tackle climate change by improving transparency and accountability.

World Bank Presents Three Scenarios for "Groundswell" of Internal Climate Migration

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 23:48
A World Bank report presents three potential climate and development scenarios: pessimistic, more inclusive development, and more climate friendly. The authors report that over 143 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America could be forced to move by 2050 to escape the impacts of climate change.

WBCSD Launches CEO Guide to Water

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 22:28
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched its ‘CEO Guide to Water,’ which highlights business opportunities connected with water, and makes the business case for responsible stewardship of water resources. The Guide argues for businesses to take a risk management approach to water-related challenges.

Egypt, UN Partner on Sustainable Development Priorities

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 22:24
The strategic partnership with the UN for the period 2018-2022 was designed following national consultations, in line with Egypt’s priorities, and with more than 400 agencies. The agreement’s economic development component will be based on achieving agreed goals regarding sustainable economic development, job creation, capacity building and training. The environmental pillar focuses on effectively managing Egypt’s natural resources and mitigating environmental and climate change risks.

Event: 48th Session of the IPCC

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:30

The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 48) will convene from 1-5 October 2018, in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:29
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters convenes world leaders to discuss the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. The World Economic Forum’s mission is to improve the state of the world, which has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting objectives.

Event: Global Education Meeting

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:23
A Global Education Meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 3-5 December 2018. The meeting will follow consultations in Bolivia, France, Kenya, Thailand and Tunisia on the in-depth review of SDG 4, taking place at the 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Event: Roundtable Meeting on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:20
Following the Madrid Ministerial Decision adopted in October 2015, this meeting will address options for the procedural follow-up in order to explore possible ways to find common ground on a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe.

Event: 2nd AI for Good Global Summit

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:08
Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the UN specialized agency for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – in partnership with the XPRIZE Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and UN sister agencies, the 2nd annual AI for Good Global Summit will take action to ensure that AI accelerates progress towards the SDGs. Partner UN organizers include the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN University (UNU), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).