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Companies Commit to Science-Based Climate Targets

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:17
Approximately 500 companies are expected to “step up and commit to set science-based targets” by the September 2018 Global Climate Action Summit. Mahindra said businesses can “future-proof growth” by setting science-based targets, which also shows governments that businesses are serious about aligning their strategies with the Paris Agreement.

UNFCCC Paper Urges Coordination on Climate, Disasters and SDGs

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:17
A technical paper by the UNFCCC explains why an integrated approach to climate change adaptation, the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is necessary. The report discusses the challenges faced in undertaking integrated action to respond to climate and disaster risks, including insufficient climate and socio-economic data, inadequate institutional capacity, and a lack of financial and technical support.

World Bank, OECD Advance Financing Initiatives for SDGs, Paris Agreement

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:15
Offering investors an opportunity to align financial and social objectives, the World Bank's first-ever bond on women empowerment was oversubscribed, with more than 40 investors placing orders for more than CAD1.2 billion. OECD’s Paris Collaborative is the first cross-country and cross-sectoral initiative designed to support governments to “green” their fiscal policy by embedding climate and other environmental commitments. The Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes adopted the first report on the status of implementation of the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEOI) Standard.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Health, Gender, and Blockchain for Financial Inclusion

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:40
The Overseas Development Institute published a working paper on violence against women and girls and links to resilience. UNICEF released its ‘2017 Countdown to 2030’ report on women’s, children’s and adolescent health. The German Development Institute (DIE) explores new opportunities for development finance in ‘A Primer on Blockchain Technology and its Potential for Financial Inclusion.’

Event: High-level Meeting on Tuberculosis

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 06:02
The 71st UNGA decided to hold a high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis in 2018. By resolution 71/159, adopted on 15 December 2016, the Assembly also requested the Secretary-General, in close collaboration with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and in consultation with Member States, to propose options and modalities for the conduct of such a meeting, including potential deliverables. On 11 January 2018, UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak announced that the Permanent Representatives of Antigua and Barbuda and Japan will co-facilitate the holding of the meeting. On 29 January, he circulated proposed elements for a resolution on the modalities of the meeting, indicating that the meeting could take place 24 or 26 September 2018. The proposed elements will be considered in a consultation on 9 February. More information on the high-level meeting is available here.

Generation 2030: ECOSOC Forum Calls on Youth to Accelerate SDG Action

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:12
The seventh annual ECOSOC Youth Forum opened on 30 January 2018, on the theme, ‘The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities'. UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak said he has prioritized the engagement of young people in his 2018 events, and that he will convene a Youth Dialogue in May 2018.

AU Summit Focuses on African Transformation, Coordination of Sustainable Development Agendas

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:12
The 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union agreed to hold an Extraordinary Summit in March 2018 to consider legal instruments related to and sign an agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (CTFA). The Assembly adopted a decision related to establishing a Single Market for Air Transport in Africa (SAATM) and recommendations related to scaling up climate finance. On the sidelines of the meeting, the AU and the UN signed a framework agreement on the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063, which aims to contribute to people-centered and planet-sensitive structural transformation in Africa.

WMO Confirms Three Warmest Years on Record, Ocean Temperatures at Record Levels

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:11
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed that 2015, 2016, and 2017 are the three warmest years on record, with 2016 holding the global record at 1.2°C above preindustrial levels. In March, the WMO will issue its full ‘Statement on the State of the Climate in 2017'. A separate a study by the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP CAS) finds that 2017 was the hottest year ever recorded for the world’s oceans.

Governments Flag Priorities for STI Forum

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:11
The third annual STI Forum will convene from 5-6 June 2018. ECOSOC President Marie Chatardova called for a "strong" outcome from the 2018 Forum, while Brazil stressed the need for gender balanced panels.

Meeting Considers Best Practices for SDG National Reporting Platforms

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:10
The UN Statistics Division organized a meeting of data managers, SDG focal points, and representatives of national statistical offices (NSOs) to examine how countries can establish and manage national reporting platforms. Participants highlighted possible approaches to the challenge of monitoring and reporting on SDG-relevant indicators in a transparent manner.

International Community Looks at Migration-Related Data, Education, Role of Faith-Based Organizations

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:09
International organizations, policy experts, statisticians, and civil society gathered in Paris, France for the first International Forum on Migration Statistics. The UN Deputy Secretary-General invited faith-based organizations to contribute to the forthcoming negotiations on the Global Compact on Migration. A joint OECD-ILO publication finds that labor migration has a relatively limited impact in terms of native-born workers’ labor market outcomes, economic growth, and public finance.

UNDP Administrator Highlights SDG, Gender Initiatives

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:09
The first regular session for 2018 of the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPs discussed the organizations' strategic frameworks. UNDP and UNOPs highlighted their goals of achieving gender parity within their agencies by 2020.

Pakistan Explores Carbon Pricing Instruments

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 01:08
Carbon pricing instruments include a tax on GHG emissions or an emissions cap-and-trade system. Pakistan's Ministry of Climate Change will launch a technical study on a possible carbon pricing instrument to help the country follow a low-carbon development path.

Event: Global Workshop for VNR Countries - Lessons and Challenges

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 17:55
A global workshop for the 48 governments that will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) will facilitate the sharing of experiences among VNR countries, including lessons learned and challenges encountered. This workshop is the second in a series of three being organized by DESA, according to a handbook for VNR countries. The first workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2017, and covered key components of the preparatory process. The third workshop will cover final preparatory matters and countries' anticipated follow-up to their VNR presentations.