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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Initiatives Enhance Adaptation in the MENA Region

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:07
The High-Level Conference on Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation in the Arab Region launched the ‘Arab Climate Change Assessment Report,’ along with a series of technical outputs and training materials. A workshop to advance the formulation and implementation of Morocco’s NAP helped reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate change and integrate climate change adaptation into ongoing development planning processes.

UN Environment Calls for Preventing and Reducing Pollution to Realize SDGs

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:02
The report’s recommendations include strengthening environmental governance at all levels, and promoting sustainable consumption and production through improved resource efficiency and lifestyle changes. The publication highlights the role of multilateral environmental agreements and the SDGs, along with related pollution-reducing targets. It suggests a framework to address pollution through a “dual track of actions”.

CGIAR Publications Provide Advice on Improving Nutrition and Food Systems Resilience

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:58
Two publications released by members of the CGIAR System Organization provide advice on improving nutrition and farm systems resilience in poor countries. A book by Bioversity International shows how investments in managing agrobiodiversity improve the resilience of food systems against extreme weather events and other shocks. A study released by the International Food Policy Research Institute provides lessons learned on reducing malnutrition in Africa.

Online Database Accelerates Progress Towards Climate Goals

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:55
The NDC Toolbox Navigator aims to contribute to achieving the targets embodied within countries’ national climate plans and NDCs through concrete actions. The searchable database allows users to generate tailored results, including for specific activities, regions, level of expertise or language. The comprehensive set of resources accessible through the NDC Toolbox Navigator enables countries to benefit from sharing best practice to most effectively translate their climate targets into actionable policies.

CCAC Prepares Communiqué for High-Level Assembly at COP 23

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:51
The 21st meeting of the CCAC Working Group aimed to prepare for the CCAC High Level Assembly and focus on the CCAC objective of leveraging finance at scale. It also sought to consider the draft CCAC finance strategy, discuss the proposed Pathway Approach for SLCPs to achieve sustainable development and limit the global temperature rise to under 2°C above preindustrial levels, and assess progress on metrics as a follow-up to the April 2017 Working Group meeting.

OECD Publication Explores Impacts and Trade-Offs from Land-Energy-Water Nexus

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:47
The report addresses the global and regional biophysical and economic consequences by 2060 of policy inaction given limited, but interlinked, land, water and energy resources. One impact reflected in all nexus scenarios is the deterioration of food and water security, which could disproportionately affect the poor. The report finds less conclusive evidence for energy security, noting that the large traded volumes of energy and the availability of alternative energy sources “imply that supply risks are fairly low.”

UNDP Co-Convenes Development Cooperation, South-South Events in New York

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:43
UNDP partnered with the Governments of Qatar and Uganda to promote development cooperation and South-South and triangular cooperation, at two consecutive events in New York. In his remarks, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner drew attention to the organization's support for partnerships among countries in the global South, including through a platform for exchanging development solutions, the SSMart.

UNFCCC “Shines a Light” on Climate Projects Focused on Women, ICTs and Finance

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:42
A UNFCCC report highlights 13 innovative, scalable and practical projects being undertaken to combat climate change. The featured climate action projects, or Lighthouse Activities, focus on women’s leadership and participation in tackling climate change, financing for climate-friendly investment, and information and communication technologies. The report constitutes the 2016 annual report of the UNFCCC Momentum for Change initiative.

Energy News: Partnerships and Tools on Clean Energy Aim to Contribute to Multiple SDGs

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:25
Gold Standard has launched a label to ensure that renewable electricity purchases support multiple SDGs. UN Environment has partnered with China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group to boost district energy services. The EU Islands Forum has discussed ways to boost clean energy on islands. IRENA published guidance for clean mini-grids in SIDS. UNIDO has released a technical guide for Biomethane Production.

UNDP, ASEAN Launch MY World Survey

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:01
UNDP and the UN SDG Action Campaign launched a ‘MY World’ survey with ASEAN. The survey is assessing people’s level of awareness of the ASEAN Community Vision and the SDGs.

Paris Agreement Reaches 166 Ratifications

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:47
Since mid-February 2017, 34 countries have joined the Paris Agreement. The countries to join the treaty are: Andorra, Armenia, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Congo, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, Jamaica, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Mauritania, Moldova, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Togo, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

WFP Report Reveals Funding Gap in International Food Assistance

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:46
A report by WFP assesses the state of international food assistance against a background of current humanitarian crises and natural disasters. Funding for food assistance has more than doubled between 2009 and 2016. Nonetheless, a funding gap of almost than US$3 billion remains to address the needs of countries in crisis.

Forest Update: National Initiatives Progress Legal Timber Trade, Sustainable Forest Management

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:45
A series of regional and national developments highlight the importance of combating illegal logging and related trade, and developing the preconditions to promote legal timber trade and certification schemes. National entities and regional initiatives, with support from UN agencies and partners, are setting and progressing towards sustainable forest management goals and objectives.