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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Finance, Development Cooperation, Data and Innovative Technology

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 03:15
Oxfam and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) examine domestic resource mobilization (DRM) and blended finance, respectively. The German Development Institute (DIE) published a brief recommending common data standards in development cooperation, while an EU paper looked at development cooperation vis-à-vis decent work and employment. The “Investing in a Just Transition” project released its first output, and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) published the results of its annual survey. The international community weighed in on science, technology and innovation (STI) around last week’s STI Forum at the UN, while UNCTAD’s ‘Technology and Innovation Report 2018’ reviews new developments in the STI space.

Event: World Mountain Forum 2018: Mountains in a Changing World

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 09:50
This forum will meet on the theme, 'Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways towards a Thriving Mountain Future'. It is the fourth in a series of World Mountain Forum (WMF) events and will be hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, with the support from the Government of Switzerland, the University of Central Asia, and the Aga Khan Foundation. The WMF brings together the global sustainable mountain development community and supports dialogue on development challenges. The forum will strive to identify and develop solutions for mountain areas globally, but with a special emphasis this year on the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.

Event: Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 09:45
The Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will bring together key players from the private and public sectors to share the state of the art around climate change mitigation, and reach out to cooperation agencies, potential investors and service providers. The event will showcase opportunities in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change such as: implementing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); leveraging public and private finance for climate action; carbon pricing mechanisms and carbon markets; sustainable development and transformational change; public‐private partnerships (PPPs); and innovative business models to fight climate change. LACCF is taking place during the 2018 Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW2018), organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and others.

Event: Partnership Dialogue to Support Marshall Islands on NDC Implementation

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 09:43
The Marshall Islands and the NDC Partnership will co-host a Partnership Dialogue on the implementation of the country’s existing 2025 Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and the development of its 2050 Strategy. The Partnership Dialogue will bring together existing and new global, regional and local partners to support the Marshall Islands in responding to climate change through the development of a results-based Partnership Plan, which will respond to the country’s key priorities for NDC implementation in the next few years. The Dialogue will showcase the potential of the Marshall Islands to act as a “lighthouse” to other countries regionally and globally, including through its convening of the High Ambition Coalition and its incoming chairmanship of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), to enhance their NDCs and to adopt transformational 2050 Strategies with a net zero vision.

Event: Oslo Tropical Forest Forum

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 09:42
The goal of this Forum is to celebrate results and identify remaining challenges 10 years after reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+) was included in the climate change negotiations, and to advance strategies for mobilizing forests to help achieve the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Event: Stockholm Dialogue

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 09:24
The Stockholm Dialogue will address the 'Nexus between Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability and Conflict Prevention'.  The event is organized by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment (UNEP) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy. The one-day event will seek to: create a platform for learning and sharing knowledge by presenting examples of integrated approaches in different geographical and institutional contexts; distill good practice and lessons that can inform programming in these areas; and explore principles and strategies for promoting strategic and operational partnerships to tackle multi-dimensional challenges related to natural resource management.

Event: 2018 AfDB Annual Meetings

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 02:21
The 2018 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) include the 53rd Annual Meetings of the AfDB Board of Governors and 44th Meetings of the Board of Governors of the African Development Fund (ADF), the concessional arm of the Bank Group. The Annual Meetings will convene under the theme ‘Accelerating Africa’s Industrialization,’ which draws on one of the Bank’s ‘High 5’ five priority areas. The others are Feed Africa, Light Up and Power Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa. The Bank’s Annual Meetings are its largest annual event, bringing together representatives of government, business, civil society, academia and the media to discuss Africa’s social and economic development.

Event: EBRD 2018 Annual Meeting and Business Forum

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 01:48
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will hold its 27th Annual Meeting and Business Forum on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan. Themed ‘Energizing Economies,’ the Business Forum will address a variety of topical issues, including business climate, economic growth, environmental protection, and targeted, profitable investment. The Forum will include discussion panels, investment outlook sessions, and Forum partner sessions, as well as associated, special, civil society and networking events. The meetings will address, among other issues: the SDGs and green infrastructure; tomorrow’s skills and jobs challenges; development finance; energy, sustainability and impact investment; and sustainable water and wastewater management practices.

Event: Caribbean Urban Forum 2018

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 00:05
Co-organized by the University of Technology, Jamaica, the Caribbean Network for Urban and Land Management (CNULM) and other regional and international organizations, the eighth Caribbean Urban Forum (CUF2018) will bring together land use practitioners, municipal managers, policy makers, academics and allied professionals in an effort to address urban issues in the region. The theme of CUF2018 is: ‘Forming the Informal’. This theme aims to address the notion of informality, including as recognized by the New Urban Agenda (NUA), by SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth) and target 8.3.1 measuring the proportion of informal employment in non-agriculture employment, by sex, and by SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and target 11.1.1 measuring the proportion of urban population living in slums, informal settlements or inadequate housing. Presentations, workshops and discussions held during the Forum will seek to explore the evolution of cities and settlement in the Caribbean, examine the challenges and opportunities that arise from various modes of informality, and discuss methods of measuring formality and informality.

Event: International Mayors Climate Summit

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 02:41
Boston Mayor Walsh has invited mayors and leaders from public and private sectors to Boston for an International Mayors Climate Summit hosted at Boston University. The summit will focus on actions being taken by mayors to address climate change globally, and in their own communities. The program will feature John Kerry, former US Secretary of State, in conversation with Bank of America Vice Chairman, Anne Finucane. Gina McCarthy, former Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, will also deliver remarks.

Event: 30th ESCWA Ministerial Session

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 01:56
The 30th Ministerial Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) will convene under the theme, ‘Technology for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region’. The biennial meeting will comprise two segments: the senior officials segment (25-26 June), and the ministerial segment (27-28 June). The Ministerial Session will serve as a platform to discuss critical actions required from governments, the private sector and civil society in Arab countries in response to disruptive technologies. The goal is to maximize the benefits for sustainable development and lower risks of abuse and possible negative impact, working with governments in the Arab region. Three moderated roundtables will seek to generate discussions with policymakers, civil society leaders, as well as representatives from the private sector, academia and youth on: integrating technology and innovation into national development planning; the role of technology in tackling the challenges of the Arab region; and frontier technologies: opportunities, challenges and the way forward. The outcome of the Ministerial Session will be a declaration on the main theme of discussions, which is expected to set and renew commitments towards achieving development goals in the Arab region.

Guest Article: Harnessing Innovation and Bringing It To Scale

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 01:02
Progress is slow when it comes to replicating innovative approaches on a larger scale. The scale of the problems we face requires all hands on deck, so it's great to have everyone at the table discussing solutions. Devex World provides an opportunity for networking and collaborating within the sector and outside the sector.

Least Developed Countries Call for Climate Leadership from G7

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:59
The LDC Group’s statement calls for the G7 countries to put forward more ambitious NDCs and scale up efforts, in line with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs, and informed by the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC and the Talanoa Dialogue. The group underscores the need for the G7 to fulfill existing promises on action and support, including the US$100 billion per year climate finance commitment, and to enhance the transparency, reliability and predictability of support.

Non-State Actors Urge G7 to Send Strong Signals on Climate

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:57
Global investors with more than US$26 trillion in assets have released a statement calling on G7 countries to step up their climate ambition, including through enhancing their NDCs by 2020, putting a “meaningful” price on carbon and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. The We Mean Business coalition has published a statement calling on leaders to close the ambition gap with the Paris Agreement’s goals, emphasizing the importance of policy signals from governments to provide businesses the certainty needed to inform strategic planning and drive low-GHG capital investment and innovation. The G7 Global Taskforce of Civil Society has published recommendations to the G7 to move to swift implementation of the Paris Agreement towards achieving decarbonization of the global economy by 2050, leaving no one behind and creating the right opportunities for all people around the world. A group of think tanks has released a publication showing that the G7 countries are still providing government support for domestic and foreign production and consumption of oil, gas and coal, despite commitments to phase-out subsidies since 2009.

Stakeholders Discuss Science, Technology and Innovation for DRR

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:52
The event, ‘Saving Lives in Real Time: How Science, Technology and Innovation are Advancing Disaster Risk Reduction Before, During and After,’ took place on the sidelines of the third Annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs on 6 June 2018. The event was hosted by the Group of Friends of DRR, a group of 31 countries formed in 2012. It outlined approaches through which STI can advance DRR, and challenges related to early warning systems.

EU, UN Advance 'Spotlight Initiative' on Violence against Women and Girls

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:49
At the 2018 edition of European Development Days, the UN Deputy-Secretary-General showcased the Spotlight Initiative, underscoring its critical role in achieving SDG 5. The Initiative is working towards a peaceful, equitable world with zero violence against women and girls. EDD 2018 took place on the theme, 'Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: Protect, Empower, Invest’.

On World Environment Day, Governments Announce Bans on Single-Use Plastics

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:44
On World Environment Day, India announced a commitment to eliminate all single-use plastics in the country by 2022. The EC has proposed EU-wide rules that target the ten most common single-use plastics found on European beaches and seas. The UN Environment Programme and Litterati, a technology firm, announced a collaboration to track progress on plastic pollution in real time.

Technology Bank Inaugurated in Turkey, Work Under Way in 16 LDCs

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:42
The LDC Technology Bank was inaugurated on 4 June 2018 during a ceremony to mark its operationalization. According to a UN press release on the inauguration, the Bank is already starting its work in 16 LDCs, with STI reviews and technology needs assessments under way in Guinea, Haiti, Sudan, Timor-Leste and Uganda. Projects aimed at improving digital access to research are also underway in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, and Tanzania.

UN Takes Action on Infectious Disease

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:40
The World Health Organization (WHO) reduced the classification of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to low-risk status. More than 100 people have died in an outbreak of lassa fever in Nigeria. The UN General Assembly President convened an interactive civil society hearing in New York, US as part of the preparatory process for the forthcoming high-level meeting on fighting tuberculosis.

UNWTO Annual Report Highlights Sustainable Tourism’s Contribution to SDGs

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:37
The Chengdu Declaration on Tourism and the SDGs, adopted by the 22nd UNWTO General Assembly, states that tourism is vital for achieving the SDGs, and proposes that countries undertake national assessments on tourism’s contribution and commitment to the SDGs. The second UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture called for: advancing the contribution of cultural tourism to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs; encouraging an innovative approach for sustainable urban development through cultural tourism; and exploring links between culture and nature in sustainable tourism. The year 2017 was the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.