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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Event: 67th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC 67)

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 06:00
The 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC67) will convene in Brazil. The IWC67 plenary will take place from 10-14 September. The plenary will be preceded, from 4-5 September, by pre-meetings. From 6-8 September, Sub-Committee meetings will take place. And on 9 September, other meetings will take place. The International Whaling Commission was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which was signed in Washington DC, US, on 2 December 1946. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IWC 66 is here.

Event: Eleventh Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 11)

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 05:48
The eleventh meeting of the Open-ended Working Group will consider its work programme, comprising of: strategic issues; scientific and technical matters; legal, governance and enforcement matters; international cooperation and coordination; and the BRS programme of work and budget. Highlights will include discussions on the strategic framework, technical guidelines, the review of Annexes I, III and IV and related aspects of Annex IX to the Convention, whether to review Annexes II, VIII and IX, the Basel Convention Partnership Programme and new agenda items on marine plastic litter and microplastics and waste containing nanomaterials. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of OEWG 10 is here.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Regional Pathways to Sustainable Development

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 01:00
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) released a report on pathways to SDG achievement in the Asia-Pacific region, prior to the 5th Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD). The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) hosted the 30th Regional Seminar on Fiscal Policy and released the report, ‘Fiscal Panorama of Latin America and the Caribbean 2018: Public policy challenges in the framework of the 2030 Agenda’. The International Peace Institute (IPI) released case studies on countries in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. UNICEF published a paper on progress against child-related SDG indicators, finding that Europe has significant data gaps compared to other regions, despite generally continued progress.

Guest Article: Equal Access to Civil Justice for All: How Will We Know When We Get There?

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 22:13
Civil justice problems are common and can be most harmful to people who live at or near the margins of our societies. To advance a transformative agenda, the IAEG should integrate access to civil justice measures into the SDGs indicator framework.

Event: Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean Open for Signature

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 21:36
The Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean will open for signature of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on 27 September 2018. To enter into force, 11 State Parties are required to ratify the Regional Agreement. An event to mark the opening for signature will take place at UN Headquarters on the sidelines of the Annual General Debate of the UN General Assembly. Negotiations on the Agreement concluded on 4 March 2018, in Escazú, Costa Rica. The Regional Agreement aims to guarantee the full and effective implementation in Latin America and the Caribbean of the rights of access to environmental information, public participation in the environmental decision-making process and access to justice in environmental matters, and the creation and strengthening of capacities and cooperation, contributing to the protection of the right of every person of present and future generations to live in a healthy environment and to sustainable development. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the negotiation process is here.

World Public Sector Report 2018 Highlights Institutional Arrangements for SDG Integration

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 09:06
The UN Division for Public Administration and Development Management in DESA released the 2018 edition of the World Public Sector Report, reviewing countries’ public sector institutional arrangements to promote policy integration for SDG implementation at the national, sub-national and local levels. Titled ‘Working together: Integration, institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals,’ the report analyzes institutional frameworks and administrative practices based on horizontal and vertical integration, and stakeholders engagement. The report also illustrates the importance of integrated approaches in three cross-cutting areas: migration, health and well-being, and post-conflict situations.

Event: World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:40
The World Symposium on Climate Change and Tourism will focus on the impacts of climate change on the tourism industry and discuss possible responses in order to reduce its vulnerability. Organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP) and partners, the event aims to: provide tourism operators and organizations, research institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies and other stakeholders with an opportunity to share their work in the field of climate change and tourism; foster information exchange; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for networking and exploring possibilities for cooperation.

Event: LANDac Conference 2018

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:37
This LANDac Annual International Conference 2018 will convene under the theme, 'Land Governance and (Im)Mobility: Exploring the nexus between land acquisition, displacement and migration'. It will look at land investments through the lens of mobility, asking: What are the implications of land based investments on the movements of people?; And how have displacement and population movements contributed to new and contesting land claims? At the heart of the conference debates will be the Sustainable Development Goals – what is the role of land governance in the context of the ambition to “leave no one behind”?  

Event: Ocean Risk Summit

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:34
The Ocean Risk Summit will convene under the theme, 'Reducing Risk from a Changing Ocean'. The summit will examine the challenges and risks posed by ocean change and identify the opportunities it presents for innovative approaches to building resilience and mitigating its effects through applied solutions. Key topics include: reducing risk; building resilience; and applied solutions.  

Generation 2030: Youth Initiatives Canvass SDGs on Cities, Climate, Water and Land

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:16
The world's youth continue to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), most recently with initiatives focused on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), climate action (SDG 13), and life on land (SDG 15), as well as the inter-linkages among these and the other Goals.

EMG Establishes Group to Integrate Environment into Humanitarian Action

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:11
The new Issue Management Group aims to ensure that the environment is considered in humanitarian contexts, by highlighting interlinkages among environmental, humanitarian, human rights, development and security goals. The Group was established based on the outcomes of a Nexus Dialogue on the Integration of the Environment into Humanitarian Action that convened on 19 October 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland.

UN Launches Waste Management, Sustainable Urban Agriculture Initiatives

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:07
The 'Say Yes to Less' campaign promotes the ‘three Rs’ approach to waste management, and suggests behaviors that UN staff can adopt to reduce the amount of waste produced. The UN Food Gardens advocates for environmental responsibility, food security, small-scale urban agriculture and community building. UNFG also hosts an annual youth event, which aims to ensure that the voices of youth are heard as their efforts are critical to ensuring implementation of the SDGs.

Asia-Pacific Forum Reviews Regional Progress on Five SDGs

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:04
The UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific convened the Fifth Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, where Member States shared their achievements on the SDGs on clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and life on land. The Chair’s Summary will feed into the 2018 session of the HLPF, when it takes place in July in New York. The meeting also launched two publications and ESCAP’s ‘SDG Help Desk’.

ASEAN, ESCAP Propose 7 Initiatives to Achieve SDGs in the Region

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 01:00
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the Government of Thailand, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations launched a joint report highlighting complementarities between the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the 2030 Agenda, both of which were adopted in 2015. The report identifies five focus areas and recommends seven "flagship initiatives" that would support countries in achieving the ASEAN aims in tandem with the SDGs.

Co-Facilitators Issue Revised Zero Draft of FFD Forum Outcome

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:58
By the text circulated on 29 March, UN Member States decide that the 2019 FfD Forum will convene from 15-18 April 2019, in New York, US, as well as that in the outcome document of the 2019 FfD Forum they will consider the need to hold a follow-up conference. Member States request the Inter-agency Task Force on FfD, as part of its 2019 report, to discuss climate and disaster resilience in development financing, recalling the need for transparent methodologies for reporting climate finance. Informal consultations on the outcome of the 2018 FFD Forum continue on 5 April.

FAO Report Reviews Landscape Management Approaches

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:54
The report titled, ‘Landscapes for Life: Approaches to Landscape Management for Sustainable Food and Agriculture,’ explores a range of tools and practices to enhance land and water management as key elements for sustainable food and agriculture. All the approaches highlighted in the publication have a common feature - the integration of knowledge from different sectors.

Geneva Science Policy Interface Launched to Foster Collaboration

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:48
The University of Geneva launched the Geneva Science Policy Interface to promote collaboration between academia and international organizations on complex global challenges. The initiative will seek to address bottlenecks that hinder the development of collaborative projects between academia and IOs. It is supported by the Swiss FDFA.

Report: More People at Risk of Hunger Because of Conflict and Climate Change

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:45
In 2017, 124 million people were suffering from acute food insecurity, an increase of 11 million over 2016. People in situations of acute food insecurity require immediate humanitarian aid to prevent famine. Conflict and climate change-related weather extremes were the main drivers of the increase, and both drivers are expected to persist in 2018.

International Solar Alliance Holds Founding Conference

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:42
The International Solar Alliance held its founding conference in New Delhi, co-chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron. The Alliance signed joint declarations with various international organizations, including the International Energy Agency, the International Renewable Energy Agency, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Nordic Council Identifies Instruments to Support Circular Economy Transition

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:40
The Nordic Council of Ministers released a report examining the potential of policy instruments to support a transition towards a circular economy. The report focuses on the construction and demolition sector, which produces the highest amount of waste in the Nordic countries. Proposed recommendations highlight opportunities to make progress on SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production).