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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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GWP Supports Transboundary Water Projects, IWRM in Africa

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:52
In 2017, the African Ministers Council on Water and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development found that cross-border cooperation on water resources was lagging behind cooperation on transport, energy and ICT. The joint project by the Global Water Partnership and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development responds by preparing transboundary water resource development projects for financing.

UNDP-SIWI Water Governance Facility Evaluates Accountability in Water and Sanitation

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:49
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) have published a joint evaluation of accountability in the water supply and sanitation sectors. The study, by the SIWI-UNDP Water Governance Facility, draws on data from Global Assessment of Accountability in Water and Sanitation Services (GLAAS), a regular report issued by UN-Water. The study found that urban water services demonstrate the highest levels of accountability, and rural sanitation services the lowest.

Event: 7th UNWTO Global Summit on Urban Tourism

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:19
The 7th UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Summit on Urban Tourism is expected to set out a vision towards 2030 for urban tourism and its potential for advancing more sustainable and inclusive cities. Themed, ‘A 2030 Vision for Urban Tourism,’ the Summit will seek to encourage new strategic approaches to the challenge of a growing tourism sector and its impact on urban destinations through the sharing of innovative ideas and experiences. Among the topics to be featured are innovative approaches to: competitiveness in urban destinations; impacts of technology on urban tourism; rejuvenation of cities; and increasing inclusion in city development. The Summit is organized by the UNWTO and the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), with support from the Government of the Republic of Korea.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Increasing the Coherence and Scale of Public and Private Contributions

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 04:54
The Global Reporting Initiative and UN Global Compact have launched a guidance document on corporate reporting for the SDGs; edie and the UN Development Program authored shorts posts on business engagement. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment released documentation on governance for integrated solutions and policy coherence, respectively. The German Development Institute and Brookings each published papers on multi-actor partnerships, development cooperation and development finance, including for infrastructure.

Guest Article: Navakavu Qoi! Leading Locally, Achieving Together

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 01:44
With the vision “to build a Resilient Navakavu – O Navakavu Qoi!” the Navakavu Revitalization Strategy 2018-2022 (NRS) is a leading example of how local governance structures are helping to meeting national and international development frameworks and priorities. NRS strategic goals show how national development plans (the NDP) as well as international development roadmaps (the SDGs) can be implemented at the local level in a way that reflects local needs and priorities. Local efforts are also targeting Navakavu Youth to ensure longevity and the intergenerational reach of projects.

Guest Article: Unanswered Questions: How Civil Society’s Contributions to Sustainable Development are Undermined at the HLPF

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 01:31
Civil society are often on the frontlines, protecting the most vulnerable in our societies as well as our natural resources– vital work that must be protected and not attacked. Governments should be mindful of their commitments to civil society partnerships under SDG target 17.17 as they present their Voluntary National Reviews. Civil society’s role as an implementer makes civic space essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Earth Overshoot Day: World Consumes Annual Resources Budget in Seven Months

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 01:30
The costs of ecological “overspending” include deforestation, collapsing fisheries, water scarcity, soil erosion, biodiversity loss and CO2 buildup in the atmosphere. The carbon footprint is the most rapidly growing component of the global ecological footprint, of which it comprises approximately 60%. The Global Footprint Network has identified four areas with the most potential to address ecological overshoot and move back Earth Overshoot Day, namely cities, energy, food and population.

Institutional Finance Update: Investors Increase Climate Action, MDBs Support Energy Efficiency and Green Transport Initiatives

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 01:27
In the run-up to the Global Climate Action Summit, investors scaled up engagement with “systemically important” GHG emitters by adding 61 companies to Climate Action 100+, a collaborative five-year global initiative committing investor signatories to engage actively with the world’s top emitting companies. ADB raised 600 million Euros to help finance climate change mitigation and adaptation projects through the issue of its first euro denominated benchmark green bond. IDB approved several loans, with GCF resources, for efforts by Argentina, El Salvador and Paraguay to support energy efficiency investments by SMEs.

Adaptation Finance Update: Experience Sharing Enhances Access to Climate Finance, Improves Adaptation Practices

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 01:21
Adaptation Fund approved funding to support four projects across Latin America, West Africa and Asia. Mali accessed US$172 million of IDA financing for climate resilience projects. Under ADB’s new 2030 Strategy, 75% of ADB’s committed operations will be supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation by 2030.

42 Countries to Present VNRs to HLPF 2019

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 01:14
Seven countries will present VNRs for a second time, while 35 countries will present their first VNRs at 2019 HLPF. ECOSOC President King also looked "forward to working with all of you in allowing for well-organized VNR presentations" at the 2019 meeting of the HLPF under the auspices of ECOSOC.

BRICS Declaration Calls for Full Implementation of Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:51
Leaders from Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa published a statement from their tenth Summit on four key themes, including strengthening multilateralism, reforming global governance and addressing common challenges. The BRICS leaders call for all countries to fully implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reiterate their support for the energy transition, including diversifying the energy mix with low-carbon and renewable sources of energy, and highlight the importance of sustainable infrastructure, among other elements.

UNGA President-elect Provides Guidance on 73rd General Debate

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:45
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President-elect of UNGA 73, announced that the theme of the upcoming general debate will be, ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies’. Upon her election as UNGA president, Espinosa Garcés addressed Member States to outline her priorities, highlighting the need to strengthen multilateralism, gender equality, and fulfilling the SDGs.

FAO Reports that Early Action Mitigates Impacts of Severe Drought

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:42
A FAO report describes the agency's efforts to help pastoralists in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in advance of catastrophic 2017 drought. The study analyses the outcomes of early actions implemented in the three countries, and evaluates their effectiveness in mitigating the impact of severe drought on vulnerable pastoralists' livelihoods.

VNR Labs, Publications Explore Ways to Leave No One Behind, “Push” No One Behind

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:40
DESA has shared insights from two VNR Labs held during the 2018 HLPF. The Labs focused on interlinkages across the SDGs and the concept of leave no one behind. CDP released two papers on the leave no one behind principle: one on the concept of LNOB and the other on “pushing no one behind”.

Researchers Propose Metric Combining Poverty and Health

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:37
Researchers have developed a metric that focuses on the health and well-being of populations. The ‘poverty-free life expectancy’ metric finds that women generally live more years in poverty than men, and underscores the importance of ensuring that additional years of life are lived with a minimum standard of well-being. The study concludes that the metric can help establish accountability for global policies to end poverty and promote well-being for all, in line with the SDGs.

Caux Dialogue Addresses Land, Human Security and Migration Nexus

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:34
The Caux Dialogue on Land and Security aimed to deepen understanding of the links between land restoration and peacebuilding for human security and flourishing ecosystems. The UNCCD estimates that up to 135 million people could be displaced by 2045 as a result of land degradation and desertification. At the close of the meeting, participants endorsed a Round Table Declaration containing 23 observations and recommendations derived from the discussions.

Business Forum Calls for Responsible Practices to Achieve SDGs

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:31
The Forum highlighted ways to communicate with and engage SMEs, the value of local-level partnerships to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda, and a range of new tools to guide the business community in its efforts. UN Global Compact CEO and Executive Director Lise Kingo said the private sector is “the fuel that can accelerate sustainable development” at the national and local levels. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted “responsible business” as one of the most powerful contributions companies can make to the 2030 Agenda.

Adelphi Examines SDGs from a Foreign Policy Perspective

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:22
A paper by adelphi describes how SDG implementation can affect six foreign policy priorities. The paper focuses on the SDGs reviewed at the 2018 HLPF, offering detailed analyses of each Goal in an Annex. The authors identify three steps that can enable foreign policy to minimize geopolitical risks associated with the transition towards a more sustainable development pathways.

DESA Calls for Good Practices, Success Stories on SDG Implementation

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:18
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs has issued a call for submissions that seeks to share best practices, success stories and lessons learned in SDG Implementation. Submissions should include a description of the project or initiative, key stakeholders involved, geographic coverage, outputs and impacts, enabling factors and constraints, and elements that may affect scalability or replicability.

Friend or Foe? Paper Assesses Accountability Regimes for SDGs

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 00:14
The paper, titled, ‘The emerging accountability regimes for the Sustainable Development Goals and policy integration: Friend or foe?’ examines the extent to which follow-up and review mechanisms take into account the SDGs’ interlinkages. The authors outline conceptions of accountability and describe six elements of accountability relationships, also distinguishing between vertical and horizontal accountability. The paper highlights challenges and opportunities at the global and national levels, including the role of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).