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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Guest Article: Engaging Non-state Actors in the Arabian Gulf States in Climate Action

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:49
To have a fighting chance of avoiding dangerous climate change, action is needed from sectors, countries and regions that have not historically participated in climate action, including the oil-exporting countries of the Gulf. In recent years, climate action has been rising on the GCC countries’ domestic agendas. Private sector engagement in this area in particular is seen as supporting economic diversification away from oil export dependence. A new study identifies several opportunities for GCC non-state actor engagement with existing transnational climate initiatives, which simultaneously align with the GCC countries’ strategic economic priorities.

International Seabed Authority Adopts Strategic Plan, Discusses Draft Regulations

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:48
The 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA 24) was held from 16-20 July 2018 for the Council and from 23-26 July for the Assembly in Kingston, Jamaica. Delegates to the Council meeting addressed a number of substantive issues, including draft regulations on deep-seabed mining and models for a financial payment system. The Assembly adopted the Strategic Plan for 2019-2023 and the budget for 2019-2020.

UNDP Report Discusses Climate-SDG Nexus in Arab Region

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:45
The report titled, ‘Climate Change Adaptation in the Arab States: Best Practices and Lessons Learned,’ includes recommendations based on lessons learned from UNDP’s adaptation work in the region that will help countries mainstream, scale-up and accelerate adaptation initiatives and achieve the SDGs and the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The report highlights the SDG-Climate Nexus Facility, under establishment by UNDP and partners, that will support bottom-up local actions to achieve SDG 13 and the goals of the Paris Agreement to bring co-benefits to SDGs related to poverty reduction, food security, water access, inequality and land degradation.

State of California, Fujitsu Advance Climate Action

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:43
While the WMO reported record heat for the month of July in the northern hemisphere, California’s 2016 GHG emissions measured below 1990 levels, and overall emissions fell by 13% since 2004. Fujitsu, Japan’s largest IT company, joined more than 130 major businesses in the RE100 initiative, working to increase demand for and delivery of renewable energy.

China’s Xie Zhenhua Named Fifth Co-Chair of Global Climate Action Summit

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:36
In a statement, Xie said it is “inspiring and profound” to see subnational governments, business, investors and society play such “important” roles in climate action in recent years. He noted that their voluntary, pragmatic initiatives, which are generating “a powerful tide of transition” to low-carbon development pathways, provide impetus for global climate action.

First-ever Global Disability Summit Yields 170 Commitments

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:31
At the Global Disability Summit, UN leaders called for increasing disability inclusion through SDG implementation, and shared commitments to end stigma and tackle discrimination against persons with disabilities. The UNDP Administrator and Deputy Secretary-General said the UN Secretary-General has launched a review of the UN’s approach to disabilities and will issue a report on disabilities and development in 2019.

UNGA Restructures ECOSOC Cycle, Calls for Single Theme for HLPF and ECOSOC

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:28
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on strengthening the UN Economic and Social Council, following a consultation process led by Iceland and Qatar. The text mandates a restructuring of segments and forums, and calls to improve the Voluntary National Reviews on SDG implementation. The arrangements set out in the resolution will be reviewed at the 74th UNGA session and subsequently during the review cycles for the HLPF.

Report Identifies Agriculture as Greatest Source of Water Pollution

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:25
A multi-partner report explains that agriculture, not human settlements or industry, is the biggest source of water pollution. Aiming to increase understanding of the causes and effects of agricultural water pollution and the means to prevent it, the report covers cropping systems, livestock and aquaculture production, as well as the expansion of irrigation, fertilizer and pesticide use. It calls for a variety of data-driven outcomes to support science-based policy approaches.

UNESCO-IOC Briefs on Declining Ocean Oxygen

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:23
An IOC expert working group has released a publication on declining oxygen in the world’s oceans and coasts. The brief provides fifteen facts about ocean deoxygenation to consider when developing relevant policies and regulations.

COFO 24 Focuses on SDGs, Launches Forest and Farm Facility Initiative Phase Two

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:21
COFO 24 underscored the importance of forests in supporting human livelihoods and achieving SDGs related to climate, food security, drinking water, renewable energy and rural development. FAO and its partners launched the second stage of the FFF initiative, which will focus on strengthening the capacity of forest and farm producer organizations to develop climate resilient landscapes, generate work opportunities for women and youth, help the rural poor, and strengthen enterprise.

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Celebrating Fossil Fuel Divestment, a Climate Finance Record and 10 Years of REDD+ Support

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:18
Ireland's parliament has passed a bill to stop investments in fossil fuels and divest existing investments within the next five years. The World Bank Group has announced that a record 32.1% of its total 2018 financing was invested in climate-related projects. The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has released an anniversary report outlining the progression of its REDD+ activities in the past decade. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Islamic Development Bank agreed to co-finance sustainable infrastructure projects.

ECOSOC High-Level Segment Urges Faster SDG Implementation

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 03:12
The UN Economic and Social Council’s high-level segment discussed challenges in achieving the 2030 Agenda, with several countries calling for accelerated implementation of the SDGs. A panel discussion on the global economy and trade recognized the need for transformative change to achieve the SDGs, pointing to scenarios that suggest some SDGs will not be achieved until mid-century. Panelists also reflected on SDG financing and trade tensions.

HLPF Concludes with Vote on Ministerial Declaration, Concerns about "Power of Mandate" and Those Left Behind

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 01:49
The HLPF 2018 concluded its discussions with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration, which was approved by a vote of 164 Member States in favor and two Member States against. HLPF 2018 featured thematic discussions, a review of SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17 as well as a special discussion on the principle of leave no one behind. The ENB reports that participants highlighted constraints to the HLPF's role as a platform for discussion, including resources, "power of mandate," and capacity.

WWF Event “Bends the Curve" on Forest Loss

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 01:43
At the margins of the HLPF, WWF convened an event to discuss the intersection of land use, food systems and climate change. Panelists from McDonald’s, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Rabobank outlined steps their companies were taking on sustainability with respect to forests, food, land and climate.

UNESCO-IOC Executive Council Adopts Ocean Decade Roadmap

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 01:02
The 51st session of the Executive Council of the IOC of UNESCO approved the roadmap for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. It also considered ocean science requirements for addressing climate uncertainty, stressors affecting marine life, and strategies and tools for science-based ocean planning, among other agenda items.

Asia-Pacific Climate Week Supports NDC, SDG Implementation in Region

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 01:01
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa called on developed countries to publicly state their plans for mobilizing international funding. The Asia-Pacific Carbon Forum considered development of a local carbon market to accelerate progress towards a global carbon price with comparable baselines, using CDM standards. A workshop underscored the importance of South-South and technological cooperation in helping developing countries achieve their NDCs and the SDGs.

WWF Report Considers Forests in Delivering the 2030 Agenda

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 00:59
A report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) identifies the linkages between SDG 15 and the other Goals that were reviewed at the 2018 HLPF. The report highlights the urgency of SDG targets with a 2020 time horizon, and notes that the conversion of natural habitats to agricultural land accounts for approximately 70% of projected terrestrial biodiversity loss.

UNFCCC Launches Talanoa Dialogue Video Series on Climate Ambition

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 23:32
The video includes comments from UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, Parties and non-Party stakeholders. Subsequent videos will spotlight a story of a country or an organization, which has something important to contribute to solving the climate crisis.

Mexico Highlights Potential Co-Benefits from Integrating Climate, Sustainable Development Agendas

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 23:29
The study analyzes potential co-benefits from implementing Mexico’s NDC that would help achieve the SDGs. According to the report, almost 40% of SDG targets are directly related to mitigation and/or adaptation. Almost all of Mexico’s NDC adaptation measures, the study notes, link to the SDGs, including incorporating a gender perspective and human rights approach.

Youth Curriculum Helps Communities Adapt to Climate Change

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 23:25
The curriculum consists of a series of modules involving role play, mapping exercises, games and interactive challenges. Students are encouraged to explore the link between the greenhouse effect, global warming, climate change, hazards and impacts focusing on the local context. The curriculum aims to increase understanding about the causes of climate change, and explores the ways in which climate change may have already impacted the communities of participants.