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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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UNWTO, UNDP Report Explores Role of Tourism in SDG Implementation

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:33
The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have published a report describing the ways in which the tourism sector can advance SDG implementation. The report bases its recommendations on an analysis of 64 VNRs submitted to the HLPF in 2016 and 2017, eight Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) country roadmaps, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities of 60 tourism companies.

Institutional Finance Update: Gaining Clarity on How Finance and Technology Needs Inform Climate Investments

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:29
The EBRD launched a technology catalogue identifying high-performance technologies that are eligible for climate finance. The UNEP-DTU Partnership issued a report confirming financial incentives as most common enabling measures for climate technology implementation in developing countries. The New Development Bank provided a US$300 million loan for small cities sustainability project in China. The World Bank supported Bangladesh’s adoption of cleaner technology through a US$110 million credit.

Youth Discuss Education Needs, Facing Roots of Extremism

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:19
Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, called for rethinking our current approaches in education to be able to face the future of work. Joy Bishara, a student at Southeastern University, Florida, who was among the Chibok girls who were kidnapped, said violent extremism can be prevented by women raising their children to respect others. The Youth Dialogue was organized by UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak to galvanize the efforts of many global alliances and initiatives that are empowering young people.

UN-Habitat’s Annual Report Spotlights SDG 11, NUA Implementation

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:14
The report focuses on ongoing processes related to strengthening UN-Habitat, and specific challenges related to urbanization and human settlements. A Global Housing Strategy developed by UN-Habitat and partners aims to assist countries in adopting strategies, policies and legislation for sustainable urbanization that ensure citizen engagement. Adapted to respond to SDG and NUA monitoring and reporting, UN-Habitat’s City Prosperity Index offers tools for cities to formulate policies, and helps harmonize methodologies with agreed standards and indicators.

Event: Eye On Earth Symposium

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 09:25
The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD), as co-founder of the Eye on Earth movement, in partnership with the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, are organizing this Eye on Earth Symposium. Registration for the Eye on Earth (EoE) Symposium is free of charge. Submissions for sessions will be accepted until 16 June 2018. The FCSA, with support from the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, under the guidance of the UN Statistical Commission and the High-Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will concurrently host the 2nd UN World Data Forum (UNWDF).

Event: Climate Week NYC 2018

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 21:40
Climate Week NYC convenes on the side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, and seeks to drive climate action forward. It was launched by The Climate Group in 2009. The Climate Week NYC 2018 event will gather representatives from businesses, governments, academic institutions, arts and music organizations, and NGOs for a variety of panel discussions, concerts, exhibitions and seminars. Events taking place during Climate Week NYC 2018 include: Sustainable Investment Forum North America   Information about Climate Week NYC 2017 is here.

Event: Sustainable Investment Forum North America

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 21:29
Climate Action and UNEP-FI are organizing the third edition of 'Sustainable Investment Forum North America,' which will convene during Climate Week NYC. The event will bring together over 300 participants representing asset owners and managers, commercial banks, development institutions, and national policy makers. The event will seek to build knowledge and foster collaboration on how best to accelerate sustainable investment.

UNGA Elects Next President: Ecuador's Foreign Affairs Minister

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 03:56
The UNGA elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, as President of its 73rd session (2018-2019). Elected by 128 votes out of 192 ballots cast, Espinosa Garcés stressed that strengthening multilateralism is not an option but an obligation. She said she will promote action so the UNGA can play an essential role in fulfilling the SDGs.

Generation 2030: Community Momentum: Accelerating SDG Implementation in Canada

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:21
While a more focused approach at the federal level is sorely needed, successfully addressing systemic issues can only be achieved through a society-wide transformation designed and led by communities across Canada. The Generation SDG Summit Communiqué presents a vision of a community-led transformation and highlights strategies for community ecosystem mapping, community planning, partnerships, innovation and accountability.

Delegates Start Penultimate Round of Migration Compact Negotiations

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:17
UN Member States are holding a fifth round of intergovernmental negotiations on the global compact on migration, on the basis of the second revised draft of the compact. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is being prepared for adoption at an intergovernmental conference convening from 10-11 December 2018, in Morocco.

Expert Group Addresses Options for Combating Marine Litter, Microplastics

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:14
The first meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics convened in response to a resolution adopted at the third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3). Participants considered discussion papers on barriers to combating marine litter and microplastics; national, regional and international response options; on the feasibility and effectiveness of different response options; and potential options for continued work.

World Environment Day Reports Focus on Single Use Plastic as EC Proposes Ban

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:10
The report titled, ‘The State of Plastics,’ reflects on how to minimize the production and consumption of plastic, with particular emphasis on eliminating single-use plastic. A second UNEP report encourages society to question its current plastic use and adopt alternatives, particularly in the case of single-use plastics. The European Commission proposed banning nearly all single-use plastics in Europe.

Netherlands' Second SDG Report Highlights Progress on Goals 8, 12 and 16

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 01:05
The second SDG report on the Netherlands finds that the country is making progress towards the SDGs. The report identifies concerns related to Goals and targets on the environment, energy, climate and inequality. The report also highlights areas in which the Netherlands ranks highly among European countries, and other areas in which the Netherlands lags behind its European peers.

Fifth Committee Considers UN Management Reform Proposals

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:45
Presenting the UN Secretary-General’s proposals to Member States in the Fifth Committee, the UNSG's Chef de Cabinet noted that the creation of two proposed departments would require “a great deal of change” in the next six months, with close to 70 posts for the new departments needing to be reprofiled, advertised and filled. The ACABQ Chair reported that the Committee largely recommends approval of the concept and design of the new structures proposed.

Climate Adaptation Finance Update: Banks, Stakeholders Link Investment Decisions with Climate Change Uncertainties

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:41
Reports published in May find that the private sector fails adequate disclosure and management of climate-related risks. The World Bank has approved financial support of climate resilience and infrastructure projects in Madagascar and Mozambique. The AfDB shows record performance in 2017, with recorded approvals of US$8.7 billion and over US$7 billion of disbursements. The Republic of Korea has announced a US$5 billion financial assistance package for Africa.

UNECE Opens First Smart City LAB in Vienna

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:35
Speaking at the launch of the Smart City LAB, UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova highlighted the UNECE’s efforts to enhance engagement with the private sector in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The LAB concept is expected to be replicated with a view to establishing a global network to enhance the development of future cities.

High-Level Panel Stresses Positive Contribution of Migrants in Africa

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:28
The High-Level Panel on Migration in Africa, headed by former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, met to advance their strategies related to migration for African development. The fifth round of intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is taking place from 4-8 June 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

Athletes, UN Environment Join Forces to Tackle Air Pollution

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:24
The five-year partnership includes development of an air quality monitoring network by collecting data from approximately 1,000 IAAF-certified athletics tracks. The partnership will create a city network of air quality monitors to help runners choose the best times to run. By engaging professional athletes, local and national governments, community leaders and others who run for exercise, the IAAF aims to raise awareness about air pollution.

Global Summit Focuses on the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Advancing SDGs

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:20
The summit generated 35 proposals that will use the “power of AI for good” in satellite imagery, healthcare, smart cities and trust in AI, and discussed how AI can help support educational initiatives and improve the lives of youth. ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao said that leveraging the power of ICTs, including AI, is critical for achieving the SDGs. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained that digital technologies, including AI, will be critical to providing better health and wellbeing for one billion more people.

Governments Encouraged to Nominate Women for UNGA Leadership Roles

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 00:18
The UNGA President underlines the need to achieve gender parity at all levels of decisionmaking in the UN, and encourages the nomination of female candidates to chair the Assembly’s Main Committees during the 73rd session, and to serve as vice-presidents. The elections will take place on 5 June 2018, along with the election for the UNGA 73 presidency.