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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Stakeholders Assess Local, Regional Involvement in Sustainable Development Agendas

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 00:37
Cities Alliance and adelphi published a report on ‘Local and Regional Governments in the Follow-up and Review of Global Sustainability Agendas'. The report outlines recommendations for strengthening synergies between the follow-up and review of the urban dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the New Urban Agenda, and for further involving local and regional governments. The publication was launched during the ninth session of the World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Event: Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition Research Conference on Carbon Pricing

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:49
The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), an initiative that brings together leaders from government, business, and civil society to drive carbon pricing action around the world, will convene this international research conference on carbon pricing. The event aims to drive innovative research and analysis from academics and practitioners on the effective design and implementation of carbon pricing policies. Relevant research themes include: learning from past and current experience; political economy of carbon pricing; carbon pricing and development; and the role of carbon pricing in decarbonization. The conference is expected to take place in late January 2019.

Event: Dialogue on Blockchain for Sustainable and Inclusive Finance

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:18
The Responsible Finance and Investment Foundation (RFI), the Swiss-Arab Network (SAN), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Bank of the Argentine Nation and European Partners for the Environment are hosting a workshop on 'Blockchain for Sustainable and Inclusive Finance,' consisting of a dialogue on the topic and discussions on prospects for integrating the principle of sustainable development in faith-consistent financing to achieve the SDGs. At the meeting, experts will exchange knowledge and experiences for a sustainable financing system that is led by values, ethics and faith principles employing innovative technology to achieve the SDGs. This workshop will be followed by the RFI Summit 2018, from 25-27 April 2018.

Event: 2018 ECOSOC High-Level Segment

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:36
The theme for the 2018 session of the Economic and Social Council is “From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities”. The HLS will be held from 16-19 July 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. The HLS includes the three-day ministerial meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is convened under the auspices of the Council.

Event: Expert Group Meeting on SDG 15: Progress and Prospects

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:53
The UN Division for Sustainable Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and partners are organizing an Expert Group Meeting on SDG 15 (life on land) and its role in advancing sustainable development through implementation of the 2030 Agenda, ahead of the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The objectives of the meeting are to: take stock of progress towards SDG 15; share knowledge on success stories, good practices and challenges; identify particular areas of concern; and suggest ways forward in terms of policies, partnerships and coordinated actions at all levels. These messages will help inform the HLPF, assist in planning its sessions, and serve to influence collaborations and programmes of work going forward from 2018, according to the organizers. The Expert Group Meeting (EGM) concept note is available here, along with the latest draft programme. SDG 15 is one of the Goals to be reviewed in-depth at the 2018 session. The others are: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation); SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); and SDG 17 (partnerships for the Goals) (which is reviewed every year). EGMs on the other Goals are listed on the HLPF preparations webpage.

Event: Biodiversity Mainstreaming in the Context of Human Security and Wellbeing

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:47
The Environment Management Group's first Nexus Dialogue of 2018  will consider the theme, 'Biodiversity Mainstreaming in the context of Human Security and Wellbeing'. The EMG Nexus Dialogues discuss the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals from a nexus perspective. This event will consider how UN agencies and their partners can, in the forthcoming three years, enhance their collaborative and individual efforts to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the associated Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Nexus Dialogue will consist of two days of technical discussions, from 2-3 May 2018, at the International Environment House II, Geneva, Switzerland, and will be held in cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Event: Arab Preparatory Meeting on Environmental and Natural Resources Issues for the 2018 AFSD and HLPF

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:36
The Arab Preparatory Meeting on Environmental and Natural Resources Issues for the 2018 Arab Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) and the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is part of a series of meetings. This event will consider the following themes: Sustainable Cities and Pollution; Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP); and Combating Desertification and Halting Biodiversity Loss. Additional events will also address energy issues and water issues.

Event: 2018 ECOSOC e-Discussion: From Global to Local: Supporting Sustainable and Resilient Societies in Urban and Rural Communities

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:30
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are coordinating and organizing an e-discussion on the theme of the 2018 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), 'From global to local: supporting sustainable and resilient societies in urban and rural communities'. The 2018 e-Discussion will provide ECOSOC with suggestions and recommendations on how to best address implementation challenges of the 2030 Agenda, with a special focus on the national level.

Event: North American Carbon World (NACW) 2018

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 09:42

The Climate Action Reserve will present the 16th annual North American Carbon World (NACW) conference (formerly the Navigating the American Carbon World conference).

The event will address issues in climate policy and carbon markets. In particular, NACW 2018 will explore the momentum and progress of subnational and international climate policy, carbon markets and climate finance.

Guest Article: UN’s Preferred Partner? Not the Public Sector

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 05:36
Partnerships are one of the key elements in the Secretary-General’s reform proposals. In the SDGs' target on partnerships, the only agreed measure of success is the “amount of United States dollars committed to a) public-private partnerships and b) civil society partnerships” (indicator 17.17.1). The existing mechanisms for partnership engagement favor one set of criteria – money – leaving only one possible preferred partner: big business.

Bonn Challenge Celebrates First Achieved Pledge

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:46
The “Billion Tree Tsunami” project in Pakistan’s Hindu Kush mountain range became the first to fulfill a pledge towards the Bonn Challenge by restoring nearly 350,000 hectares of deforested and degraded land. The achievement was announced during the Central African event preparatory event for the 3rd African High Level Roundtable on the Bonn Challenge and the 3rd International High Level Roundtable on the Bonn Challenge.

UN CC:Learn and Partners Raise Climate Change Awareness in Rio, CTCN Contributes to SDGs 8, 11, 13, 15

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:31
UN CC:Learn and ZCO2, a Brazilian coalition program of citizens and companies engaged in sustainable development initiatives to combat climate change, convened a workshop to increase awareness about climate change issues in the urban context of Rio de Janeiro’s communities. The CTCN published updates on its ongoing technical assistance on designing a knowledge management system for tropical forests management and ecosystem services in Costa Rica, and strengthening technical capacities for the implementation of a Guatemalan online climate platform.

Bahrain Announces Consultations to Support VNR Preparation

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:29
Bahrain announced plans for three consultation workshops as part of preparation for its 2018 VNR. In addition, Bahrain is working to build the capacity of its public sector to enhance their contributions to the report. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs tracks progress towards the SDGs through a national database on development efforts.

UN Security Council Discusses UN Peacekeeping in Context of Reform Processes

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:28
Member States discussed UN peacekeeping operations during a high-level debate of the UN Security Council chaired by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands. Several representatives, including the EU, Sweden on behalf of the Nordic countries, and the Maldives, reflected on peacekeeping operations within the wider UN reform context.

Additional Questions for Preparatory Phase of Talanoa Dialogue Released

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:24
The May intersessional Talanoa Dialogue will be the first opportunity for Party and non-Party stakeholders to interact in a “constructive and non-judgmental” manner. Responses to questions will provide the foundation for ministerial discussions at COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018. The UNFCCC has also provided information on how all stakeholders can participate in the Talanoa Diaogue process.

Shell Sky Scenario Outlines Pathway to Well Below 2°C

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:22
Shell's Sky scenario looks at a possible decarbonization pathway of achieving net-zero emissions from energy use by 2070. The scenario aims to be both ambitious and realistic by adopting an approach grounded in the energy system’s current reality combined with the long-term temperature goal. It assumes “very aggressive, but plausible,” ratcheting up of policy commitments through the first two global stocktakes under the Paris Agreement.

World Meteorological Day 2018: ‘Weather-ready, Climate-smart’

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:20
Speaking at the World Meteorological Day 2018 ceremony, WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas noted that being “weather-ready, climate-smart and water-wise” is increasingly important as long-term climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme events, and causing sea level rise and ocean acidification. The WMO and National Meteorological Services inform decisions on both climate change mitigation and adaptation, and help with services related to daily weather forecasts and long-term climate predictions, as well as early warning systems and other DRR measures that boost community resilience.

UN Secretary-General Discusses Maximizing Security Benefits of Technology, Mitigating Dangers

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:19
UN Secretary General António Guterres expressed confidence that scientific and technological advances can help lift millions out of poverty and achieve the SDGs. He called for improving global awareness and understanding the implications of these interlinked technological advances on international peace and security. The address took place at the Turtle Bay Security Roundtable, organized by the Permanent Mission of Japan and the Stimson Center.

Policy Brief: Monthly Forecast April 2018: Finance, Policy Coherence and Dialogue

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:09
The Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund will feature discussions on creating markets for climate business, big data and the SDGs, among other topics. Also on financing the SDGs, the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum) will convene immediately following the Spring Meetings. On the final day of April, the 48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies will open and will feature the first set of Talanoa Dialogues.

UNEP-WCMC Study Analyzes Needs, Drivers and Practice on Biodiversity Indicators in Extractive Sector

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 23:37
A new study explores how progress might be made within the extractive sector in creating effective indicators to establish corporate biodiversity performance. The study's findings include that drivers for indicator development vary, both between and within companies, while differences in needs between site and corporate levels may make it challenging to define a single indicator that suit both needs. In addition, the study highlights that indicators must be impact-focused, cost-effective, easy to produce and communicate, and sensitive to change.