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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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ASEAN Summit Considers Climate-friendly Cooling for Asia

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 01:02
The ASEAN Cooling Summit brought together leaders from business, government, civil society and academia to consider how to sustainably meet growing demand for air-conditioning in South-east Asia. Summit discussions were based on a study that reported on consumer awareness of air-conditioning, implications for sustainable development, and cooling technologies available to mitigate climate impacts.

Tokyo Forum Yields Universal Health Coverage Commitments

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:55
Participants at the Global Universal Health Coverage Forum 2017 committed to monitoring progress towards UHC as part of the SDG review process. Japan announced a US$50 million contribution to the Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child. The World Bank and WHO launched a global monitoring report on UHC.

Guest Article: Girls’ Rights Are Human Rights: Positioning Girls at the Heart of the International Agenda

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 22:18
The SDGs go further than their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which mentioned girls only in the context of education. But to ensure that girls' needs do not slip through the cracks, Plan International urges the international community to: Address girls’ double burden of gender- and age-based discrimination and commit to the realisation of girls’ rights; Take measures to bridge the gap between women’s and children’s rights; Ensure that norms and frameworks for producing future international policy and agreements better reflect the challenges that girls face; and Urge States to comply with international standards that advance girls’ rights.

Event: UNECE Resource Management Week 2018

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 02:00
The UNECE Resource Management Week 2018 will take place from 23-27 April 2018. The ninth session of the Expert Group on Resource Classification will take place during this week, from 25-27 April.

Event: Drafting Group for a Practical Guide for Joint Implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:36
The drafting group for a practical guide for joint implementation of the Protocol on Water and Health and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will take place from 12-13 March 2018.

Event: Workshop on the Mid-Term Review of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 01:25
The Rovaniemi Action Plan proposes an overall vision, strategies and areas of activity to enhance the transition of the forest sector in the ECE region towards a green economy. It outlines concrete actions to support regional and national strategies that enhance the contribution of the forest sector to a green economy. ECE member States adopted the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy in December 2013. The ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section is currently undertaking the mid-term review of the Rovaniemi Action Plan. In this context, this workshop will focus on:
  • Existing trends in implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan in the ECE region
  • Lessons learned from the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan and possible challenges
  • Active input from the meeting participants to the mid-term review and
  • The way forward to reach the goal of the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan by 2020.

Event: Sixth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:43
This conference will provide a space where leading experts in the field of remote sensing and geo-information can network and further their work. The Technical Program is open to all topics in remote sensing and geo-information of environment and related techniques and applications.

Event: 40th Session of the Joint UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:39
The 40th Session of the Joint UN Economic Commission for Europe/Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (UNECE/FAO) Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management will be held in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will consider: the next 2020 round of Forest Resources Assessment reporting; the results of Forest Ownership reporting; a revised structure of the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire; the next Forest Sector Outlook Study; the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry 2015; the mid-term review of the voluntary implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan; capacity building on criteria and indicators in the Caucasus and Central Asia; the Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge for the Caucasus and Central Asia; and reports from all the Teams of Specialists. The secretariat has published the annotated provisional agenda on the meeting website.

Event: Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observing: A European Strategy

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 00:31
The first European Ocean Observation System (EOOS) Forum will bring together the main ocean observing funders, implementers and users in Europe. It will examine the extent to which the current observing systems are sustainable today, and what opportunities and threats there are. Initiated by the EOOS Steering Group as the main forum for an integrated European Ocean Observing System, the event will discuss the EOOS strategy and seek feedback from the funders, implementers and users on the way forward. The meeting will: present and discuss the EOOS strategy delivered by the EOOS Steering Group further to the stakeholder survey on the EOOS consultation document; highlight the main opportunities and threats to the delivery of EOOS and the downstream services linked to the funding sustainability; demonstrate examples of national or EU funding commitments to EOOS-related infrastructures and services; discuss sensitivities and bottlenecks to sustainable and integrated EOOS; and promote the value of communications in achieving the EOOS objectives. The meeting will aim to produce: an EOOS strategy; a forum report; and conclusions that feed into the EOOS Conference in Brussels on 21-23 November 2018.

Event: Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress 2018

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 20:28
The International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) together with the State Forestry Administration of China (SFA) will convene the first Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress 2018 from 25-27 June. The event will bring together ministers, government officials, scientists, conservationists, educators, and business leaders to consider bamboo and rattan’s role in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition, BARC2018 will provide a platform for south-south and south-south-north cooperation to shape future policies, build foundations for new partnerships and initiatives. INBAR is a multilateral development organisation that supports its 43 Member States to include bamboo and rattan in their sustainable development action plans and green economy strategies.

EEA Report Analyzes Environmental Impacts of Aviation and Shipping

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:31
The 'Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism' (TERM) report, published by the European Environment Agency, analyzes challenges and opportunities for reversing the environmental impacts of Europe's shipping and aviation industries. The report suggests that governments invest in research, product standards, subsidies for new technologies, and in accelerating the exchange of information through the distribution of best practices.

Bamako COP Affirms Commitment to Pollution-Free Africa

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:30
At COP 2, African countries reaffirmed their political commitment to implementing the Bamako Convention and achieving the sound management of chemicals and wastes, and the SDGs. Parties agreed to establish a permanent Secretariat in Mali and to review a roadmap for this process at an Extra-Ordinary COP in Sudan, in 2019.

UN-Water Members and Partners Discuss Baselines for SDG 6 Indicators, Awareness Raising

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:30
The High Level Panel on Water is expected to launch its report in mid-March. On World Water Day, 22 March, the UN General Assembly President will organize a high-level event to launch the International Decade for Action – Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028). The 8th World Water Forum will also coincide with the annual celebration of World Water Day. In preparation for the HLPF, UN-Water Members are establishing a baseline for the SDG 6 indicators that will culminate in the launch of the SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018.

Donors Boost Financing for Education Systems

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:29
Donors at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) conference in Dakar, Senegal, announced a US$1 billion increase in education funding for developing countries. Their commitments mark progress towards GPE’s target of US$2 billion a year by 2020 in a bid to achieve large-scale gains in education worldwide. UNESCO finds that reading literacy has risen in some countries, and highlights some metrics for assessing progress.

Australia Launches Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:28
Australia launched the ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy’ in conjunction with the 28th UN-Water Meeting. The Guidelines were prepared as part of global efforts to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) and other SDG targets that rely on the development and management of water resources.

Investors Urged to Align Portfolios with Paris Agreement

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:28
The Investment Agenda identifies actions that investors can take to accelerate and scale up efforts to tackle climate change and achieve the Paris Agreement goals. UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a climate summit in September 2019 to ensure that ambition is sufficiently calibrated for 2020 and beyond. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said divesting from carbon intensive assets and aligning with the Paris Agreement’s goals requires a “complex realignment” that requires action by investors.

Hawai’i Plans State-level SDG Implementation

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:27
The Hawai’i State Senate announced it will implement the SDGs through the Aloha+ Challenge. The Aloha+ Challenge is a local sustainability framework that includes a dashboard to track progress towards clean energy, local food production, natural resource management, solid waste reduction, smart and sustainable communities, and green workforce and education. The 2018 Senate Legislative Program outlines Hawai’i’s goals for each of the 17 SDGs.

Generation 2030: Youth Express Needs, Recommendations for SDG Implementation

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:26
Youth highlighted the importance of investing in children and youth as cross-cutting priority, the need for disaggregated data to show spending on youth priorities, and the necessity of involving young people in partnerships including, public-private partnerships. Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, expressed hope that the HLPF Ministerial Declaration will recognize the contribution of the ECOSOC Youth Forum and make it a formal part of ECOSOC.

WHO Targets Infectious Diseases, Premature Cancer Deaths

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:23
The World Health Organization is working to reduce the economic cost of premature cancer deaths, and to eliminate measles and yellow fever in several target countries. An investigation by the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) highlights the value of preventive activities tailored to each country’s "cancer profile". WHO is also supporting countries to monitor the rise of antimicrobial resistance through establishing their own national surveillance systems.

EU Expert Group Provides Recommendations for Sustainable Finance

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 02:22
The final report of the EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) includes eight key recommendations for integrating sustainable finance, with implications for the global financial system. Following the recommendations, the European Commission will publish an Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, expected in March 2018.