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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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UNFCCC Report, NWP Event Reinforce Linkages Between SDGs 9, 11, 13

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 01:19
The report synthesizes the resilience-building experiences in human settlements by governments and organizations, and the latest research in this area. It explains that climate change is disproportionately exacerbating the vulnerability of human settlements to hazards globally, especially in developing countries, coastal and delta regions, and SIDS. The report provides evidence of, and guidance and tools for, the coordinated local engagement of national and subnational governments in building climate resilience.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Supply Chains and Public-Private Partnerships

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 00:25
A research article in Sustainability explores the extent to which the SDGs provide a basis for supply chain decisions in the construction sector. The UN Economic Commission for Europe released a draft two-part report on Guiding Principles on "people first" public-private partnerships for the SDGs. New platforms were launched around SDG statistics and development cooperation.

New York City Announces Voluntary Local Review of SDG Progress

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:41
New York City will release its “Voluntary Local Review” of SDG progress at the 2018 session of the HLPF. The VLR will look at the City’s progress on a set of key SDGs, reflect on successes and identify areas where New York can learn from others to address challenges. The VLR is produced by the Global Vision | Urban Action programme of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs in close collaboration with relevant NYC agencies.

SDSN, Bertelsmann Stiftung Launch Consultation on 2018 SDG Report Cards

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:37
SDSN and Bertelsmann Stiftung have launched an online consultation on the forthcoming 2018 SDG Index and Dashboard Report. The report, which is expected to be published on 2 July, assesses all countries' performance on the SDGs.

UNPFII 17 Adopts Recommendations on Collective Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:35
UNPFII 17 adopted recommendations related to the session's theme of indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources. The Forum also adopted three draft decisions on its future work. Discussions over the two weeks underscored the close links between recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights over lands, territories and resources and the achievement of several targets under the SDGs.

FfD Forum Focuses on Multilateralism, Private Sector Engagement

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:33
Pio Wennubst, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), explained that packages of blended finance have not performed well enough so far to be scaled up as they are not well-assembled and the risk-management tools are not well integrated, being predominant only at the projects’ local levels. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, launched the Joint SDG Fund, which is a new pooled funding mechanism that aims to support Member States in their efforts to accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

FAO, EBRD Report Finds ‘Geographical Indications’ Foods Support Development

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:21
A study by FAO and EBRD analyzes the economic impact of nine food products with specific, certified geographic origin. The report finds that such products can be a pathway to sustainable development for rural communities by promoting quality products and increasing income for local farmers.

UN Climate Change Launches First-ever Annual Report

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:18
The UN Climate Change annual report details 2017 achievements, goals for the year ahead and activities of the Secretariat. It acknowledges links between the Paris Agreement, the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for DRR, whereby action in one area benefits the others. The report also provides an overview of UN Climate Change activities in the areas of adaptation, climate financing, technology and new partnerships, among others.

43 Governments and 80,000 Individuals Pledge Action on Plastic Pollution

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:15
One year since the Clean Seas Campaign’s launch, 43 governments, representing half of the world’s coastline, have signed up to the Campaign. At an individual level, nearly 80,000 people have taken the Clean Seas pledge to eliminate single-use plastics and microbeads from their lives. SLO active, a social enterprise dedicated to cleaning up the ocean, release a guide titled, ‘Plastic Pollution: Single Use Plastic Impact on our Oceans'.

Resilient Cities 2018 Contributes to Talanoa Dialogue, SDG 11

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:10
The Forum focused on ways in which local and regional governments are moving ahead to advance resilience planning, SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) targets and the Sendai Framework for DRR. It also addressed ways for cities to contribute to global reviews and inform national adaptation frameworks by compiling and reporting DRR efforts. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said the Talanoa Dialogue can serve as a model for communicating with private citizens in cities and as an opportunity for cities to have their voices heard and experiences shared.

High-level Event Considers How UN Can Do Better for Peace and Security

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:06
The UNGA held a high-level meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, during which a Goodwill Ambassador, an advocate for war-affected children, and heads of state and government intervened. Member States adopted a resolution requesting the UN Secretary-General to provide additional reports on his recommendations and options for the UN peacebuilding architecture.

FfD Forum Outcome Calls for Aligning Investment with Sustainable Development

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:00
UN Member States adopted the outcome document of the 2018 FfD Forum. Governments encourage fiscal management for domestic resource mobilization to be a priority for all types of development cooperation. The outcome requests the UN Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development, as part of its 2019 report, to further discuss climate and disaster resilience in development financing.

UN Discusses Security Sector Reform in Relation to SDG 16

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 00:56
A High-Level Roundtable on security sector reform made linkages with SDG 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies, and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. Miroslav Lajčák, UNGA President, highlighted the need for good governance, effectiveness, accountability and professionalism. The UN Deputy Secretary-General stressed that security sector reform is a core element of prevention and sustaining peace, so that ordinary people can live their lives free from fear.

Ireland SDG Implementation Plan Emphasizes Coherence, Public Engagement

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 22:01
The Government of Ireland’s three-year SDGs National Implementation Plan identifies the key challenges facing the country, and its strategic priorities to guide implementation. In a ‘SDG Matrix,’ the Plan identifies specific government departments that are responsible for each of the 169 SDG targets. Ireland announces its intention to present four Voluntary National Reviews to the HLPF, beginning in 2018.

UN Member States Considering Proposal to Fund Resident Coordinator System

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 21:51
The co-facilitators for negotiations on the reform of the UN development system presented a proposal on funding for the Resident Coordinator system in the amount of US$255 annually, comprised of three sources of funding. According to the co-facilitators, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confirmed his openness to move forward with a “hybrid solution".

UNEP International Panel Calls for Improved Resource Efficiency for Sustainable Urbanization

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 21:46
The report finds that transitioning towards low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially just cities is critical for advancing the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. It calls for designing cities for people rather than cars, and enabling the poor to access the opportunities in cities. The report recommends adopting a circular rather than linear approach in managing natural resource movement in and out of cities, and establishing innovative governance models that encourage creativity.

Adaptation Finance Update: Green Bonds on the Rise but Will Adaptation Projects Benefit?

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 21:34
Global green bonds news from a range of financial institutions indicates that while the market is growing, only a small share of proceeds is allocated to adaptation. The International Development Association raised US$1.5 billion with its first five-year bond issuance. ADB secured US$190 million in funding from the GCF to provide support to ADB-financed climate change projects in Cambodia, Mongolia and Tajikistan. The World Bank and the Nordic Development Fund approved financing of US$225 million and €13.1 million respectively for the West African Coastal Areas Program.

UN Climate Change Conference Opens in Bonn

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:58
The Bonn Climate Change Conference comprises meetings of three bodies: SBI 48, SBSTA 48 and APA 1-5. The agendas of the three bodies cover a range of issues, including the Paris Agreement Work Programme and a set of decisions required to operationalize the Paris Agreement on climate change.

UNSC Holds First-Ever Open Debate on Youth, the 'Missing Peace'

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:57
During the UN Security Council’s open debate on youth, peace and security, many participants recognized the potential of young people to serve as agents for change, and observed that boosting opportunities for youth is critical in counteracting terrorism, extremism and violence. Participants also welcomed the independent progress study on youth and peace and security, titled, ‘The missing peace: independent progress study on youth and peace and security,’ the first-ever report of its kind.

Integration for SDG Implementation Discussed at World Public Sector Report Event

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:56
On the sidelines of CEPA 17, participants provided their views on the World Public Sector Report 2018. The report explores how governments, public institutions and public administration foster integrated approaches towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The meeting, organized by DESA, took place on 26 April 2018.