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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Event: 3rd Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 10:22
The 3rd Meeting of the Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (Sharks MOS3) will convene from 10-14 December 2018, in Monaco. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks is the first global instrument for the conservation of migratory species of sharks.

Event: Scenarios Forum 2019

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 01:37
The Scenarios Forum 2019 aims to bring together a diverse set of communities working with the framework on integrated climate change scenarios to share their experiences, progress and plans. The framework uses Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and other approaches to characterizing future societal and environmental conditions to investigate global change issues, including the SDGs. By taking stock of progress and facilitating scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future assessments and policy initiatives. The Forum is presented by the International Committee on New Integrated Climate Change Assessment Scenarios (ICONICS) and the Pardee Center for International Futures at the University of Denver, Colorado, US.

Event: OECPR 4

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 01:26
The Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) prepares for the Environment Assembly during a period of five days to “review the Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Work and budget of the UN Environment Programme, in a manner coherent with the budgetary cycle of the United Nations, to be endorsed by the Committee of Permanent Representatives and for the governing body’s approval, and to oversee their implementation and accountability by the Secretariat” pursuant of paragraph 11 of GC Decision 27/2. In March 2019, the OECPR will convene back-to-back with the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment (UNEA-4).

Event: Sustainability and Development Conference

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 00:59
In collaboration with the journal World Development, this international conference seeks to bring together a diverse and interdisciplinary constituency to engage with the best approaches and means to implement the SDGs and assess progress towards them. Abstracts are due on 15 July 2018.

Event: ATAG 2018 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 00:52
The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), in cooperation with Airports Council International (ACI), the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), will convene the tenth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit. The event will bring together airlines, airports, air navigation service providers (ANSPs), manufacturers, suppliers, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and stakeholders to discuss sustainable mobility under the SDGs, aviation and climate change mitigation, sustainable alternative fuels, empowering employees to be sustainably responsible, gender equality, and noise and communities, among other issues. Workshops held during the summit will address, inter alia, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and wildlife and human trafficking.

Event: 20th Meeting of the GCF Board

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 22:29
The agenda for the 20th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) includes: policies and procedures for the formal replenishment process and for contributions from philanthropic foundations and other nonpublic and alternative sources; the gender policy; policy matters related to and consideration of funding proposals; the status of the initial resource mobilization process; and country programming and readiness. The Board will also consider, inter alia: the report on the analysis of the challenges, barriers, gaps and recommendations to achieve an increase in the amount of direct access proposals in the pipeline; recommendations of the Private Sector Advisory Group on opportunities to engage the private sector, including local actors, in adaptation action at the national, regional and international level; and the seventh report of the GCF to the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC. SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the GCF is here.

Event: Launch of UN Global Compact Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 22:06
The UN Global Compact is call to companies to align their strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. It encourages companies to take actions that advance societal goals. Participants at this event will include leading ocean businesses together with the UN, government and civil society representatives.

Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW2018)

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 06:24
The European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) organizes the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) annually. This event is the largest meeting dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe. EUSEW2018 will gather representatives from public authorities, energy agencies, industry associations, businesses, civil society organisations and the media to discuss topics related to the theme: Lead the Clean Energy Transition. The EU Sustainable Energy Week is an opportunity to meet stakeholders promoting energy efficiency and renewable energies, learn about successful policies and inspire innovation to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. A policy conference will take place from 5-7 June.

Event: Science Forum 2018

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 05:35
Science Forum 2018 (SF18) will convene under the theme, ‘Win more, lose less: Capturing synergies between SDGs through agricultural research,’ from 10-12 October 2018 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. SF18 is organized by the CGIAR’S Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC) and co-hosted by the South African Agricultural Research Council (ARC). The objective of SF18 is to identify substantial positive as well as negative interactions between the SDGs, the role of agricultural research in augmenting synergies and managing trade-offs, and the ensuing implications for the science-policy interface. Results will contribute to the discussion of developing research themes and frameworks in CGIAR.

Generation 2030: UNESCO Initiatives Examine Education for Sustainability , Financing for SDG 4

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:15
Key Partners of the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development attended the meeting ‘Looking into the Future of ESD, Together’ in Costa Rica to discuss a draft position paper on the future of ESD. The meeting also celebrated the launch of the UNESCO publication, ‘Issues and Trends in Education for Sustainable Development'. The UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report team issued a policy paper on financial support for education.

Policy Brief: Monthly Forecast June 2018: Leadership, Water, Oceans and Finance on the Agenda

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:14
The Group of 7 (G7) will convene under the presidency of Canada from 8-9 June, to address themes that closely parallel several SDGs. In June, many countries will release their VNRs, which will be presented to the annual session of the HLPF, providing the main blueprint for national implementation of the SDGs. Key events related to water, oceans and sustainable development finance will also feature this month.

Policy Brief: NGO Brief: Just Transition in Focus

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:13
There is a growing body of research and policy guideline tools on the topic of “just transition,” in the context of the transformational change needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, ensuring opportunities are harnessed, risks managed, and no one is left behind through engaging all affected stakeholders in dialogue to identify pathways to a sustainable future. Much of this work highlights opportunities to be gained through careful planning of the transition for synergistic policymaking that can leverage opportunities towards the achievement of several SDGs. This brief highlights three publications from NGOs that are contributing to the discussion around policies for a just transition towards a net-zero emissions future.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary to G7: Send a Clear Signal for Climate Action

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:08
Espinosa highlightes that G7 members must assess efforts to fulfill their collective pledge of mobilizing US$100 billion annually by 2020. According to Espinosa, a clear signal for climate action by the G7 will help incentivize the climate change process in 2018.

SDG Dashboard Enables Users to Visualize and Monitor SDG Data

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:05
iTech Mission has developed an dashboard that enables users to explore data from global data sources to visualize progress towards the SDGs. By benchmarking where the world is currently and illustrating progress needed to reach the SDGs, the Dashboard aims to engage and align UN and government agencies in using data to support evidence-based decisions to achieve SDGs.

Global Initiative Promotes Knowledge Sharing to Scale Up Green Finance

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:02
Participants discussed the potential of green finance at an inaugural event organized by the Global Green Financial Leadership Program. Case studies demonstrated that holistic approaches that consider the SDGs can enhance the ability of investors to manage environmental and social risks and provide them with a competitive advantage.

Two-Week Festival Underway in Italy to Promote SDG Awareness

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:00
The Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile - ASviS), in collaboration with other stakeholders, has launched the Italian festival on sustainable development to draw attention to the 17 SDGs and promote awareness about the 2030 Agenda. The festival is taking place from 25 May to 7 June, in the context of the European Week of Sustainable Development. The festival opening featured the launch of the Italian SDG City Index by SDSN.

World Health Assembly Adopts Five-Year Plan for Advancing SDGs

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 01:58
The 71st World Health Assembly agreed on a five-year strategic plan to advance all health-related targets under the SDGs, especially SDG 3 on good health and wellbeing. The plan sets a "triple-billion" target to be achieved by 2023: extending universal health coverage to one billion more people, ensuring better protection from health emergencies for one billion more people, and promoting better health and wellbeing for one billion more people. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus anticipated that the agency will increase its focus on public health, emphasize country-level impacts, and improve people’s access to health-related knowledge and information.

World Bank's SDG Atlas Illustrates Trends in World Development Indicators

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 01:54
The World Bank’s ‘Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018’ presents data on the SDGs and targets by country, region and income classification. The Atlas features over 180 graphics, showing trends since as early as the 1960s. The graphics and findings draw on publicly available data, including over 1,400 World Development Indicators, and are intended to be reproducible.

Nordic Clean Energy Week: Which Way Towards the Global Low Carbon Economy?

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 01:42
Nordic Clean Energy Week, including the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM 9) and the third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI 3) convened 22-24 May in Malmö Sweden. At CEM 9, participants discussed new areas of work, launched initiatives on nuclear energy and power system flexibility, and discussed approaches to enhance public-private collaboration. MI 3 participants reviewed progress in scaling-up investments in clean energy research and development and international research collaboration and recognized innovation achievements resulting from MI initiatives. MI and the International Renewable Energy Agency signed an agreement for collaboration in clean energy innovation and deployment.

ECOSOC Meeting Highlights Ways to Strengthen Participation, Resilience

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 01:32
An ECOSOC Special Meeting reviewed issues of collective action and participation in facilitating more inclusive governance and SDG implementation. Panels discussed technology developments and resilience to environmental and economic shocks. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed highlighted five areas that demand greater attention.