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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Projects Enhance Climate Information Management, NAP Process

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:07
Liberia’s NAP project is the first African project to be financed by the GCF. It aims to advance the NAP process for medium-term investment planning in climate-sensitive sectors, including agriculture, energy, waste management, forestry and health, and in coastal areas in Liberia. Delegates attending a workshop in PNG agreed on priority actions for establishing a strategic framework and work plan for PNG’s Climate Change and Development Authority, the lead government climate change agency.

EC Conference Urges Forward Movement on Sustainable Finance

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:03
The EC hosted a High-Level Conference on Financing Sustainable Growth to advance discussion on the Action Plan on Sustainable Finance. The Action Plan presents a ten-point strategy to connect finance with sustainability in support of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. The first legislative proposals to follow up on the Action Plan on Sustainable Finance are expected to be produced by May 2018.

UN-World Bank Report Makes Business Case for Conflict Prevention

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 23:59
The UN and World Bank have published a joint report that argues for greater attention and financing for identifying the risk of violence in hotspots around the world. Such efforts could save an estimated US$5 to $70 billion a year. Jago Salmon, advisor to the UN/World Bank Partnership on Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations, stressed the need for a shift from conflict management to "inclusive prevention."

Europe Forum Queries Investability of SDGs

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 23:53
Not all the SDGs are equally actionable, and investing in some could prevent the advancement of others, according to speakers at the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe. UNEP-FI estimates that, of the US$6 trillion a year needed to achieve the SDGs, half is already flowing, with approximately 60% coming from the private sector. The EU’s new Action Plan on sustainable finance underscores the need for a "change of culture" to tackle climate change by improving transparency and accountability.

World Bank Presents Three Scenarios for "Groundswell" of Internal Climate Migration

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 23:48
A World Bank report presents three potential climate and development scenarios: pessimistic, more inclusive development, and more climate friendly. The authors report that over 143 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America could be forced to move by 2050 to escape the impacts of climate change.

WBCSD Launches CEO Guide to Water

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 22:28
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched its ‘CEO Guide to Water,’ which highlights business opportunities connected with water, and makes the business case for responsible stewardship of water resources. The Guide argues for businesses to take a risk management approach to water-related challenges.

Egypt, UN Partner on Sustainable Development Priorities

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 22:24
The strategic partnership with the UN for the period 2018-2022 was designed following national consultations, in line with Egypt’s priorities, and with more than 400 agencies. The agreement’s economic development component will be based on achieving agreed goals regarding sustainable economic development, job creation, capacity building and training. The environmental pillar focuses on effectively managing Egypt’s natural resources and mitigating environmental and climate change risks.

Event: 48th Session of the IPCC

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:30

The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 48) will convene from 1-5 October 2018, in Incheon, Republic of Korea.

The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of IPCC 47 is here.

Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2019

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:29
The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters convenes world leaders to discuss the global, regional and industry agendas at the beginning of each year. The World Economic Forum’s mission is to improve the state of the world, which has driven the design and development of the Annual Meeting objectives.

Event: Global Education Meeting

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:23
A Global Education Meeting will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 3-5 December 2018. The meeting will follow consultations in Bolivia, France, Kenya, Thailand and Tunisia on the in-depth review of SDG 4, taking place at the 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Event: Roundtable Meeting on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:20
Following the Madrid Ministerial Decision adopted in October 2015, this meeting will address options for the procedural follow-up in order to explore possible ways to find common ground on a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe.

Event: 2nd AI for Good Global Summit

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:08
Organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) – the UN specialized agency for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) – in partnership with the XPRIZE Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and UN sister agencies, the 2nd annual AI for Good Global Summit will take action to ensure that AI accelerates progress towards the SDGs. Partner UN organizers include the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), World Food Programme (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), UN University (UNU), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

Event: 2018 ISDR Asia Partnership Forum

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 06:02
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR-AP) and the Government of Mongolia will convene the ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum, which seeks to, inter alia, share global and regional updates in disaster risk reduction (DRR), including implementation of the Asia Regional Plan, and firm up the agenda of the 2018 Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR (AMCDRR) to be held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from 3-6 July 2018. The IAP Forum is an informal multi-stakeholder platform for DRR through implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR and the Asia Regional Plan. The Forum includes governments, regional intergovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, UN and international organizations, and bilateral and multilateral donors. The Forum meets twice a year and serves as the main consultation forum for the Asian Ministerial Conferences. Collectively, the IAP and AMCDRR form the regional platform for DRR in the Asia-Pacific region.

Event: World Meteorological Day 2018

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 23:10
‘Weather-ready, climate-smart’ is the theme of World Meteorological Day 2018. The theme highlights the need for informed planning for day-to-day weather and hazards like floods, as well as for naturally occurring climate variability and long-term climate change. World Meteorological Day takes place on 23 March annually, to commemorate the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the convention creating the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Guest Article: SDG-Tracker: Tracking Global Progress Towards the 17 Goals

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 00:05
SDG-Tracker is the first project to track the latest data across all of the 17 SDGs in a user-friendly way. It provides an interactive hub where users can explore and track progress across all of the SDG indicators for which there is data available. It is essential that people understand how the world stands today and the progress we must make to achieve the SDGs.

Guest Article: A Story of Community-Led Total Sanitation: Movement-based Change

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 00:04
Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is an approach to water and waste that has changed the lives of millions of people in over 60 countries. Kamal Kar, WaterAid, and a local organization, VERC (Village Education Resource Centre), first developed this approach in several villages in Bangladesh. The adoption and spread of CLTS has been spectacular.

IPBES Plenary Approves Regional and Land Degradation Assessments

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:46
The sixth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-6) approved the summaries for policy makers and the report chapters of four regional assessments, as well as a thematic one on land degradation and restoration. The assessments confirm that continued biodiversity decline seriously jeopardizes the chances of any region to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and highlight existing policy options that can reverse the trend.

UNGA Launches Ten-Year Action Plan on Water for Sustainable Development

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:45
The UN General Assembly (UNGA) launched the ‘International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development’ (2018-2028). The Action Plan of the Decade has three objectives: transforming the current silo-based approach to water supply, sanitation, water management and DRR into an integrated one; aligning existing water and sanitation programmes and projects with the 2030 Agenda; and generating the political will for strengthened cooperation and partnerships.

CSW 62 Stresses Urgency of Empowering Women and Girls

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:44
The 62nd Commission on the Status of Women focused on empowering rural women and girls, and considered the participation of women in the media and ICT. The Commission’s Agreed Conclusions emphasize the mutually reinforcing nature of gender equality and the SDGs, and recommend specific measures to end poverty and enhance women and girls’ access to education, food security and nutrition, health care, decent work, land, and productive assets.

World Water Forum Closes with Calls to Action on Justice, Human Rights and Youth

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:44
The Eighth World Water Forum comprised several parallel processes that affirmed the respective roles of judges, local and regional authorities, parliamentarians and young people in the governance of water resources. The Political Process included a ministerial programme, a local and regional authorities programme, a mock ‘water court’ involving judges and prosecutors, and a parliamentarians’ process. Water and sanitation ministers issued a Ministerial Declaration, while Judges and prosecutors issued the 'Brasilia Declaration of Judges on Water Justice'.