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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
Updated: 10 hours 53 min ago

Chief Sustainability Officers Exchange Lessons on Transforming Businesses

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 02:30
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development organized a half-day event in the margins of the 2018 HLPF on how businesses can accelerate transformation towards the SDGs. Four panels discussed topics on integrating the SDGs into business operations; human rights; partnerships and investment towards the Goals. Among other insights, a participant underscored that "the SDGs exist because the market fails".

Science Based Targets Initiative Reveals Trends on Decarbonization

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 02:29
A YouGov survey of corporations participating in the Science Based Targets initiative finds that more than half of their products and services are expected to be “low carbon” by 2028. A press release notes that businesses expect environmental factors to be among the most significant trends affecting growth in the coming five years.

Civil Society Report Spotlights Need for Whole-of-Government Approach to SDG Implementation

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 02:28
The report argues that most governments have not turned the 2030 Agenda into real policies on the ground, and in some cases policies are even moving backwards. The report calls for more coherent fiscal and regulatory policies, and a whole-of-government approach to sustainability. The report was launched on 12 July 2018 on the sidelines of the HLPF by DAWN, a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions.

2018 SDG Index: All Countries Must Change Policies to Achieve Global Goals

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 02:28
The 2018 SDG Index and Dashboards report finds that, although many countries are making progress, all are at risk of failing to achieve the SDGs by 2030. The 2018 Index and Report feature analysis on OECD country progress on the “leave no one behind” principle and G20 government commitments to implement the SDGs, two new features that were not included in previous editions. The report includes two-page country profiles on SDG progress for all UN Member States, including performance on each SDG indicator.

UN Committee: 2017 VNRs Paid Limited Attention to Cross-Cutting Issues

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 02:26
The UN Committee for Development Policy reviews the extent to which 2017 VNRs address cross-cutting issues, such as leaving no one behind, tradeoffs among the SDGs and means of implementation. It finds that few VNRs provide specific examples of how their country addresses these issues through policies and strategies. To increase peer learning, the paper recommends that countries describe such experiences in greater detail in future VNRs.

Research Report Describes Challenges Facing Effective Labor Rights and Policies

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 01:35
A report titled, ‘Unacceptable Forms of Work: Global Dialogue/Local Innovation,’ looks at research agendas that can address labor challenges and contribute to SDG 8. The Strategic Network on Legal Regulation and Unacceptable Forms of Work identifies challenges relating to casual work, recruitment, forced labor, violence and harassment, informality, and weak enforcement of standards.

UN Agencies Pilot SDG 11 Reporting in African, Latin American Cities

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 01:34
UN-Habitat with UNECA and ECLAC are supporting the governments of Botswana, Colombia, Ecuador and Tunisia to report on urban SDG indicators. The project is piloting an approach that uses a national sample of cities to report on performance across all urban-related SDG indicators. In Tunisia, UN-Habitat's Global Urban Observatory and the Africa Center for Statistics at UNECA held two training workshops in Monastir and Tozeur.

Event: 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 01:02

The 50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 50) will convene under the theme, ‘User Needs and Service Provision Strategies for Gender-Sensitive Climate Services’. It will bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socioeconomic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners, decision makers and civil society stakeholders.

Organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) and partners, the Forum will include workshops on agriculture and food security, water resources, energy, health, livestock, media and disaster risk management (DRM).

Guest Article: Sustainable Strategic Public Procurement: Can the State Be a Role Model for Sustainable Consumption?

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 23:28
With enough political will, governments can choose between many instruments like laws, internal regulations, financial incentives, information, and training to implement sustainable public procurement. If we call for a structural shift toward economic practices that are more compatible with the environment and social aspects, we have to look closely at our habits. A German key approach to simplify the procurement of goods and services is using quality labels: for 40 years, we have used the German eco-label “Blue Angel”.

Event: Moody's Briefing 2018

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 22:55
Moody’s Investors Service, in partnership with the Climate Bond Initiative (CBI), will host a briefing on the risks climate change poses to corporations and governments, and the role of the green bond market in promoting a low-carbon economy. The event will take place during Climate Week NYC 2018. Senior executives from the industry and Moody’s senior analysts will hold discussions on: credit risks corporate sectors face as a result of transition to a low-carbon economy; the impact of physical climate risks on public finance issuers; and how municipalities are incorporating green infrastructure and sustainability projects into critical programs. At the briefing, Moody’s analysts will address carbon emission mitigation, their approach to green bond assessments and the impacts expected from the green bond issuances which Moody’s has assessed to date.

Event: 17th Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 17)

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 22:53
The 17th meeting of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC 17) will convene in Bonn, Germany. The TEC, which is the policy arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, meets at least twice per year.

Event: Moscow Urban Forum 2018

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 22:06
The City of Moscow, in partnership with the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will convene the 2018 edition of the annual Moscow Urban Forum (MUF2018) under the theme ‘Megacity of the Future: New Space for Living’. MUF2018 will address the challenges that cities of the future may face under several tracks, namely well-being, investments, inclusion, innovation, creativity, mobility, environment, strategy, talents and stability. Specific issues to be discussed relate to energy, water, education, transport, recycling, health, housing and social infrastructure.

Final VNR Presenters Share SDG Progress, Constraints

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:49
The 2018 HLPF featured the presentation of 46 VNRs, including 11 presentations on the final day. These VNR presentations showcased country progress on the SDGs, particularly those SDGs under review at the 2018 HLPF. VNR presentations also addressed challenges and reflected on the role of civil society in both implementing the SDGs and preparing VNRs.

Supreme Audit Institutions Discuss Contributions to Accountability under 2030 Agenda

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:48
Participants reflected on their experiences and lessons learned from auditing governments’ preparedness for SDG implementation. Discussions also focused on the relationship between SAIs and external stakeholders regarding SDG implementation and the role of SAIs. SAI representatives were also briefed on how they can contribute to the HLPF 2019 review of implementation of SDG 16.

Landscape Experts Call for 'Enabling Environment' for Interlinkages

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:47
An event on the sidelines of the 2018 HLPF emphasized that global agreements must be translated for policy change at the local level, as the SDGs will be implemented "on the ground, not in Conference Room 4". Keynote speaker Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, called for land restoration to be embedded in the larger sustainable development community, and said it can be used to address inequality.

Shift, WBCSD Highlight Links Between Human Rights, SDGs in Business Practice

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:46
Shift and WBCSD launched a report titled, ‘The Human Rights Opportunity: 15 real-life cases of how business is contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals by putting people first’ in the margins of the HLPF. The report calls on companies to identify their priority SDGs and deliver products or services that benefit both people and planet, featuring cases in four areas: living wages, forced labor, gender equality and land rights.

HLPF Side Event Highlights Decentralized Renewable Energy for SDG 7

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:45
Edwin Huizing, Executive Director, Hivos, stressed the need for predictability regarding renewables so that governments can make long-term policy decisions. Participants emphasized that scaling up existing off-grid solutions and linking them to energy service delivery will generate substantial socio-economic benefits, contributing to multiple SDGs.

HLPF Side Event Showcases Integrated Approaches to Joined-up SDG and NDC Implementation

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:44
A side event on the theme, ‘Developing an Integrated Approach to Implementing the SDGs and NDCs: Practical Experiences and Lessons Learned,’ highlighted findings from two studies on joint implementation of the climate and development agendas. Panelists from the Governments of Colombia, Kenya, Mali and Mexico shared their countries’ efforts and progress on the two agendas through planning, budgeting and monitoring.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Points to “Inextricable” Linkages between Biodiversity and Climate Change Agendas

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:42
Speaking at an HLPF side event, Espinosa explained that the Paris Agreement and the SDGs are dependent on the health of the planet, and called for long-term, sustainable solutions to link the climate change and biodiversity agendas. Noting that the fight over resources worsens social, economic and environmental pressures, which can lead to displacement, social upheaval and violent conflict, Espinosa urged taking climate action now to ensure an adequate supply of resources in the future, and to ensure protection of biodiversity.

Roadmap Paves the Way for SDG Implementation in Chemical Sector

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:41
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development launched the Chemical Sector SDG Roadmap at the SDG Business Forum, in the margins of the 2018 HLPF. The roadmap identifies the ten most material SDGs to the industry, articulates 18 “impact opportunities” that can help achieve them, and describes the short-, medium- and long-term actions needed, in collaboration with key partners.