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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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Arctic in Focus: Report, Meetings Focus on Adaptation Efforts in the Region

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 01:28
The AMAP report highlights the contribution of resilience building and vulnerability-centered adaptation in achieving relevant SDG 13 targets for the Baffin Bay/Davis Strait Region and the Arctic. PARCOF-1 provided seasonal predictions to improve weather, climate and sea ice forecasts in the Arctic in support of ongoing climate change adaptation and decision making in climate-sensitive sectors. The Arctic Shipping Best Practice Information Forum’s web portal provides links to information essential for implementation of and compliance with the Polar Code to help plan for safe and environmentally sound Arctic navigation.

Policy Report Calls for Data Management to Localize SDGs in ASEAN Cities

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 01:23
An Institute for Global Environmental Strategies policy report surveys stakeholders from ASEAN member governments to examine city-level expectations and priorities around SDG implementation. The report finds lower levels of SDG awareness in cities and local authorities than national government agencies, but notes that "frontrunner" cities are taking a lead. Data collection – even in frontrunner cities – is severely lacking, and needs to be incentivized, the authors conclude.

UNISDR Annual Report Highlights DRR Contribution to SDGs 1, 11 and 13

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 01:20
During the 2016-2017 biennium, UNISDR supported 46 member States to develop and update their national DRR strategies and plans. UNISDR formally launched the Sendai Framework Monitor on 1 March 2018. The Office UNISDR provided support to the Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Indicators and Terminology relating to DRR, which agreed 38 indicators to measure Sendai Framework implementation. UNISDR engaged and coordinated with the UN Statistical Commission, which approved use of seven of the Sendai Framework indicators to measure SDGs 1 (no poverty), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 13 (climate action).

Reports on New Tech, Local Resilience Support ECOSOC High-level Segment

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 00:50
The report on new technologies highlights both the potential and the risks associated with technologies such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, robotics and renewable energy technologies. The report on resilience in local communities analyzes current challenges and opportunities for advancing sustainability and resilience at the local level. The reports are issued ahead of ECOSOC's annual High-level Segment taking place in July 2018.

Event: Transforming Our Economies and Lifestyles: Greener and Fairer for Future Generations

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:21
The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) along with partners, will host an open debate and discussion around "where we are" with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and how to transform economies and lifestyles for a greener, fairer world. The event is hosted by PAGE, the UN Children's Fund, Finland's Ministry of the Environment, Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Government of Norway, and the Government Offices of Sweden.

Event: Interactive Civil Society Hearing on Non-Communicable Diseases

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:18
UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak will convene an interactive civil society hearing as part of the preparatory process for the high-level meeting to undertake a comprehensive review of the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The hearing is organized with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Event: 49th Session of the IPCC

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:11
The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) is expected to convene from 14-18 May 2019, in Kyoto, Japan. 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: Partnering with the Private Sector for Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:07
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Peacebuilding Commission will convene a joint meeting on 'Partnering with the Private Sector for Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace'. It will showcase country examples of initiatives that have been successful in engaging the private sector in peacebuilding, and explore inclusive business models for sustaining peace.

Event: Regional Conference on Reducing Gender Inequalities in WASH

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 10:05
Organized on the initiative of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women), this meeting will be hosted by the Government of Senegal through its Ministry of Water and Sanitation. At the conference, West and Central African countries will evaluate progress in reducing gender inequalities in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector, while also analyzing the barriers and challenges they face. In this context, the Governments of Cameroon, Niger and Senegal will share their experiences in integrating the needs of women and girls, including menstrual hygiene, into national policies and water and sanitation budgets.

Event: Global ICT Capacity Building Symposium

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 06:52
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will convene its annual Global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capacity Building Symposium (CBS-2018) under the theme ‘Developing Skills for the Digital Economy and Society’. The symposium will bring together a variety of stakeholders from government, industry, academia and other experts working in the field of emerging technologies and human skills development. Participants will share experiences, present case studies, discuss potential partnerships, and make recommendations on the way forward to strengthen capacities for the digital economy and society. The meeting will address, inter alia: skills requirements for using ICTs to contribute towards achievement of the SDGs; the role of academic institutions in preparing a workforce fit for the digital economy; challenges and opportunities faced by least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) and related implications for skills development; and capacity building needs and policy interventions, particularly in relation to community-based ICT development.

Policy Brief: NGO Brief: Families Call for Increased Climate Action in Court Case Against EU

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:06
Ten families from within and outside Europe have filed a climate lawsuit declaring that the EU’s 2030 climate target to reduce emissions by 40% is inadequate to prevent dangerous climate change and protect their rights to life, health, occupation and property. The lawsuit, known as the ‘People's Climate Case,’ calls on the EU to define a higher 2030 emission reduction target to protect citizens’ fundamental rights, and is supported by a number of NGOs, scientific organisations and citizens. Date indicate that climate litigation cases are increasing around the world, pushing courts to examine the links between climate change and rights protection.

Co-facilitators Update Draft Global Compact on Migration Ahead of June Negotiations

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:04
The co-facilitators for negotiations on the global compact on migration circulated the second revised draft of the compact, which includes a new, 23rd objective, and makes revisions to each of the previous 22 objectives, as well. The Rev 2 draft also updates the sections on implementation and follow-up and review to reflect expected “institutional rearrangements”. The co-facilitators will conduct an objective-by-objective reading of the text during the consultations on 4-8 June.

OECD Reviews How Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development Can Contribute to Resilient Societies

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 03:01
The OECD has released the 2018 edition of its report on Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD), which discusses ways through which integrated and coherent policies, supported by strong institutional mechanisms, can contribute to the theme of the HLPF 2018. The report highlights eight building blocks for enhancing policy coherence for sustainable development, namely: political commitment and leadership; policy integration; long-term planning horizons; analysis and assessments of potential policy effects; policy and institutional coordination; subnational and local involvement; stakeholder engagement; and monitoring and reporting.

WMO, WHO, UNEP Launch Coalition on Health, Environment and Climate Change

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 02:37
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim and WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas launched the coalition during the 71st World Health Assembly. Taalas cited record-level costs of natural disasters, particularly tropical cyclones, and called for greater urgency in implementing the Paris Agreement. Solheim noted that increased use of renewable energy will lead to fewer deaths from air pollution.

UN Secretary-General Announces Initiative for Global Disarmament

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 02:33
The UN Secretary-General has presented an agenda that focuses on three priorities: weapons of mass destruction; conventional weapons; and new battlefield technologies. He underscored the initiative’s basis in the 2030 Agenda, stressing the importance of disarmament for preventing and ending violence, supporting sustainable development and upholding the UN’s values and principles. The Agenda document includes recommendations for how States can address disarmament and the SDGs.

UNGA Debate on Sustaining Peace Calls for Partnerships and Inclusion

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 02:31
The UK said the Peacebuilding Commission must become a forum in which the UN can forge partnerships with a variety of partners, as “we should not pretend that the UN can do everything". Noting that his country is “heartened” to learn that the Fund is on track to meet its targets, Liberia cautioned that the funding provided through the Peacebuilding Fund must never be used as a substitute for development assistance. Delegations were speaking during the UNGA's annual debate on peacebuilding and sustaining peace.

EU Issues Waste Management Rules for Circular Economy

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 02:29
EU member states have approved rules that set recycling targets for municipal and packaging waste as part of a broader plan on circular economy. The rules demand collection of waste separated by materials, and the phasing out of landfilling by 2035. Economic instruments incentivize extended producer responsibility and waste prevention, in line with the European waste hierarchy.

HLPF Programme Makes More Time for SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:52
According to the 22 May programme, three hours will be devoted to in-depth discussion of the SDGs on clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and life on land, during the HLPF's first week. Each of the 47 VNR countries are assigned a specific half-day, during the second week of the HLPF.

Final Multi-stakeholder Hearing Highlights Good Practices in Migration

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:49
Stakeholders in the UN Global Compact on migration process took part in the fifth and final informal multi-stakeholder hearing in New York to discuss how ‘lessons from the field’ can inform global policymaking. The hearing took place as intergovernmental negotiations around a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration enter their final stretch before adoption in late 2018. Participants in the multi-stakeholder hearing addressed migrants’ healthcare needs, partnerships among government, civil society organizations and the private sector, social integration, and education for migrants.

Security Council Advised on Handling International Criminal Justice

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 00:38
The Security Council's annual open debate on maintenance of international peace and security, chaired by the president of Poland, focused on the theme, 'Upholding international law within the context of the maintenance of international peace and security'. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shared remarks on areas for improvement in the Council's work on international criminal accountability.