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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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GRI, PRI, Global Compact Address Investor Needs in Corporate SDG Reporting

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:40
Global Reporting Initiative, Principles for Responsible Investment, the UN Global Compact launched a report highlighting "four C’s" of sustainability reporting—concise, consistent, current and comparable. Ten recommendations to corporate sustainability reporters address: message and approach; strategy and governance; report content; and data format. The 'In Focus' paper seeks to help businesses align their SDG-related disclosures with investors’ information needs.

WRI Report Recommends Greater Alignment of SDG, NDC Implementation to Enhance Action

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:39
The study notes that the SDGs and climate actions embedded in NDCs are still largely implemented under separate tracks, despite growing recognition of the strong connections between the two agendas. The paper describes efforts to bridge the two implementation tracks, and explains that a growing number of countries have began taking concrete steps to advance both agendas as one. The report suggests that global reporting frameworks under the Paris Agreement and the HLPF could better support national efforts to merge SDG and NDC implementation.

SDC Brief Calls for International Process on Environment-Climate Change-Fragility-Conflict Nexus

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:37
The publication underscores that competition over declining natural resources may affect livelihoods and indirectly increase the risk for conflict, climate change may exacerbate existing challenges, and the risk of conflict is greater in fragile contexts than where governments or society have the capacity to cope with challenges. The study notes that a preventive approach is critical to reducing conflict. It calls for adequately addressing environmental factors in conflict resolution and relevant peace agreements when they are the main cause of the outbreak of armed conflict.

Impact Report Makes Business Case for WASH

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:36
The WBCSD’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Pledge Impact Report looks at progress made and lessons learned in the years since the WASH Pledge was first developed. The report articulates the business case for investing in WASH and describes measures taken by signatories to implement best practices.

Montreal Protocol Working Group Addresses Unexpected Increase in CFC-11 Emissions

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:35
Tina Birmpili, Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary, stressed that any illegal consumption and production of CFC-11 “demands decisive action”. Delegates emphasized the need for an urgent response to the unexpected increase in CFC-11 emissions, and agreed to “definitively quantify, locate and halt these emissions”. Delegates discussed implementation of the Kigali Amendment to the Protocol, which will enter into force on 1 January 2019, including data reporting modalities and destruction technologies for controlled substances.

IUCN Calls for Knowledge and Caution as ISA Meets

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:33
At the 24th session of the International Seabed Authority, IUCN launched a report that examines deep seabed mining and its potential environmental and societal impacts. The report cautions against adopting mining regulations without developing additional knowledge of the deep sea.

Five Eco-inclusive Enterprises Receive SEED Low Carbon Awards

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:32
SEED will provide the winning enterprises with tailored advisory services that help with business and financial plan development, as well marketing and promotional activities to scale up operations and provide replicable business cases. The winners join a network of more than 230 enterprises from 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America who have also received SEED Awards.

HLPF Conducts Thematic Reviews on Resilience, STI, Regional Insights

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:31
HLPF 2018 held six thematic reviews related to the event's theme on transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. Sessions addressed: resilience; science, technology and innovation for the SDGs; perspectives of SIDS; perspectives of LDCs, LLDCs and MICs; lessons from the UN Regional Commissions; and perspectives of major groups and other stakeholders. Thematic reviews offered an opportunity for panelists to highlight challenges and progress and for countries to share experiences and lessons learned.

SBSTTA, SBI Discuss Progress on Biodiversity Targets and Protocols

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:29
SBSTTA 22 highlights included the adoption of voluntary guidance on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, guidance for avoiding unintentional introduction of invasive alien species, and a global action plan 2018-2030 for the conservation and sustainable use of pollinators. SBI 2 achievements included adoption of a recommendation on biodiversity mainstreaming, and progress in the integration of processes under the Convention and its Protocols.

OECD Report Explores Biodiversity Mainstreaming

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:28
An OECD report draws on experiences from 16 predominantly megadiverse countries, highlighting examples of good practices and remaining challenges in four key areas related to biodiversity mainstreaming. It recommends that governments prioritize actions that underwrite a strong business case for biodiversity.

Paris Agreement Reaches 179 Ratifications

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:26
Colombia, Kuwait, Mozambique and Tanzania have brought the number of Paris Agreement ratifications to 179. The CMA will convene during COP 24 in Katowice, Poland, from 3-14 December 2018.

UN Environment, Yale University, UN-Habitat Build Ecological Living Module at HLPF

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:16
The Ecological Living Module, a “tiny house,” constructed outside the HLPF, represents a self-sufficient housing option that can meet the needs of growing populations. The Module is designed by Yale University’s Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, in collaboration with UN Environment, UN-Habitat and Gray Organschi Architecture.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: 2018 High-level Political Forum, Part 2

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 23:14
A plethora of civil society organizations released “spotlight reports” that independently review countries’ progress towards the SDGs. Papers and indexes were launched to visualize data, analyze SDG interlinkages, and measure the extent to which countries are ready to deliver on a leave no one behind agenda. Stakeholders in the business community released a series of reports on how the private sector can deliver on the SDGs.

IUFRO Report Finds Forests Essential to Water Supply

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:44
The publication, titled ‘Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities,’ presents a global assessment of scientific information on the interactions between forests and water. The report presents the results of the sixth global scientific assessment undertaken in the framework of Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Water (GFEP) and provides a structured synthesis on the state of knowledge on the forest-water relationship.

CBD and ITPGRFA Enhance Cooperation on Genetic Resources

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:18
The Secretariats of the CBD and ITPGRFA signed a Memorandum of Cooperation focusing on genetic resources. The Memorandum addresses, in particular, the development of synergies between the Treaty's Global Information System and the CBD's Access and Benefit-sharing Clearing-House.

On HLPF Sidelines, UNFF Showcases Forests’ Role in Achieving SDGs

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 22:15
The UN Forum on Forests organized an event highlighting the role of forests in transformations towards sustainable and resilient societies. The event recognized the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF) as a vehicle to achieve forest-related SDGs and explored ways and means to accelerate achievement of the forest-related SDGs and the UNSPF’s Global Forest Goals.

39 Countries (to date) Planning to Present VNRs at HLPF 2019

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:53
Thirty-nine countries have already indicated their intention to present a VNR during the 2019 HLPF session. Twenty-three countries presented VNRs at HLPF 2016, 43 countries presented VNRs at HLPF 2017, and 46 countries presented VNRs at HLPF 2018.

Without Climate Action, UNESCO Projects Disappearance of Coral Reefs by 2100

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:16
A study by UNESCO World Heritage Centre estimates that, without climate action, nearly all World Heritage coral reefs will disappear by 2100. The UNFCCC emphasizes reefs’ fragility, and highlights the importance of achieving the goals set by the Paris Agreement on climate change.

ICLEI Input to HLPF Highlights Advancement of Global Frameworks

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:13
An input to the 2018 HLPF describes how ICLEI can contribute to the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change. The document outlines key provisions of the ICLEI Montréal Commitment and Strategic Vision 2018-2024, including five interconnected pathways.

IGES Report Calls for Simplified Reporting Rules under Paris Agreement

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:12
The publication underscores the importance of ensuring that the communication system of national reports is designed in such a way that each country can meet and strengthen its targets. The report looks at Japan’s industrial sectors, which provide examples of voluntary-based schemes that have improved the validity of actions.