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Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
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WMO Report: 2017 One of Three Warmest, Most Costly

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:43
The WMO Statement notes that 2017 was the most expensive year on record for severe weather and climate events, with Munich Re assessing total disaster losses at US$320 billion, the largest annual total on record. The risk of heat-related illness or death has been increasing, with around 30% of the world’s population living in areas with potentially “deadly temperatures” at least 20 days a year. According to a GESAMP report, fossil fuel burning and agriculture are increasing fixed nitrogen inputs to the oceans by approximately 50%, and even more in high emission regions.

Global Festival Promotes Innovative Action for SDGs

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:43
The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development featured the launch of projects to support SDG implementation, and recognized the winners of the first UN SDG Action Awards. The Festival aims to celebrate, empower and connect the global community on action for the SDGs.

Fisheries Statistics, Ocean Database to Support Marine Resource Management

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:42
UNEP-WCMC launched an online library of 183 ocean-related data resources to support adaptive, informed ocean conservation and resource management. The 27th meeting of the Asia-Pacific Commission on Agricultural Statistics launched the Pacific Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Fisheries Statistics (P-SPAFS). The UK Government released a publication predicting that the value of the ocean economy will double over the next 12 years to US$3 trillion.

African Leaders Sign Free Trade Agreement

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:41
During the 10th Extraordinary Session of the AU Summit, African leaders from 44 countries signed the Kigali Declaration for the Launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area. The agreement has the potential to increase intra-African trade by more than 50% and to support Africa's progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Africa's Agenda 2063. UNECA launched a tool to monitor implementation of the agreement, known as the AfCFTA Country Business Index.

Regional Adaptation Forum Outlines Challenges in Gulf Region, Contributes to Talanoa Dialogue

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:41
The Forum’s outcomes will inform the Talanoa Dialogue and deliberations under the UNFCCC. The Forum addressed measuring and assessing different aspects of adaptation, and a common metric for measuring physical climate risk, particularly for the private sector. The Forum looked at the role of universities and institutions in supporting resilience and expanding related programmes, such as the EPIC-Network.

World Water Council Publishes Policy Recommendations for HLPF

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:40
At the Eighth World Water Forum (WWF-8) in Brazil, the World Water Council and Korea Water Council launched a synthesis report on progress made since WWF-7. It shows that agencies have accomplished 61% of their aims since WWF-7 took place in the Republic of Korea. The report also offers 14 policy recommendations to the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF).

Co-Facilitators Issue Zero Draft on UN Development System Reform

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:38
The zero draft of a UNGA resolution on repositioning the UN development system was circulated on 21 March 2018. The document includes sections on seven major changes proposed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in his December 2017 Report. Governments provided general comments to the zero draft in a meeting that took place on 23 March 2018, and negotiations continue on 27 March.

Prize Winners Advance Wastewater Treatment, Governance, and Water Quality

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:37
The Stockholm Water Prize laureates for 2018 were Bruce Rittmann of Arizona State University, US, and Mark van Loosdrecht of Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. The Charité Chrétienne pour Personnes en Détresse (Christian Charity for People in Distress, or CCPD) from Togo won the 5th Kyoto World Water Grand Prize. The World Water Council and the Government of Morocco announced the OECD as winner of the King Hasan II Great World Water Prize.

Water Future and UNU Support Capacity Development for Water Security

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:36
The UN University (UNU) and Water Future, a part of the Future Earth research initiative, launched a capacity development programme to promote water security. The programme, known as ‘2030WaterSecurity,’ facilitates implementation of the water-related aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

IFPRI Report Discusses Impacts of Antiglobalism on Food Security

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:35
The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPR) has released the 2018 Global Food Policy Report (GFPR). It investigates how globalization and antiglobalism sentiments - such as trade protectionism, tightening borders, knowledge flow restrictions, stalled farm policy reforms, and weak global governance – impact food systems and nutrition security.

Pacific Islands Partner to Transfer Waste for Sustainable Treatment and Recycling

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:35
SPREP Director General Kosi Latu said the Moana Taka Partnership with the China Navigation Company will help overcome the “immense waste management challenge” in the Pacific islands due to geographical limitations and other factors. By the partnership, 21 Pacific island countries are eligible to ship recyclable waste to be sustainably treated and recycled at suitable locations, free of charge.

Publications Outline Resilience Strategies, Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:34
The UNISDR ‘Implementation guide for local disaster risk reduction and resilience strategies’ seeks to contribute to implementation of target E of the Sendai Framework for DRR. A policy brief titled, ‘Ecosystem-based adaptation to increase flood resilience of vulnerable people: Evidence from Central Vietnam,’ describes the use of EbA as a tool for strengthening flood resilience. A WWF-UK report titled, ‘Wildlife in a Warming World: The Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity in WWF’s Priority Places,’ analyzes the projected impacts of warming scenarios on species groups in 35 “Priority Places” for conservation.

Global SDG Awards Competition to Increase Private Sector Engagement

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:33
An estimated 62% of companies now include the SDGs in their annual sustainability reports. The Global SDG Awards aim to foster the inclusion of new reporting metrics based on SDG indicators, and create a platform to recognize outstanding corporate efforts to contribute to the SDGs.

UN-Habitat, Ford Foundation Report Highlights Potential of Migration in Arab Cities

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:33
The guide describes the “tremendous potential of migration,” which can mutually benefit both host communities and migrants and drive sustainable urban development. It explains how large-scale migration, both voluntary and forced, and rapid urbanization are intrinsically linked. The report describes challenges related to competition between host and migrant communities over jobs, increased urban poverty rates, and strains on municipal budgets, and proposes ways to overcome these challenges.

Pacific Islands Agree Elements of Regional NDC Hub

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 22:32
Countries exchanged experiences in NDC implementation, including implementing energy projects, reviewing and revising legislation to create a more enabling environment for NDC implementation, and establishing green energy funds. Participants elaborated on links between the NDCs and their national development plans, national energy plans and strategies, and SDG implementation. Participants agreed on the details of the Regional Pacific NDC Hub in terms of services provided, funding mechanism, structure and governance.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Coherence and Effectiveness in Financing Sustainable Development

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 04:30
Two complementary GIZ-supported studies examine ways to move towards ‘Towards a More Coherent, Integrated View of Financing Sustainable Development’. Development Initiatives published a paper on how official development assistance can create an enabling environment to support private investment. The Investment Integration Project released a report on measuring effectiveness of investments towards SDG achievement.

Event: Towards a Resilient Financial Sector: Disclosing Physical Climate Risk and Opportunities

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:45
The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will hold a conference titled, ‘Towards a Resilient Financial Sector: Disclosing Physical Climate Risk and Opportunities’. The conference is the outcome of a GCECA and EBRD joint initiative, launched at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, that seeks to elaborate: ways for banks and investors to assess and quantify the physical climate risk embedded in their loan and asset portfolios; ways for banks and investors monetize the benefits from climate resilience; and ways for corporates to take account of the macroeconomic impacts of climate change in their business strategy and financial planning processes.

Event: UNGA Informal Interactive Hearing on Participation of Indigenous Peoples

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 11:43
UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will convene an informal interactive hearing with indigenous people to reflect on possible further measures necessary to enhance the participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions in relevant UN meetings on issues affecting them. This hearing will be part of a preparatory process agreed by UN Member States in a resolution of September 2017. By that text (A/RES/71/321), UN Member States will hold interactive hearings during the next three UNGA sessions to address the participation of indigenous peoples at the UN. The resolution requests a report of the UN Secretary-General by the end of UNGA 74 that will outline achievements, analysis and recommendations on enabling participation of indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions. Consideration of possible measures then will take place at the 75th session, following consultations with indigenous peoples’ representatives and institutions from all regions as an input to the intergovernmental process. The Assembly requests the UNGA President to organize informal interactive hearings during the 72nd, 73rd and 74th sessions.

Event: GIS for a Sustainable World Conference

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 05:48
Hosted at Campus Biotech in Geneva, Switzerland, and co-organized by UNITAR-UNOSAT and Esri, the GIS for a Sustainable World Conference will focus on how intelligent maps and apps can accelerate efforts to implement the SDGs. The conference will feature an interactive environment that will focus on applying GIS to people, planet, prosperity, and peace. Participation is by invitation only.

Event: An End to Electronic Waste: Building the E-Waste Coalition

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 02:43
This high-level dialogue, organized during the World Summit on the Information Society, provides a step towards strengthened commitment and greater collaboration amongst the UN entities. The event provides an opportunity for the participants to express their organisations’ commitment to the e-waste challenge and a possible future E-waste Coalition, taking into account the work of the EMG Issue Management Group, and its recommendations. This event will highlight current challenges in UN system-wide collaboration on tackling e-waste, and will be structured as follows:
  • Signing of a Letter of Intent by the Heads of participating UN entities, to signal their organisations’ commitment to collaboration on e-waste, and to discuss the fundamentals of a possible E-waste Coalition.
  • Panel discussion among the Heads of UN participating entities and representatives from the private sector.
The event is organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It is taking place on the sidelines of the WSIS Forum.