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Global Landscapes Forum Transforms into Year-Round Platform

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:52
The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) was transformed from annual event to a year-round platform on the landscape approach, with its Secretariat to be located in Bonn, Germany. The 2017 event featured discussions on items around five themes: landscape restoration; financing sustainable landscapes; rights and equitable development; food and livelihoods; and measuring progress towards climate change and development goals. A series of publications and reports were launched during the meeting, including the IUCN Bonn Challenge Barometer of Progress Spotlight Report 2017 and WRI's report on 'Roots of Prosperity: The Economics and Finance of Restoring Land'.

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Investing in a Sustainable Planet

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:45
At at One Planet Summit, MDBs and financial actors committed to increase actions to scale-up climate finance and align financial flows with the Paris Agreement, including by presenting enhanced post-2020 commitments at COP 24 in 2018. Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean have seen new investments in sustainable infrastructure. Several regions have seen financing projects and funds initiated in energy efficiency.

2017 Among Three Warmest Years on Record, Arctic Temperatures Rising Faster

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:40
Arctic temperatures are increasing at double the rate of the global temperature increase. Along with rising temperatures, more extreme weather with massive socioeconomic impacts is being observed. Extreme events could not have happened without human-caused climate change, a report finds.

GWP Supports Transboundary Cooperation on Lancang-Mekong

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:38
The Global Water Partnership is supporting transboundary cooperation on the Lancang-Mekong river through a partnership among GWP China, GWP Southeast Asia, and the PRC’s Ministry of Water Resources. The Lancang-Mekong Water Resources Cooperation Center was established in Beijing in March 2017, and since, several cooperation activities have taken place, including joint technical training, meetings and study visits.

Asia-Pacific Water Summit Pledges Drinking Water and Sanitation for All by 2025

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:37
Water leaders at the Third Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Yangon, Myanmar pledged to provide safe drinking water and sanitation for all by 2025 - five years ahead of the SDG targets. The Summit also agreed to double investment at the regional level in infrastructure and community-based efforts, to address water-related disasters and significantly increase water security. Prior to the Summit, ESCAP and UN-Water organized a consultation on monitoring and implementation of SDG 6 in the region.

Canada Announces Five Themes for G7 Presidency

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:33
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, introduced the five themes for its presidency of the G7 in 2018. Canada will also host a series of ministerial meetings to address the five themes in the months preceding the Leaders’ Summit. The presidency will launch a social media campaign to engage Canadians and encourage youth participation in the issues under discussion.

Mountain Partnership Adopts Framework, Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:29
The fifth Global Meeting of the Mountain Partnership opened on 11 December in observance of the 2017 International Mountain Day (IMD2017) and in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Mountain Partnership. The meeting launched a Framework for Action, adopted governance-related decisions, and reflected on the achievements, priorities and challenges of its stakeholders and constituents.

Workshop Addresses SDG 6 Monitoring

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:26
UN-Water and the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management organized a global workshop on integrated monitoring of SDG 6. The meeting considered the challenges of gaining adequate baseline data on water policy and practice from around the world, and of monitoring progress. A guest article on the workshop outcomes, published on the SDG Knowledge Hub, highlighted the emerging methodological improvements and capacity building that are taking place towards SDG 6 monitoring and implementation.

World Bank Invests US$4.5 Billion for Climate Action by Cities

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:22
The World Bank will invest US$4.5 billion to ensure cities have the necessary funding to implement sustainable initiatives and climate resilience programmes. The collaboration with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy also will contribute to the respective governments' Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) investment plans, in order to meet the targets of the Paris Agreement on climate change

IEA Report Identifies Opportunities to Decarbonize Transport with High-speed Rail

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:20
The IEA Railway Handbook 2017 outlines the potential of high-speed rail for mitigating transport emissions and providing benefits for sustainable growth of urban agglomerations. The publication calls for higher investments in high-speed rail to achieve climate mitigation targets. IEA also updated its energy efficiency database, which allows tracking progress in increasing energy efficiency in IEA member states in the most energy intensive sectors of the economy.

IDEAS, UNDP Issue Book on Evaluation for 2030 Agenda

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:18
IDEAS in collaboration with UNDP published the book ‘Evaluation for Agenda 2030: Providing Evidence on Progress and Sustainability.’ The authors discuss evaluation as one of the tools to understand and report on progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs. Edited by Rob van den Berg and Susan Tamondong (IDEAS), and Indran Naidoo (UNDP), the book is a collaboration of 38 authors, 26 of whom are from the Global South.

Guide Helps Businesses Contribute to SDGs

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:15
The report details why the SDGs matter to the private sector, and how both startups and large businesses can get involved with the sustainable development agenda. SVCF works with companies to help them align CSR programming with the SDGs.

Businesses Collaborate for SDGs in Tourism, Fashion and Retail

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:05
The Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) aims to ensure that its strategies, targets and policies are aligned with the SDGs. The cruise industry has had the most impact on SDG 7, SDG 8 and SDG 13, among others. Student designers invited to the UN by the SDG Fund proposed the first draft resolution liked to the fashion industry.

Generation 2030: Achieving Health and Wellbeing through Agricultural Value Chain Strategies

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 04:01
Farmers and policymakers can achieve SDG 2 by “breaking the silos” and approaching agriculture with a deeper consciousness towards responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), which will simultaneously contribute to achieving better health and well-being (SDG 3). Policies should encourage the production of indigenous crops by allocating funding to research on local nutrient-rich crops and pilot programs for indigenous seeds. Support for small-scale farmers, such as training on storage methods and international food export standards, as well as help for farmers to access better storage facilities, should also be pursued.

Brief Focuses on Effective Investments to Achieve SDG Target 2.1

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 03:54
The brief draws from a literature review of studies that explored two categories of policy interventions. The authors recommend that policy makers should focus on ensuring that interventions are designed and implemented with the specific context in mind, and not on finding the "right" intervention.

Policy Brief: New Gender Guidelines to Take Effect in 2018

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 03:00
Three intergovernmental bodies recently adopted gender guidelines, while a non-binding Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment was agreed at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference and Canada has announced that the agenda for the 2018 session of the G7 will include 'Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment'. The new policies were developed in some cases to update or align with existing policies, while the policy adopted by the UNFCCC COP 23 represents a new policy area.

Event: Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 08:07
Canada, China and the EU will co-convene the Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action, as agreed at the previous meeting in September 2017, and announced during the One Planet Summit in December 2017. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the September Ministerial Meeting on Climate Action is here.

Event: Fourth Annual Symposium on the Role of Religion and Faith-based Organizations in International Affairs

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 08:04
The thematic focus for this year's symposium is 'Perspectives on Migration: Displacement and Marginalization, Inclusion and Justice'. The symposium is organized by the World Council of Churches and partners, and co-sponsored by the UN Office Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect, and others.

Event: Cuba Sustainable Energy Forum 2018

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 08:00
The Cuba Sustainable Energy Forum 2018 is jointly organised by the Ministry of Energy and Mines of the Republic of Cuba and the European Union. The Forum will seek to provide a platform for: the Cuban authorities to present their new energy and foreign investment policies along with the portfolio of investment opportunities in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Cuba; and the EU to showcase technologies and lessons learnt from the European experience and present the range of available financing instruments in Cuba.

Event: Eighth Session of the Assembly of IRENA

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:51
The Assembly is the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) supreme decision-making body. The eighth session of the Assembly will consider IRENA’s progress on the Work Programme and Budget for 2016-2017, and decide on the new strategic and programmatic direction in the context of the Work Programme and Budget for 2018-2019 and Medium-term Strategy 2018-2022. In addition, programmatic discussions will be held on current trends in renewable energy policy and technology. The Assembly takes place immediately prior to Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, which includes the World Future Energy Summit and the International Water Summit, both of which will meet from 15-18 January 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the seventh session of the IRENA Assembly is here.