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HLPF Side Event Celebrates Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 00:00
The event enabled the sharing of experiences from the Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassadors Programme. Satyendra Prasad, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN, expressed hope that the youth ambassadors help accelerate efforts at the UN to achieve the SDGs. The SDG Action Campaign and Peace Boat signed an MoU at the closing of the event.

HLPF Side Event Discusses Ways to Assess SDG Interlinkages

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 23:53
Speakers at a side event titled, 'Managing Interactions between SDGs for Transformation,' discussed how to approach the analysis of interactions among the SDGs. Many speakers called for more information about SDG interactions, including through case studies that demonstrate how interactions work.

HLPF Side Event Discusses Implementation, Monitoring and Financing of SDG 11

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 23:50
Speakers underscored that implementing the New Urban Agenda helps measure actions and create synergies among SDG-related initiatives. UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif stressed that SDG 11 plays a fundamental role in catalyzing all 17 SDGs, especially those related to energy, economy, environment, society, and science and technology.

HLPF Side Event Discusses Mobilization of Data Revolution to Advance SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 23:46
The event underscored that the data revolution can help governments move from a silo approach to a whole-of-government approach. Speakers called for governments to prioritize and invest more in the data revolution.

HLPF Side Event Focuses on Sanitation as Key Determinant of Health and Education

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 23:44
The event discussed, among others, the launch of an accountability report by Global Citizen, which tracks sanitation, health and education commitments, and underscores the importance of partnerships. Participants emphasized that investments in sanitation provide a five-to-one return in related healthcare benefits, including a reduction in acute respiratory infections.

Peace Boat Highlights Opportunities for a Better World

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:33
Peace Boat hosted a Partnership Expo on its ship in concert with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). During the event, speakers articulated the linkages between peace and sustainable development, and highlighted Peace Boat’s efforts to raise awareness on the SDGs.

UNESCO Meets SDG 14 Commitment, Launches Ocean Literacy Portal

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:29
UNESCO-IOC launched the Ocean Literacy Portal, an online initiative to encourage citizens to become more informed about the ocean and empower them to make responsible decisions related to use of marine resources. UNESCO-IOC and partners committed to the creation of the Portal at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference on SDG 14.

The Climate Group, C40 Cities Launch Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/16/2018 - 22:06
The ZEV Challenge urges the global auto industry to accelerate the manufacture of electric vehicles and increase production to fulfill growing demand to contribute to the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. It calls on automakers to signal their willingness to work towards an endgame for combustion engine vehicles running on fossil fuels, and to commit to a ZEV percentage of sales by 2025.

CSOs Conduct Global Review of National Accountability Mechanisms for SDG 6

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 04:21
The report is based on more than 1,000 interviews, surveys and validation meetings with stakeholders working on water resources, drinking water and sanitation. Based on current trends, the majority of low and middle-income countries will not achieve SDG 6 by 2030, and some countries are facing a worsening situation. Among the challenges for tracking progress on SDG 6, the report identifies the lack of adequate and disaggregated data, and the need for financial resources to enable civil society to operate independently.

SDG 12 Review at HLPF Calls for Circular Economies, Sustainable Lifestyles

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 04:16
Day 5 of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) included a review of global progress towards achieving SDG 12 on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) highlighted its 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP, SDG target 12.1), and many delegates presented their national actions on promoting a circular economy. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) stressed that the extraction of raw materials in developing countries is supporting unsustainable levels of consumption in the developed world.

Data Dashboards, Democracy and “Cooper-tition” Discussed at HLPF Side Event

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 04:15
The International Institute for Sustainable Development organized a side event during which four North American communities shared their experiences in turning local data into action. Participants discussed how data needs to be turned into stories to inspire action.

Guest Article: Well-Designed Citizen Science Projects Can Help Monitor SDG 6

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 04:10
The 6.3.2 indicator report highlights that many custodian agencies lack institutional structures and coordination to collate data and mobilize necessary personnel. The United Nations University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) argues for well-designed citizen science projects in the field of water quality monitoring, considering lessons learnt from existing projects and other fields of practice. SDG 6 custodian agencies could consider providing guidelines for good citizen science projects and encourage Member States to implement well-designed citizen science projects for resolving the water quality data gap.

TWI2050 Assesses Global Transformations for the SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 04:05
Prepared by more than 60 authors and 20 organizations, TWI2050 report explores a series of measures needed to achieve all the SDGs, while accounting for synergies and trade-offs. The report focuses on six “exemplary transformations” in human capacity and demography; consumption and production; decarbonization and energy; food, biosphere, and water; smart cities; and digital revolution, needed to achieve the SDGs.

Scientists, Governments Discuss GSDR 2019 during HLPF Side Event

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 04:02
The GSDR will be finalized in early 2019. More than 50 African countries participated in consultations on the report, focusing on the region’s challenges regarding SDG implementation. The report focuses on technological innovation to achieve the SDGs.

SIDS Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Focuses on Partnerships

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 04:01
The 2018 annual Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue considered ways partnerships can support SIDS in their transition towards more sustainable and resilient cities and communities. The Dialogue is one component of the SIDS Partnership Framework and provides a global platform for SIDS and partners to review progress on existing partnerships and launch new collaborations. The Dialogue was organized by DESA and OHRLLS, in close consultation with the Steering Committee on Partnerships for SIDS, co-chaired by Belize and Ireland.

UNEP, UNITAR Discuss System-thinking for SCP

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 03:58
A workshop held in the margins of the HLPF unpacked the relationship between sustainable production and consumption (SCP) and the 2030 Agenda. Jointly organized by UN Environment, and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the event presented an SCP Hotspot Analysis Tool and Guidelines for Providing Product Sustainability Information.

UN Report Celebrates Increased Access to Broadband in Four LDCs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 03:55
The report draws on the experience of four LDCs – Cambodia, Rwanda, Senegal and Vanuatu – and addresses infrastructure, affordability, and demand and use, as well as impacts across several sectors, including the economy, government, health, education and rural livelihoods. The report concludes that while all four countries have made notable gains in broadband coverage and affordability, the full impact of these services for a large section of their populations is yet to be realized.

UN Security Council Addresses Climate Change as a Security Risk

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 03:52
While speakers agreed that climate change and its impacts pose serious threats, they disagreed over the degree to which the Security Council has a responsibility to address climate change. Some argued that the Council must address climate change as a security risk, and others warned against expanding the Council’s mandate or encroaching on the jurisdiction of other bodies. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed described climate change as “one of a web of factors that can lead to conflict”.

HLPF Walking Tour Brings SDG 11 to Life in New York City

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 03:50
A walking tour led by staff from the New York City Department of Transportation and co-organized by UN Habitat highlighted improvements to transportation, pedestrian, and bicycling infrastructure, to improve mobility and make better use of public space. As part of the broader OneNYC initiative, which is linked to the SDGs, improvements contribute to the city’s vision of zero traffic fatalities in line with SDG target 11.2.

New York City Presents First-ever Voluntary Local Review at HLPF

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 03:48
At the HLPF, New York became the first city to submit a Voluntary Local Review to the UN, demonstrating local progress towards the SDGs. The VLR highlights the City’s OneNYC strategy, developed in 2015 to deliver on a vision of growth, equity, sustainability and resiliency. Mayor Bill de Blasio designated 11 July Global Goals Day.