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Summit Commits to Ending Violence Against Children, Achieving SDG 16.2

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:44
The ‘Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit’ underscored the importance of shifting the world’s focus towards the prevention of violence against children. In a Proclamation, Summit participants called for placing all children at the center of the 2030 Agenda and for reviewing progress at the 2019 session of the HLPF.

UNU-FLORES Report Recommends Integrated Approaches to NRM

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:41
UNU-FLORES released a report that proposes a nexus approach to natural resource management. The report identifies knowledge and capacity gaps and proposes recommendations and ways to ensure an integrated approach to sustainable natural resource management.

FAO and Partners Launch Global Platform for Farmer Field Schools

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:38
FAO and partners have launched a global knowledge platform to support Farmer Field Schools. Farmer Field Schools are an effective tool for sustainable agricultural development and for achieving the SDGs as they enable smallholder farmers to address local problems and provide them with critical information and decision making tools. Through the Platform, FAO and partners aim to support rapid expansion of Farmer Field Schools to contribute to the SDGs and address impacts of climate change.

COP Presidencies Outline Talanoa Dialogue Process

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:35
The Talanoa Dialogue was launched at COP 23 in 2017, and will culminate in a high-level Dialogue at COP 24, convening in November 2018, in Katowice, Poland. The two presidencies, Fiji and Poland, respectively, detailed the process in a message on 8 February, including a preparatory phase and a political phase.

IBRD and Folksam Group Partner on Bond Supporting Health, Gender, SCP and Climate

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:18
The World Bank issues between US$50-US$60 billion in the global capital markets every year, and proceeds of all its bonds support development programs that are aligned with the SDGs. Folksam Group, the sole investor in the new bond, explained that through engagement with its clients, it chose to focus on four specific SDGs in its sustainability strategy: SDG 3 (good health and well-being); SDG 5 (gender equality); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); and SDG 13 (climate action).

Regions Organize Preparatory Meetings for 2018 HLPF

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:16
UN regional commissions are organizing their preparatory meetings ahead of the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. In addition, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) announced several special events that will take place during HLPF 2018.

Human Rights Commissioner Underscores Business' Role in LGBTI Equality

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 02:14
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said companies that undertake efforts to end discrimination and support lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people can be a “motor for change". The 'UN Standards of Conduct for Business: Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI People Standards of Conduct,' launched in September 2017, provide the most comprehensive set of benchmarks for responsible corporate behavior on LGBTI issues.

IISD Brief Identifies Best Practices for Infrastructure Banks

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 01:24
IISD's brief on best practices for infrastructure banks indicates that the European Investment Bank (EIB) provides the best example of the products and services, with lending, blending, and advising. The brief offers eight recommendations for the establishment of an infrastructure bank, including pursue finance financially viable projects, but not solely those that are revenue generating; avoid crowding out private capital and prioritize additionality.

Event: 29th UN-Water Meeting

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 06:10
This meeting will gather UN-Water Members and Partners to discuss issues related to UN-Water, and will take place immediately prior to the annual World Water Week. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 28th UN-Water meeting is here.

Event: Global Compact on Refugees: Sixth Consultation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 05:57
The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States.

Event: Global Compact on Refugees: Fifth Consultation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 05:55
The road map towards a global compact on refugees, issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), outlines a series of formal consultations on the draft programme of action to take place in the first half of 2018. The formal consultations are the last step in the development of the global compact on refugees before it is proposed by the High Commissioner in his 2018 annual report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The formal consultations are held in private. Written contributions to the process may be sent to refugeecompact@unhcr.org for posting online. Following each consultation, UNHCR will share a revised draft of the global compact on refugees, reflecting the key outcomes and suggestions received, which will serve as the basis for the next formal consultations. The expected outcome at the end of the formal consultations is a non-binding document, reflecting a consensus among all UN Member States.

Event: Sixth National Climate Adaptation Conference

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:02
The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) will hold its Sixth National Climate Adaptation Conference. NCCARF is an Australian institution that works to support decision makers as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise. The National Climate Adaptation Conferences are the major Australian forums focused exclusively on climate vulnerability, impacts and adaptation.

Event: All4TheGreen: Mobilizing Climate Science

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 03:22
This event will highlight the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on its 30th Anniversary. The event is presented by the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate global partnership program.

Event: Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 05:09
This conference will provide a forum to: discuss upcoming deliverables; explore new areas of action; and share the first achievements of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. The two-day event is organized back-to-back with the EU Industry Day. This edition of the circular economy stakeholder conference will bring together industry representatives, public authorities, NGOs and citizens.

UK, Israel Reduce Plastic Pollution, the Theme of World Environment Day

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:45
Israel has reduced its use of plastic bags by 80%, following the introduction of a law that requires supermarkets to charge customers for plastic bags. The UK has taken five steps to reduce its plastic pollution. UNEP announced that ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ will be the theme for World Environment Day 2018.

IRENA Finds EU's Share of Renewables Could Double Without Extra Cost

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:45
IRENA's report on renewable energy deployment in the EU finds that the region has the potential to cost-effectively double the share of renewables in its energy mix. The publication explores solar PV, wind, biomass, transportation and heating and cooling solutions. It also quantifies avoided health and environmental costs associated with their deployment.

Global Water Partnership Maps Project Outcomes

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:44
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has launched an interactive map depicting its project outcomes around the world. The projects can be viewed by region, country, and year of completion, as well as by themes covering climate, gender, transboundary, urban, youth, and nexus issues.

Member States Consult on Repositioning of Development System

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:44
Governments are meeting for five informal briefings on Secretary-General’s reform proposals on: a new generation of UN country teams and the Resident Coordinator system; the system-wide strategic document; the funding compact; system-wide transparency, accountability and oversight & partnerships; and the regional approach. The discussions are taking place in advance of the 2018 ECOSOC Segment on Operational Activities for Development (OAS), which will serve as the first official platform for Member States and other stakeholders to discuss the Secretary-General’s proposals.

SDSN Switzerland Launches, Identifying SDG Catalysts

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:43
The conference to launch SDSN Switzerland identified a wide range of practical ways in which the Network can serve as a catalyst for implementing the 2030 Agenda. Summing up the day's discussions, SDSN Switzerland Co-Chair Urs Wiesmann highlighted four key directions for future actions: promoting science, improving inclusivity, being more experimental, and taking self-responsibility.

WUF9 Promotes Implementation of New Urban Agenda, SDG 11

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:41
The World Urban Forum (WUF) convened for the first time since countries adopted the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016. WUF’s ninth session (WUF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, focused on approaches and examples of good practice toward sustainability and inclusivity, under its overarching theme of ‘Cities 2030: Cities for All’. Many speakers called for aligning NUA monitoring and reporting with the follow-up and review process for the urban-related SDGs, in particular SDG 11 on sustainable cities.