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Policy Brief: NGO Brief: NGOs Assess Progress Towards Climate Commitments to 2020 and Beyond

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:54
This NGO Brief highlights contributions from NGOs in the past months that are providing inputs to moving forward the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change, calling governments to account and pressuring them to act with their highest ambition. Inputs include analysis from Oxfam International on progress towards the US$100 billion per year by 2020 climate finance goal and recommendations for finance accounting modalities and the six critical milestones needed to achieve a peaking of global emissions by 2020 as assessed by Mission 2020. The Brief also highlights two working papers to guide technical negotiations under the Paris Agreement Work Programme, and NGO assessment of the progress made at the recent UNFCCC meeting in Bonn.

SDGs 13, 17 Discussed at Side Event to Development Cooperation Forum

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:47
During an event on ‘South-South Climate Cooperation in Support of the SDGs,’ participants noted the challenges of accessing finance to achieve the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. The event was organized by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation on the sidelines of the 6th Biennial High-level Meeting of the UN Development Cooperation Forum. A High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40) is scheduled to convene in March 2019, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

118 Organizations Call for More Stringent Tuna RFMO Rules

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:41
A group of 118 fishing industry organizations, via the NGO Tuna Forum, has called on tuna RFMOs to adopt more stringent rules and regulations on tuna fisheries. In a letter, the organizations relay seven immediate actions to ensure the long-term sustainability of the world's tuna fisheries.

CEOs Sign Climate Declaration, Allianz Commits to Science-based Targets

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:38
A global insurer and asset manager Allianz has announced a climate protection package, which includes: no longer insuring single coal-fired power plants and coal mines; excluding coal risks by 2040 in property and casualty business and in proprietary investments; and joining the SBTi. Business leaders from over 20 companies have signed the Oslo Climate Leadership Declaration, committing to set and implement science-based targets in alignment with the Paris Agreement, and ensure a just transition for communities and workers affected by the move to a low carbon economy.

DESA Reviews Status, Priorities and Challenges of SIDS Partnerships

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:29
The UN Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) in DESA has issued the ‘Review of Partnerships for Small Island Developing States’. The report finds that knowledge transfer is the dominant priority partnership, followed by sustainable energy, disaster risk reduction, and coastal and marine related partnerships. The UNGA agreed to hold, in September 2019, a high-level review of progress made in addressing SIDS’ priorities through the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway, and regional and interregional preparatory meetings are taking place in 2018.

April-May 2018 Carbon Markets and Pricing Update: 'Learning by Doing" for Effective Carbon Markets

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:28
IMF sees need for price increase to over $70 per tonne of CO2 by 2030. EU presents its preliminary Carbon Leakage List. Mexico’s mandatory ETS pilots August 2018. Scope of the Sustainable Development Mechanism under Paris Climate Agreement remains unclear.

Co-facilitators Issue Paper on Aligning UNGA, ECOSOC with 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:21
The permanent representatives of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Belgium, serving as co-facilitators, released a 'food for thought' paper that outlines possible areas of action regarding the agendas of the UNGA and ECOSOC in light of the 2030 Agenda. A first round of intergovernmental consultations took place on 3 May 2018, and a second round is scheduled for 31 May 2018.

Enel, InnoCentive Partner to Achieve SDGs 4, 7, 8 and 13

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:18
InnoCentive will use its network of 380,000 problem solvers from the corporate, research, academic and start-up worlds to to propose solutions to 50 technology-related challenges, in order to make progress on the SDGs on quality education, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, and climate action. The Enel Group has made quantitative commitments for 2020 on each Goal.

UN Secretary-General Issues Third Report on Management Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:16
The latest report on the Secretary-General's envisaged shift in the UN's management paradigm details the creation of two new departments, to be created through the reorganization of the existing Department of Field Support and the Department of Management. The new functions will be created within existing resources through the reassignment and redeployment of existing posts. The text also notes that the forthcoming Umoja Extension 2 strategic planning, budget formulation and performance management solution will enable planning and reporting on utilization of resources based on results frameworks, including contributions to the SDGs.

UN Secretary-General Releases Advance Version of 2018 SDG Progress Report

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 01:10
The yearly report of the UN Secretary-General on ‘Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals' provides an overview of progress towards each of the 17 SDGs. The report is based on selected SDG indicators for which data were available, using the latest data as of 10 May 2018.

SDG 15 Experts Discuss Drivers, Solutions to Biodiversity Loss

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:54
Top experts in biodiversity evaluated progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal on life on land (SDG 15) and discussed ways to protect and restore biodiversity, in the lead up to the July 2018 session of the HLPF. Outcomes from the Expert Group Meeting will set the foundation of the SDG 15 thematic review and contribute to the HLPF ministerial declaration.

ILO Report: Implementation of Paris Agreement, SDGs Can Create 24 Million Jobs by 2030

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:39
According to the study, adopting sustainable practices in the energy sector, including electric vehicle use and energy efficient buildings, will create new jobs. The report shows that SDGs that promote environmental sustainability, including SDGs 13 (climate action), 14 (life below water) and 15 (life on land), can be compatible with achieving zero hunger (SDG 2 ), and ensuring affordable and clean energy for all (SDG 7), along with decent work and economic growth (SDG 8). The report concludes that environmental laws, regulations and policies that address labor issues can advance the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda and environmental objectives.

UNESCO Reports on Trends in Media Freedom

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:36
UNESCO launched a report that examines global and regional trends in access to information and freedom of expression, both of which are recognized as key to achieving the SDGs. The report finds transformations in the field of media freedom, which is being limited by legal restrictions on the right to impart both information and ideas.

Global Compact Identifies Canadian Business' Priorities for SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:33
The Global Compact Network Canada’s 2018 SDG Survey aims to understand the priorities and perspectives of Canadian businesses on the SDGs. SDG 13 (climate action) ranked as the top priority among respondents within Canada and within the world. SDG 1 (no poverty) ranked as the second priority for Canada and the world, but was not a priority for companies.

DESA Paper Recommends Maximizing Civil Society Reporting on SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:30
A technical paper authored for UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development identifies ways in which civil society organizations can report on the SDGs. The author finds that there is scope to align CSOs’ existing reporting practices with the 2030 Agenda. DESA can support alignment via guidance, toolkits, strengthening existing channels, and facilitating reviews, the paper suggests.

Resolution on Repositioning of UN Development System Forwarded to UNGA

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:25
The draft resolution was agreed via silence procedure, following an extension of the deadline. The resolution requests the Secretary-General, in consultation with the UN development system entities, to present an implementation plan for the inception of the reinvigorated Resident Coordinator system, including on the operationalization of its funding arrangements, to the UNGA before the end of the 72nd session.

Generation 2030: Saving Our Soils: Carbon Sequestration, Sustainability and the SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 23:56
Improving soil quality is an integral step towards achieving the SDGs on zero hunger (SDG 2), climate action (SDG 13), and life on land (SDG 15), but requires a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates consideration of other development objectives and priorities. Policy initiatives should be supplemented with an appropriate set of actions towards improving soil conservation, focusing on providing accessible information to smallholder farmers.

Arab Forum Sends Messages on Natural Resources, Youth Inclusion to HLPF

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 23:53
The Arab Forum for Sustainable Development discussed SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17, along with the importance of ensuring no one is left behind and including youth and women in decision-making. With eight ESCWA members presenting VNRs during the 2018 HLPF, a session discussed lessons learned and good practices regarding that mechanism. The Forum’s final report will be submitted to represent the Arab Region's input in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Climate Transparency, Finance and Coherence

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 04:59
The Ambition to Action project released an Update Report analyzing linkages between NDCs and SDGs. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies published a working paper on institutional arrangements for market mechanisms in reporting, to reduce double counting of emissions reductions. A technical report by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission assesses policy coherence and the SDGs.

Event: UNGA High-level Dialogue on Sand and Dust Storms

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/22/2018 - 00:16
Pursuant to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 72/225 of 20 December 2017, a high-level dialogue on sand and dust storms (SDS) will be convened during the 72nd session of the UNGA. The dialogue will focus on action-oriented recommendations and challenges faced by affected countries, and discuss ways to improve policy coordination at the global level to address those challenges in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A policy update on the SDG Knowledge Hub regarding SDS is here. A guest article on SDS in SDG implementation is here.