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Sustainable Cities Key to Implementing SDGs in Africa, LAC

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:20
The LAC Cities Conference discussed a Regional Action Plan for implementing the New Urban Agenda in LAC, public-private partnerships for promoting urban sustainability, and implementation of safe, affordable and sustainable urban mobility in the region. Also in LAC, a series of regional planning meetings analyzed challenges, experiences and prospects for development planning in the region, and its role in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs. Meetings in Africa focused on monitoring and reporting on SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), and integrating urbanization into national development planning for inclusive and sustainable cities in the region.

UN Report: Reducing Climate and Disaster Risk Critical to Achieving SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:15
The UN Secretary-General’s report titled, ‘Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,’ provides an overview of progress made in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR. The report emphasizes the importance of taking a “risk-informed” approach to sustainable development, and calls for integrating the Sendai Framework and the Paris Agreement into national social and economic planning within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.

SEforALL CEO Outlines Challenges in Achieving Sustainable Energy for All

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:21
Kyte identified seven areas for policy advances if we are to achieve the international community's goals for 2030. The areas are: access to energy; energy productivitiy; carbon capture and use; transition for coal mining communities; infrastructure finance; mindsets, institutions and transparency; and how to achieve universality and inclusivity.

Annual World Bank, IMF Meetings Launch Initiatives on Poverty, Women Entrepreneurs, City Resilience

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:20
During the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the IMF, the World Bank Group President reported that the global economy has begun to accelerate, but expressed concerns that risks such as a rise in protectionism, policy uncertainty, or possible financial market turbulence could derail the “fragile recovery". Kim introduced the Human Capital Project, an accelerated effort to help countries invest more and more effectively in their people in order to boost inclusive economic growth and end extreme poverty. The Development Committee issued a Communiqué that welcomes the creation of a Gender Diversity Working Group on the Board of Executive Directors.

CFS 44 Raises Concerns About State of SDG 2, Endorses Recommendations on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:16
Delegates at the 44th session of the Committee on World Food Security raised concerns that world is not on track towards achieving SDG 2 and other targets of the 2030 Agenda relating to food security and nutrition. The meeting also adopted recommendations for policy convergence sustainable forestry, women empowerment, and urbanization and rural transformation in relation to food security and nutrition.

IPU, UNDP Report Showcases Parliamentary Oversight of SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:10
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the role of parliaments in holding government accountable for commitments to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. The ‘Global Parliamentary Report 2017’ focuses on the role of parliaments in providing oversight and holding governments accountable, including on the SDGs. The report features examples and lessons learned, such as how IPU worked with the Fiji parliament to mainstream the SDGs.

Informal Migration Consultations Explore Decent Work, Regular Pathways

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:05
The final round of informal consultations around a global compact on migration concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. Government representatives and stakeholders addressed: irregular migration and regular pathways; decent work and labor mobility; and recognition of migrants’ skills and qualifications. UNGA President Miroslav Lajčák called for the global compact to respond to people’s real needs and for full implementation of existing cooperative frameworks and agreements.

HLPF 2018 Dates Announced

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 01:01
HLPF 2018 will take place from 9-18 July 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The meeting will address the theme, 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies'.

Publications Highlight Role of Agrobiodiversity and Climate-Resilient Agriculture in Achieving Global Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:59
A book published by the CGIAR Consortium’s Bioversity International details the contribution of agricultural biodiversity to: diverse, healthy diets; sustainable farming systems; seed systems that support crop diversity; and the conservation of agricultural biodiversity for use in sustainable food systems. A second publication titled, ‘The Nutrition Advantage: Harnessing the Nutrition Co-Benefits of Climate Resilient Agriculture,’ published by IFAD, examines how investments in climate-resilient agriculture can help ensure food security and improve nutrition.

UNISDR Guidelines Highlight Linkages between Disaster Risk, SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:53
The UNISDR Guidelines on national disaster risk assessment focus on the first priority for action of the Sendai Framework for DRR, that of understanding disaster risk. The Guidelines are intended to encourage countries to aim for “holistic assessments” that provide an understanding of the different dimensions of disaster risk, including hazards, exposures, vulnerabilities and capacities. The report argues that understanding disaster risk is necessary to achieve the SDG, and explains that many of the SDGs focus on issues that are underlying drivers of risk.

International Day Calls for Reducing Number of People Affected by Disasters

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:32
In an interview, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for DRR and Head of UNISDR Robert Glasser discussed, how DRR can help achieve the SDGs, and how climate change adaptation and DRM are inextricably linked. In a joint op-ed, Glasser, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, emphasize that disasters “strip away livelihoods and progress on health and education” in the LDCs. A report titled, ‘Global Disaster Displacement Risk: A baseline for future work,’ predicts a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster-prone countries.

Comprehensive Climate Risk Insurance Database Launched

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:29
The Climate Insurance database aims to contribute to “successful and sustainable” climate risk insurance projects in climate-vulnerable countries through sharing best practice, and find innovative solutions. The database claims to be the first independent, comprehensive source of information on the numerous types of climate risk insurance available, compiling information from several international organizations. The database includes factsheets, videos and reports, compiled in a searchable online catalogue that users can filter by type, topic, country, region or organization.

WIM ExCom Advances Work on Risk Transfer, Climate Displacement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:25
ExCom 6 met to discuss, among other issues, its work on supporting implementation of the Paris outcomes, recommendations to improve knowledge and capacity to address slow onset events and their impacts, development of activities for its five-year rolling workplan, as well as awareness raising, outreach and sharing of information. The IOM issued an update on activities delivered between January and September 2017 relating to existing policies and institutional frameworks that deal with the climate and displacement interaction at the national level, and the state of knowledge to better understand displacement related to slow onset events, among others.

Localizing SDGs Event Showcases Colombia’s SDG Implementation Planning

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:23
The event began with an overview of Colombia’s efforts to integrate SDG targets into its National Development Plan and Peace Agreement as well as to meet their international commitments, including the Paris Agreement on climate change, their bid for OECD accession and the SDGs. Closing the event, Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP, noted the importance of localizing the SDGs and empowering innovation, incubation and experimentation at the local level.

Second Committee Event Considers Role of Inclusive Innovation in SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:15
UNCTAD and UNDESA organized the UNGA event, which focused on how inclusive innovation can support SDG achievement. The co-author of ‘Frugal Innovation’ explained how the concept of frugal innovation builds on the idea of using abundant resources in a certain area (such as ingenuity, traditional knowledge, empathy, resilience and biodiversity) to design solutions for scarcity (water, energy and capital). A representative from SAP stressed that diversity and inclusion form a powerful growth engine.

Las2017 Adopts Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work 2018-2021

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:09
The joint 75th session of COFFI and EFC addressed, among other things: global forest policy matters; regional cooperation; the 70th anniversary of the UNECE/FAO partnership; and an Integrated Programme of Work 2018-2021. During a High-Level meeting at the opening of Las2017, speakers highlighted interconnections among efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat the degradation of water quality, forests and biodiversity.

ESCAP, WMO Enhance Disaster Resilience in Asia-Pacific

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:06
Asia-Pacific countries endorsed a set of recommendations and initiatives to promote regional cooperation and support the SDGs on DRR, including the establishment of the Asia-Pacific Disaster Resilience Network. The GCOS-WIGOS joint workshop for the Pacific aimed to strengthen and further develop the observational networks over the Pacific to advance the Pacific islands’ adaptation and mitigation efforts.

African Leaders Endorse Institutional Framework for Improved Land Governance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 00:03
The Land Policy Initiative (LPI), a tripartite initiative of the African Union (AU) Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Development Bank, launched the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC). The LPI Secretariat coordinated a consultative process that produced recommendations to establish the ALPC Centre. Among other activities, the LPI envisages that the ALPC will support gender-disaggregated databases to track member States’ commitments, and monitor and evaluate land governance in Africa.

International Facility to Finance Community Land and Forest Tenure

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:59
Land stakeholders have stepped up resource mobilization efforts to strengthen land rights and tenure governance globally, through the launch of the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility (the Tenure Facility) and preparations for the 'Land 2030 Global Initiative'. Six pilot projects of the Tenure Facility nurtured innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships in six countries and supported indigenous and community land rights initiatives in an estimated two million hectares of forest. A knowledge programme of the multi-donor Program on Forests (PROFOR) on ‘Securing Forest Tenure Rights for Rural Development’ is reviewing the progress of tenure reforms in six Latin American countries.

2030 Vision Partnership Will Advance Use of Digital Technology in SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:50
The UN Global Compact has released a publication that summarizes opportunities and challenges for digital technology to advance the SDGs. The report presents the 2030 Vision partnership, which will connect businesses, NGOs and governments with the technology and expertise necessary to realize the SDGs. In 2017, the partnership will address themes related to health; food and agriculture; and transport, infrastructure and logistics.