Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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HLPF Side Event Presents Tool for Data Governance and SDG Monitoring

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 03:44
An HLPF side event organized by UNITAR and the UN Statistics Division presented StaTact, a tool to help developing countries address measurement gaps and build statistical capacity. The tool enables specification of countries’ needs, and can be used when there is no national statistics strategy in place.

HLPF Side Event Explores the Role of Blockchain Technology in Advancing SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 03:37
During the event titled, ‘Blockchain for Transformation: Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies,’ Olga Algayerova, UNECE Executive Secretary, said blockchain technology can help advance SDG implementation and monitoring. European companies are exchanging experiences using blockchain technologies through public-private platforms, including the European Blockchain Hub.

HLPF Side Event Focuses on National Accountability Mechanisms for SDG 6 Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 07/14/2018 - 03:31
The review, which was undertaken in 25 countries, revealed that accountability mechanisms are lacking in many countries. Speakers called for the HLPF to adopt an improved mechanism for CSO participation and to accept CSO “shadow reports”.

Event: ReGeneration2030 Summit

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 05:33
The ReGeneration2030 Summit will be an annual Nordic/Baltic gathering on Åland for young people. It is convening for the first time in 2018. The main theme of the Summit in 2018 is Goal 12 of the 2030 Agenda: responsible consumption and production patterns. The purpose of the ReGeneration 2030 Summit is to create an arena where teenagers and young adults in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region meet to exchange knowledge and experience, to reflect and act together. The Summit provides tools and helps organisations find focal points for cooperation that extends beyond the physical summits, that is, both between and after the Summits. It is also a place to meet adult established leaders from civil society, enterprises, politics, academia and the public sector.

Co-facilitators Release Final Draft of Migration Compact

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 01:00
Co-facilitators from Switzerland and Mexico have circulated the final draft of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, inviting UN Member States and all relevant stakeholders to conclude the negotiations on 13 July. The compact is based on a set of “cross-cutting and interdependent” guiding principles, namely: people-centered; international cooperation; national sovereignty; rule of law and due process; sustainable development; human rights; gender-responsive; child-sensitive; whole-of-government approach; and whole-of-society approach. The last round of negotiations is taking place from 9-13 July at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

HLPF Side Event Highlights Role of Indigenous Peoples in Achieving SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:59
Joan Carling, IPMG, called for full participation of indigenous peoples in national SDG decision making and review. Participants called for a legal procedure to enable rapid demarcation and official recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights to lands and natural resources.

HLPF Side Event Focuses on Water-Forest Linkages

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:58
The event titled, ‘Forests and Water on a Changing Planet: Scientific Insights for Building Sustainable and Resilient Societies,’ launched the Global Forest Expert Panel assessment report, ‘Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities,’ which addresses, among other things, the climate-forest-water-people nexus. Speakers highlighted links between SDG 6 and SDG 15, including through SDG 6 target 6.6 (protect and restore water-related ecosystems).

HLPF Side Event Considers UN Partnership on Sustainable Fashion and SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:56
At the HLPF side event themed, ‘UN Partnership on Sustainable Fashion and the SDGs,’ co-hosting organizations described their efforts to put the fashion industry on a path to sustainable development. Participants from the ILO, ITC, UNDESA, UNECE, UNEP, UNCTAD, UNFCCC, UNGC, UNOP and World Bank Group outlined initiatives to date and the value-add of joining forces.

HLPF Event Discusses Forests’ Role in Accelerating SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:55
An event held on the sidelines of the HLPF explored success stories and lessons learned in implementing forest-based solutions to accelerate achievement of the SDGs. The event highlighted key messages contained in the Chair’s Summary from a Ministerial Roundtable at UNFF13, which explored forest-based solutions for accelerating achievement of the interlinked SDGs under review by HLPF 2018.

SDG 11 Review at HLPF Emphasizes Role of Cities in Achieving 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:53
The HLPF entered day three of its deliberations, which included a review of global progress toward SDG 11 on sustainable cities. Many speakers called for justice, dignity and a human rights-based approach to affordable housing in cities. New York City submitted a voluntary local review to the UN, and declared 11 July to be Global Goals Day in honor of the SDGs.

IPoA Progress Report Shows 12 LDCs Ready to Graduate

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:52
The IPoA report provides comprehensive information and analysis on recent progress in LDC countries. The report stresses that significant gaps that must be closed to meet IPoA goals. The publication notes the positive impacts of advances on access to ICT, sustainable energy, human and social development indicators, and domestic resource mobilization.

TEEB Presents Framework for Managing Food Systems

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:50
The report titled, ‘TEEB for Agriculture and Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations Report,’ argues that understanding the full cost of agriculture is critical to reflecting that cost in pricing to ensure that negative impacts are addressed. The report recommends designing and evaluating food systems for their impact on nature and human health, including to support progress on the SDGs.

Online Guidance Seeks to Improve Climate Services for Adaptation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 00:49
The guidance titled, ‘Climate in Tandem,’ seeks to help providers, intermediaries and users to collectively design climate services. The guidance is built on the platform, and is funded by contributions from the adaptation and climate services communities.

HLPF Side Event Launches Strategy for Sustainable Consumption and Production

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 02:02
The One Planet Network is an implementing mechanism for SDG 12. The new strategy’s objectives include catalyzing action by providing tools and solutions that shift to SCP. The strategy’s objectives include: catalyzing action by providing tools and solutions that shift to SCP; leading systemic and cohesive SCP implementation; and demonstrating SCP impacts and its role in addressing environmental and social challenges.

HLPF Reviews SDG 7 on Energy, Anticipates “End of Coal”

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:49
China, India and Saudi Arabia have committed to install hundreds of gigawatts of renewable energy. Saudi Arabia considered phasing out subsidies to be unrealistic, and preferred considering renewables in the context of economic diversification. Lead discussant Hans Olav Ibrekk, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway, proposed establishing an intergovernmental oversight mechanism for SDG 7.

FAO Report Projects Climate Change Impacts on World’s Fisheries

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:46
FAO launched a comprehensive report on fisheries and climate change combining a wide range of scientific analyses and modeling on how climate change will affect the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers. The publication focuses on impacts on fisheries in the context of poverty alleviation and the differential dependency of countries on fish and fishery resources. Findings indicate that climate change will result in significant changes in the distribution of fish and in the availability and trade of fish products. These impacts will pose challenges for achieving several SDGs, especially in fisheries-dependent countries.

Sovereign Wealth Funds Publish Framework to Help Meet Paris Agreement Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:43
The funds comprise the One Planet SWF Working Group, which was established in December 2017 at the One Planet Summit in Paris, France. The SWFs’ announcement comes during a July of record-breaking extreme heat and disastrous precipitation in the northern hemisphere. Based on the principles of alignment, ownership and integration, the SWFs’ One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Framework can help reinforce long-term value creation, improve risk-return profiles and increase long-term portfolio resilience.

Governments Reach Agreement on Review of ECOSOC

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:42
No UN Member State broke the silence procedure related to the final draft of the resolution on ‘Review of the implementation of General Assembly resolution 68/1 on the strengthening of the Economic and Social Council,’ which suggests that UN Member States have reached an agreement on the resolution. The resolution notes that: the UNGA will adopt one main theme for ECOSOC and the HLPF; ECOSOC should seek to promote the “active participation” of major groups, NGOs, the private sector, youth and other relevant stakeholders and regional organizations in its activities; and the outcome of the HLPF and the HLS will continue to be a negotiated ministerial declaration.

SLoCaT Finds 2018 VNRs “Fall Short” on Sustainable Transport

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:41
The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport released preliminary analysis on the extent to which 2018 VNRs address sustainable transport. The report finds a slight improvement in attention to transport in VNRs from 2016 and 2017, with 95% of VNRs referencing the transport sector to some extent. Most common references focus on social exclusion and equity, in line with SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and road safety (SDG 3, good health and well-being).

HLPF Side Event Considers How to Leverage Frontier Technologies for Sustainable Cities

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:40
Ambassador Burhan Gafoor, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN, described factors that enable sustainable urbanization, such as integrated and coordinated policies at the subnational and national levels. Mexico called for an analysis and a resolution on potential public policies to address technological changes at the upcoming UN General Assembly.