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Guest Article: Demystifying the SDGs: The World’s Science Academies Launch a Guide for Leveraging Expertise

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 00:36
The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) has prepared a guide that provides an overview of UN processes and structures supporting the SDGs, and the entry points for scientists to engage nationally, regionally and globally. In addition, a pilot database of peer-reviewed reports accompanying the guide shows where academies can bring knowledge to support the SDGs and where there is capacity to inform policy-making.

Guest Article: Halting Deforestation: From Aspiration to Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:58
Many drivers of deforestation lie outside the forest sector and are rooted in wider social and economic issues. With collective action now, we can address the global challenge of deforestation, achieve our targets, and ensure that the world today, and in the future, continues to enjoy all of the goods and services that forests provide.

Hotels, Japanese Corporations, P4G Advancing SDGs and Climate Targets

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:47
P4G, a partnership on inclusive, sustainable economic growth, is accepting concept notes for its Partnership Fund. The hotel industry to increase its sustainability and reduce its GHG emissions in line with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Several Japanese companies have identified ways in which their industry advances the SDGs.

IMF, World Bank, OECD Release Economic Growth Forecasts

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:43
The IMF World Economic Update notes that the current cyclical upswing provides an ideal opportunity for reforms, adding that shared priorities across all economies should include implementing structural reforms to boost potential output and making growth more inclusive. Speaking on World Bank’s ‘Global Economic Prospects,’ the World Bank stressed that reforms that promote quality education and health, as well as improve infrastructure services could substantially bolster potential growth, especially among emerging market and developing economies.

Event: World Environment Day 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:41
India will serve as the global host of the 2018 World Environment Day, which will convene under the theme, 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. The Day will raise awareness and urge governments, industry, communities, and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and use of single-use plastic that pollutes oceans, damages marine life and threatens human health.

Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:20
The International Disability Alliance and the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development released a study on the engagement of persons with disabilities in HLPF VNRs. The report finds substantial variation in the inclusion of disability in VNR reports. The report presents case studies from Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Togo, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Argentina, El Salvador and Peru that examine the status of persons with disabilities and their engagement in the VNR process, among other topics.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Tax, Official Development Assistance and Urban Finance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:57
The Platform for Collaboration on Tax (PCT) convened its First Global Conference, and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released a paper on ‘Tax and the SDGs’. The Center for Global Development published a policy paper and brief on ‘Tax and Development: New frontiers of research and action’. News and blogs link public finance to discussions at the ninth World Urban Forum (WUF 9) and upcoming events hosted by the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) on Financing for Development (FFD).

Event: Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals in North American Communities

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 23:53
IISD is organizing this webinar, which will will hear from projects in North America to discuss community-level experiences and lessons learned related to SDG implementation. The webinar will consist of presentations and a moderated panel discussion with the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, BCCIC’s SDG Scorecard Initiative, Winnipeg’s Peg Community Indicator System, and Hawaii's efforts to implement the SDGs. The webinar, and local-level projects, are undertaken in recognition of the role that cities play as drivers of change and innovation, and their role as important engines for progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Event: Global Compact on Refugees: Fourth Consultation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 05:00
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: Third Consultation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:58
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: UNECE Expert Meeting on Statistics for Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:54
The UN Economic Commission for Europe will hold the second expert meeting on statistics for the SDGs, as part of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) work programme. The meeting is organized in collaboration with Eurostat and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The first expert meeting took place in 2017. This meeting will take place immediately after the Workshop on National Reporting Platforms for Sustainable Development Goals.

Event: Workshop on National Reporting Platforms for Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:53
This workshop addresses reporting and communicating statistics for the SDGs. It is organized jointly by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN  Statistics  Division  (UNSD). The workshop targets the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and South‐East Europe (SEE), to enable the sharing of experiences and discuss common challenges related to the reporting and communication of SDG-related statistics. The meeting will provide an overview of progress and challenges for the UNECE region and the EECA and SEE sub-regions, based on a review carried out in February and March 2018. Discussion will focus particularly on global reporting of SDG indicators, and national needs for reporting and public communication. The Workshop will build on the Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data (Cape Town) and the CES Road Map on Statistics for SDGs, among other documents. The workshop takes place just prior to the Second Expert Meeting on Statistics for SDGs (18‐19 April  2018), and will inform its discussions.

Event: Global Compact on Refugees: Second Consultation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 04:45
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. The first consultation took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 February 2018, to consider the zero draft of the compact.

Event: Africa Climate Week 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:26

The 2018 Africa Climate Week will convene on the theme, 'Climate Action for Sustainable Development: Driving Change in Africa'. The events of Africa Climate Week will focus on NDC support and implementation, the SDGs, and Global Climate Action. ACW2018 is the first of what is expected to be an annual gathering. It aims to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and climate action to deliver on the SDGs.

ACW events will include:
  • The Africa Carbon Forum
  • High-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action
  • High-level ministerial session
  • Talanoa Dialogue
  • LEDS – Low Emissions Development Strategy – Workshop
  • Climate Technology Centre and Network Workshop
  • Technical Expert Meeting under UNFCCC
  • NDC Partnership Workshop
  • Emissions Trading System Simulation
ACW is organized by the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), which supports developing countries in preparing and implementing their NDCs.

Event: Partnership for Action: Information Ecosystem on Land Governance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:12
Habitat for Humanity (Solid Ground Campaign), LandMark, Resource Equity and the Land Portal Foundation are bringing land stakeholders together to discuss the momentum around land and data, and to determine an action plan to ensure that the data and monitoring initiatives will result in concrete actions. This event, ahead of the annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, intends to bring together an active partnership to increase access to information and bring the information ecosystem on land forward.

Event: Online Course for Policy Makers: Sustainable Energy for SIDS

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:09
This free online course for policy makers on 'Sustainable Energy for SIDS' is presented by The Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of SIDS, a UNDP initiative based on Aruba, in collaboration with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg). The course will cover current energy regimes and energy policies, and provide practical examples of ways that policy-making can improve energy access, energy security and/or energy efficiency in the main SIDS regions.

Generation 2030: The Essence of Leadership for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:43
Innovative leadership and management will be essential for organizations in all sectors to integrate the SDGs into strategic plans and operational activities. Leaders should not only bring people together and encourage creative participation, but should help people to embrace a relationship with uncertainty, chaos, and emergence.

UN Women Presents Actionable Recommendations to Achieve SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:42
UN Women released its flagship report, which examines progress and challenges in implementing the SDGs from a gender perspective. Recommendations focus on prioritizing gender-responsive investments, and policies and programmes to deliver on the 2030 Agenda.

IFAD Members Commit to Invest US$3.5 Billion in Rural Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:36
The 41st session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development agreed to a target of US$3.5 billion of loans and grants for IFAD's investment in rural development during the 2019-2021 period. IFAD's activities will focus on increasing productivity and resilience to climate change, improving nutrition and gender equality and boosting youth employment.

OECD Report Urges More Effective Energy Taxes to Address Climate Change

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 01:33
The OECD report titled, 'Taxing Energy Use 2018,' finds that current energy taxes are not sufficient to effectively address climate change. The publication shows that, outside the road transport sector, 81% of emissions remained untaxed and there was almost no change in emissions tax rates between 2012-2015. Although carbon tax coverage increased from 1%-6% between 2012-2015, climate costs were reflected by carbon taxes for only 0.3% of all emissions.