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Event: 5th International Marine Conservation Congress

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:28
The Society for Conservation Biology's International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC, #IMCC5) brings together conservation professionals and students to develop new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

Event: Sixth Session of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:21
The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Plenary Assembly constitutes the main venue where all GSP partners come together to make important decisions about the global soil agenda. The meeting's main highlights will include:
  1. key achievements of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) in 2017-2018, the appointment of the new panel of members for another term of three years and the roadmap for 2018-2019;
  2. progresses under each pillar of actions of GSP, especially the presentation of the implementation plans for pillars one and three;
  3. GSP-induced activities, such as the organization of the past symposium on Soil Organic Carbon and Soil Pollution and the proposal for future symposiums;
  4. achievements of the Regional Soil Partnerships through Regional Implementation Plans (RIPs);
  5. communication campaign related to future World Soil Day celebrations and the 2018 Glinka World Soil Prize award; and
  6. organization of the side event: Afrisoils: boosting soil productivity for a food secured Africa.
The Plenary meetings of the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Soil Partnership and the African Soil Partnership will be held during this session on 13 June.  The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 5th session of the GSP Plenary Assembly is here.

Generation 2030: UNICEF Highlights Young Climate Heroes as Winner of Climate Comic Contest Launches Full Length Comic Book

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:54
The event -- Youth Power the Planet: An SDG Activate Talk to Celebrate Earth Day -- celebrated the ways that children and youth are taking climate action. The young panel inspired their peers to protect the planet and highlighted to decision makers the ways in which young people are integral to achieving climate justice and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Generation 2030: International Finance Facility Launched to Support SDG 4 Achievement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:43
The UN launched the $10 billion International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd), which proposes an innovative approach to education financing for countries. In the Facility’s first round of funding, donor countries will provide the IFFEd Facility with approximately US$2 billion in guarantees, which will be leveraged to create approximately $8 billion in new financing. The Facility aims to help countries invest in and reform their education systems to achieve SDG 4.

UN Member States Start Fourth Round of Negotiations on Migration Compact

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:42
The global compact on migration is being discussed through six rounds of negotiations between February and July 2018. During the fourth round of negotiations, from 14-18 May 2018, delegates should finalize discussions on the first revised draft of the global compact, as well as: international cooperation and capacity-building; pathways for regular migration and regularization; natural disasters, climate change and migration; fundamental human rights and services; the concept of firewalls; integration and contributions of irregular migrants; and effective and efficient cooperation on return. The compact is being prepared for adoption at an intergovernmental conference from 10-11 December 2018, in Morocco,

Bonn Climate Change Conference Advances Work on Paris Agreement Work Programme, Negotiations to Resume in September

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:40
While the Bonn Climate Change Conference saw some progress on the Paris Agreement Work Programme, another negotiating session will convene from 3-8 September in Bangkok, Thailand, to advance work before COP 24. Immediately prior to the Bangkok meeting, the APA will convene a roundtable to address substantive linkages and PAWP-linked matters outside the APA mandate. The Bonn Climate Change Conference adopted a Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture roadmap that addresses the socioeconomic and food security dimensions of climate change, assessments of adaptation in agriculture, co-benefits and resilience, and livestock management, among others. During the Talanoa Dialogue process, which aims to review progress and find solutions regarding increased ambition by countries now and in the next round of NDCs, countries and non-Party stakeholders engaged in interactive story telling.

UNFF13 Links Strategic Plan on Forests to SDG Achievement, Adopts Communication Strategy

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:35
UNFF13 focused on forest-related solutions for sustainable development, with delegates addressing implementation of the UN Strategic Plan on Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), announcing voluntary national contributions, and adopting a communication and outreach strategy. Delegates explored how to establish a UNFF brand and make the Global Forest Goals more comprehensible and accessible, and therefore, more implementable by all. At its conclusion, UNFF13 adopted an omnibus resolution and its Chair introduced his draft summary for transmittal to the 2018 HLPF.

Summit Discusses Challenges, Solutions to Ocean Risk

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:33
The first Ocean Risk Summit discussed the latest research on the interrelated changes taking place in the ocean, covering issues from threats to global food security and human health, to the impacts of hurricanes on communities, ecosystems and businesses. Participants discussed topics related to ocean risk, including natural capital and ecosystem services; cities, islands, coastal infrastructure and tourism; regenerating ocean life; fishing and aquaculture; and marine pollution, including litter and microplastics.

Governments Exchange Views on Refugee Compact's Second Draft

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:31
The UN Permanent Mission of Afghanistan and the UNHCR Office organized an informal exchange on the fourth round of formal consultations on the Global Compact on Refugees, following consultations that took place from 8-10 May 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. Volker Türk, UNHCR Office, noted that there are “more and more” areas of convergence on the compact’s text. On references to the SDGs, some delegations observed a weakened emphasis in the second draft.

SIDS Regions, UN Preparing for Review of SAMOA Pathway

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:27
In 2019, the UNGA will hold a high-level review of progress made in addressing SIDS’ priorities through the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway. DESA's SIDS Unit and OHRLLS released the anticipated timeline of preparatory activities leading to the mid-term review. Negotiations on the modalities for the review are expected to begin around May 2018.

UN Committee Focuses on SDG Needs in Non-Self-Governing Territories

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:22
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said ensuring that Non-Self-Governing Territories are able to address a range of economic, social and environmental challenges is critical key to advancing decolonization efforts. A number of speakers emphasized that the SDGs could not be realized if economic dependency continues. Currently, 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories remain to be decolonized.

Public-Private Partnerships Forum Strategizes to Evaluate, Scale Up Impacts

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 01:02
The UN Economic Commission for Europe Public-Private Partnership Forum showcased projects and approaches for successful people-first PPPs. The Forum previewed guiding principles on people-first PPPs, as well as a draft declaration on a zero tolerance approach to corruption in PPP procurement. Case studies informed discussions on draft standards for PPPs in railways, renewable energy, roads and water supply and sanitation.

Global Forum Discusses Leveraging Migrants’ Remittances for SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:54
The Global Forum on Remittances, Investment and Development (GFRID) discussed ways to improve financial services used by migrants and diaspora communities, and to maximize the development impact of migrants’ remittances in the Asia-Pacific region. On the occasion of the Forum, IFAD launched a report titled, 'RemitSCOPE - Remittance markets and opportunities - Asia and the Pacific'. Conclusions from GFRID 2018 will feed into efforts to achieve the SDGs, and into current negotiations towards the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, UN-Habitat Meet on NUA, SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:50
The dialogue in Guinea-Bissau focused on urban resilience, particularly in the context of political instability, poor planning and ineffective enforcement. In Cape Verde, participants discussed housing and sustainable urban development, along with efforts to deal with the growth of slums. The Cape Verde meeting launched a participatory programme to improve informal settlements, which will run until 2022 with the participation of affected communities.

ECOSOC Gathering Highlights Best Practices in Participation for SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:47
The Preparatory Meeting of the 2018 ECOSOC Special Meeting on the theme ‘Towards sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through participation’ showcased national best practices towards SDG target 16.7. Efforts by ECOSOC have promoted inclusion and participation in intergovernmental processes. The 2018 ECOSOC Special Meeting will be held on 23 May.

GPEDC Monitoring Dashboard Visualizes Development Cooperation Data

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 00:23
The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation's online Monitoring Dashboard visualizes data on ten indicators that track progress on internationally agreed development cooperation principles. The tool enables users to view country-specific results, compare data across countries and regions, and examine progress and trends in different areas of development cooperation over time.

Local Businesses Discuss Action for SDGs in Latin America and Caribbean

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:48
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed stressed the need to foster “a new generation of partnerships,” citing the importance of the private sector in this regard. A new publication finds that 80% of the companies participating in the UN Global Compact in the LAC region are taking action on the SDGs. The event focused on the way in which business can take a principles-based approach to the SDGs and sustainable development more broadly.

Event: Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:21
Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2018 (APCW 2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of APCW 2018, the first of what is planned to be an annual gathering, is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs. With Asia Pacific Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, APCW 2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the Asia Pacific Talanoa Dialogue. APCW 2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and others.

Event: Green Transformation and Competitive Advantage: Evidence from Developing Countries

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:18
The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are organizing an International Research and Policy Conference on Green transformation and competitive advantage. Developing country governments are increasingly committing to greening their economies, most explicitly under the Paris Agreement on climate change, where nearly all governments agreed to establish national road maps for decarbonization. Many also have enacted comprehensive national green growth strategies. Yet, there are concerns that poorer countries do not have the financial and institutional means to internalize environmental costs, and that their economies are mostly factor-driven, hence internalizing environmental costs may undermine their competitive advantages vis-a-vis innovation-driven economies. For these reasons, many analysts and policymakers favor a "grow first and clean up later" strategy. This conference seeks to challenge this strategy through a better understanding of the economic co-benefits and costs of green transformations.

Event: ICT for SDGs ITU Academia Partnership Platform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:13
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with support from the London School of Economics (LSE), will convene the information and communication technology (ICT) for SDGs ITU Academia Partnership Platform themed ‘ICT-enabled Economic Growth, Innovation and Job Creation for Sustainable Development’. The event will bring together some of the leading scholars and authors of the ITU book titled, ‘ICT-centric Economic Growth, Innovation and Job Creation,’ which highlights the challenges and opportunities that ICTs bring in the areas of innovation, governance, education, job creation and economic growth by cutting across all the SDGs and enabling growth and sustainable development.  The meeting will address, inter alia: accelerating digital transformation for the SDGs; the role of laws, regulations, policies and the public sector in harnessing ICTs for the SDGs; and ways forward for innovative research on ICTs for the SDGs.