Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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HLPF Side Event Considers Gender in SDG 7

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:38
The event highlighted linkages between SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy). Anita Shankar, Johns Hopkins University, spoke about building the evidence base for women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship to improve the effectiveness of energy interventions.

HLPF Side Event Considers How to Define Poverty with Those Left Furthest Behind

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:36
The HLPF side event titled, ‘How to Define Poverty with Those Left Furthest Behind,’ identified lack of education, health and living standards as non-financial dimensions of poverty, noting that each can be both a cause and consequence. Jeffrey Sachs offered three meanings of poverty, focusing on households’ ability to meet their needs, participate in society and lead dignified lives. Local perspectives and data to measure poverty’s multiple dimensions emerged as being key to developing robust poverty eradication solutions.

State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture Report Highlights Impacts of Fisheries on 10 SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:33
The FAO report, '2018 The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture' (SOFIA), highlights the importance of fishing and aquaculture to food security and nutrition, ending poverty, and to local and global economies. To ensure sustainable fisheries and aquaculture production, the report recommends strengthening fisheries management regimes, tackling IUU fishing, reducing loss and waste, and combating the pollution of aquatic environments and climate change.

Synthesis Report Previews “Urban Goal” for HLPF

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:29
The SDG 11 Synthesis Report presents “a joint position from the UN family” on critical issues related to urbanization. The report complements the 2018 Secretary-General’s Progress Report on the SDGs, as well as the Secretary-General’s first quadrennial report on progress made in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.

Stakeholders Share Views on HLPF Effectiveness Ahead of 2019 Review

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:27
Participants in the side event ‘Stakeholder Engagement in the HLPF and its Review in 2019’ exchanged views on the HLPF, including on mechanisms put in place to review progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and on Major Group and Other Stakeholder participation in the Forum. Resolution 70/299 notes that progress in its implementation and in the implementation of UNGA resolution 67/290 on the format and organizational aspects of the HLPF will be reviewed by the UNGA at its 74th session (2019-2020) “to benefit from lessons learned in the first cycle” of the HLPF.

UNGA Adopts Management, Peacebuilding Restructuring Proposals Following Fifth Committee Approval

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:26
The Fifth Committee concluded its resumed session on 5 July 2018 in New York, US, followed by a UNGA meeting to adopt the agreed texts. In a meeting on 8 June on strengthening the accountability system of the UN under the new management paradigm, delegates called for continued refinement of policies and practices to improve accountability.

Vatican Launches International Ecology Conference

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:24
Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, explained that the goal of the conference is to reiterate the urgent need for substantial changes in policy and lifestyle to safeguard life on Earth. The event aimed to set the stage for other events on the subject, including the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, US, the 2018 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group in Bali, Indonesia, and UNFCCC COP 24 in Katowice, Poland.

UNFCCC Publishes Agendas for Additional Bangkok Session

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:22
The agendas for APA 1.6, SBI 48.2 and SBSTA 48.2 have been published, noting that substantive work to be undertaken at the session will be limited to the agenda items that relate to the Paris Agreement Work Programme. The APA agenda details the organization of work to be undertaken in line with previous sessions, noting that the APA Co-Chairs' “tools” will be published in advance of the session by 1 August 2018 to facilitate the negotiations. Further detailed information will be provided on the individual meeting pages and in the joint reflections note to be published mid-August 2018.

SBSTTA Side-event Discusses Measuring Agrobiodiversity

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:12
On the sidelines of SBSTTA 22, participants reflected on progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and heard presentations on a tool to better measure and manage agricultural biodiversity. The Agrobiodiversity Index aims to measure agrobiodiversity in diets, food production and genetic resources, with the broader aim of measuring progress towards global biodiversity targets.

ESCWA Reports on Migration and Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:10
UN ESCAWA has published a 'Situation Report' on international migration in the Arab Region. The three-part report addresses: trends in international migration in the Arab region; changes in migration governance in 2016 and 2017; and linkages between international migration and the SDGs. The authors identify four types of relationships between migration and the SDGs.

WMO Takes Leadership of World Water Data Initiative

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:07
The World Water Data Initiative is a global effort to promote hydrometry as a basis for implementing SDG 6 on access to clean water and sanitation. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) took on the leadership of the Initiative's second phase. The announcement of WMO’s role was made at a one-day dialogue on strengthening hydrological services and improving forecasting, monitoring and use of water supplies, held in conjunction with a meeting of the WMO Executive Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

New Energy Outlook Forecasts Cheaper Renewables and Batteries, Shrinking Role of Fossil Fuels

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:04
The 2018 New Energy Outlook reviews regional energy trends, the increasing role of renewable technologies and sources, and estimated changes in costs. The report projects that 50% of global electricity production will come from wind and solar energy by 2050, with fossil fuels declining to 29%. According to the study, between 2018 and 2050, US$8.4 trillion will be invested in wind and solar energy, out of a total US$11.5 trillion.

Policy Brief: Monthly Forecast July 2018: HLPF and SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/12/2018 - 01:01
The annual meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July has turned this once slower month into the biggest convening event of the year. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) subsidiary bodies are meeting in Montreal during the first two weeks. The means of implementation discussion that many will remember July 2018 for was the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board meeting.

HLPF Reviews SDG 6, Calling for Greater Efficiency of Water Use

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:06
The HLPF has opened its 2018 session and conducted a review of global progress toward SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation). Delegates heard that “the world is not on track” to meet the SDG 6 targets by 2030, in view of increasing freshwater pollution, water stress, and a declining share of ODA for water-related activities.

SOFO 2018 Evinces Contributions of Forests to SDGs, Livelihoods

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:06
FAO’s flagship report, 'State of the World’s Forests 2018,' documents the role of the world’s forests in achieving the SDGs. The report illustrates the linkages between sustainable forest management and progress on biodiversity conservation (SDG 15), tackling climate change (SDG 13), improving urban habitats (SDG 11), providing safe drinking water (SDG 6), supporting food security (SDG 2), reducing inequalities (SDG 10) and ending poverty (SDG 1).

GCF Looks to October Board Meeting Following Challenging Discussions in Songdo

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:05
The GCF did not agree to decisions on many issues at its 20th Board meeting, expressing its disappointment following four days of challenging and difficult negotiations. The GCF Board Co-Chairs underscored their intention to reflect and ensure that the next meeting, taking place from 23-26 October 2018, is able to be more productive to support climate action. Co-Chair Lennart Båge stressed the importance of not overlooking the important work achieved so far by the GCF by highlighting the existing 76 approved projects that constitute a portfolio of transformational activities. GCF Executive Director Howard Bamsey announced that he is stepping down following almost two years in the role.

Asian Ministerial Calls for Accountability for Disaster Losses, Advances Work to Reduce Displacement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:03
The ‘Action Plan 2018-2020 of the Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030’ outlines a number of priorities, as well as regional, national and local actions to achieve them. The Ulaanbataar Declaration calls for, inter alia, ensuring greater accountability for DRR, including by collecting and recording disaster damage and losses, and using the Sendai Framework Monitor to assess progress in achieving targets and indicators. The conference saw the launch of a regional consultation process on new guidelines to encourage inclusion of disaster displacement reduction in DRR strategies.

Governments Start Final Round of Migration Compact Negotiations

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:02
The sixth and final round of negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is under way in New York, US, from 9-13 July 2018. Delegations are considering the third revised draft of the compact (‘Draft Rev 3’). On the first day of the session, many welcomed the draft, and voiced their concerns about child detention.

HLPF Blog Addresses Gender Equality, Sustainable Transport, Asia-Pacific Progress

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:01
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, notes that the UN Women’s recent report titled, ‘Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda,’ shows that gender inequalities remain pervasive across all dimensions of sustainable development, including SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17, which are the focus of this year’s HLPF. Kaveh Zahedi, ESCAP, explains that three years into the implementation period of the 2030 Agenda in Asia Pacific, the answer is “yes” for only one SDG, “unlikely” for many Goals, and “probably not” for a few SDGs, where “the region is moving in the wrong direction,” in particular on inequality.

UN Biodiversity Lab Offers Spatial Data for Conservation, Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:00
UNDP, UNEP and the Secretariat of the CBD launched the ‘UN Biodiversity Lab’ to support monitoring and informed decision making on biodiversity conservation and development challenges. The interactive mapping platform offers a free, cloud-based tool that is expected to support CBD Parties in reporting on their progress and achievements. It aligns with calls for innovative tools to monitor conservation trends and for enhanced access to big data for sustainable development.