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OECD Education Report Highlights Increasing Tertiary Enrollment

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:08
The OECD's 2017 report titled, ‘Education at a Glance,' provides information and trends on education, including access, participation and progression in education, schools’ learning environment and organization, and financial and human resources invested in education. The report finds rapid expansion in tertiary enrollment but underscores that students do not select the fields with the highest rates of employment. The report further highlights disparities across countries on SDG 4 progress.

Reports Focus on Role of Universities in Achieving SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:00
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network has published two reports that address the role of universities in achieving the SDGs. The first discusses how universities in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific can accelerate their contributions to the SDGs. The second describes five roles universities can play in achieving the SDGs and the Paris Agreement and describes the role of SDSN Networks in supporting SDG achievement.

Event: Preparatory Stocktaking Meeting for a Global Compact on Migration

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:55
This meeting will take stock of preparations toward a global compact on safe, regular and orderly migration. The meeting takes place in accordance with the UN General Assembly's 6 April 2017 resolution on modalities for the intergovernmental negotiations of the global compact (A/RES/71/280). The preparatory process leading to the adoption of the global compact comprises three phases: consultations from April-November 2017; stocktaking from November 2017 - January 2018; and intergovernmental negotiations from February-July 2018. The meeting will take stock of inputs received during the consultation phase and will also discuss means of implementation and mechanisms for follow-up and review. The Government of Mexico is hosting the meeting.

UNESCO, WWAP Report Investigates Water Scarcity-Migration Links

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:51
The World Water Assessment Programme has found close links between the impacts of water scarcity and migration patterns in regional hotspots including in the African, Mediterranean, South Asian and East Asian regions. The research, published in the report titled, 'Migration and Its Interdependencies with Water Scarcity, Gender and Youth Employment,' also describes the gendered experience of migration for women and men.

Event: Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals: Harnessing Inclusive Innovation to Leave No One Behind

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:36
This side event, organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Department of Economic Affairs (DESA), will discuss how inclusive innovation can support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Topics for discussion will include how governments can support inclusive innovation for national development strategies and harness information and communication technologies (ICTs) for participatory governance and the provision of more efficient public service delivery. The event will also explore the transformation potential of new technologies and will address concrete national and international steps required to ensure that innovation and technological change do not leave countries, communities or people behind. Finally, the session will explore what new innovation policy frameworks and regional and international cooperation arrangements are needed to enable the potential of inclusive innovation for sustainable development.

Event: Towards a Sustainable Future for All Women and Girls: Combatting Poverty and Promoting Gender Equality: A Data and Policy Perspective

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:33
UN Women will convene an event to contribute ideas and expert knowledge to the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), which is considering its biennial sub-item on ‘Women in development’ during the UNGA's 72nd session. UN Women will present findings from a joint research effort with the World Bank, which explored how existing data can be used in innovative ways to expand knowledge and understanding of the gender dimensions of poverty. This presentation will be followed by a discussion on relevant policy responses, including presentations from leading researchers and policy experts on innovative policy solutions that have had an impact on reducing poverty rates and contributed substantively to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

Event: World Obesity Day 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:15
World Obesity Day was launched in 2015 to stimulate and support solutions to help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and to reverse the obesity crisis. The day seeks to increase awareness, encourage advocacy, improve policies, and share experiences.

Event: Introduction to Resilience for Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 21:35
The UN Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Pronatura, ECOSUR, NBSAP Forum and The Nature Conservancy, is offering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the following topic: Introduction to Resilience for Development. The course will be facilitated in English, French, and Spanish, and is offered free of charge. The course is designed for policymakers and practitioners working in the sustainable development and conservation planning sectors. The course will be organized in two sections. Part 1 will address the theme, 'Understanding Resilience Thinking,' and will take place between 31 October and 27 November 2017. Part 2 will address the theme, 'Applying Resilience Thinking to National Biodiversity and Development Plans,' and will take place between 23 January and 13 February 2018. More information on the course theme is included in the SDG Knowledge Hub guest article titled, 'Resilience Thinking: A Catalyst to National Biodiversity Plans'.

Guest Article: Access and Benefit-Sharing: SDG Commitment and Challenge for the Food and Agriculture Sector

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 22:05
Developing policy frameworks or legislation for access and benefit-sharing (ABS) is one thing – it’s another thing to implement the policies and to follow the legislation in practice. FAO’s Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (Commission) agreed to take on this challenge and decided to develop Elements to Facilitate Domestic Implementation of Access and Benefit-Sharing for Different Subsector of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ABS Elements). During the course of 2018, the Commission’s working groups and experts will contribute to the finalization of a first draft of the Explanatory Notes, for consideration by the Commission at its next session.

Second Committee Emphasizes Climate Change During Sustainable Development Debate

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 10:40
The President of the UN General Assembly stressed the importance of implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and securing financing for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as key to addressing sustainable development challenges. Many small island States underscored the need for increased partnerships, funding, capacity building and technology transfer.

Event: Global Green Growth Week 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 03:52
Global Green Growth Week 2017 (#GGGWeek2017) will focus on the theme, 'Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential'. Participants will discuss ways to scale up green growth in Africa and around the world. The meeting is jointly organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Ethiopia, and will bring together over 300 high-level ministers, thought leaders, institutional investors and decision makers to catalyze creative solutions for transformational green growth in Africa and the world over. The discussions will revolve around achieving Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and making progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Event: GEO Week 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 03:41
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community will gather in Washington, DC, US, for GEO Week 2017, which will include the GEO-XIV Plenary, side events and exhibitions. The Week will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use Earth observations (EO) in delivering the GEO Week 2017 theme, 'Insight for a changing world'. The Plenary is GEO's highest decision-making body. The GEO-XIV Plenary will update delegates on developments in Earth observation services that impact both public sector decision making and the commercial sector. It will highlight the progress and projects in GEO's priority work in the service of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Event: Inputs Due for 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 01:11
The independent group of scientists who are preparing the 2019 edition of the GSDR has requested inputs from scientific and non-scientific communities on four categories of research. Contributions should be publications supported by short abstracts or descriptions of case studies that address one of four topics: interactions among the SDGs and their targets; transformation pathways towards sustainable development; looking beyond the SDGs to major issues identified by research that are not explicitly taken into account in the SDGs; and the role of science for sustainable development. Contributions should be peer reviewed scientific publications and other sources of knowledge that are or can be documented in written form.

Fourth Our Ocean Conference Generates Over €7 Billion in Pledges

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:16
The EU announced more than €550 million of EU-funded initiatives at the Our Ocean Conference. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) announced three initiatives, which will provide over US$85 million in investments. Many companies announced commitments to reduce the use of plastics in their products. FAO announced a US$1 million Blue Growth Initiative to assist small island developing States.

LDCs Call for Higher Climate Ambition by All Countries

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 00:01
In the Addis Ababa LDC Ministerial Communiqué on Climate Change, the LDCs emphasize that global climate action “must be fair and equitable to advance the interests and aspirations of poor and vulnerable countries and peoples”. They highlight adaptation and loss and damage as “crucial components” of the global response to climate change. Speaking at the LDCs ministerial meeting on 22 September 2017 in New York, LDC Chair Gebru Jember Endalew expressed the Group’s commitment to being at the frontline of the clean energy revolution through the LDC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Briefs Member States on UN Development System Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:58
The Deputy Secretary-General provided an update on the Secretary-General’s reform proposals related to the Resident Coordinator system and UN country presence; a review of the UN development system regional functions and capacities; the delineation of a Funding Compact; and strengthening system-wide accountability, transparency and oversight. The Deputy Secretary-General said the Secretary-General had asked her to assume the Chairmanship of the UN Development Goup, with the UNDP Administrator as her Vice-Chair. Countries generally welcomed the idea of a system-wide strategic document for collective support to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as proposed by the Secretary-General in his reform recommendations.

UNGA President Presents Priorities, Vision to Civil Society

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:44
Miroslav Lajčák said the three UN pillars (development, human rights and peace and security) will be equally addressed during his mandate. The UNGA President invited civil society contributions on the Assembly’s actions and to inform the UNGA about challenges encountered in SDG implementation and propose solutions.

Third Committee Debates Women’s Advancement, SDG 5

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:39
The UNGA discussed the advancement of women, including ways to eliminate discrimination, end violence, and improve the situation of women migrant workers. Prior to the debate, UN Women and UNOOSA organized a ‘Space for Women’ expert meeting, which considered how to increase the involvement of women and girls in STEM subjects and the aerospace sector.

WMO Warns of Weak La Niña, Initiative Crowd-sources Data to Improve Resilience

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:36
At a press encounter in New York, US, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for innovative financing mechanisms to address disasters, and urged countries to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change. The WMO issued a warning that the weather over large parts of the world may be influenced by weak La Niña conditions in the next few months for the second consecutive year. UNESCO’s ‘Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies’ project aims to generate the most complete tool for the prevention and management of disasters.

Joint Platform Advances DRM in the Pacific, Preparations for COP 23 Underway

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:32
The joint meetings of the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable and the Pacific Platform for DRM convened within the framework of the Pacific Resilience Week under the theme ‘Home Safe Home’. The meetings culminated in a statement supporting implementation of the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific: An Integrated Approach to Address Climate Change and DRM 2017-2030 through the Pacific Resilience Partnership. In preparation for COP 23, the UNFCCC Secretariat issued a number of documents, including: a report of the 32nd meeting of the LEG; a report of the Adaptation Committee; and a technical paper on adaptation-related information included in NDCs, NAPs and recent national communications.