Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Event: Mobilizing Women to Lead on the SDGs Webinar

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 23:16
The Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) and GlobeScan will host a webinar on how business can invest in women to lead the way on the SDGs. the organizers suggest that "by creating strategies and making investments that support women’s leadership on the SDGs, we’ll not only deliver on SDG 5/Gender Equality, we’ll advance progress on all of the SDGs more quickly". The discussion will be moderated by: GlobeScan CEO Chris Coulter; Gail Klintworth, BSDC; and Katja Freiwald, Unilever. Participants are encouraged to review a BSDC discussion paper titled, ‘Behind Every Global Goal: Women Leading the World to 2030’.

Event: GAIN Conference: Just Transition

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 23:11
Hosted by the Green Jobs Assessment Institutions Network (GAIN), this conference will address positive and negative social and employment-related outcomes of the Paris Agreement on climate change and structural change away from fossil fuel and a resource intensive economic growth model.

Event: The Role of Circular Economy in the Transition Towards a Pollution-Free Planet

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 23:09
This side event will take place during the third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3). It is organized by the EU and sponsored with UNEP (UN Environment), Ellen MacArthur Foundation, World Economic Forum, Chatham House and the Institute of Development Studies. The event will set the frame for global action on sustainable consumption and production (SCP), exploring how a circular economy can address resource constraints and generate economic opportunities for a pollution-free world. Specific examples will be highlighted, such as the EU Plastics Strategy to promote sustainable use of plastics and reduce waste, and their contribution to specific SDG targets will be shown. Panelists will discuss how to accelerate and scale up action ahead of the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF).

Event: North African Development Forum and International Colloquium of Rabat

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 23:04
The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Office for North Africa will organize the seventh edition of the North Africa Development Forum (NADF) and the 11th edition of the Rabat International Colloquium, on the topic of 'Governance, Structural Transformation and Sustainable Inclusive Development'. Both the Forum and the Colloquium will be held in partnership with several UN agencies, the WTO Chair of the Mohammed V University, the University of Toulon and the African Trade Policy Center. The Forum will look into the issue of governance related to topics crucial for structural transformation such as resilient infrastructures, inclusive and sustainable industrialization, the efficiency of public institutions or integration into world trade. The Colloquium will study the impact of governance on the alignment with multilateral trading systems, regional integration and global value chains.

Event: OECPR 3

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:41
The Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) will convene immediately prior to the third session of the UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment (UNEA-3). In addition to preparing draft decisions for UNEA-3, OECPR 3 will review progress reports on the implementation of various decisions and resolutions of previous UNEA sessions, including: UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; support to the implementation of the Paris Agreement; sound management of chemicals and waste; prevention, reduction and reuse of food waste; marine plastic litter and micro plastics; illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products; protection of the environment in areas affected by armed conflict; and enhancing the work of UN Environment Programme in facilitating cooperation, collaboration and synergies among biodiversity-related conventions. The meeting will also consider a progress report on the Sixth Edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6).

Event: Global Forum on Just Transition

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:35
Organized by the Secretariats of UNFCCC and ILO, the Global Forum on Just Transition will be an opportunity for representatives of governments, employers' and workers’ organizations, and the research community to share national and international experiences of just transition, to take stock of global research and to enhance the momentum for action on climate change.

Event: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:33
UN Women organizes the annual campaign, 16 Days of Activitsm against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. The theme of the 2017 campaign is 'Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls'. The color orange will be a key theme unifying all activities, and buildings and landmarks will be lit and decorated in orange to bring global attention to the issue of violence against women and girls.

Event: Climate Finance Day 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 06:42
Climate Finance Day 2017 will take stock of climate action in the financial sector since the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP 21). It will showcase recent initiatives and innovations from the financial sector to accelerate the adoption of forward-looking strategies around the world. Those initiatives will be highlighted the following day at the One Planet Summit, which will be attended by international leaders, CEOs, and government representatives.

Guest Article: Managing the Global Commons: Open Source Tools to Support Sustainable Agriculture and Use of the World’s Land and Water Resources in the 21st Century

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 03:06
Many of the SDGs are closely tied to food, land and water resources, leading to potential trade-offs, as well as synergies, between actions to achieve different SDGs. Understanding these trade-offs is limited by disciplinary orientation of research efforts, a local focus that ignores global drivers, and the widespread use of modeling frameworks that are proprietary or too complex to be used by a broader community. Researchers at Purdue University are developing simple, open-source tools for the analysis global-local linkages and linkages across resource-dependent SDGs.

UN Launches SDG 14 Communities of Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 03:00
To follow-up on outcomes from its World Ocean Conference, held in June 2017, the UN has launched nine thematic, multi-stakeholder “Communities of Ocean Action”. The communities are meant to generate new voluntary commitments and support collaboration across the many stakeholders implementing the Sustainable Development Goal on oceans (SDG 14, life below water).

UNEA-3 Preparatory Meeting Opens in Nairobi

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:55
OECPR 3 delegates are negotiating a broad range of draft resolutions addressing, among other topics: eliminating exposure to lead paint; environmentally sound management of used lead acid batteries; marine plastic litter and micro plastics; protection of the environment in areas affected by armed conflict; and managing soil pollution. UNEA-3 aims to deliver a number of tangible commitments to end the pollution of air, land, waterways, and oceans, and to safely manage chemicals and waste, including a negotiated long-term programme of action against pollution that is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SD Transition Forum Provides Retrospective and Prospective View

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:46
ECOSOC President Marie Chatardová stressed the indivisible, integrated and interlinked nature of the SDGs. Transformation in the context of the 2030 Agenda will demand ownership, political will, coherence and systems thinking, innovation and adaptability, credible, reliable and comprehensive data, thoughtfully engaging the creativity of women and youth, and leveraging the self-organizing power of communities. Institutional tools such as threats analysis and vulnerability and exposure assessment, as well as fiscal instruments including micro-finance and insurance schemes, will be important elements of a transformation toward resilient societies.

ILO Conference Pledges to End Child Labor by 2025

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:06
Governments at the Fourth Global Conference on the Eradication of Child Labour pledged to take immediate action towards eradicating child labor in all its forms by 2025. The Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative released data showing the extent of family involvement in child trafficking cases. SDG target 8.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for ending forced labor, modern slavery, and human trafficking, including the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

UNCTAD Least Developed Countries Report Highlights Energy Poverty

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 02:00
The UNCTAD Least Developed Countries Report 2017 focuses on the role of energy access in LDC development. The publication analyzes the two-way relationship between between economic development and the productive use of energy. It also assesses LDC energy finance, noting that current investment is inadequate to achieve universal energy access by 2030.

Governments Agree on Migration Conference Plans

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:59
Following a silence procedure, governments agreed on the modalities for an intergovernmental conference on migration, to take place in Morocco, from 10-11 December 2018. The text indicates that negotiations for the Compact will be concluded by July 2018. The draft resolution will be brought to the UNGA for action once PBIs have been reviewed.

UNEP Inquiry, China's CUFE Highlight Progress on Green Finance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:56
The International Institute of Green Finance of the Central University of Finance and Economics and UN Environment’s Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System have released the report ‘Establishing China’s Green Financial System,' taking stock of China’s progress in green finance. The report notes that since August 2016, China has made major progress and has been playing an increasingly important role in facilitating international cooperation in green finance.

Report Reveals Pockets of Inequality in all OECD Countries

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:50
The fourth edition of OECD'S ‘How’s Life?’ report highlights different aspects of inequality, showing that gaps in people’s achievements and opportunities extend across the different dimensions of well being. The findings show that despite having higher rates of educational attainment than the generations before them, people under 25 are 60% more likely to be unemployed than the 25-54 age group and 20% less likely to vote than those aged over 55.

Report Ranks EU Countries on ICT, SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:43
Huawei and collaborators launched the EU ICT Sustainable Goals Benchmark report at the third Sustainability and Innovation Conference. The report ranks EU countries based on the maturity of their ICT sector and their achievements on SDG 3, SDG 4, SDG 5, SDG 9, SDG 11 and SDG 13. Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Germany and France are ranked the highest for their combined performance on ICT and sustainable development.

Policy Groups Call for Risk Awareness with PPPs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 01:37
Eurodad issued a briefing paper on negative impacts of PPPs, focusing on their promotion by the World Bank Group, while a briefing paper from Global Policy Watch stresses the need for responsible promotion of partnerships undertaken by the UN Development System (UNDS). Eurodad and Global Policy Watch joined a “global campaign manifesto” on PPPs. The 2030 Reflection Group asserts that privatization and PPPs "involve disproportionate risks and costs for the public sector and can even exacerbate inequalities, decrease equitable access to essential services and jeopardize the fulfilment of human rights.”

Guest Article: Following COP 23 Decision on Agriculture: The Role of Agroforestry and a Glance at Peru’s Climate Plans

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:44
At COP 23, UNFCCC parties agreed to address agriculture in the negotiation process. The potential role of agroforestry in the achievement of climate goals is set out in an ICRAF study showing that most countries have prioritized agroforestry as one strategy towards achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). In a climate-vulnerable country like Peru, agroforestry has a crucial role to play in adaptation.