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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.

Event: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2018)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 05:10
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2018) will be held under the theme ‘Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence for All.’ WTISD 2018 will focus on the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate the SDGs, and will coincide with the second edition of the AI for Good Global Summit at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. WTISD is celebrated on 17 May, which marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the ITU.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Update on the EU Budget and Multi-Annual Financial Framework

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/15/2018 - 02:37
The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations released a brief proposing that the SDGs be used as a template for the EU's next Multi-Annual Financial Framework. The European Think Tanks Group published briefs on integrating the SDGs into the MFF, and recommendations for external action. An EC staff working document looks at EU responses to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, using the framework’s seven action areas.

Event: Bangkok Climate Change Conference 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 05/14/2018 - 23:52
In order to facilitate the timely completion of the Paris Agreement work programme (PAWP) at the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, an additional negotiating session will convene between the 48th session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies (SBs 48) and COP 24. Slated to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-8 September, the conference will include sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA). Three pre-sessional days (Friday, 31 August – Sunday, 2 September) are also anticipated. The respective agendas of each subsidiary body will remain as adopted at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, which took place from 30 April to 10 May 2018.

Event: 18th Melaka International Youth Dialogue: Youth Engineering a Sustainable Urbanisation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 22:55
The Melaka International Youth Dialogue (MIYD) is an annual programme of the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) which brings together young people, youth leaders and relevant stakeholders from around the world to discuss pertinent youth issues. The theme for the 18th Melaka International Youth Dialogue, ‘Youth Engineering A Sustainable Urbanisation,’ aims to uplift ideas and leverage the role of young people towards attaining a strategic and sustainable urbanisation. Participants will be between the ages of 18 and 35, and representatives of their respective: National Youth Councils; Youth Organisations; Ministries of Youth; Ministries of Housing and Development, Municipalities, Organisations that address urbanization; Youth Development Organisations; International Organisations; and UN agencies. The deadline for submission of application is 8 June 2018. The MIYD is organized by the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) in collaboration with the Melaka State Government, the Asian Youth Council, the Malaysian Youth Council and Ministry of Youth and Sports (Malaysia).

Event: Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 17

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:27
This preparatory meeting in support of the review of SDG 17 at the  2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will focus on exploring and sharing best practices from innovative multi-stakeholder approaches and partnerships that advance the SDGs through the other means of implementation. Under the theme of “Multi-stakeholder partnerships to drive Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies," the meeting will look at elements and systemic issues (from SDG 17) that can support sustainable and resilient societies, particularly those that spur the implementation of SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12 and 15, while ensuring no one is left behind. The Division for Sustainable Development Goals, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), is organizing the preparatory Expert Group Meeting (EGM).

Policy Brief: A Short Guide to HLPF 2018 Preparations, Inputs and Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 02:39
Expert group meetings and other preparatory processes are underway on all six of the SDGs up for in-depth review at the 2018 session of the HLPF. The Forum's first week will feature the SDG review, views from various groupings of states and stakeholders, the Secretary-General's report on SDG progress, and an assessment of leaving no one behind. The second week, held jointly with ECOSOC as a ministerial meeting, will feature the 47 VNRs.

21 Countries (to date) Planning to Present VNRs at HLPF 2019

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 02:27
When the HLPF is meeting under the auspices of ECOSOC, it carries out regular reviews that are voluntary and state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants. Member States prepare these Voluntary National Reviews, which are mandated to be "regular and inclusive," review progress at the national and sub-national levels, and be country-led and country-driven. To date, 21 governments have announced their intention to present VNRs in July 2019.

Second Draft of Refugee Compact under Discussion in Geneva

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 02:21
Filippo Grandi issued the second draft of the global compact on refugees, serving as a basis for discussions during the fourth formal consultations on the compact. On 11 May 2018, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk is expected to brief delegates and other stakeholders on the outcomes of the consultations.

Africa Regional Forum Agrees on Over 50 Messages for HLPF

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 02:16
The fourth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development agreed on over 50 key messages for the 2018 HLPF related to SDGs 6, 7, 11, 12, 15 and 17. An all-day workshop focused on strengthening voluntary national reviews and reporting on the 2030 Agenda and Africa’s Agenda 2063. ARFSD 2019 will be held in Morocco.

SDG 12 Experts Focus on Food Waste, Plastic-clogged Ocean

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 02:11
SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) was the subject of an expert group meeting organized by DESA in preparation for the 2018 HLPF. Participants debated the roles of consumers, businesses and government, developed ideas for working together and applying pressure, and highlighted the need for more measurement to track waste and build economic cases for change.

Guide Highlights Role of Management Accountants in Implementing SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 01:37
Management accountants play an important role in making the business case for pursuing appropriate SDGs, according to the authors of this guide. Titled, 'Creating a sustainable future: The role of the accountant in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals,' the guide provides examples of ways in which organizations in different sectors and across geographic regions are already contributing to and meeting requirements of the SDGs.

ESCAP: Regional Growth Provides Opportunity to Step Up Development Financing

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:55
ESCAP launched its annual flagship survey of the region. Besides providing a macroeconomic survey of the region, the report proposes ways that public and private-sector organizations can make the necessary financing available for implementing the 2030 Agenda. ESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar emphasizes that long-term economic prospects depend on the environmental and social impacts of growth and the distribution of its benefits.

Co-Facilitators Appointed for High-level Meeting on SDGs in Middle-Income Countries

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:41
The permanent representatives of Kyrgyzstan and Norway will serve as co-facilitators for a high-level meeting on middle-income countries and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The meeting was mandated in a UNGA resolution of 2017, and will address specific challenges, concerns and priorities of MICs related to SDG implementation.

Ocean Risk Summit Publications Discuss Ocean Change

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:38
In conjunction with the Ocean Risk Summit, XL Catlin and their collaborators released two reports on ocean risks. ‘Ocean connections’ focuses on rising risks from a warming, changing ocean. ‘Ocean Risk and the Insurance Industry’ examines how the global insurance sector needs to prepare for the impacts of ocean change.

WHO, UNDP to Cooperate on 2030 Agenda Health-Related Targets

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:32
WHO and UNDP signed a five-year agreement to cooperate on helping countries achieve the 2030 Agenda’s health-related targets. WHO is launching the largest-ever immunization drive against cholera, and is calling for more attention to mental health as one of the world’s most neglected health issues. The UN General Assembly has agreed to hold a high-level meeting to review progress on preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

UNFCCC Provides Training on Modeling Tools to Analyze Impacts of Response Measures

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 00:15
The workshop focused on how modeling tools can help with economic diversification and transformation, a just transition of workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs. It highlighted current gaps in data availability for quantitative assessments, the need for continued qualitative assessments and assessments of cross-border impacts, and the importance of national circumstances in designing and applying response measures.

Inaugural Symposium Launches Global Campaign to Tackle Soil Pollution

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 22:37
The inaugural Global Symposium on Soil Pollution (GSOP18) launched the 'Be the Solution to Soil Pollution' global campaign. The GSOP18 outcome document will summarize scientific evidence and data presented, as well as ideas for overcoming existing challenges and future steps, and serve as a road map for the global campaign. The FAO synthesis report, ‘Soil Pollution: A Hidden Reality,’ warns that pollution poses a worrisome threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, and human health.

WHO Data: Combating Air Pollution Necessary to Improve Health, Meet SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 22:26
WHO estimates that around seven million people die annually from exposure to fine particles in polluted air that enter the lungs and cardiovascular system. Speaking about the data, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said sustainable development will not be possible without action to combat air pollution. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, WHO, noted that the Paris Agreement on climate change is fundamentally a “public health agreement, potentially the most important public health agreement of the century”.