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Event: 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 02:42
The thirty-seventh session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will be held in Havana, from 7-11 May 2018. Following a number of panel discussions on 7 May, the opening ceremony on 8 May will celebrate the 70th anniversary of ECLAC. Among other sessions, participants will be briefed on the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean and preparations for the Second High Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation. Discussions will also focus on the ECLAC position document titled, 'The Inefficiency of Inequality'. On the final day, statements by ministers of foreign affairs and high-level authorities will address the global and regional challenges of multilateralism, the role of ECLAC and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 36th session of ECLAC is here.

Governments Consider Final Proposal on UN Development System Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 02:20
By the draft resolution, Member States decide to separate the functions of the RC from the UNDP Resident Representative. On ‘Funding the UN development system,’ the text invites Member States to contribute on a voluntary basis to the capitalization of the UN Joint Fund for the 2030 Agenda at US$290 million per annum. The draft resolution requests the heads of the entities of the UN development system, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, to submit a system-wide strategic document to the 2019 OAS.

UNFCCC Report, NWP Event Reinforce Linkages Between SDGs 9, 11, 13

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 01:19
The report synthesizes the resilience-building experiences in human settlements by governments and organizations, and the latest research in this area. It explains that climate change is disproportionately exacerbating the vulnerability of human settlements to hazards globally, especially in developing countries, coastal and delta regions, and SIDS. The report provides evidence of, and guidance and tools for, the coordinated local engagement of national and subnational governments in building climate resilience.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Supply Chains and Public-Private Partnerships

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 00:25
A research article in Sustainability explores the extent to which the SDGs provide a basis for supply chain decisions in the construction sector. The UN Economic Commission for Europe released a draft two-part report on Guiding Principles on "people first" public-private partnerships for the SDGs. New platforms were launched around SDG statistics and development cooperation.

Rice Achievers awardees of CAR known

DA-CAR Latest News - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 18:52

The Department of Agriculture- Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-CAR) has finally identified one Outstanding Component City, 16 Outstanding Agricultural Extension Workers (AEWs) and one Outstanding Local Farmer Technician (LFT) for the Rice Achievers Awardees (RAA) 2017 in the Cordillera Administrative Region.

This was known after the nominees to the award presented their accomplishment for the year last April 24-25, 2018 at the Highland Villa Hotel, Guisad, Baguio City.

The Rice Achievers Awards is an annual event and search done to recognize the contribution of the local government units (LGUs), agricultural extension workers, and other stakeholder in the rice industry to attain rice sufficiency in the country.

DA-CAR OIC Regional Technical Director Danilo P. Daguio said that the technical paper presentation was part of the screening process and also to recognize the efforts of each and every AEWs and municipalities who joined the competition.

Among the awardees was the City of Tabuk, Kalinga as the Outstanding Municipality/City and the outstanding LFT was Ramon B. Calde from Bauko, Mt. Province.

The outstanding AEWs were: Domingo A. Bakilan (Province of Kalinga), Jose R. Casibang (Province of Kalinga), Sol G. Lawagan (Province of Kalinga), Rosalina G. Gapasin (Province of Kalinga), Myrna V. Garao (Province of Kalinga), Julibert L. Aquino (Tabuk City, Kalinga), Marcelina V. Saquing (Tabuk City, Kalinga), Felomina B. Nalog (Tabuk City, Kalinga), Anita L.Caldingon (Balbalan, Kalinga), Arnel L. Malaggay (Balbalan, Kalinga), Salvador B. Balicao (Tanudan, Kalinga), Willen Mark C. Catubag (Flora, Apayao), Richard B. Ramos (Luna, Apayao), Julius G. Casil (Luna, Apayao), Fe S. Villa (Alfonso Lista, Ifugao), and Marinelle T. Trongco (Lagangilang, Abra).

Tabuk City, Kalinga will be receiving an amount of Php1 Million cash prize, while the AEWs and the LFT will receive Php25,000.00 cash prize, respectively.

The RAA National Awarding will be on May 30, 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Metro Manila.//Herman Danis

New York City Announces Voluntary Local Review of SDG Progress

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:41
New York City will release its “Voluntary Local Review” of SDG progress at the 2018 session of the HLPF. The VLR will look at the City’s progress on a set of key SDGs, reflect on successes and identify areas where New York can learn from others to address challenges. The VLR is produced by the Global Vision | Urban Action programme of the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs in close collaboration with relevant NYC agencies.

SDSN, Bertelsmann Stiftung Launch Consultation on 2018 SDG Report Cards

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:37
SDSN and Bertelsmann Stiftung have launched an online consultation on the forthcoming 2018 SDG Index and Dashboard Report. The report, which is expected to be published on 2 July, assesses all countries' performance on the SDGs.

UNPFII 17 Adopts Recommendations on Collective Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:35
UNPFII 17 adopted recommendations related to the session's theme of indigenous peoples’ collective rights to lands, territories and resources. The Forum also adopted three draft decisions on its future work. Discussions over the two weeks underscored the close links between recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights over lands, territories and resources and the achievement of several targets under the SDGs.

FfD Forum Focuses on Multilateralism, Private Sector Engagement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:33
Pio Wennubst, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), explained that packages of blended finance have not performed well enough so far to be scaled up as they are not well-assembled and the risk-management tools are not well integrated, being predominant only at the projects’ local levels. Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, launched the Joint SDG Fund, which is a new pooled funding mechanism that aims to support Member States in their efforts to accelerate progress towards the SDGs.

FAO, EBRD Report Finds ‘Geographical Indications’ Foods Support Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:21
A study by FAO and EBRD analyzes the economic impact of nine food products with specific, certified geographic origin. The report finds that such products can be a pathway to sustainable development for rural communities by promoting quality products and increasing income for local farmers.

UN Climate Change Launches First-ever Annual Report

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:18
The UN Climate Change annual report details 2017 achievements, goals for the year ahead and activities of the Secretariat. It acknowledges links between the Paris Agreement, the SDGs and the Sendai Framework for DRR, whereby action in one area benefits the others. The report also provides an overview of UN Climate Change activities in the areas of adaptation, climate financing, technology and new partnerships, among others.

43 Governments and 80,000 Individuals Pledge Action on Plastic Pollution

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:15
One year since the Clean Seas Campaign’s launch, 43 governments, representing half of the world’s coastline, have signed up to the Campaign. At an individual level, nearly 80,000 people have taken the Clean Seas pledge to eliminate single-use plastics and microbeads from their lives. SLO active, a social enterprise dedicated to cleaning up the ocean, release a guide titled, ‘Plastic Pollution: Single Use Plastic Impact on our Oceans'.

Resilient Cities 2018 Contributes to Talanoa Dialogue, SDG 11

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:10
The Forum focused on ways in which local and regional governments are moving ahead to advance resilience planning, SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) targets and the Sendai Framework for DRR. It also addressed ways for cities to contribute to global reviews and inform national adaptation frameworks by compiling and reporting DRR efforts. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said the Talanoa Dialogue can serve as a model for communicating with private citizens in cities and as an opportunity for cities to have their voices heard and experiences shared.

High-level Event Considers How UN Can Do Better for Peace and Security

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:06
The UNGA held a high-level meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace, during which a Goodwill Ambassador, an advocate for war-affected children, and heads of state and government intervened. Member States adopted a resolution requesting the UN Secretary-General to provide additional reports on his recommendations and options for the UN peacebuilding architecture.

FfD Forum Outcome Calls for Aligning Investment with Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 01:00
UN Member States adopted the outcome document of the 2018 FfD Forum. Governments encourage fiscal management for domestic resource mobilization to be a priority for all types of development cooperation. The outcome requests the UN Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development, as part of its 2019 report, to further discuss climate and disaster resilience in development financing.

UN Discusses Security Sector Reform in Relation to SDG 16

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/04/2018 - 00:56
A High-Level Roundtable on security sector reform made linkages with SDG 16 on peaceful and inclusive societies, and the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States. Miroslav Lajčák, UNGA President, highlighted the need for good governance, effectiveness, accountability and professionalism. The UN Deputy Secretary-General stressed that security sector reform is a core element of prevention and sustaining peace, so that ordinary people can live their lives free from fear.

Ireland SDG Implementation Plan Emphasizes Coherence, Public Engagement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 22:01
The Government of Ireland’s three-year SDGs National Implementation Plan identifies the key challenges facing the country, and its strategic priorities to guide implementation. In a ‘SDG Matrix,’ the Plan identifies specific government departments that are responsible for each of the 169 SDG targets. Ireland announces its intention to present four Voluntary National Reviews to the HLPF, beginning in 2018.

UN Member States Considering Proposal to Fund Resident Coordinator System

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 21:51
The co-facilitators for negotiations on the reform of the UN development system presented a proposal on funding for the Resident Coordinator system in the amount of US$255 annually, comprised of three sources of funding. According to the co-facilitators, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confirmed his openness to move forward with a “hybrid solution".

UNEP International Panel Calls for Improved Resource Efficiency for Sustainable Urbanization

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 21:46
The report finds that transitioning towards low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially just cities is critical for advancing the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda. It calls for designing cities for people rather than cars, and enabling the poor to access the opportunities in cities. The report recommends adopting a circular rather than linear approach in managing natural resource movement in and out of cities, and establishing innovative governance models that encourage creativity.

Adaptation Finance Update: Green Bonds on the Rise but Will Adaptation Projects Benefit?

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 21:34
Global green bonds news from a range of financial institutions indicates that while the market is growing, only a small share of proceeds is allocated to adaptation. The International Development Association raised US$1.5 billion with its first five-year bond issuance. ADB secured US$190 million in funding from the GCF to provide support to ADB-financed climate change projects in Cambodia, Mongolia and Tajikistan. The World Bank and the Nordic Development Fund approved financing of US$225 million and €13.1 million respectively for the West African Coastal Areas Program.