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Generation 2030: Using a Systems Approach to Achieve Inclusive Development: The Case of Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:19
It is important to look systematically at the implications one approach or policy has on the achievement of other goals and targets. For example, while a top-down agricultural policy in Rwanda led to progress towards SDG 1 (no poverty), it did not necessarily lead to a reduction in inequality, as called for by SDG 10 (reduced inequalities). A systems approach can support achievement of cross-sectoral implementation and achievement of the SDGs.

GGSD Forum Highlights Ocean-Related Economic Opportunities

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 23:03
The 2017 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) convened under the theme ‘Greening the Ocean Economy,’ and as part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Ocean Economy Week. The Forum examined best practices and challenges faced by ocean-based industries in greening their activities, and ways to improve ocean governance.

Event: Third GEF-7 Replenishment Meeting

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 23:42
The third GEF-7 replenishment meeting is expected to take place from 23-25 January 2018, in Brasilia, Brazil. The GEF-7 process is focused on assessing the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) focus and funding level for the seventh replenishment period for the GEF Trust Fund. The first meeting took place in Paris, France, and the second meeting took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Environmental Crime Threatens Europe’s Forests and Biodiversity

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 01:02
A UN Environment report warns that illegal logging and wildlife crime threaten biodiversity and livelihoods in Europe’s Danube-Carpathian region, despite the numerous policies, conventions and organizations in place to protect natural resources. The analysis concludes that compliance and enforcement of relevant legislation need to be complemented by more inter-agency collaboration, and capacity across institutions, authorities, and local communities.

Ozone Meeting Reaches Agreement on Energy Efficiency

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:57
29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer convened from 20-24 November 2017, in Montreal, Canada. Resolving several difficult issues means that parties have taken steps to ensure continued implementation of the Montreal Protocol, and have taken the first steps to implementing the Kigali Amendment.

DESA Synthesis Identifies Advances in VNRs, Areas for Improvement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:56
The UN Division for Sustainable Development issued ‘2017 Voluntary National Reviews: Synthesis Report,’ examining efforts carried out at the national level to implement the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs. The report considers: SDGs and their targets; leaving no one behind; monitoring and data; bringing SDGs into the national context through assessments, strategies and budgets; the institutions and mechanisms put in place to implement the 2030 Agenda; coherence with regional and global frameworks; stakeholder engagement; awareness raising; and means of implementation.

OECD Forum Addresses Plastic Waste in the Ocean

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:49
OECD's Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum focused on the theme, ‘Greening the Ocean Economy’. To inform and support Forum discussions, OECD released two scene-setting documents and three issue papers. The issue paper on SDG 14 indicators presents four suggestions for future OECD work on SDG indicators. Other issue papers address marine spatial planning and new information and monitoring technologies to reduce IUU fishing.

Donors Pledge US$2 Billion to Hurricane-Affected Countries

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:39
To improve resilience and livelihoods, and achieve the SDGs, Caribbean countries require a new generation of risk-informed infrastructure, according to the UN Secretary-General. UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohammed called for creative ways to extend concessional resources to Caribbean countries on an exceptional basis. The Caribbean aims to become the first climate-resilient region in the world.

COP 23 Event Explores Linkages between 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:31
‘The 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement: Towards a New and Coherent Development Paradigm at the National and International level’ convened on 10 November 2017, at COP 23. Speakers also presented highlights from a forthcoming WRI-GIZ working paper that provides policy options for jointly implementing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement throughout the policy-making cycle, drawing on evidence from 14 country analyses.

IEA Ministerial Meeting Launches Clean Energy Transition Programme, Discusses Women in Energy and Carbon Capture

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:27
The International Energy Agency's Ministerial Meeting launched a multi-year initiative to support clean energy transitions in major emerging economies. A side event titled, 'Women in Clean Energy,' focused supporting female participation in the clean energy sector workforce. Ministers also participated in a summit on carbon capture, utilization and storage.

FAO Manual Supports Land Degradation Assessment in SIDS

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 23:21
FAO published a manual titled, ‘Land Degradation Assessment in Small Island Developing States,’ which aims to help users to understand where and how land degradation takes place as well as how to address it. The publication follows a formal partnership between the UNCCD and FAO to hasten Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA) assessments in SIDS.

Event: Energizing the 2030 Agenda: Global Preparatory Meeting for Review of SDG 7

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:50
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has announced that a global preparatory meeting will convene to support the review of SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018). The meeting, convening on the theme 'Energizing the 2030 Agenda,' is organized with support from the China Energy Fund Committee. It will look at trends and gaps in achievement, means of implementation, and other opportunities for policy makers and stakeholders. The July 2018 session of the HLPF also will conduct an in-depth review of SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 15 (life on land), in addition to Goal 7.

Event: Morning Dialogue Series with UNGA President - Second Session

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:48
UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak will host the second session of the Morning Dialogue Series, on the theme of 'Supporting effective participation of small delegations'. The Morning Dialogues are informal discussions between Permanent Representatives to the UN on specific topics of concern. Each gathering is limited to 20 individuals, with all 193 Member States being involved in the course of the 72nd UNGA session. Two Dialogues will be held each month, and they will take place under Chatham House rules, with ambassadors participating in their personal capacities. Announcing the Dialogues, Lajcak expressed hope that they will "provide a platform for us to truly listen to each other and exchange views in a frank and constructive way”. The first dialogue took place on 10 November, on women's participation and the inclusion of gender aspects in the UNGA, with the participation of 16 female PRs (Andorra, Colombia, Cuba, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Panama, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Slovenia, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkmenistan and Viet Nam). Updated: At the second session, held on 1 December on the topic of ensuring that small delegations have a seat at the table, 20 Permanent Representatives from small States participated.

Event: Joint Seminar: Managing Water and Energy for Sustainable Food Systems

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:34
The workshop contributes to the Global Framework for Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG), which was launched during the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. The seminar aims to showcase the Water-Energy-Food Nexus-related work of the participating Italian research institutions and to discuss how this work can support progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 2 on Zero Hunger, SDG 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 7 on Energy, and SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production.

Event: Global South-South Development Expo 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:28
The theme of this Expo is 'South-South Cooperation in the Era of Economic, Social and Environmental Transformation: Road to the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA+40)'. The Expo is organized by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) in its capacity as the UNGA-mandated global and UN system-wide coordinator and facilitator for South-South cooperation.

Event: Eighth Meeting of the Negotiating Committee on Principle 10 in Latin America and the Caribbean

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:21
The eighth meeting of the negotiating committee of the regional agreement on access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters in Latin America and the Caribbean will resume negotiations of the regional agreement using, as a basis for discussion, the text discussed at the seventh meeting of the negotiating committee as compiled by the Presiding Officers, which includes the language proposals sent by countries.

Generation 2030: Our Secret Weapon for Achieving the SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 01:28
Youth are proven collaborators regardless of background; they have not yet learned to put up artificial boundaries around their location, disciplines, or fields. Young people are skilled when it comes to identifying gaps on a local level, and developing innovations that fit the needs of communities. To tap into this energy, intergenerational collaboration is one of the greatest accelerators of youth innovation.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly – 27 November 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 01:21
While COP 23 endorsed the mainstreaming of gender and climate action, UN Secretary-General António Guterres worked to push forward on gender equality within the Secretariat through the System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) announced a global preparatory meeting to support review of SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy). The 2017 Ibrahim Index of African Governance Report shows that “the continent’s overall governance trajectory remains positive on average, but in recent years has moved at a slower pace”.

Event: UNGA High-level Event on Youth and Education

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 23:55
UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has announced that he will convene an event on youth and education. This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organizing in 2018. The other two focus on launching the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development 2018-2028 (22 March 2018) and SDG financing (in June).

Event: UNGA High-level Event on SDG Financing

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 23:53
UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak has announced that he will convene an event on financing the SDGs in June. This event is one of three main events related to the implementation of the SDGs that the UNGA President is organizing in 2018. The other two focus on launching the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development 2018-2028 (22 March 2018) and youth and education (mid-May).