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Negotiations on HLPF Outcome Shift to Bilaterals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 02:01
Governments concluded their informal meetings on the joint ministerial declaration for adoption at the 2018 HLPF and ECOSOC High-level Segment. The co-facilitators will continue consulting bilaterally with groups to achieve consensus on outstanding issues. During a reading of the revised draft from 3-5 July 2018, the US noted the inclusion of “well-known hot button issues,” such as language on foreign occupation and sensitive trade language that are controversial.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Finance, Infrastructure and Sustainable Investment

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:15
The Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) released updates to its Global Infrastructure Outlook and InfraCompass Reports, in addition to a blog series on Financing Cross-Border Infrastructure Projects. Allianz reviews environmental, social and governance (ESG) data in a report on natural capital risk exposure, while a research article in Sustainability considers which sectors impact on which SDGs. A report by UN Environment’s Financial Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System reviews measures taken to green the financial system. A Devex report reviews trends among emerging donor countries.

Synthesis Report Highlights Challenges in Meeting Global Water Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:03
The report titled, 'SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation,' offers the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) a "joint position from the UN family on the global status on SDG 6 and other water-related targets". The report outlines challenges faced under eight SDG 6 targets addressing: drinking water, sanitation, wastewater treatment, efficiency in water use, integrated water resource management, international cooperation and community participation.

Stakeholders Respond to SDG 6 Synthesis Report

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:59
UN-Water has concluded one of three public dialogues on the SDG 6 Synthesis Report. The dialogue asked the questions: How did you like the report; Are there areas, topics or messages that are missing from the report, or that you would like to highlight or modify in view of the HLPF; and What could be improved in possible future editions of the report. Respondents' comments will be presented in a separate publication at the conclusion of the dialogues.

Co-Facilitators Make "Last Attempt" at Agreement on ECOSOC Reform Review

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:56
The co-facilitators of the process to review reforms to ECOSOC issued a final text of the resolution on the ‘Review of the implementation of General Assembly resolution 68/1 on the strengthening of the Economic and Social Council,’ and announced it will be under silence procedure until 10 July at 5pm, New York time. The co-facilitators note that the text does not address all issues that delegations have raised as critical, but is “the closest” they can get to bridging the divide.

DESA Debuts VNR Labs at HLPF 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:55
In response to Member States’ desire to reflect on the experience with VNRs to date, DESA announced that eight VNR Labs will convene during HLPF 2018. The Labs will address a number of topics, including the principle of leave no one behind, the use of data in VNRs, the measures taken by countries to promote and review SDG implementation, resource mobilization and investment, and specific country experiences.

Responding to Secretary-General's Progress Report, MGOS Call for Increased Urgency to Achieve SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:52
Major groups and other stakeholders released a statement in response to the Secretary-General's 2018 SDGs Progress Report that calls for urgent action and accountability to implement and achieve the 2030 Agenda, stressing it is “now or never”. In the statement, MGOS share concerns related to the operationalization of SDG 10, a lack of urgency, and accountability, among others.

LDCs Meet to Advance Paris Agreement Operationalization Ahead of COP 24

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:48
Gebru Jember Endalew, LDC Group Chair, noted that the group is working to strengthen its negotiating position and build its leadership role in the global effort to combat climate change. Several LDC countries are already beginning to operationalize the Paris Agreement, and have demonstrated leadership, ambition and transformative climate actions. The LDC Group launched a new website, LDC Climate Change.

BCCIC Assesses Canada's Progress on SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:35
The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) has released its SDG shadow report to supplement Canada’s VNR at the 2018 session of the HLPF. The report finds that Canada is lagging in meeting many of the SDG indicators, and indicates that natural ecosystems are being left behind as well as groups comprising indigenous communities, youth, and women and girls. The report also expresses encouragement that the country has committed CAN $100 million dollars in 2018 toward SDG implementation and coordination.

Civil Society Organizations Outline 11 SDG Recommendations for Switzerland

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:30
In advance of the Swiss VNR presentation at the 2018 session of the HLPF, Platform Agenda 2030 released its report titled 'How Sustainable is Switzerland: Implementing the 2030 Agenda from a Civil Society Perspective'. The report takes a critical look at the official government stance on sustainable development and outlines 11 overarching recommendations that cover areas such as respecting planetary boundaries, human rights, participation and inclusion, policy coherence for sustainable development, and institutional arrangements.

Stakeholders Report on SDG Progress and Challenges in Pakistan

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:26
AwazCDS-Pakistan, in collaboration with Pakistan Development Alliance, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Pakistan and UK Aid, released a report titled ‘Where Pakistan Stands on the Implementation of the SDGs 2018’. The report assesses SDG progress and challenges based on: alignment of national, provincial and local SDG priorities; defining institutional coordination mechanisms; prioritizing SDG accelerators; integrating SDGs into budgets and financing the SDG agenda; data, monitoring and reporting; advocacy, resources and partnerships; private sector and local government engagement; SDG 16 indicators and related initiatives; and civil society organizations (CSOs) engagement with the government.

Central Asia, South Caucasus Enhance Regional Cooperation to Implement Sendai Framework, 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:22
The Yerevan Declaration emphasizes regional cooperation to strengthen disaster resilience, particularly through data sharing, capacity building, exchange of best practices and technical expertise. It reaffirms participants’ determination to work with relevant stakeholders to implement the Sendai Framework for DRR in coherence with the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the New Urban Agenda and other relevant instruments. Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for DRR and Head of UNISDR, Mami Mizutori, emphasized the importance of risk-proof investments, including in housing, schools, infrastructure and transport routes.

ESCWA Ministerial Launches Arab Centre for Climate Change Policies

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:20
The Ministerial Session led to a resolution on the establishment of an ESCWA-led Arab centre for climate change policies. The centre will focus on delivering technical assistance and advisory services, and building capacity through institutional strengthening and policy making, among others. Its functions include helping Arab countries prepare for climate change negotiations, and formulate policies and measures in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

WMO Annual Report Highlights the Role of Climate Services and Information in Advancing SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:17
In his foreword to the report, WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas stresses that governments rely on the provision of information and services to help advance the SDGs, the Sendai Framework for DRR and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The report highlights various events and projects, including the launch of the WMO HydroHub, which aims to stimulate innovation and community engagement for ensuring more sustainable hydrological measurements. According to the report, quality data on water quantity and quality, and the hydrological cycle are critical for hydrological services and evidence-based policy and decision making, as well as for the achievement of SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).

UNESCO Creative Cities Network Commits to Culture- and Creativity-led SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:14
The meeting adopted a Mayors’ Declaration, in which participating mayors affirm the strategic role of culture and creativity in building inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. They reiterate their commitment to further integrating culture and creativity in local-level initiatives, policies and projects to facilitate implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda. Five thematic workshops and networking sessions held during the meeting provided the opportunity for cities to promote the role of culture as an enabler of sustainable development.

Guest Article: Where Are We in Achieving SDG 15?

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:08
Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems support transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies, the theme of the 2018 HLPF. Response indicators for SDG 15 show that while commitments towards implementation are increasing, the indicators available on the state of Life on Land show decline. The 2018 HLPF could support further actions to implement the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 in the remaining two years of the UN Decade on Biodiversity, and call for an ambitious new global framework on biodiversity to be negotiated under the CBD.

Guest Article: An Open Goal: Why Forests and Nature Need to be at the Center of the Sustainable Development Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 00:06
We cannot achieve the 2030 Agenda if we don’t act now to halt deforestation and conserve and restore forests and biodiversity. At WWF, we’ve seen many examples of how working to protect forests and other ecosystems can have multiple benefits across several SDGs. One promising approach is forest landscape restoration – bringing deforested and degraded landscapes back to health by restoring the functions that forests provide to people and nature.

Event: Caux Dialogue on Land and Security (CDLS)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 21:02
The Caux Dialogue for Land and Security 2018 aims to deepen understanding of the links between land degradation and human security and to build the trust needed for effective"‘land-peace" partnerships on the ground. This event will bring together land restoration experts and practitioners, emerging leaders and young entrepreneurs, policy-makers and decision-makers concerned with environment and conflict, experts and researchers in security studies, activists and community organizers who want to find solutions to land issues around the world. The Caux Dialogue is organized in collaboration with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace, and CAUX-Initiatives of Change Foundation. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the Caux Dialogue 2017 is here.

Guest Article: A Hidden Carcinogen in Water: How the SDGs Can Help

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/09/2018 - 20:53
Bringing an end to asbestos in drinking water - in developed and developing countries - aligns seamlessly with SDG 6. It will also help communities and countries achieve other Goals, for instance, SDG 12 on responsible consumption and production, which addresses harmful chemicals and wastes, and SDG 3 on good health and well-being.

Event: HLPF Side Event: Unlocking the Potential of Communities with Data Dashboards

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 07/08/2018 - 06:25
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations are convening this discussion on how local data can be turned into action. As the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) considers how to make human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11), this side event will hear lessons learned from community-level projects in North America that brought sustainability indicators, scorecards and data dashboards to life. The event moderator is Ambassador Louise Blais, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. Presenters include: Stefan Jungcurt, Project Lead, International Institute for Sustainable Development, IISD, Peg Community Indicator System (Winnipeg, Canada); Dan Steinberg, Senior Policy Advisor to the New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations, OneNYC (New York, US); Kusum Wijesekera, Program Manager, British Columbia Council for International Cooperation, SDG Scorecard Initiative (British Columbia, Canada); and Kate Brown, Executive Director, Global Island Partnership, Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard (Hawai’i, US). The event is by invitation and registration is required.