Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Generation 2030: Clean your plate, love. Other children are starving!

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:37
An estimated third of all food produced goes to waste – saving just one-fourth of this amount could feed 870 million hungry people. With food waste interlinked with so many SDGs, policy measures should not be taken independently but must acknowledge the different correlations and try to make a connection between the Goals. Particularly in developed countries, it is important to raise awareness, educate and provide information on how individuals can make their own contribution to reduce food waste.

Generation 2030: Youth Initiatives Tackle SDGs 6, 11, 13, 14, 16

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:30
UN-Habitat announced that it will partner with the National Youth Council of Russia in developing programmes and policies that address the issues of livelihoods and engagement in governance. The World Organization of the Scout Movement and UNEP announced they will renew their partnership on the environment, by signing a MoU on further collaboration. In the lead-up to the 8th World Water Forum, the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research organized an event that called on youth to participate in the preparation of a “Water Youth Declaration” to be presented at the World Water Forum in March.

Event: World Bank Group Briefing: Maximizing Finance for Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:48
The World Bank Group will discuss its new approach to development finance, called "Maximizing Finance for Development" (MFD), and how it will help to meet the financing needs for the 2030 Agenda. MFD entails leveraging the private sector in ways that optimize the use of scarce public resources. It is part of the multilateral development banks' (MDBs) commitment to collectively increase private financing mobilized by 25-35% over the next three years (the Hamburg Principles). The briefing will include real-world examples and extract some early lessons. Speakers will include: Miroslav Lajcak, UNGA President; Mahmoud Mohieldin, World Bank; Hartwig Schafer, World Bank; Hans Peter Lankes, IFC; Merli Baroudi, MIGA; Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica; and Sima Sami Bahous, Permanent Representative of Jordan. The event will not be webcast.

Event: IFAD Governing Council 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:44
The 41st session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD GC) will consider the theme, 'From fragility to long-term resilience: investing in sustainable rural economies'.  IFAD is a specialized agency of the UN and was one of the major outcomes of the 1974 World Food Conference.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Blended Finance and Private Sector Contributions to the SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 02:35
The Blended Finance Task Force published two co-branded papers analyzing private sector contributions to sustainable development finance. GreenBiz’s annual conference highlighted new ways of thinking about the SDGs’ relevance to businesses. UBS released a white paper on how wealth managers can partner to achieve the SDGs.

CAR Rural Improvement Clubs (RIC) urged to help promote food security

DA-CAR Latest News - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 17:41

The rural improvement clubs (RICs) of the Cordillera region were challenged to keep improving their projects and contribute to the thrust of the Department of Agriculture-Cordillera (DA-CAR) towards food security.

In pursuit of implementing and enhancing their livelihood projects with support from the agency and the government as a whole, the RICs were also urged to be mindful of the common responsibility that they must share in feeding their communities and the nation.

This was highlighted during the RIC Convention last February 6-9 at the ATI-CAR, BSU Compound, La Trinidad Benguet, by DA-CAR Regional Technical Director Danilo P. Daguio. He represented the Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo in the said convention.

The RIC is a non-government women organization technically assisted by the Agricultural Technician of a local government unit. It is a voluntary barangay-based organization, composed of 20-30 rural women with varied interests and capabilities and is mobilized for the implementation of socio-economic projects in the community.

Daguio said the RIC members, as a mothers in their homes were the one who assures that food must be served at the table which means they were the front liners in securing food.

Also from the message of RED Edillo, the department recognized the role of the women towards nation building and always as partner in development.

We value the strengths, capabilities, creativeness and resourcefulness of the RIC as a community-based association which serves to alleviate poverty and hunger, as well as the attainment of food security, RTD Daguio added. 

He encouraged the members of the RIC to join the annual Gawad Saka Search with a sizable the prize that can also help them implement more livelihood projects for their members.

The theme of the said event was “Women key towards securing food for the home, community and the nation”.// Alfredo C. Canero III


Organic Regional Focal Persons convened in CAR to harmonize 15th NOAC

DA-CAR Latest News - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 17:38

Organic agriculture regional focal persons from all regions of the country convened in Baguio City on February 8, 2018 for a post-evaluation of the 14th National Organic Agriculture Congress (NOAC).

A planning workshop for the implementation of the 15th NOAC was also conducted as part of the event.

The occasion aims to assess the 14th NOAC that was held in Cagayan de Oro last October 2017, particularly to identify windows to improve the conduct of the 15th NOAC this year (2018).

NOAC is an event conducted yearly by the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP) which gathers major industry players including farmer producers/practitioners, operators of organic establishments, researchers, educators, policy makers and other industry enthusiasts.

It is an event that opens opportunities for key players to learn more about organic farming and share related experiences, as well as drum up support to the sector in advancing its social, environmental, and economic contributions to nation building.

Regional Technical Director for Operations, Engr. Danilo P. Daguio emphasized the importance of planning in achieving the goals of the program stating that “whenever you plan, you plan to succeed.”

Also, he assured the support of the region in the promotion of organic agriculture in the country in making every Filipino live a healthy life.

Director Christopher V. Morales, National Coordinator of the Organic Agriculture Program, challenged the focal persons to think of a different way on how to implement the congress in a special way. “We encourage everyone to think out of the box and share to us any idea that can be adopted in the changing needs of the event,” Morales said.

Participants agreed to have a thematic focus this year which will be their guide in achieving the goals and objectives of the program.

Present during the activity were representatives from the implementing agencies such as Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards (BAFS), Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), Bureau of Plant in Industry (BPI), Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR), and DA-CAR-OAP staff headed by Ms. Lilibeth C. Paraoan, CAR Organic Focal Person.// Leny Mendoza



Event: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:56
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) is a partnership between the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, UN University (UNU), UN-HABITAT and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). HESI provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science and policy making. HESI 2018 is one of four special events that will take place during the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018).

Event: Global Workshop for VNR Countries - Final Preparations and Follow-up

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:41

A global workshop for the 48 governments that will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) will cover final preparatory matters and countries' anticipated follow-up to their VNR presentations. This workshop is the third in a series of three being organized by DESA, according to a handbook for VNR countries. It will take place during the HLPF session.

The first workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2017, and covered key components of the preparatory process. The second workshop is being organized for March 2018, in Dakar, Senegal, to facilitate the exchange of experiences among countries, including challenges and lessons learned.

Event: European Development Days 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:27
European Development Days 2018 (EDD 2018) will seek to bring together the European Union's commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The overall theme for EDD 2018 is, 'Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest'. Three sub-themes will be considered: Ensuring the physical and psychological integrity of Girls and Women; Promoting economic and social rights and Empowerment of Girls and Women; and Strengthening Girls’ and Women’s voice and participation. In addition, the European Commission is inviting young people from around the world to play an active role in EDD 2018 by participating to the Young Leaders Programme. This programme will gather 15 young people aged 21-26 who can represent the powerful impact that youth are having in the development field.

Event: International Development Week 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 16:16
Global Affairs Canada, individuals and organizations across Canada will organize events for International Development Week 2018 (IDW) to focus on Canadian contributions to poverty reduction and international humanitarian assistance. IDW 2018 will focus on the theme, ‘Partners for a Better World’.

Event: UNECA Regional Forum for Sustainable Development 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:13
The 2018 meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (UNECA) Regional Forum for Sustainable Development will serve as a preparatory event for the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which is taking place in July 2018. The SDG Knowledge Hub coverage of the 2017 RFSD for Africa is here.

Event: Mapping Water Bodies from Space: 2nd Conference

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:05
The purpose of this conference is to provide scientists and data users with the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from their on-going research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites.

Event: Engaging with the Global Platform of the New York Declaration on Forests

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:02
The New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF) Global Platform is an engagement and collaboration platform dedicated to supporting and accelerating achievement of the goals of the New York Declaration of Forests. This webinar session will provide an overview of the NYDF and an opportunity to contribute to the development of its 2018 workplan. The session will discuss how best to catalyze achievement of the Declaration's 10 goals. The Secretariat for the NYDF Global Platform is provided by the UN Development Programme, in partnership with the Meridian Institute and Climate Advisers.

Policy Brief: Monthly Forecast: February 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:30
The Global SDG 7 Conference will focus on ‘Energizing the 2030 Agenda,’ and will aim to provide substantive input for the review of SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) at HLPF 2018. We will keep an eye on this discussion as well as other preparations for the HLPF 2018 review of SDG 6, SDG 7, SDG 11, SDG 12, SDG 15 and SDG 17, as well as the ongoing voluntary national reviews that 48 countries are undertaking to set out their national planning to implement the SDGs.

UNCTAD Report Assesses LDC Progress Towards SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:27
An UNCTAD report suggests that LDCs will not reach the SDGs unless action is taken, including speeding up wholesale restructuring of their economies. The report discusses: the performance of LDCs in terms of broad macroeconomic trends and inclusive growth, and their implications for industrialization and structural transformation; key trade-related issues and balance of payment vulnerabilities; the mobilization of development finance, through different sources; and LDCs’ outlook for the near-term future.

REN21 Report Reviews 2017 Partnerships

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:26
The REN21 2017 Annual Report highlights outcomes of the 2017 International Renewable Energy Conference and outlines publications released by the Network in 2017. The publication also lays out plans for work in 2018 in collaboration with REN21's growing network of partners.

Countries Begin Discussing ECOSOC Review

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:21
Delegates shared initial views on the ECOSOC review process and key issues to be addressed. Another informal meeting is expected to take place in approximately two weeks, with an informal background paper on the review to be issued in advance of that meeting.

Nigeria SDG 1 Initiatives in Focus on CSocD Sidelines

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:18
Participants outlined initiatives undertaken in Nigeria and elsewhere to advance the SDGs and address the multidimensional nature of poverty. The 56th Session of the Commission on Social Development is convening from 29 January-7 February 2018, in New York, US.

Migration Co-facilitators Issue Zero Draft

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 02:14
Much of the zero draft is devoted to 22 objectives, followed by a set of ‘Actionable Commitments’ for each objective. Governments welcomed the co-facilitators' "360 approach" to balancing different concerns related to migration. Intergovernmental negotiations on the compact will begin on 20 February.