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Integration for SDG Implementation Discussed at World Public Sector Report Event

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:56
On the sidelines of CEPA 17, participants provided their views on the World Public Sector Report 2018. The report explores how governments, public institutions and public administration foster integrated approaches towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The meeting, organized by DESA, took place on 26 April 2018.

UNFCCC Highlights Cooperative Activities for SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:52
The 2030 Agenda recognizes the UNFCCC as the primary forum for negotiating the global response to climate change. The note describes UNFCCC activities towards SDG implementation, focusing mainly on SDG 13 (climate action), as well as engagement with activities and relevant agencies for achieving SDGs 2 (zero hunger), 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 15 (life on land). It also provides an overview of NWP activities that help achieve the SDGs.

UNEP FI, Banks Develop Methodology to Assess Risks, Opportunities of Low-Carbon Transition

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:51
The methodology will help banks implement the recommendations of the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, which aims to develop consistent voluntary climate-related financial risk disclosures for companies to use in providing information to investors, lenders, insurers and other stakeholders. UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim said that financial markets can become a catalyst for action on sustainability, and that the TCFD framework encourages organizations to disclose long-term impacts.

UN Statistics Division Opens Access to Data on SDG Progress

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:50
The UN Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs launched an online data hub that provides access to official SDG data, covering 132 out of the 232 SDG indicators. The data can be explored by SDG, country, or region, and as global aggregates, and can be viewed as maps and other visualizations.

LAC Forum Calls for Regional Unity to Achieve SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:49
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said the Forum highlights the roles that UN regional economic commissions have in enhancing coordination and collaboration among governments, stakeholders and the UN system. ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena noted "the culture of privilege naturalizes inequality" and the Forum is a space for ending it. Participants agreed that active participation of civil society is indispensable for achieving the SDGs and targets in LAC.

Report Details LAC Progress on SDGs, Remaining Challenges

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:48
The report explores the theme of the HLPF's current cycle: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.’ Presenting the annual report, ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena highlighted that 20 of the 33 LAC countries have high-level cross-sector institutions to coordinate implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. By 2018, 19 LAC countries will have presented VNRs to the HLPF, and three will be doing so for the second time.

Guest Article: Education, Training and Public Awareness: The Bread and Butter of Capacity Building

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:48
Sustainability can be learned about and nurtured by means of knowledge sharing, including through education, training and awareness-raising programmes and initiatives. The 7th meeting of the Durban Forum on Capacity-building will provide an opportunity for state and non-state actors engaged in the delivery of capacity-building activities to share their experiences and exchange ideas, best practices and lessons learned on enhancing capacities for the implementation of NDCs in the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change. An overarching topic of enhancing capacities for NDC implementation will also be discussed at the second meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building.

UN Special Rapporteur Urges Mongolia to Raise Standards on Water and Sanitation Services

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:45
The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation called on the Government of Mongolia to do more on water and sanitation access to meet the standards set by the SDGs. His report highlights existing disparities between nomadic, rural and urban populations, and between apartment-dwellers and those who live in ger, traditional yurts that usually lack sewage connections rely on mobile water sales for drinking water. He notes that sufficient access to water for nomads’ personal consumption and livestock could help prevent large-scale migration into cities and rural towns.

Generation 2030: Youth Create, Innovate to Support SDGs, Paris Agreement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:45
At an event organized by UNICEF and the Permanent Mission of India, Sona Sridhar, a 21-year-old artist launched her winning comic book, presenting Tre, a half woman-half tree superhero who fights corporations that want to destroy the Earth. UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak announced that he will convene a Youth Dialogue on 30 May.

Commonwealth Women’s Forum Calls for Actions to Empower Women and Girls

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:43
The Commonwealth Women’s Forum agreed on an outcome document that addresses gender equality and women’s empowerment, including actions related to women in leadership; women’s economic empowerment; women and climate change; and violence against women and girls. The CWF calls on Heads of Government to advance actions in all these areas, including to address gender and climate change in developing and small States through establishment of a Commission. The Forum convened in London, UK, on the sidelines of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

Geneva Forum Shares Case Studies in Sustainable Infrastructure

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:42
The Geneva Forum on Sustainable Infrastructure shared case studies and experiences with infrastructure planning and development. Participants agreed on the ‘Geneva Call for Sustainable Infrastructure’ on continued engagement to increase the sustainability of global infrastructure development. The Call to Action highlights the importance of sustainable infrastructure in achieving the SDGs and identifies key priorities for engagement.

Policy Brief: Monthly Forecast May 2018: Climate, Clean Energy and HLPF Preparations

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:38
The Bonn Climate Change Conference will seek to make progress on operationalizing the Paris Agreement on climate change, particularly through the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) and furthering the Talanoa Dialogue process. Energy issues will take center stage during a number of events in May, beginning with the fourth Sustainable Energy for All Forum. Expert Group Meetings on SDG 12 and SDG 15 will review progress ahead of the 2018 HLPF.

Event: EAT Stockholm Food Forum 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:55
The 2018 EAT Stockholm Food Forum will explore a range of solutions available for achieving healthy and sustainable diets for a growing global population, and confront questions of how to feed the world with zero land expansion and ocean depletion, or the benefits of processed foods and clean meat. Informed by research analyzed in the upcoming EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems, the fifth anniversary of the Forum will encourage dialogue, engage with the audience through panel discussions, interactive plenaries, interviews and workshops. The Forum will be live streamed at and on EAT’s Facebook page.

Event: 6th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:40
The 6th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE), which will convene during the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany from 30 April to 10 May 2018, will focus on public participation, public awareness, public access to information and international cooperation on these matters. It will also discuss the extent to which gender considerations are being integrated in ACE implementation.

Event: 7th Durban Forum on Capacity-building

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:32
The 7th Durban Forum on Capacity-building will convene on 3 May, during the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 30 April to 10 May 2018. The overarching topic of the Forum is ‘Enhancing capacities for the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions in the context of the Paris Agreement’. The meeting will also address: enhancing institutional, technical, relational and strategic capacities for implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); building capacities for integrating cross-cutting issues, such as gender responsiveness, human rights and indigenous peoples’ knowledge, into NDC implementation; and building capacities for the tracking of and reporting on the implementation and impacts of NDC-related actions, and the finance used to support these actions.

Event: Second Meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 12:06
The second meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB), which will convene during the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 30 April to 10 May 2018, is expected to address, inter alia, implementation of the PCCB rolling workplan for 2017-2019 and PCCB focus areas or themes for 2018 and 2019.

Event: Consultation on Synergies, Coherence and Overlap among UN Bodies in Light of 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:58
The co-facilitators for intergovernmental consultations on synergies, coherence and overlap among the UN General Assembly, the UN Economic and Social Council and their subsidiary bodies, and the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and other fora, in light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will hold the second round of consultations with UN Member States. The meeting will take stock and follow up on the proposed next steps as outlined by the co-facilitators for the process during the 71st UNGA session. For background information on the process, see the SDG Knowledge Hub story here.

Drone as Fertilizer and Pesticide Sprayer being tested in Benguet

DA-CAR Latest News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 02:08

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A drone test flight was conducted at the Strawberry Farm, La Trinidad, Benguet as part of the Biyaheng Bukid of DA Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol in Baguio City and Benguet on April 27, 2018.

With the advent of new technologies, Secretary Piñol hopes the agony of farmers in spraying vegetable with foliar fertilizers and bio-pesticides will be relieved.

A drone project being piloted in Benguet for the purpose will hopefully prove him right.

Japan is the leading country in spraying agricultural chemicals using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with a history of more than 30 years that demonstrates the benefits of using drone in farming. Using drone as fertilizer and pesticide sprayer is being introduced in the Philippines through a Japanese UAV Corporation.

However, the effectivity and efficiency of drone as fertilizer and pesticide sprayer in the Philippines is yet to be tested in Benguet, the “Salad Bowl of the Philippines” considering the climate, land condition, and farming traditions.

The test flight was performed by the, and witnessed by DA Sec. Piñol and other DA officials of the Regional Field Office-Cordillera Administrative Region headed by Regional Executive Director Narciso Edillo; Governor Crescencio Pacalso of Benguet; representatives from municipal local government units (MLGU); and farmers from the different municipalities of the province.

Efren Lorenzo of said that spraying a hectare of vegetable using drones will only take about 10 minutes. It will reduce the labor and the usage of water for spraying chemicals. In addition, the most important aspect of this technology is that farmers will not be exposed to chemicals.

Moreover, the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) is conducting a study to compare the utilization of drone versus the conventional sprayer and power sprayer at the BPI Buguias Seed Farm in Lam-ayan, Buguias, Benguet for one cropping from April - July.

A technical briefing or orientations to farmers on drone as fertilizer and pesticide sprayer was conducted prior to the drone test in La Trinidad. conducted a similar technical briefing on the drone project in Lam-ayan Elementary School, Buguias,Benguet last April 13, for local farmers. also briefed the potato farmers and stakeholders during the Luzon Potato Summit in Gestdan Centrum on April 18, 2018 where majority of the participants were from Benguet.

The technical briefings are being conducted purposely to inform and at the same time, encourage the farmers to utilize drone in their farming activities.

DA Sec. Piñol committed that the department will sponsor the 1st spraying of 5,000 hectares vegetables field in Benguet to encourage more farmers to know and understand the use and benefits of drone in local farming.// Karen T. Gawigawen

Biyaheng bukid in Benguet features TienDA

DA-CAR Latest News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 02:05

Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol of the Department of Agriculture (DA) visited Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet last April 27, 2018. This is part of his Biyaheng Bukid Program to visit the countryside and see what needs to be done to foster agricultural development.

Joining him in this visit were Usec. Evelyn G. Laviña, Under Secretary for High Value Crops Development (HVC) and Rural Credit; Usec BernadetteRomulo-Puyat, Undersecretary for Agribusiness and Marketing and Regional Engagement; Segfredo Serrano, Under Secretary for Policy and Planning; Eduardo Gongona, Under Secretary for Fisheries; Francisco M. Villano, Under Secretary for Admin and Finance;  Andrew Villacorta, Assistant Secretary Designate for Agribusiness; Hansel Didulo, Assistant Secretary for Regulations; and Roldan Gorgonio, Assistant Secretary for  Administration.

According to DA-Cordillera Regional Executive Director Narciso A. Edillo, secretary’s Biyaheng Bukid here in Benguet is distinct because of the series of significant activities that he wants to make it happen. This includes the National Extension Support, Education and Training Services (ESETS) harmonization of DA spearheaded by the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), drone test flight or the use of drone to spray pesticides at the strawberry fields, launching of the National TienDA, farmers forum and the meeting with the local executives of Baguio and Benguet.

As one of the highlights of the Biyaheng Bukid, TienDA showcased farm products from Central Luzon, Region 1, Region 4A, Region 2, Region 12 and our very own Cordillera on April 27-28, 2018.

Products sold include lowland products such as fruits, well milled rice, fresh and dried fish, eggs, lowland vegetables from Luzon; fruits and fresh, dried, and processed fish products from Mindanao. Cordilleran products were also sold such as Tabuk rice, coffee, organic products either fresh or processed, fresh vegetables such as bell pepper, strawberries and tomatoes, and many more.

TienDA is a marketing initiative of DA that was launched in July 2017 that aims to provide a direct trading center for farmers and fisher folks and provide fresh and quality food to the public at farm gate price. This is in line with the agenda of President Rodrigo Duterte to provide available and affordable food for Filipinos. 

“After this TienDA market expo, we are hoping that this strategy will be sustained and be continued down to the barangay level through continuous support from the Local Government Units (LGU’s) on the municipal and barangay food terminals which is also the concept of TienDA. In doing so, we can continuously stand true to our mission which is to provide access to affordable food to the public,” Edillo said.//Rebecca Dibdiben

DA shifts farmer assistance from subsidy to credit  

DA-CAR Latest News - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 02:00


Agriculture secretary, Emmanuel Piñol, announced the shift in assistance of the department to farmers from subsidy to credit during a workshop of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) on April 27, 2018 at the Venus Parkview Hotel, Baguio City.

DA Regional Executive Directors and DA-ATI Center Directors all over the country converged to harmonize extension support, education and training services (ESETS) as an initial step to DA’s new paradigm.

“We have to synchronize all our efforts, from DA’s banner programs to ATI’s trainings. Subsidies aren’t sustainable. It’s mostly affected by political decisions and goes through a slow process. But with easy access loan programs, it will fast track the delivery of services and farmers get to choose what materials they want to get,” said Sec. Piñol.

Last year, the DA launched the Production Loan Easy Access (PLEA) in coordination with Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC). Vegetable farmers in Benguet, one of the pioneer provinces granted with PLEA, was able to 100% repay their loans. Sec. Piñol proudly congratulates the Cordillera by doing a good job and hopes that this becomes an inspiration to others.

“If CAR was able to successfully do it then we can do it nationwide too. We will unite all our efforts to make this possible,” he enthused. 

In addition, ATI is now being pushed to take the role of capability building. New trainings will be focusing on the preparation of the stakeholders to be financially literate. Provincial loans support teams will also be established to assist the stakeholders and make accessing loans easier.

Agriculture has a 4% growth, the highest in 10 years. Sec. Piñol sees the problems that the agriculture sector are facing as a challenge and enjoined everyone to rise above it and prove to everyone by performing better. //Ayra Galanza