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Issue #250 | 31 March 2016

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Editor's Note
Refocusing Agendas
The 2016 year of implementation has begun with a number of efforts aimed at refocusing institutional agendas. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Environment and the Implementation of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda: A Policy Perspective
The year 2015 was one of connecting the dots in sustainable development, starting with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), which provides a broad framework the international community can use to generate resources to finance sustainable development. More.
Ibrahim Thiaw, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Interview with Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat
To mark the occasion of the International Day of Forests, celebrated annually on 21 March, IISD RS conducted an interview with Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN-REDD) Programme. More.
Mario Boccucci, Head, UN-REDD Programme Secretariat

Translating the SDGs to High-income Countries: Integration at Last?
The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Keio University and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency have explored what the 2030 Agenda means for domestic policy-making in their respective countries (Sweden, Japan and the Netherlands). More.
Paul Lucas, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Norichika Kanie, Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance and UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Nina Weitz, Stockholm Environment Institute

Potential Effects of Climate Change on Transboundary Plant Pests and Diseases: FAO's Response and Contributions
Climate change is expected to affect, where crops are cultivated, the distribution of plant pests, the introduction of new pests, the frequency of major pest outbreaks, and the risk of pesticide residues in food. More.
Mona Chaya, Senior Coordinator, Food Chain Crisis Management Framework, FAO

Policy Brief
Can Three Indicators Spur National Implementation Across the Rio Conventions? Insights from the UNCCD
As all UN Member States work to develop their national plans for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), they will encounter challenges in ensuring policy coherence among the 17 Goals and with existing international obligations. More.
Wangu Mwangi, Thematic Expert for Land, Soil, and Desertification (Kenya)

The UNFCCC National Adaptation Planning Model: A Foundation for Fulfilling Post-2015 Commitments? Part II
Part II: Supporting Implementation of the Paris Agreement. More.
Virginia Wiseman, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (US)

New Reports and Resources
Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016

Preventing Disease through Healthy Environments: A Global Assessment of the Burden of Disease from Environmental Risks

The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate

The Challenge of Sustaining Peace: Report of the Advisory Group of Experts for the 2015 Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture

Mercury Management for Sustainable Development

Latest News
INC7 Advances Preparations for Minamata Convention

March 2016: The seventh session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC7) convened in preparation for the Minamata Convention's entry into force. Delegates provisionally adopted technical guidance documents on: controlling emissions and determining emission limits; identifying individual stocks of mercury and mercury compounds; procedures for export and import of mercury; operation of a financial mechanism; and draft rules of procedure and draft financial rules for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention. More.

Photo: The INC7 Bureau and interim secretariat of the Minamata Convention

SDSN Events Discuss Translating SDGs into National Context

March 2016: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) jointly organized an international symposium and workshop with government, academics, private sector and civil society partners to discuss translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national contexts and promoting implementation. More.

Photo: Dais at the opening of the symposium (L-R) Mazlin Mokhtar, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; K. Yogeesvaran, Economic Planning Unit; Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia; Norichika Kanie, Keio University and UNU-IAS; and Raslan Ahmad, Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Techology.

IPBES Approves Assessments on Pollinators, Scenarios and Modelling

February 2016: The Fourth Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) approved summaries for policy makers of the Platform's first assessments on Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production, and on Scenarios and Models for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Delegates also agreed to launch a new assessment on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and to launch a thematic assessment on invasive alien species and their control and a methodological assessment on diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits. IPBES-4 delegates also elected Robert Watson (UK) as the Platform's new Chair. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
ECOSOC Special Meeting Addresses Inequality in Context of 2030 Agenda

CSW 60 Adopts Conclusions Linking Gender Equality, SDGs

Stakeholders Invited to Contribute to UNGA Debate on Achieving SDGs and Paris Agreement

Co-Facilitators Issue Draft Political Declaration for IPoA Review

CSO Reports Discuss SDG 14, EU Implementation, Rights Linkages

UN Officials, Member States Consider QCPR's Potential in 2030 Agenda

Arctic Council Addresses Climate Change, Resilience

ECOSOC Reaches Agreement on First FfD Forum

DESA Paper Calls for International Guidelines on Public-Private Partnerships

ECOSOC OAS Discusses Making UN Ready for 2030 Agenda's Implementation

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Indian Ocean Commission Develops Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Ballast Water Management Forum Addresses Research and Development, Policy Issues

World Water Day Marked Globally, WWDR 2016 and IRP Reports Highlighted

Study Calls for Indigenous Participation in Ocean Governance

Mauritius, Sweden to Lead Consultations on SDG 14 Conference

Sustainable Energy
SE4All Highlights Plans for Implementing SDG 7

Climate, Energy Groups Speak Out on International Women's Day

SE4ALL Event Highlights Tracking Needs for SDG 7

Climate and Atmosphere
March 2016 Transparency Update

UNFCCC Reports on Education, Training, Public Awareness

IEA Confirms Decoupling of CO2 Emissions, Economic Growth in 2015

Executive Board Considers CDM's Future under Paris Agreement

UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Human Rights

US, Canada Commit to Partner on Climate, Energy and the Arctic

Preparations Underway for INDC Implementation

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
FAO Highlights CEDAW Recommendation, Land Reform in Europe and Asia

Mountain Partnership Reflects on its 2015 Sustainable Development Achievements

International Day of Forests Celebrates Forests and Water

International Year of Pulses 2016: National, Regional and International Activities Gather Momentum

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week Explores Forestry's Role in Sustainable Development

UNFF Highlights Interlinkages Between International Arrangement on Forests, Paris Agreement

UNCCD Aligns Reporting Templates with New Progress Indicators, SDG Target 15.3

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 73 Ratifications

4th World Congress Adopts 10-year Roadmap for Biosphere Reserves, Approves 20 New Sites

Transportation Declaration to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade, Rhinos, Tigers and Birds the Focus of Additional Conservation Efforts

SDG Implementation
Consultations Underway on FfD Forum Outcome

TFM Group Advances Preparations for First STI Forum

UNECE, UN-HABITAT Launch Pilot Project to Monitor SDG 11

Prague, Mexico Gatherings Issue Input to Habitat III

UN Secretary-General Calls for "One Set" of Principles to Support 2030 Agenda

Co-Facilitators Issue Roadmap for Consultations on Follow-Up and Review

UNGA President Announces Process to Align UNGA with 2030 Agenda

UN Statistical Commission Agrees on SDG Indicator Framework as "Practical Starting Point"

Praia Group Presents Road Map on Governance Statistics

ECOSOC, UN System Prepare for FfD Forum

LAC Countries Take Action Towards Ending Hunger by 2025

UN Provides Proposed Reporting Guidelines for HLPF National Reviews

Belize, Denmark to Lead Consultations on 2030 Agenda Follow-up

New Data and Policy Tools to Support Implementation of Soil- and Land-related SDGs

Trade, Finance & Investment
Women's Economic Empowerment Panel Begins Work

G20 Finance Ministers Cooperate on Taxation, Infrastructure Investment, and Green Finance

DAC Commits to Evolving with Development Landscape

World Bank Outlines Plans for First Infrastructure Forum

February 2016 Climate Finance Update

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Preparatory Committee on BBNJ: 28 March - 8 April 2016. New York City, US

Third Meeting of IAEG-SDGs: 30 March - 1 April 2016. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Public Spaces: 4-5 April 2016. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Global Aviation Dialogues: Europe and North Atlantic Region: 4-5 April 2016. Netherlands

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 1: 4-6 April 2016. New York City, US

37th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: 4-8 April 2016. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

GCARD 3 Global Event: 5-8 April 2016. Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

DCF Belgium High-level Symposium: Rethinking Development Cooperation for the SDGs: 6-8 April 2016. Brussels, Belgium

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Informal Settlements: 7-8 April 2016. Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Global Aviation Dialogues: Americas Region: 7-8 April 2016. Mexico

43rd Session of the IPCC: 11-13 April 2016. Nairobi, Kenya

International Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on the Integrated National Implementation of SDGs and International Chemicals and Waste Agreements: 11-13 April 2016. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting #2: 12-14 April 2016. Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

Informal Dialogues with Candidates for UN Secretary-General: 12-14 April 2016. New York City, US

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 5: 13 April 2016. New York City, US

2016 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group: 15-17 April 2016. Washington D.C., US

Global Infrastructure Forum 2016: 16 April 2016. Washington D.C., US

ECOSOC Financing for Development (FfD) Forum - Inaugural Session: 18-20 April 2016. New York City, US

International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands: 18-20 April 2016. Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco

QCPR Training 2016 – Module II: 20 April 2016. New York City, US

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: 21 April 2016. New York City, US

High-Level Signing Ceremony for Paris Agreement: 22 April 2016. New York City, US

Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs: 27 April 2016. Rome, Lazio, Italy

IISD Reporting Services will cover the
3rd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3)
No One Left Behind: Agri–food Innovation and Research for a Sustainable World,
from 5 to 8 April 2016, from Boksburg, South Africa

3rd Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD3) - No One Left Behind: Agri–food Innovation and Research for a Sustainable World

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