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Issue #252 | 16 May 2016

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Editor's Note
Entry Points
A number of recent events and publications have focused on identifying “entry points” for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and Paris Agreement on climate change. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Channeling the Flow: Rising to the Reporting Challenge for the 2030 Agenda
The plan of action set out in Transforming Our World requires implementation by all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership. More.
Mark Halle, Senior Fellow, IISD

A Green Wall of Hope for Africa
Imagine a tapestry of green landscapes around the Sahara desert – a wall not of concrete or wire to keep anyone in or out, but of forests, pastures and crops to provide food, income and a real future for communities threatened by climate change. More.
René Castro Salazar, Assistant Director-General, Forests, of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Strengthening Civil Society to Influence the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
The shrinking space for civil society to act is jeopardizing the key role of these actors to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More.
Ivonne Lobos Alva, and Jes Weigelt, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Germany

Policy Brief
Monthly Forecast: May 2016
After a full schedule of high-profile events, statements, and commitments in April, policy work in May 2016 will be guided by key documents on sustainable development. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

New Reports and Resources
Education Cannot Wait: Proposing a Fund for Education in Emergencies

Improving Tenure, Improving Lives – 2016: Putting the Voluntary Guidelines into Action

Adaptation Finance Gap Report 2016

The Concept of Economic Diversification in the Context of Response Measures

UNCTAD 2015 World Investment Report

Outlook on Climate Change Adaptation in the Tropical Andes Mountains

UNEP Annual Report 2015

A Natural Fix: A Joined-Up Approach to Delivering the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016

Mapping the Vulnerability of Mountain Peoples to Food Insecurity

In Safety and Dignity: Addressing the Large-Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants

Shaping the Future: How Changing Demographics Can Power Human Development

Flood Forecasting and Early Warning in Transboundary River Basins: A Toolkit

OECD Factbook 2015-2016

Transformations for Sustainable Development: Promoting Environmental Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific

ABS Elements: Elements to Facilitate Domestic Implementation of ABS for Different Subsectors of GRFA

Trading into Sustainable Development: Trade, Market Access and the Sustainable Development Goals

Latest News
CBD SBSTTA 20 and SBI 1 Forward Recommendations to COP 13

6 May 2016: The 20th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 25-30 April 2016 in Montreal, Canada, followed by the first meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI), which convened from 2-6 May 2016. SBSTTA 20 made progress on biodiversity mainstreaming, invasive alien species, the IPBES Assessment, an action plan on ecosystem restoration and guidance on marine debris. Although considerable work focused on synthetic biology, several questions remain to be considered by the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, in December 2016. SBI 1 piloted a voluntary peer-review mechanism of implementation and made progress on, inter alia, biodiversity mainstreaming and the SBI modus operandi. More.

Photo: Global Youth Biodiversity Network stand

Conference Calls on Governments to "Act Now" on SDGs, Paris Agreement

5 May 2016: A conference on 'Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany: Natural Resources and Sustainable Consumption and Production' addressed the challenges and opportunities of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Germany and worldwide. It focused on natural resources and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, taking into consideration Germany's role as a major consumer of natural resources in a globalized world. Participants also focused on the potential role of partnerships in supporting effective implementation of the SDGs. More.

Photo: Alexander Müller, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Agriculture and Food, and German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), Germany

Habitat III Consultations Prioritize Actions for New Urban Agenda

29 April 2016: UN Member States, international organizations and stakeholders held a week-long session of Open-Ended Informal Consultative Meetings in preparation for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The Meeting aimed to advance discussions on the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III, and to prioritize actions and identify transformative commitments to move towards sustainable cities. More.

UNFF Expert Group Discusses Strategic Plan, Programme of Action

27 April 2016: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has held the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG1). The Expert Group, created during UNFF11, is tasked with developing: proposals on a replacement for the reference to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the UN Forest Instrument with an appropriate reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2030; and the quadrennial programme of work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020. More.

CFS Working Groups Discuss Nutrition, SDGs and Connecting Smallholders to Markets

April 2016: Three discussion groups have advanced preparations for the 43rd Plenary Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 43), which will convene in October 2016. The third meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on nutrition of the CFS considered a draft proposal on CFS engagement in advancing nutrition, the UN General Assembly Resolution on the Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025, and a draft Decision Box. An informal consultation on the Zero Draft of recommendations on Connecting Smallholders to Markets took place in preparation for the one-off OEWG taking place from 8-9 June 2016. And the third meeting of the OEWG on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the CFS focused on: a zero-draft proposal on CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; an invitation to CFS to provide input to the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development; a mapping document of CFS scope and products in relation to SDG targets; and next steps. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
CCAFS Online Tool Provides Practical Knowledge for Climate-Smart Agriculture

UNGA Debate Discusses UN Performance in Peace, Security

Co-Facilitators Issue Zero Draft on 2030 Agenda Follow-up

ECOSOC Discusses 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework in Addressing El Niño Impacts

ECLAC Discusses Creation of Regional Sustainable Development Forum

Consultations Advance for UNGA Resolution on 2030 Agenda Follow-up

ECLAC Caribbean Committee Highlights National Ownership, Coordination for 2030 Agenda

Trade, Finance & Investment
Sustainable Energy Finance Update: Public Finance Leverages Private Flows to Renewables

April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight

FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence

IATF Outlines AAAA Monitoring Plans

G20 Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors Call for Scaling Up Climate Financing

Biodiversity and Wildlife
APEC Agrees on Measures to Prevent, Manage and Raise Awareness on Marine Debris

World Migratory Bird Day Marked with Calls for Action, CMS Launches Task Force

CITES Parties Submit Proposals and Amendments in Advance of CoP17

Host of CBD COP 13 Releases Non-paper Supporting a Declaration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming

IUCN, WCS Present Nature-based Solutions for Mitigation and Adaptation

IWC Relays Actions on Whale Reviews and Research

SDG Implementation
Governments Exchange Views on 2030 Follow-up "Zero Draft"

UN Seeks International Commitments to Protect Migrants and Refugees

WSIS Forum Highlights Policy Synergies with SDG 16

Member States Discuss Partnerships, Governance, UNDS Organization for SDGs

UNECA Report Recommends Africa Re-Design Growth Strategies for SDGs, Paris Agreement

ECOSOC Integration Segment Discusses Policy Integration, Innovative Approaches for SDGs

SIDS Action Platform Provides Updates on Partnership Framework

Co-Facilitators Revise Draft Modalities for HLM on Refugees and Migrants

Ahead of QCPR, Member States Consider Functions of UN Development System

HLG Highlights First Steps towards 2030 Agenda in Eight Countries

UNGA, Security Council Adopt Resolutions on Peacebuilding Architecture

GSP ITPS Finalizes Draft Voluntary Guidelines on Soil Management, Plans for Monitoring Soil-related SDGs

CSOs Highlight National SDG Reviews and Coherence, Economic Findings

Arab Region Agrees on SDG Follow-Up Process, Joint Inputs to UNEA-2

Commission Discusses Action to Enhance Health Sector's Contribution to Growth, Job Creation

Sustainable Energy
G7 Energy Ministers Focus on Energy Security for Global Growth

Outlook on Green Finance: Impetus Grows for Carbon Pricing, Clean Energy

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UN, World Bank Announce Members of High-Level Panel on Water

Climate and Atmosphere
Bonn Climate Talks Open, Focus on Implementation of the Paris Agreement

Adaptation Conference Emphasizes Resilience, Financial Inclusion, Links with Development

Mitigation Update: COP 21 Carbon Footprint Released, CDM Provides Lessons Learned for Paris Agreement

French, Moroccan COP Presidents Call for Maintaining the "Spirit of Paris"

Climate Action 2016 Event Builds Momentum to Implement Paris Agreement

INDC Analyses Show Improvement, Need for Radical Action

Mitigation Update: Saudi Arabia Adopts Vision 2030; Transport Goes Emissions-Free

UNFCCC Issues Guidance to Assess Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures

UN Launches South-South Initiative to Combat Climate Change

Transparency and Compliance Update: Australia, New Zealand Inventory Review Reports and 17 True-Up Period Review Reports Released

UN Executives Discuss Coherence in Achieving SDGs, Paris Agreement

Major Economies Forum Considers Paris Agreement Implementation

CGIAR Discusses Agricultural Research's Role in Poverty Reduction in a Changing Climate

IMO Approves Mandatory Fuel Consumption Data Collection for Ships

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Geospatial Forum Calls for “Fit-for-Purpose” Land Information Systems to Guide SDG Implementation

IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future

Countries Pursue National and Regional Actions on Land Degradation Monitoring and Restoration

Key meetings in the next two weeks
15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 9-20 May 2016. New York City, US

72nd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: 15-19 May 2016. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) (SDEP2): 16-17 May 2016. Milan, Lombardia, Italy

Women Deliver 2016: 16-19 May 2016. Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark

44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies: 16-26 May 2016. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

UNEP Science-Policy Forum: 19-20 May 2016. Nairobi, Kenya

16th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF): 21-22 May 2016. Nairobi, Kenya

International Day for Biological Diversity 2016: 22 May 2016. worldwide

World Humanitarian Summit: 23-24 May 2016. Istanbul, Turkey

Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly: 23-27 May 2016. Nairobi, Kenya

Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement: 23-27 May 2016. New York City, US

2016 AFDB Annual Meetings: 23-27 May 2016. Lusaka, Zambia

Thirty-sixth Session of ECLAC: 23-27 May 2016. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

G7 Summit 2016: 26-27 May 2016. Japan

Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action: 27-29 May 2016. Antalya, Turkey

IISD Reporting Services is covering the Second Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) - Business and Science: Leading the Way to Sustainable Energy, from 16 to 17 May 2016, from Milan, Italy


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