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Issue #254 | 20 June 2016

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Editor's Note
Voluntary National Reviews
As of 15 June 2016, out of the 22 countries who will present voluntary national reviews during this year's High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), 15 have submitted summaries or other preliminary documents: Colombia, Germany, Georgia, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Mexico, Montenegro, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, Turkey, Uganda and Venezuela. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Forest and Farm Producer Organizations: An Operating System for the Sustainable Development Goals
In the village of Thach Ngoa, Viet Nam, members of a small producer group of forest farmers are seeing big returns on a winning decision to start distilling oil from the local star anise tree. More.
Jeffrey Y. Campbell, Manager of the Forest and Farm Facility

Collaborative Effort of European Financing Institutions to Help Improve Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation
When the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted in December 2015, it included a long-term goal for the adaptation to climate change – “enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development […]”. More.
Craig Davies, Associate Director, Head Climate Change Adaptation, EBRD

New Reports and Resources
From Promise to Impact: Ending Malnutrition by 2030 - Global Nutrition Report 2016

Fisheries in the Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa: Fish Come with the Rains

Interlinkages in the UN Development System

GAP Outcome Document: Partnership for a New Urban Agenda

2015 Year in Review: Innovation for 2030

Regional Action Plan for Marine Litter (RAPMaLi) for the Wider Caribbean Region 2014

European Bathing Water Quality in 2015

From the Istanbul Programme of Action to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Does Land Degradation Increase Poverty in Developing Countries?

Latest News
Europe Ministers Translate 2030 Agenda into Concrete Commitments on Green Economy, Clean Air, ESD

10 June 2016: Participants at the Eighth Environment for Europe (EfE) Ministerial Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and agreed on a number of outcomes related to the green economy, air quality and human health, and education for sustainable development (ESD). During the Conference, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region. More.

Photo: Heads of delegation posed for a family photo during the first day of the 8th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference

GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program and CBIT Trust Fund

9 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change. More.

Photo: Participants at the GEF 25th Anniversary Gala at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

CFS Working Group Finalizes Draft Guidelines on Connecting Smallholders to Markets

9 June 2016: Held under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets finalized a set of draft recommendations to governments aiming to address key challenges in and opportunities for improving the access of smallholder farmers to markets. The draft recommendations will be forwarded the to the 43rd Plenary Session of the CFS in October 2016. More.

First STI Forum Addresses Technology for SDGs, Way Forward

7 June 2016: During the inaugural meeting of the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—STI Forum—participants discussed: the power of STI; enabling environments for STI; realizing the potential of STI for the SDGs; transformative technologies for SDGs; effective STI policy frameworks; or the experience of youth in using STI for sustainable development. More.

Stakeholders Outline Views on New Urban Agenda Draft

7 June 2016: Approximately 110 stakeholder groups exchanged views with UN Member States and observers on the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which was released in May 2016. Participants at the Habitat III Informal Hearings with Stakeholders held panel discussions on: key recommendations by the Co-Chairs of the General Assembly of Partners for Habitat III (GAP); the Quito Declaration, the expected political outcome of Habitat III; transformative commitments for sustainable urban development; effective implementation; implementation at the local level; follow-up and review; and partnerships for the New Urban Agenda. More.

Trondheim Conference Addresses Linkages between Biodiversity and Agriculture

3 June 2016: Participants at the eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity recognized biodiversity and ecosystem services as essential in supporting agriculture in multiple ways and at all levels, stressing their integration into other sectors as essential in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference focused on the interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture to develop food systems for a sustainable future. More.

CEM7 Launches New Campaigns on Advanced Cooling, Corporate Sourcing of Renewables, Energy Management

2 June 2016: The Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) took place from 1-2 June 2016 in San Francisco, California, US, in conjunction with the inaugural Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial and chaired by US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz noted that San Francisco was chosen as host city because of its role in innovative technology. On 1 June, the CEM met in closed-door discussions and, on 2 June, the CEM7's Open Press Public Private Action Summit convened. More.

Basel Convention Adopts 13 Strategic, Technical and Legal Decisions

2 June 2016: Delegates at the Tenth Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (OEWG 10) advanced work on technical, legal and strategic matters. OEWG 10 adopted 13 decisions on, inter alia: development of guidelines for environmentally sound management (ESM); technical guidelines on persistent organic pollutant (POPs) wastes; technical guidelines on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE); the creation of a new partnership for the ESM of household waste; and cooperation between the Basel Convention and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Co-Facilitators Propose Elements for HLPF Ministerial Declaration

Member States Elect Peter Thomson, Fiji, as UNGA 71 President

G20 Agriculture Ministers Reaffirm Role of Agriculture in Achieving Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, SDGs

UN 'Sample of Cities' Measures Impacts of Urbanization on Quality of Life

IOM Workshop Discusses Xenophobia, Migrant and Refugee Integration

Member States Discuss UNDS Functions, Funding, Partnerships

DPI/NGO Conference Adopts Action Agenda for SDG 4

African Countries Accelerate Efforts to Optimize Value from Extractive Sector

FAO, EU Promote Voluntary Guidelines to Enhance Peacebuilding in Colombia

Doha Forum Calls for Addressing Conflict's Root Causes

Biodiversity and Wildlife
STAP Reports Advise GEF Council on SLM, Sustainable Agriculture, Project Design and Source-to-Sea Continuum

WED 2016 Focuses on Prevention of Wildlife Crime

Sustainable Energy
First Agora Discusses Sustainable Energy to Leave No One Behind

Mission Innovation Countries to Double Clean Energy Investment by 2021

Climate and Atmosphere
LAC Countries Adopt Guidelines for Regional DRR Action Plan

Mitigation Update: Work Continues on Aviation, Black Carbon Emissions, Regions Cooperate on Clean Energy

Climate Champions Outline Global Climate Action Roadmap

US, India Reaffirm Support for Early Entry into Force of Paris Agreement

Mitigation Update: Climate Conference Focuses on Accelerated Action, Markets and Transport Solutions Advanced

Transparency and Compliance Update: UNFCCC National Reporting News Highlighted, Capacity Building Initiative Launched

CIFOR Brief Analyzes SBSTA Submissions on Agriculture and Adaptation

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Expert Workshop Addresses Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management

FOREST EUROPE Expert Meeting Adopts Work Programme

UNCCD, Mirova Publish Market Study on Land Degradation Neutrality

GSP Plenary Assembly Endorses Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management

UNCCD Executive Secretary Briefs UN Security Council

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
World Oceans Day Raises Awareness on Plastic Pollution, SDG 14

SDG Implementation
Four Countries Share Summaries of 2016 National Reviews

HLM Agrees on Political Declaration to Fast-Track AIDS Response, Achieve Related SDGs

Norwegian Seminar Highlights Need for SDG Partnerships

Experts Discuss Aligning Indicators for SDGs and Sendai Framework for DRR

Georgia, Montenegro VNRs to Highlight Preparations for SDG Implementation

Sierra Leone, Uganda Highlight SDG Implementation Steps in Advance of VNRs

ECOSOC Dialogue Calls for Redefining MICs

Food Loss and Waste Accounting Standard Released

HLPF National Inputs from WEOG Show Early Action on 2030 Agenda

Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela Present Early SDGs Implementation Actions

Resolution on 2030 Agenda Follow-up under Silence Procedure

Member States Provide Preliminary Views on HLM Outcome Document

PFII Calls for Indigenous Inclusion in Key Agendas, Peace and Conflict Issues

Trade, Finance & Investment
Global Green Growth Forum Showcases Sustainable Energy, Private Sector Partnerships

Secretary-General Appoints Governing Council for LDCs Technology Bank, Establishes Trust Fund

Key meetings in the next two weeks
UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: 22-23 June 2016. New York City, US

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2016: 27-29 June 2016. New York City, US

G20 Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting #3: 28 June 2016. Beijing, China

Africa Carbon Forum 2016: 28-30 June 2016. Kigali, Rwanda

13th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund: 28-30 June 2016. Incheon, Republic of Korea

G20 Energy Ministers Meeting: 29-30 June 2016. Beijing, China

2016 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security: 29 June - 3 July 2016. Caux, Vaud, Switzerland

First OECD-Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Meeting: 30 June - 1 July 2016. Kyoto, Japan

Meeting of the Praia Group on Governance Statistics: 4-6 July 2016. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

116th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council: 4-8 July 2016. London, England, UK

IISD Reporting Services will cover the High-Level Event “Towards Thematic Reviews for an Integrated Follow-Up & Review of the 2030 Agenda,” from 7 to 8 July 2016, from New York, US


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