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Issue #255 | 11 July 2016

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Editor's Note
SDG News
UN Member States and representatives from intergovernmental organizations and civil society around the world have gathered in New York for the first meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) since the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted, last September. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Strengthening Inclusive Thematic Reviews of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The Case of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
The CFS is an intergovernmental body that is well-placed to take an active role in thematic reviews, in particular because it is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform through which all stakeholders can work together to ensure food security and nutrition for all. More.
Michael Bergoo, and Martin Herren, Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development, Switzerland

Land Degradation, Desertification and Climate Change: Assessing, Anticipating and Adapting to Future Change
Climate change and land degradation can drive or intensify one another through both positive and negative feedbacks. More.
Lindsay C. Stringer, Professor of Environment & Development, University of Leeds, and Mark Reed, Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation, Newcastle University, UK​

Policy Brief
HLPF 101: What to Expect
In our monthly forecast for July, we highlighted that all eyes will soon turn to the fourth meeting of the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), especially since it will be the first meeting of the HLPF after governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.
Faye Leone, Content Editor, SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

Monthly Forecast: July 2016
In July 2016, the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will hold its first meeting since governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

New Reports and Resources
Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Note by the UN Secretary-General: Infrastructure for Sustainable Development for All

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2016-2025

Change for the Better: The CCAFS 2015 Annual Report

EU Action Plan Against Wildlife Trafficking

State of the World's Children 2016

Mapping Biodiversity Priorities: A Practical, Science-based Approach to National Biodiversity Assessment and Prioritization to Inform Strategy and Action Planning

Drought Characteristics and Management in the Caribbean

Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster

Regional Human Development Report for Latin America and the Caribbean: Multidimensional Progress: Well-being beyond income

Delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: The Role of the UN Development System in Middle-Income Countries

Latest News
HLPF 2016 Focusing on “Ensuring That No One Is Left Behind”

11 July 2016: The fourth meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will focus on issues related to the theme of the 2016 meeting, “Ensuring that no one is left behind.” Participants will also reflect on the science-policy interface, mainstreaming the SDGs, monitoring progress and implementation of the SDGs, multi-stakeholder engagement, and the challenges with mobilizing means of implementation (MOI), among other issues. More.

Photo: Delegates gather for the start of HLPF 2016

High-level Event Discusses How To Conduct Thematic Reviews Under the HLPF

8 July 2016: The High-level Event on “Thematic Reviews for an Integrated Follow-Up & Review of the 2030 Agenda,” which was organized by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and partners, addressed the framing of a thematic review of progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals from an integrated perspective on natural resources. More.

CFS OEWG Finalizes Proposal on Engagement with 2030 Agenda

22 June 2016: The fourth meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) finalized a proposal on CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The proposal will be submitted to the 43rd plenary session of the CFS in October 2016, along with a draft decision. More.

ICP-17 Discusses Marine Debris, Plastics, Microplastics and Role in SDG 14 Review

17 June 2016: The seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-17) convened under the theme, 'Marine debris, plastics and microplastics.' Meeting participants discussed, inter alia, the impacts of plastics and microplastics on the health and environment as well the ICP's relationship with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the possibility of the ICP serving as a forum for review of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development." More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
GSDR Briefs Released Ahead of HLPF

Pacific Island Countries Drafting Roadmap for SDGs

UN Secretary-General Updates on Peace Reviews, Makes Requests from Member States

Government Officials Discuss SIDS Partnerships for SAMOA Pathway, SDGs

Erik Solheim Begins Tenure as UNEP Executive Director

Field Perspectives Highlighted for QCPR Negotiations

Revised Zero Draft of New Urban Agenda Released

UN Member States Discuss 2030 Agenda and Sustaining Peace

UN Secretary-General Reports on Regional Commission Action for SDGs

UK Development Committee Urges Government to Clarify, Prioritize SDG Implementation

CSOs Address SDG Progress in Asia-Pacific, Reflect on Partnerships and UNDS

UN Member States Agree on HLM Modalities

Commission Identifies STI Priorities for SDGs

Sustainable Energy
G20, IEA, IRENA Examine Progress Toward Clean Energy Supply

Canada, US, Mexico Forge North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership

SE4All Advisory Board Endorses 'Going Further, Faster' Strategy

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Parties to South Pacific Tuna Treaty Agree on Principles of Fishing Access

Healthy Oceans Critical for Meeting Global Challenges, Agrees Center for Oceans Law and Policy Conference

Ocean Cleanup Testing Equipment to Remove Plastic Waste from Oceans

SIDS Steering Committee Updates on HLPF Event, First Global Partnerships Dialogue

10x20 Steering Committee Discusses Support for SDG Target 14.5

SDG 14 Conference Modalities Under Discussion

SDG Implementation
CSOs, Private Sector Release Tools to Measure Sustainability Progress

UN Security Council Identifies Obstacles, Solutions on Women, Peace, Security

Morocco, Norway and Philippines Submit VNR Input

UN Welcomes Peace Agreement in Colombia

Co-Facilitators Revise Draft Ministerial Declaration for HLPF, ECOSOC HLS

Concept Notes Detail HLPF 2016 Programme

Madagascar, Togo Report on SDG Implementation

UN Strengthens Response to Global Health Crises

Stakeholder Groups Provide HLPF Contributions

European Development Days Focus on SDG Implementation

On 10th Anniversary, CRPD Parties Pledge to Leave No One Behind

Trade, Finance & Investment
June 2016 Climate Finance Update: Funds Meet, Non-state Actor Engagement Accelerates

Sustainable Energy Finance Update: World Bank and India Team Up on Solar, US$1 Billion Pledged for Sustainable Energy in Pacific

UNIDO Conference Addresses Green Industry and Sustainable Cities

GCF Board Approves Nine Projects, Adopts Risk and Investment Guidelines

WAVES Publishes Briefs Explaining NCA and Convenes Workshop in Africa

UNGA Dialogue Yields Recommendations for Commodity-Dependent Developing Countries

UN Global Compact Summit Calls for Business Leadership on SDGs

CIF Discuss Future Strategy, Share Experiences in Forest Management

Global Landscapes Forum Event Explores Role of Private Finance

Chemicals Management
South African Ratification Brings Ban Amendment Closer to Entry into Force

PacWaste Provides Incinerators for Heathcare Waste

Climate and Atmosphere
UNFCCC Releases "Progress Tracker" of Paris Mandates

Petersberg Climate Dialogue VII Builds Momentum toward Paris Agreement Implementation

Mitigation Update: Southeast Asian Forest, European Transport Emissions Increasing, Cities and Businesses Scale-up Action

Transparency and Compliance Update: Developed Countries' Reviews Released, GEF Approves Trust Fund for CBIT

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ratifies Paris Agreement

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored

WMO to Strengthen Support for Climate Change, DRR and Sustainable Development Agreements

High Level Forum Agrees on Actions to Increase Urban Resilience

Mitigation Update: Solar and Wind Prices Plummet as Temperatures and Sea Levels Rise

Norway Ratifies Paris Agreement, Promises to Go Carbon Neutral by 2030

Oslo REDD Exchange Discusses Implementation, Cross-Cutting Themes

April-June 2016 NAMA Update: Linkages Among NAMAs, NDCs and Finance Explored for Enhanced Implementation and Support

Capacity Building and Technology Update: SB 44 Outcomes Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement, GEF Establishes CBIT Trust Fund

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD, Partners Explore Land-Based Solutions to Counter Rural Exodus in West Africa

On WDCD, Canada Announces Intention to Rejoin UNCCD, China Launches Restoration Initiative along Silk Road

Biodiversity and Wildlife
UNEP Expands Access to Information on MEAs

Congo and Mali Ratify Supplementary Biosafety Protocol

Ramsar Convention Appoints Next Secretary General

Key meetings in the next two weeks
32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries: 11-15 July 2016. Rome, Lazio, Italy

NAP Expo 2016: 11-15 July 2016. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016): 11-20 July 2016. New York City, US

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Human Rights: 12-13 July 2016. New York City, US

Resumed OEWG 37, OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol: 15-23 July 2016. Vienna, Wien, Austria

NOVUS Summit 2016: 17 July 2016. New York City, US

Fourteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14): 17-22 July 2016. Nairobi, Kenya

Partnership Exchange: 18 July 2016. New York City, US

Informal Multi-stakeholder Hearing for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants: 18 July 2016. New York City, US

ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2016: 18-22 July 2016. New York City, US

23rd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 23): 18-22 July 2016. Rome, Lazio, Italy

SDG Business Forum: 19 July 2016. New York City, US

Habitat III PrepCom: 25-27 July 2016. Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia

IISD Reporting Services will cover the 3rd Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom3) of the 3rd United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III),
from 25 to 27 July 2016, from Surabaya, Indonesia

Habitat III

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