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Issue #256 | 17 August 2016

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Editor's Note
Getting Started
As we near the first anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the news in this issue of Linkages Update is dominated by recommendations and examples for how actors can begin, and in many cases already have begun, implementing the SDGs. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Severe, Increasingly Common Droughts Demand Climate Change Adaptation
With climate change likely intensifying the effects of this year's El Niño, many parts of the world are experiencing longer droughts, more frequent floods and increasingly violent storms. More.
Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Head, Climate Change Adaptation, Global Environmental Finance, Bureau of Policy and Programme Support, UN Development Programme

Teaching Silos to Dance: A Condition to Implement the SDGs
"Breaking down the silos" has become again a vivid call, even a mantra, in debates on governance for sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in recognition of its comprehensive, holistic and systemic approach. More.
Ingeborg Niestroy, IISD associate and affiliated with FU Berlin and PS4SD, Louis Meuleman, Member, UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA); Leuven University, Wageningen University & Research, University of Massachusetts Boston

NAMAs as a Vehicle for Driving NDC Implementation
There is renewed interest post-Paris in using Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) as a vehicle to drive the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) or to convert the NAMAs into on-the-ground actions to combat climate change. More.
Ash Sharma, Special Adviser for Climate Change to the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)

Non-Tariff Barriers Can Connect Trade to Sustainable Development
In the landscape of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, trade is a means of implementation towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.
Miho Shirotori, Chief, Global and Regional Trade Analysis Section, Trade Analysis Branch, Division on International Trade, UNCTAD

The SDG Dashboards and Index: Getting Started with the SDGs
Implementation of the SDGs cannot wait until a comprehensive monitoring framework is in place. More.
Guido Schmidt-Traub, David Durand-Delacre, and Katerina Teksoz (Sustainable Development Solutions Network, SDSN)

Policy Brief
UN Development System Gets Fit for the 2030 Agenda Purpose
One year after answering “What” should happen in the next 15 years for the UN development system, by adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Member States are getting ready to negotiate “How” this will take place. More.
Ana Maria Lebada, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Romania)

Monthly Forecast: August 2016
The month of August will involve fewer face-to-face meetings than the first half of the year, as the UN transitions from one working session to the next. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

The New Urban Agenda and the SDGs: Synergies and Challenges Ahead
The New Urban Agenda will provide key guidance in planning for sustainable development in cities worldwide. More.
Nicole de Paula, IISD Reporting Services

New Reports and Resources
Sustainable Development Data Digest: Laying the Foundation to Measure Sustainable Development Goal 4

2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance

Landscapes Livelihoods Governance: Annual Report 2015

Better Policies for Sustainable Development 2016: A New Framework for Policy Coherence

Updated Analysis of the Contribution of Targets Established by Parties and Progress Towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

UNESCO eAtlas for Education 2030

Global Sustainable Development Report: 2016 Edition

Latest News
Montreal Protocol Parties Make Progress Towards HFC Amendment

25 July 2016: Participants at a series of three meetings under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed proposed amendments to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), concluding work on generating solutions to the stated challenges contained in the Dubai Pathway on HFCs, with an agreement on possible funding solutions. However, Parties were unable to conclude all of their work, and suspended the 38th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38). More.

Photo: L-R: HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair ​Patrick McInerney​, Australia; Yaqoub Al-Matouq, Kuwait; Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat; and HFC Management Contact Group Co-Chair Xia Yingxian, China

HLPF Adopts Ministerial Declaration, Hears 22 VNRs

22 July 2016: The 2016 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a Ministerial Declaration, focusing on the meeting's theme of 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.' More.

Photo: Delegates huddle to discuss the adoption of the HLPF declaration

Other News
Sustainable Development
City Initiatives Contribute to SDG 11

Countries Finalize Declaration on Refugees, Migrants

New Urban Agenda Revised Ahead of Habitat III

Praia Group Reviews SDG 16 Indicators

UN Member States Adopt Resolution on 2030 Agenda Follow-up

At ECOSOC Opening, Calls to Become “Fit for Purpose”

ECOSOC Summary Highlights Convergence on UNDS in 2030 Agenda

DCF Addresses Development Financing, Policy Instruments for 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement

Inter-Parliamentary Union, UN to Strengthen Collaboration

UNGA Endorses Political Declaration on IPoA

African Union Summit Reviews Progress on Gender Equality, Women's Land Rights

Stakeholders Share Views on Refugees, Migrants Ahead of HLM

ECOSOC Concludes Talks on UN Development System, Sets Stage for QCPR Negotiations

Trade, Finance & Investment
UN Reports on Progress towards New International Economic Order

Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Boost African, Asian Energy Access and Building, Lighting Efficiency

July 2016 Climate Finance Update: Meetings Call for Access, Mobilization, Scaling Up

G20 Finance Ministers Recognize Role of Green Investment for Sustainable Growth

Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus

Addis Tax Initiative Highlights Domestic Resource Mobilization

FfD Task Force Addresses HLPF Links

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth

African Stakeholders Call for Prioritizing Water at COP 22

Regional Organizations Agree on Fisheries Management Actions

Climate and Atmosphere
Climate Vulnerable Forum Inaugurates South-South Centre, Ethiopian Presidency

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Heat-Related Deaths to Increase, Children and the Poor Most Climate Vulnerable

Mitigation Update: Cities Intensify Climate Action; IMO, ICAO Take Steps to Enable Mitigation Policies

Peru, Cameroon, Democratic People's Republic of Korea Ratify Paris Agreement

COP 22 Provisional Agendas Released

Transparency and Compliance Update: Reports on GHG Inventory Status, BR2 Technical Review Released

Regional Dialogues on NDC Implementation Launched

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Climate Trends Break Records, DRR Efforts Focus on Human Health

National Leaders, Governments Send Mix of Signals on Paris Agreement Implementation

Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification

GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 to Open for Public Review

Sustainable Energy
Multilateral Initiatives Advance Renewable Energy, Efficiency in the Caribbean, Asia

Energy Initiatives Reduce Emissions, Increase Access to Modern, Efficient Technology

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems Releases Annual Report

Kigali Declaration Increases Forest Landscape Restoration Commitments in Africa

First International Day of Mangroves Celebrated

23rd Session of FAO COFO Supports 'New Agenda for Forests'

UNCCD Rolls Out Regional Capacity Building Programme on LDN Target-Setting

ELD, PROFOR and UNCCD Marshall Evidence in Support of Land Restoration

SDG Implementation
Strategic Alignment Group Maps UNGA Agenda with SDG Targets

NGOs Make Recommendations for Future HLPF Sessions, Early SDG Action

DESA Summarizes Countries' Institutional Arrangements for 2030 Agenda

Governments, Businesses Discuss Private Sector Incentives, Role in SDGs Implementation

UNGA Approves IOM to Join UN System

WRI, OECD Event Highlights Policy Coherence for 2030 Agenda

NOVUS Summit Highlights Innovations in Technology for SDGs

UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation

Natural Capital Protocol Launched

HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs

World Bank, UNDP and Countries Discuss SDG Implementation Factors

Stakeholders Launch SDG 16 Data Initiative

Finland, Colombia Discuss National SDG Experiences

UNGA Discusses Human Rights as Part of 2030 Agenda

Human Rights Council Marks Tenth Anniversary, Adopts 33 Resolutions

France Reports on SDG Action, Next Steps

STI Forum Co-Chairs' Summary Highlights Opportunities to Enable SDGs

OECD Releases TOSSD Definition, Compendium Open for Public Consultation

Biodiversity and Wildlife
IPBES Announces Co-Chairs for Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Indigenous Peoples' Day Focuses on Education Needs

CGRFA Releases Reports of ITWGs on Forest, Plant and Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

International Tiger Day Urges Action to Protect Remaining 3,000 Wild Tigers

Mediterranean Countries Commit to "Zero Tolerance" for Illegal Killing of Birds

EC Adopts First-Ever EU List of Invasive Alien Species

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Scoping Meeting for IPCC Special Report on Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C Above Pre-Industrial Levels: 15-17 August 2016. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

African Drought Conference: 15-19 August 2016. Windhoek, Namibia

Pacific/Oceania Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13: 15-19 August 2016. Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa

Central and South America and the Caribbean/Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13: 22-26 August 2016. Antigua, Guatemala

Second Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ: 26 August - 9 September 2016. New York City, US

Sixth Tokyo International Conference on Africa's Development: 27-28 August 2016. Nairobi, Kenya

World Water Week 2016: 28 August - 2 September 2016. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

Third Global Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics: 30 August - 1 September 2016. Dublin, Ireland

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress: 1-10 September 2016. Honolulu, HI, US

4th Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance: 5-6 September 2016. Manila, Philippines

Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2016: 5-7 September 2016. Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea

Global Green Growth Week 2016: 5-9 September 2016. Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea

UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Dialogue: 6 September 2016. Singapore, Singapore

Fourth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform: 6-7 September 2016. Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea

13th Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee: 6-9 September 2016. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Informal Negotiations on Habitat III Outcome Document: 7-9 September 2016. New York City, US

30th Meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG): 7-10 September 2016. Monrovia, Montserrado, Liberia

47th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meetings: 7-11 September 2016. Federated States of Micronesia

Opening of 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71): 13 September 2016. New York City, US

Twelfth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-12): 14-16 September 2016. Rome, Lazio, Italy

IISD Reporting Services will cover the 2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress - Planet at the Crossroads, from 1 to 10 September 2016, from Honolulu, US

2016 International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress - Planet at the Crossroads

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