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Issue #257 | 12 September 2016

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Editor's Note
   
Tracking the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
As we near the first anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, it is useful to review the changes that have taken place as a result of the global decision on 25 September 2015 to pursue a new direction for sustainable development. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
   
Our Global Agenda: Local and Regional Governments and the New Urban Agenda
As the urban community gears up for the Habitat III Conference in October 2016, there are high hopes that the New Urban Agenda will harness this once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a paradigm shift that puts local governments and territories at the center of development. More.
Josep Roig, Secretary General of UCLG

Piloting Global Thematic Reviews of the SDGs: The Case of Natural Resources
There is a need to explore how to best design global follow-up and review processes to ensure that all efforts at the national level contribute to achieving the SDGs. More.
Alexander Müller, Töpfer, Müller, Gassner GmbH Think-tank for Sustainability; Jes Weigelt and Ivonne Lobos Alva, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

Health Mobilizes Behind the Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement marks the beginning of a new era in the global response to climate change. More.
Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Team Leader of the Climate Change and Health Team, World Health Organization

Policy Brief
   
Monthly Forecast: September 2016
As the northern summer draws to a close, the natural resources policy community has been heavily engaged in moving the sustainable development agenda forward. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

From Work-in-Progress to Progress Reports: Update on the SDG Indicators
When governments finished negotiating the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development last August, two key elements were left as works-in-progress: the follow-up and review framework, and the indicators by which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) would be measured. More.
Faye Leone, Content Editor, SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

New Reports and Resources
   
Global Education Monitoring Report 2016

Protected Planet Report 2016

Africa Human Development Report 2016

Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016

United Nations and Sound Chemicals Management: Coordinating Delivery for Member States and Sustainable Development

World Social Situation 2016: Leaving No One Behind: The Imperative of Inclusive Development

Mapping Mining to the SDGs: An Atlas

Latest News
   
IUCN Congress Adopts Motions, Sets Global Conservation Priorities

10 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations. More.

Photo: L-R: George Greene, Chair, Council Governance Committee, IUCN; Zhang Xinsheng, President, IUCN; and Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General


BBNJ PrepCom 2 Considers Scope for New Treaty on Oceans Biodiversity

9 September 2016: The second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ), which convened at UN Headquarters in New York, considered proposals on the possible elements of an ILBI and engaged in a preliminary identification of possible areas of convergence of views and of issues requiring further discussion. In addition, delegations requested the preparation of a Chair's non-paper drawing from the statements made at PrepCom 2 and from further electronic submissions by early December 2016, in order to guide intersessional preparations for PrepCom 3. More.

Photo: Chair Eden Charles, Trinidad and Tobago, gavels the meeting to a close


Other News
Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
Updated IUCN Red List Highlights Species Threatened with Extinction

Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation, Natural Capital Protocol Presented at IUCN WCC

IUCN WCC High-level Panel Discusses Wildlife Trafficking

Bonn Challenge Celebrates 100 Million Hectares Milestone at WCC

US President Expands Papahānaumokuākea to Create World's Largest MPA

CITES Provides Recommendations on CoP17 Proposals

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
IUCN Warns: Ocean Warming May Be the 'Greatest Hidden Challenge'

UNEP Publications Identify Water Pollution Impacts, Promote Sustainable Sanitation and Wastewater Management

IUCN WCC Showcases Commitments to Ocean Conservation, Considers Motions on MPAs, ABNJ

Stockholm World Water Week Highlights Water as Enabler of Sustainable Development

ADB Water Security Report Highlights Groundwater, Population and Climate Challenges

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
August 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness, Simplified Access to Finance in the Spotlight; Caribbean Disaster Resilience and Relief Gets Support

SDG Implementation
   
Southeast Asia Ministers Pledge Action on Neglected Diseases, Malnutrition

ECLAC, IDB, CAF Launch Infrastructure Database

Standards Bodies to Cooperate for Smart Cities

CSOs Reflect on Education-Related SDGs, National Development Strategies, Resilience

ECOSOC Adopts Resolutions in Support of SDG Implementation

ECOSOC Adopts Regional Plans for 2030 Agenda Implementation

CSOs Reflect on HLPF Declaration, SDG Monitoring, Policy Coherence

Sustainable Development
   
TICAD-VI Adopts Declaration on Structural Transformation, Shared Prosperity

G20 Leaders Reaffirm Commitments to Climate, Sustainable Development, Clean Energy, Green Finance

LAC Advances Negotiations on Principle 10 Regional Instrument

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
ELD Initiative Unveils Resources for Private Sector Engagement

Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework

Climate and Atmosphere
   
Ahead of COP 22, African Ministers Stress Climate-Smart Ocean Economies

UNESCO, Morocco Lay Groundwork for Declaration on Ethical Principles Related to Climate Change

African Ambassadors Prepare for COP 22

China, US and Cook Islands Join Paris Agreement

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: COP 22 Preparations Pick Up Speed; Regions Enhance DRM Cooperation

US Meets with India, Pacific Islands on Paris Agreement Implementation

Sub-national Governments Push for Climate Action

Investors Call on G20 Leaders to Ratify Paris Agreement, Price Carbon, Disclose Climate Risks

Transparency and Compliance Update: Final Reports on Developed Countries' Kyoto Protocol Compliance, 2014 GHG Emissions Released

Draft Outline for IPCC Special Report on Impacts of 1.5°C Warming Agreed

Mitigation Update: Sustainable Energy Systems Examined, Mexico to Launch ETS Pilot

Sustainable Energy
   
Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Offer Broad Energy Sector Support; Off-Grid, Transport, Industry Receive Boost

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
Twelfth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-12): 14-16 September 2016. Rome, Lazio, Italy

GODAN Summit: 15-16 September 2016. New York City, US

Social Good Summit 2016: 18-19 September 2016. New York City, US

UNGA High-Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants: 19 September 2016. New York City, US

UN Private Sector Forum: Business and the 2030 Agenda: Securing the Way Forward: 19 September 2016. New York City, US

Twelfth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-12): 19-23 September 2016. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Climate Week NYC: 19-25 September 2016. New York City, US

Leaders' Summit on Refugees: 20 September 2016. New York City, US

Sustainable Investment Forum: 20 September 2016. New York City, US

UN Paris Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force: 21 September 2016. New York City, US

High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance: 21 September 2016. New York City, US

Second Annual Solutions Summit: 21 September 2016. New York City, US

2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development: 21-22 September 2016. New York City, US

Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 22): 22 September 2016. New York City, US

SDGs Coming to Life: Envisioning a Common and Resilient Future: 23 September 2016. New York City, US


IISD Reporting Services will cover the Workshop: Is the Paris Agreement Good News for the Ocean?
on 14 September 2016, from Washington, DC, US


Government of Chile


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