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Issue #259 | 11 November 2016

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Editor's Note
SDG Knowledge Hub
The SDG Knowledge Hub seeks to help illuminate cross-cutting themes, best practices and the way forward for the next 14 years, as the international community implements the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
International Partnership for Blue Carbon: Unlocking the Potential of Coastal Blue Carbon Ecosystems
Coastal blue carbon ecosystems can play a vital role in climate adaptation and mitigation and have a range of other co-benefits such as sustainable livelihoods and food security. More.
Patrick Suckling, Australian Ambassador for the Environment

Countries Moving Ahead with REDD+ to Combat Climate Change
From South America to South-East Asia, countries are making their way through a rigorous process that could soon see them receive financial rewards for reducing deforestation – an outcome that will help combat climate change and bring numerous other ancillary benefits. More.
Tiina Vähänen, Deputy Director, Forest Policy and Resources Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Renewables Rising in the East African Community
The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), in cooperation with the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), recently published the 'East African Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report’. More.
Christine Lins, REN21 Executive Secretary

From QCPR to Corporate Strategy? The 2030 Agenda and the UN Development System
Negotiations are set to begin on the 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR), which is the key platform for debating the future of the UN Development System (UNDS). More.
Timo Mahn, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany, Andreas Grantner, MA student, Vienna University, Austria

Adaptation Fund: Strong Foundation to Scale Up Climate Finance for the Most Vulnerable Communities
At its 28th meeting in early October 2016, the AF Board (AFB) decided to develop a medium-term strategy for the Fund, which will build on the distinctive characteristics and strategic advantages of the Fund. More.
Marcia Levaggi, former manager of the Adaptation Fund Board

CITES CoP17 – A CoP of “Firsts” and a Turning Point for the World’s Wildlife
The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) resulted in first-ever decisions on corruption, cybercrime, traceability and demand reduction for illegal trade in wildlife. More.
John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Policy Brief
Towards Integrated Implementation: Tools for Understanding Linkages and Developing Strategies for Policy Coherence
The opening of the UN General Assembly's 71st Session included a celebration of the first anniversary of the adoption of 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.
Stefan Jungcurt, Content Editor for Agriculture, Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Energy (Germany)

Latest News
COP 22 Opens As Paris Agreement Enters into Force

November 2016: Just three days after the Paris Agreement entered into force on 4 November 2016, the Marrakech Climate Change Conference opened. The rapid entry into force was unexpected, according to the UNFCCC Secretariat, with more than 90 Parties joining the Agreement in the 10 months following its adoption on 12 December 2015. As stated by the UN, this was “extremely swift,” particularly given the thresholds required. More.

Committee on World Food Security Addresses Links with 2030 Agenda

October 2016: The 43rd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 43) considered, inter alia, learning from the first volunteer national reviews with regard to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Among other decisions, CFS 43 agreed that intersessional activities will continue on engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda and on nutrition. The Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was tasked with elaborating CFS’ contribution to the 2017 session of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). An OEWG on Urbanization and Rural Transformation will agree on a process to compile experiences and policy approaches for addressing food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics. More.

CRIC 15 Reviews Target Setting for SDG Target 15.3

October 2016: Delegates to the fifteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 15) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) reviewed countries’ progress in setting voluntary targets towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3, which includes a commitment to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) by 2030. Within the first year of the SDGs’ adoption, 102 countries have embarked on the process of setting voluntary targets to achieve SDG target 15.3. More.

Parties Amend Montreal Protocol to Address HFCs

October 2016: The 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 28) adopted the Kigali Amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) described the agreement as “the single largest contribution the world has made towards keeping the global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius, a target agreed at the Paris Climate Conference last year.” More.

Other News
UN Prepares for Migration, Refugee Negotiations

China Maps Path to Peak Emissions Before 2030, EU and Others Address Mitigation

UNGA President Announces SDG Implementation Strategy

UN Member States Commence QCPR Consultations

Consultation Opens on SD Data Action Plan

Nordic Countries Advance Cooperation on SDGs

Champions 12.3 Highlight Private Sector Action to Reduce Food Loss and Waste

LAC Ministers Emphasize Social Policies in Implementing 2030 Agenda

Asia-Pacific Efforts Address SDG Partnerships, Planning, Financing

‘Localizing the SDGs’ Provides Platform for Implementation

Statistics Forum Launches Gender Indicators Portal

AHEG2 Addresses Proposals for UNFF Strategic Plan

IMO Mandates Fuel Consumption Data Reporting

IWC-66 Adopts Resolutions on its Effectiveness, the Vaquita and Ecosystem Function

GEF Council Approves Compliance Policy, Start of GEF-7 Replenishment Talks

IGF on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development Focuses on SDGs

National Statistics, SDG Plans in Focus for Regional Commissions

SDG 14 Preparations Underway

World Mountain Forum Calls for Action on Climate, SDGs

Governments Adopt New Urban Agenda

IPCC-44 Approves Outline for Special Report on 1.5°C Warming

24 Governments Volunteer for 2017 SDG Reviews

Officials Discuss Linking SDGs, Africa’s Agenda 2063

UN Launches SDGs Financing Platform

Agreement on Global Measure to Curb Aviation Emissions Reached

ECLAC, IDB, CAF Introduce Infrastructure Investments Database

Key meetings in the next two weeks
UNFCCC COP 22: 7-18 November 2016. Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco

Fourth Meeting of Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDGs: 15-18 November 2016. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Budapest Water Summit 2016: 28-30 November 2016. Budapest, Hungary

African Soil Seminar: 28-30 November 2016. Nairobi, Kenya

ESCAP SDG Week: 28 November - 2 December 2016. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

UN Biodiversity Conference: 2-17 December 2016. Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

World Soil Day 2016: 5 December 2016. worldwide

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