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Issue #261 | 21 December 2016

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Editor's Note
One Down, Fourteen to Go
The stories in this issue of Linkages Update offer a glimpse of what happened during the first year of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as a preview for a number of opportunities to accelerate action in 2017. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Has the Time Come to Count Emissions from Consumption?
The EU-funded Carbon CAP project aims to stimulate an effective climate policy mix – both in the EU and internationally - that can address consumption-related emissions in addition to, rather than to replace, the current focus on production emissions. More.
Arnold Tukker, Senior Researcher, TNO, and Scientific Director and Professor, Industrial Ecology, University of Leiden, Germana Canzi, Head of Programme and Marketing, Climate Strategies

The Power of an Enabling Environment for REDD+ Action
The hype that has come to characterize the COPs has moved from the negotiations rooms to the side-events and the Green Zone - open to all participants. More.
Mirey Atallah, Senior Officer, UN-REDD Programme

Advancing SDG Implementation through Forest Certification
Forest certification programmes are coming to the fore as an effective way to secure action on multiple forest-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and targets. More.
John Hontelez, Chief Advocacy Officer, FSC International

Towards a Viable and Robust Energy Market in the West African/ECOWAS Region
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region, comprised of 15 West African countries, boasts an abundance of energy resources (both conventional and renewable), yet the region is characterized by low electricity access. More.
Adeola Adebiyi, Project Officer, Sustainable Energy Policy and Climate Change, ECREEE

Maintaining Forest Momentum is Central to Climate Goals
This year, the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC in Marrakech was crucial to maintaining momentum for conserving and enhancing carbon sinks and reservoirs, and showcasing the transformations that are already underway. More.
Josefina Braña-Varela, Senior Director, Forest and Climate, WWF

Mainstreaming Agrobiodiversity in Sustainable Food Systems: The Value of an Agrobiodiversity Index
Mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in food systems is essential if they are to be sustainable. More.
M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International

Policy Brief
Five Lessons from the First Year of SDG Implementation
Identifying synergies will take time, but in the long run will speed up implementation. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

Latest News
UN Biodiversity Conference Adopts 70 Decisions

19 December 2016: The UN Biodiversity Conference concluded early Sunday morning, 18 December 2016, after meeting for more than two weeks, in Cancun, Mexico. Held under the theme ‘Mainstreaming biodiversity for well-being,’ the Conference moved towards enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets through decisions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to promote integration among the Convention and its Protocols. More.

Photo: Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, COP 13 President, gavelled the meeting to a close at 5:03 am.

Budapest Water Summit Identifies Actions to Implement Water-Related Aspects of SDGs

30 November 2016: The Budapest Water Summit brought together Heads of State, ministerial-level delegates and other government and non-governmental representatives to discuss issues including drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, water-use efficiency, integrated water resource management, water quality, and ecosystems. The Summit produced a “Messages” document containing a menu of options for possible uptake by governments in their efforts to implement water-related aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including SDG 6 on clean water and sanitation. More.

Photo: János Áder, President of Hungary

Other News
December 2016 Climate Finance Update: Year Closes on Fund Meetings, G20 to Keep Focus on Green Finance

ESCAP Committee Adopts Action Framework for SDG Statistics

Governments Consider Negotiation Modalities for Migration Compact

Experts Explore SDG Integration for 2017 Thematic Review

Arab Countries Renew Pledge to Implement 2030 Agenda

Member States, Indigenous Peoples Discuss Participation at UN

Governments Commit Record US$75 Billion to IDA Fund Against Poverty

National Experts Advise ECOSOC on Tax Cooperation

WHO Launches Data Portal on Universal Health Coverage

Mitigation Update: Private Sector Steps up Commitments

Second Committee Adopts QCPR 2017-2020 to Align UNDS, 2030 Agenda

UN Secretariat Issues Guidance on 2017 HLPF Voluntary National Reviews

CSOs Highlight Private Sector Engagement in SDGs, National Implementation

Plans Underway for 2017 Global Infrastructure Forum

UN Member States Briefed on Preparations for SDG 14 Conference

Second Committee Adopts Sustainable Development, Migration Resolutions

UN Secretary-General-Designate Takes Oath of Office, Highlights Peace, SDGs, UN Reform

Internet Governance Forum Supports Actions to Bridge Digital Divide, Achieve SDGs

On International Anti-Corruption Day, UN Highlights SDG 16

Experts, UNGA Discuss SDG Financing

Mexico Announces Four MPAs, Achieves Aichi Biodiversity Target 11

Mayors Highlight Cities' Role in Climate Mitigation, Adaptation

UNIDO, World Bank Partner for SDG 9

Experts Collaborate on Legal Toolkit for Paris Agreement Implementation

SDG Week Spotlights Gender, Trade, Monitoring in Asia-Pacific

ESCAP Reports Steady Regional Growth, Cautions Possible Volatility

African Soil Seminar Discusses Follow Up and Review of Sustainable Development Agendas

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Transforming Transportation 2017: 12-13 January 2017. Washington D.C., US

UN World Data Forum: 15-18 January 2017. Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

UNFF Working Group and Special Session: 16-20 January 2017. New York City, US

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017: 17-20 January 2017. Switzerland

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA 2017): 19-21 January 2017. Berlin, Germany

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