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Issue #262 | 1 February 2017

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Editor's Note
Data, Narratives and Trust
As the second year of SDG implementation gets underway, the indicator framework and efforts to monitor and assess achievements are coming into greater focus. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Green Business Models: The Key Enabler for Smart Cities in Europe
Launched in 2014 and funded by the European Commission, the READY project aims to develop and implement creative technical solutions that increase buildings’ energy efficiency and reduce the needs for fossil fuels in two European cities. More.
Soraya Molinero, Innovation Strategy Consultant, LGI Consulting

Kazakhstan: On the Road to a Renewable Energy Market
Kazakhstan has set itself an ambitious target: by 2030, emissions are supposed to be reduced by between 15 and 25 per cent, compared with the 1990 level. More.
Franka Klingel, Knowledge and Policy Manager, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Banking, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Greening Digital Finance
Digital finance has the potential to overcome some of the pervasive barriers to deploying private finance for the wider good, and so to improve environmental outcomes. More.
Simon Zadek, Co-Director of the UNEP Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System

Policy Brief
Monthly Forecast: February 2017
SDG 14 (life below water) will take the spotlight later this month, as Member States, UN actors and stakeholders discuss the elements of the ‘Call for Action’ to be adopted by governments at the June Ocean Conference. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

SDG Implementation: What's on the Horizon for 2017?
We, the editors of the SDG Knowledge Hub, will be watching for a number of trends in 2017, including whether the traditional issue-areas silos "learn to dance," as well as what the second round of Voluntary National Reviews brings to our understanding of SDG implementation. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

New Reports and Resources
Synthesis of Voluntary National Reviews: 2016

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2017

From the MDGs to Sustainable Development For All: Lessons from 15 Years of Practice

Latest News
UNFF Adopts Strategic Plan, Quadrennial Programme of Work

20 January 2017: Following a week of negotiations, the Working Group of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) succeeded in drafting the UN’s first Strategic Plan for Forests, which features six universal and voluntary Global Forest Goals (GFGs) and associated targets to be reached by 2030. Immediately following the adjournment of the Working Group meeting, a Special Session of UNFF12 convened, with Member States adopting the UNFF Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2030 and the quadrennial programme of work for the period 2017-2020. More.

Photo: Co-Chair Hans Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, and Moncef Khane, UNFF Secretary

World Data Forum Discusses Challenges, Opportunities for Monitoring SDGs

18 January 2017: The first UN World Data Forum gathered approximately 2,000 participants for 73 plenary and breakout sessions. Representatives from national statistics offices (NSOs), data scientists from the private sector and academia, international organizations, and civil society organizations discussed challenges and opportunities for harnessing the power of data and monitoring to contribute to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, a number of initiatives were announced and several publications were launched during the Forum, including the Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data. More.

Photo: The UN World Data Forum drum is handed over to representatives of the UAE, who will host the second Forum.

Other News
Governments Reach Agreement on Migration Compact Process

January 2017 Climate Finance Update: Businesses Line Up for Low-Carbon Transition

National Climate Implementation Efforts Focus on Investment Strategies

UN, World Bank Discuss Financing SDGs in Vulnerability

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Convenes Stakeholders for Energy and Water Solutions

CSW 61 Reports Highlight Women's Economic Empowerment, SDG Implementation

High-level Dialogue Addresses Roots of Sustaining Peace

Global Infrastructure Forum to Link to Climate Change

G20 Agriculture Ministers Adopt Action Plan

UN Leaders Highlight Climate, Sustainability, Human Rights at WEF

Capacity Building and Technology Update: IMO Builds Capacity to Enhance Energy Efficiency in Maritime Shipping

Transparency and Compliance Update: Multilateral Assessment of 24 Developed Countries Completed

Countries Prepare for Voluntary SDG Reviews

Mitigation Update: France, China Announce Mitigation Commitments, IEA Reports on Energy Efficiency

Organizations Identify Key Trends, Emerging Risks for 2017

Co-Chairs Announce Plans for Second STI Forum

Dutch Financial Institutions Recommend SDG Investment

Technology Bank for LDCs Officially Established

Argentina, Australia to Co-Facilitate Alignment of UNGA Agenda, 2030 Agenda

UN Secretariat Reports on SDG Indicators Work

Key meetings in the next two weeks
CGRFA 16: 28 January - 3 February 2017. Rome, Lazio, Italy

55th Session of Commission for Social Development: 1-10 February 2017. New York City, US

First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process: 7-9 February 2017. Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil

40th Session of the IFAD Governing Council: 14-15 February 2017. Rome, Lazio, Italy

18th Meeting of the CGE: 14-16 February 2017. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Preparatory Meeting for UN Conference on SDG 14: 15-16 February 2017. New York City, US

UN Bahamas Symposium on Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in SIDS: 21-23 February 2017. Bahamas

First Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum: 21-23 February 2017. Oranjestad, Aruba

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