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Issue #264 | 8 March 2017

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Editor's Note
Happy International Women's Day
As women are honored around the world on 8 March, we recall the vision of UN Member States, in the Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to strive to achieve “A world in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed.” More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Agriculture in the 21st Century: New Landscapes for People, Food and Nature
To meet the world’s future food security needs, we need to make sure agriculture is central to strategies to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on poverty, water, biodiversity, sustainable cities, sustainable energy, and climate change. More.
Tim Christophersen, UN Environment, Seth Shames, EcoAgriculture Partners​

Sustainable and Healthy Ocean Ecosystems: Putting Our Money Where Our Mouths Are
The Sustainable Development Goal on the ocean and seas, SDG 14, explicitly calls for the elimination of subsidies that contribute to overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by 2020. More.
Rémi Parmentier, Director, The Varda Group, Kelly Rigg, Director, The Varda Group. Twitter: @KellyRigg. Kelly has been an Ocean Advocate for 40 years.

Policy Brief
LAC Countries Begin Final Year of Negotiations on Principle 10 Regional Agreement
Governments from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are entering the final stages to develop a regional agreement on access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development). More.
Leila Mead, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (US)

Monthly Forecast: March 2017
In March, we will continue to see how focusing on one Goal draws attention to and action on others. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

New Reports and Resources
National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: Natural Catalysts for Accelerating Action on Sustainable Development Goals

RISE (Regulatory Indicators for Sustainable Energy)

The Future of Food and Agriculture: Trends and Challenges

Latest News
Global Festival Ideas Seeks to Spur New Thinking for SDG Action

5 March 2017: The Global Festival Ideas for Sustainable Development, which took place from 1-3 March 2017, in Bonn, Germany, featured a unique format that encouraged participants to collaborate in real time and consider the trade-offs that decision makers face when seeking to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.

Photo: Launch of SDG Action Campaign in Bonn (Photo: UN SDG Action Campaign)

IPBES-5 Stakeholder Day Discusses Science-Policy Interface

6 March 2017: During the Stakeholder Day that preceded the fifth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-5), participants noted IPBES’ relevance in assessing progress towards achieving the SDGs, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics. On the sidelines of the event, the IPBES Secretariat signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Future Earth, through which Future Earth will, inter alia, support the mobilization of scientists and sustainability experts to contribute to the Platform’s work by increasing the number of experts that governments and institutions nominate to serve on IPBES assessments and mobilizing scientists and others to participate in and/or review IPBES assessments. More.

Photo: IPBES Executive Secretary Anne Larigauderie

Other News
High-Level Forum Discusses Global Cooperation for SDG Monitoring

World Wildlife Day Highlights Youth, Initiatives on Wildlife Crime

High-Level Dialogue Addresses Environmental Security Ahead of G7 Summit

Mitigation Update: IEA, China to Enhance Cooperation, Energy Policies of New Zealand, Estonia in the Spotlight

WHO Catalogues Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

SIDS Partnership Committee Outlines 2017 Plans

World Ocean Summit Highlights Financing of Blue Economy, UN Marine Litter Campaign

Sustainable Energy Finance Update: EU Invests in Energy Infrastructure; Energy Efficiency in the Spotlight in Europe, Central Asia

UN Highlights Child Refugees' Plight, Prepares for 2018 Migration Conference

US Presents National SDG Monitoring Platform

FAO Assesses Food Security in Africa

"Demand Satisfied" Infographic Explains SDG Family Planning Indicator

Caribbean Forum Drafts Recommendations for Regional Cooperation

Symposium Discusses 2030 Agenda Implementation in SIDS

Mitigation Actions Get a Boost in Transport, Tourism Sectors

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Polar Sea Ice at Record Low, Climate Change a “Security Story”

Investors Call for End to Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Wind Power Capacity Rises

GEF-7 Replenishment Discussions Underway

Key meetings in the next two weeks
UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: 6-10 March 2017. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

IPBES-5 and Stakeholder Day: 6-10 March 2017. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

48th Session of UN Statistical Commission (UNSC 48): 7-10 March 2017. New York City, US

CSW 61: 13-24 March 2017. New York City, US

APA Inter-sessional Workshop on Transparency: 16-18 March 2017. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

UNCTAD Oceans Forum on Trade-related Aspects of SDG 14: 20-22 March 2017. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Fifth Mediterranean Forest Week: 20-24 March 2017. Agadir, Laayoune, Morocco

Sixth Meeting of the Negotiating Committee - Principle 10: 20-24 March 2017. Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil

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