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Issue #265 | 3 April 2017

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Editor's Note
MDGs to SDGs: A Reorganization That Will Stand the Test of Time?
This past week, I had a unique opportunity to meet with officials at all levels of one country’s national and local government, as well as civil society, for discussions on applying the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Forests and Gender: A Catalytic Alliance for Sustainable Development
In the complex endeavour for the conservation and sustainable management of forests, the pursuit of gender equality proves to be a catalyst, reinvigorating policy and project options. More.
Elizabeth Eggerts, UN-REDD Programme’s Gender and REDD+ Specialist, Josep A. Garí, Senior Policy Advisor, UNDP

2017: A Year for Ocean Conservation Decisions, Action and Accountability - Because the Ocean is Everybody’s Business
If we are keen to ensure a future for our planet and to give the ocean any chance of recovery, then we need to seize the key political opportunities happening in 2017, and make sure that bold action is taken. More.
Karen Sack, Managing Director, Ocean Unite, Nathalie Rey, Engagement and Policy Specialist, Ocean Unite​

Investing in Sustainably Managed Forests Offers Energy Solutions Now and in the Future
The issues of forests and energy are closely interlinked, and this is why this issue was the theme of this year’s International Day of Forests. More.
Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, UN Forum on Forests Secretariat

Forests and Energy: Using Wood to Fuel a Sustainable, Green Economy
Wood and energy are a natural match, and as we mark the International Day of Forests on 21 March, even the sky holds no limits when we imagine a future powered by woodfuel. More.
Eva Müller, Director, Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development and Multi-stakeholder Involvement
In achieving the SDGs, countries and stakeholders need to ensure that efforts in one goal area are not undermined by policies or actions in other goal areas. More.
Ebba Dohlman, Senior Advisor, Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development, OECD

An Ocean Ethos for a World That's Lost its Way
Through the sustainable management of water and oceans, progress on all global goals and development objectives can be achieved. More.
Peter Neill, Founder and Director, World Ocean Observatory​

Making SDG Implementation Easier: Thinking about Goals as Means
This article proposes a conceptual framework that identified five types of Goals, and explains the complex relationships among them. More.
Mark Elder, Principal Policy Researcher and Senior Coordinator, IGES, Lewis Akenji​, Senior Policy Fellow, IGES, Magnus Bengtsson, Fellow, IGES

Forest Degradation: An Overlooked GHG Source of Key Importance to SDGs 13 and 15
A Winrock International study shows that greenhouse gas emissions from forest degradation emissions are major contributors to climate change, equal to about a third of deforestation emissions and greater than emissions from international aviation, global shipping or US power generation. More.
Rodney Ferguson, President & CEO, Winrock International

Policy Brief
Monthly Forecast: April 2017
The Spring meetings of the World Bank and the IMF will include the gathering of the joint Development Committee and the IMF's International Monetary and Financial Committee. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

The 2030 Agenda’s “Missing Piece”: Update on SDG Indicators
Creating the indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a historic challenge on par with creating statistics to measure post-war recovery in the 1950s and environmental indicators in the 1990s, according to UNStats. More.
Faye Leone, Content Editor, SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

Latest News
IPCC Advances Sixth Assessment Report Cycle

31 March 2017: The forty-fifth session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 45) adopted several decisions that will significantly shape the outcomes of the sixth assessment cycle, particularly the outlines of two special reports. Delegates also established and adopted the terms of reference for an Ad Hoc Task Group on Financial Stability of the IPCC. More.

Photo: Hoesung Lee, IPCC Chair

UN Member States Discuss Climate-SDGs Linkages at High-Level Event

24 March 2017: President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Peter Thomson convened a High-Level Event, titled 'Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda,' in collaboration with the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event sought to provide an opportunity to highlight synergies between actions to address climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More.

Photo: Peter Thomson, President of the UN General Assembly

ITPGR Working Group Discusses Options to Enhance Benefit Sharing

17 March 2017: An intersessional working group under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) met in Rome, Italy, to continue discussing options for enhanced benefit-sharing regarding the use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Participants discussed, among other issues, a draft for a revised Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA). More.

Photo: Javad Mozafari and Bert Visser, Working Group Co-Chairs

Other News
Stakeholders Recommend Ways to Enhance Engagement in National Reviews

Paper, Online Tools Track Mitigation Efforts and Renewable Energy Potential

CSW61 Commits to Closing Gender Pay Gap

World Meteorological Day Celebrates Clouds, Hears Warnings of State of Climate

World Water Day Highlights Wastewater, Security and Risk

Events Focus on Advancing ICT for Development

Governments Comment on Modalities for Trafficking HLM

Governments Consult on Ocean Call for Action

HDR 2016 Highlights Disadvantaged Groups, Uneven Development Progress

Mitigation Update: Agriculture and Soil Management in the Spotlight

International Day Highlights Linkages Between Forests and Energy

G20 Foreign, Finance Ministers Prepare for July Summit

Input Invited for Ocean Dialogue Concept Papers

Private Sector Evaluates SDG Progress

International Community Mobilizes Response to Hunger Crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen

ECOSOC President Provides Updates on HLPF Preparations

Online Platform Launched for VNRs

CSOs Report on Accountability in 2030 Agenda

IRP Stresses Improved Resource Efficiency to Achieve Global Goals

South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub Launched

Capacity Building and Technology Update: Initiatives Enhance National Adaptation Planning, Low-Carbon Maritime Shipping

UNFCCC, ILO Partner for Decent Work, Just Transition

Initiatives Track Progress toward a Climate Safe World

World Bank Launches SDG-Linked Bonds

PFII Reports on Implementing UNDRIP, 2030 Agenda

Member States Discuss How to Reduce Overlaps in UN Agendas

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regional Platform Adopts DRR Plan for Americas, Bonn Conference Prep Work Underway

UN Statistical Commission Recommends SDG Indicator Framework for ECOSOC Adoption

Global Partnerships Week 2017 Focuses on SDGs

WAVES, ECLAC Support NCA in Latin America and the Caribbean

Budget Committee Discusses Migration Compact Process

Data República Catalogs Data Sets on SDG Implementation in Latin America

Measures to Reduce Aviation, Shipping Emissions in the Spotlight

ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment Calls for Accountable UN Development System

Marshall Islands Leads the Way on Kigali Amendment

UNGA President Briefs G-77/China on SDG Progress

‘Environment Live’ Adds SDG Tracking Tools

CEPA 16 Reports Highlight Public Institution Principles for SDG Implementation

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Third Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ: 27 March - 7 April 2017. New York City, US

Third SE4All Forum: 3-5 April 2017. New York City, US

14th Session of Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters: 3-6 April 2017. New York City, US

Africa Renewable Energy Leaders' Summit: 4-5 April 2017. Nairobi, Kenya

16th Meeting of the Board of the GCF: 4-6 April 2017. Incheon, Republic of Korea

2017 ECOSOC Partnership Forum: 5 April 2017. New York City, US

OECD Global Forum on Development 2017: 5 April 2017. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

Special Meeting of ECOSOC on International Cooperation in Tax Matters: 7 April 2017. New York City, US

Launch of the Adaptation Benefit Mechanism (ABM): 11 April 2017. London, England, UK

NAP Expo 2018: 4-6 April 2018. Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt

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