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Issue #267 | 22 May 2017

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Editor's Note
Synergies and Partnerships
A number of recent events and publications have focused on the interconnected nature of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Implementing Partnerships for Development at Subnational Level: The Experience of the Region of Lombardy, Italy
The regional government of Lombardy, Italy, has sought new partnerships and co-financing to ensure the coherence and effectiveness of its international cooperation projects. More.
Sabrina Bandera, Researcher, Éupolis Lombardia, Maria Chiara Cattaneo, Éupolis Lombardia

Promoting Public Participation to Make the Paris Agreement Work
Non-Party stakeholders have a key part to play in the design and monitoring of national policies for implementing the Paris Agreement. More.
Harro van Asselt, University of Eastern Finland and Stockholm Environment Institute, Sébastien Duyck, Center for International Environmental Law and Arctic Centre, University of Lapland

Gender Summit 10: Advancing Scientific Endeavors for Sustainable Development
The tenth Gender Summit is about to convene in Tokyo, Japan, where scholars and policymakers will call for action on integrating gender equality into all research and innovation aimed at meeting the SDGs. More.
Miyoko O Watanabe, Deputy Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan, Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia Ltd, U.K.

The Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Network: A Successful Model in Action
Mediterranean countries have embarked since 1975, through the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols, on a series of cooperative, coordinative and mutual assisted processes aimed at protecting the Mediterranean, conserving its biological diversity and combating pollution. More.
Marie Romani, MedPAN Executive Secretary

Policy Brief
Monthly Forecast: May 2017
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets related to migration, climate, health infrastructure, water, sanitation, oceans, land, fisheries, biodiversity and forests will be addressed in May. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

New Reports and Resources
Governance of ABNJ for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use

A Guide to SDG Interactions: from Science to Implementation

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in South Asia: Key Policy Priorities and Implementation Challenges

Catalyzing the Implementation of NDCs in the Context of the 2030 Agenda through South-South Cooperation

Summary of Cooperative Activities with UN Entities and Intergovernmental Organizations that Contribute to the Work under the Convention

Urban Water Atlas for Europe

G20 Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017: Executive Summary

Latest News
Bonn Climate Change Conference Discusses Paris Agreement Rulebook

18 May 2017: Much of the work during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, which convened from 8-18 May 2017, in Bonn, Germany, was devoted to advancing efforts to operationalize the Paris Agreement on climate change. This work proceeded in incremental steps, leaving considerable work for the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in November 2017. More.

Photo: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, Fiji, and incoming COP 23 / CMP 13 President

ICP-18 Discusses Effects of Climate Change on Oceans

19 May 2017: The 18th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea considered the theme, 'The effects of climate change on oceans.' Among other items, the Co-Chairs' summary of discussions notes that countries provided updates on their national contributions and plans for addressing climate change and underscored the continued vulnerability of SIDS, land-locked developing countries, LDCs, low-lying coastal countries, and coastal African States. More.

Photo: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, Director, UNDOALOS

Second STI Forum Showcases Youth Innovators

16 May 2017: The second annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the SDGs featured a series of 90-second innovation pitches for solutions addressing each of the six focal Goals: SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 3 (good health and well-being), SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), and SDG 14 (life below water). More.

VEF 2017 Discusses Sustainable Energy for SDG, Paris Agreement Implementation

15 May 2016: Participants at the the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2017 emphasized the role of sustainable energy in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, with discussions highlighting synergies among the SDGs and the importance of joint and integrated approaches for successful implementation. More.

UNFF 12 Highlights Means of Implementation and Links to SDGs

5 May 2017: The twelfth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 12) convened four days after the UN General Assembly adopted the first-ever UN Strategic Plan for Forests (UNSPF), a strategic UN-system-wide plan for forests, a significant part of which includes linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UNSPF and its corresponding quadrennial programme of work for 2017-2020 provided the basis for UNFF 12’s discussions. More.

Chemicals Triple-COP Advances Synergies, Plans Intersessional Work

5 May 2017: While consensus on compliance and other long-standing issues continued to elude governments at the third joint and back-to-back meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the COPs did result in agreement on over 60 decisions. Delegates also agreed to convene the next round of chemicals and wastes COPs jointly and back-to-back in 2019. More.

Other News
UNFCCC Process Looks at Climate Change Adaptation, Sustainable Development and DRR Integration

Innovation Event Explores Risks, Benefits of Exponential Change

Agencies Consolidate Partnerships for SDG Implementation

Adaptation Update: Countries Focus on DRR Targets, Reporting, Links with Paris Agreement and SDG 11

Arctic Council Reaches Fairbanks Declaration, Agreement on Enhanced Scientific Cooperation

UN-Habitat GC26 Discusses Reforms, New Urban Agenda Implementation

UNEA-3 Preparations Progress on 'Pollution-Free Planet'

IAEG-SDGs Reclassifies Tier III Indicators, Sets Plans to Add Indicators

UNCTAD Calls for Ending Fisheries Subsidies

ECOSOC Integration Segment Looks at Paths to Eliminating Poverty

UN Launches Consultation Phase for Migration Compact

UN Secretariat Reports on QCPR Follow-up

Land and Soil Actors Pilot Methodology for Global SDG Thematic Reviews

Indigenous Peoples, Governments Discuss Zero Draft on Participation

World Bank, WSSCC Highlight Sanitation Financing Needs

UN Women Flags Synergies among SDG Targets

CEPA 16 Discusses SDG Institutions, Leadership, Local Action

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Second Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration: 22-23 May 2017. New York City, US

Global Soil Week 2017: 22-24 May 2017. Berlin, Germany

2017 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FFD Forum): 22-25 May 2017. New York City, US

52nd Meeting of the GEF Council: 22-25 May 2017. Washington D.C., US

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: 22-26 May 2017. Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

70th World Health Assembly: 22-31 May 2017. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

4th Meeting of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW): 25 May 2017. Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

2017 G7 Summit: 26-27 May 2017. Italy

First Meeting of the Parties to the 2009 FAO Agreement on Port State Measures: 29-31 May 2017. Oslo, Norway

World Environment Day 2017: 5 June 2017. worldwide

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