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Issue #268 | 19 June 2017

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Editor's Note
Accountability, Universality, Integration
Many of the stories in this issue of Linkages Update bring to mind three underlying principles of the Sustainable Development Goal framework. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The National Survey of Disability in Guatemala 2016: A Case Study on the Use of Population-based Survey Data to Monitor Inclusive Progress towards the SDGs
A national survey was conducted in Guatemala to estimate the prevalence of disability, well-being and equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities in key areas including livelihoods, education and health. More.
Sarah Polack, International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Islay Mactaggart, International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Rafael Cañas, National Council on Disability, Guatemala, Gonna Rota, CBM Latin America Regional Office, Elizabeth Lockwood, CBM International, Julian Antonio Duarte Jimenez, UNICEF Guatemala

Implementation Case Study on SDG Targets 3.1 and 3.2: Boosting Maternal and Child Health by Improving Standard Practices and Showcasing Good Practice
The Government of Tanzania aims to reduce the neonatal mortality rate (NMR) to 16 per 1000 live births and maternal mortality ratio (MMR) to 292 per 100,000 live births by 2020. More.
Kathryn Lee, Program Officer, CBM Australia, Cristy Gaskill, Program Quality Officer, CBM Australia

Focus on Interactions to Make the SDGs a Success: Our Key Messages for the Ocean Conference
SDGs should not be tackled in isolation given the many interactions and interdependencies across SDGs, and SDG14 is no exception. More.
Anne-Sophie Stevance, International Council for Science, Barbara Neumann, Kiel University, Sebastian Unger, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies

The Business of Ocean Sustainable Development
A brief look at the business end of the blue planet highlights just how big a role the ocean economy plays in supporting prosperity and sustainable development. More.
Paul Holthus, Founding President and CEO, World Ocean Council​

What is the Gender Digital Divide, and Why Should it Matter for the SDGs?
Our research reiterates the finding that extreme gender inequalities exist in internet access, digital skills, and online rights across developing countries. More.
World Wide Web Foundation

Policy Brief
What to Expect at HLPF 2017
The HLPF will hold the first review of a specified theme related to the 2030 Agenda, and the first in-depth review of a set of SDGs. More.
Faye Leone, Content Editor, SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

Monthly Forecast: June 2017
The first-ever global Ocean Conference resulted in more than 1,300 voluntary commitments and a 14-point Call for Action focused on improving ocean health. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

Latest News
UN Ocean Conference Concludes with Call For Action and 1,300 Commitments

June 2017: The UN Ocean Conference concluded with a 14-point 'Call for Action' to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Focused on efforts to achieve targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 14 on life below water, it garnered 1,328 voluntary commitments towards ocean conservation and raised awareness at the highest political level about the importance of the ocean to human survival. More.

Photo: Room view during the opening plenary

Circular Economy Forum Discusses Links with 2030 Agenda

June 2017: The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 (WCEF2017) brought together experts to consider how the circular economy presents new and unprecedented opportunities to create wealth and support well-being. The Forum also aimed to demonstrate that the circular economy is an essential engine for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. More.

Photo: (L-R) Matti Vanhanen, Member of Finnish Parliament; Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment, Finland; and Mikko Kosonen, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, during the opening panel

GEF Council Approves 2018 Budget, 30 Project Concepts

May 2017: At its 52nd meeting, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted, inter alia: the budget for fiscal year 2018 of US$35.157 million; US$20,790 administrative budget for the Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF); and US$930,270 budget for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) established under the Paris Agreement. More.

Global Platform Commits to Fostering Linkages among DRR, Climate Action and SDGs

May 2017: The Fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which convened under the banner ‘From Commitment to Action,’ issued the Cancún High-Level Communiqué titled, ‘Ensuring the resilience of infrastructure and housing.’ More.

Other News
UN Officials Share Expert Messages on SDGs 1, 2

G7 Environment Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to 2030 Agenda

UN Agencies Appeal for Support to Stop Acute Food Crises Driven by Conflict and Drought

ECOSOC Meeting Spotlights Infrastructure's Potential, Limitations

New European Consensus for Development Aligns with 2030 Agenda

UN Reports on Poverty Highlight Opportunities for Policy Coherence

CEM8 Calls for Shared Global Leadership on Clean Energy

US Federal States, Cities Commit to Upholding Paris Agreement

IISD Evaluates Countries' Selection of SDG Indicators

UN Security Council Discusses Water Diplomacy

UN Secretary-General Issues Second SDG Progress Report

ECOSOC Adopts SDG Indicator Framework

VNR Countries in Special Situations Report on SDG Progress

Co-Facilitators Issue Summary on Drivers of Migration

Workshops, Papers Look Ahead to 44 VNRs

World Bank, UN-Water and Industry Promote Knowledge Sharing on Sustainable Water

G20 Holds First Meeting of Health Ministers

Economists Call for Strong Carbon Price to Deliver on Paris Climate Goals, SDGs

UN Environment Sets Freshwater Management Priorities in Five-Year Strategy

UN Working-Level Water Dialogues Call for Integrated Approach on Water

FfD Forum Calls for Combatting Exclusion

Global Soil Week Discusses Integrative Review Approach for HLPF 2017

Initiatives Assess Corporate SDG Reporting

Petersberg Climate Dialogue Focuses on Solutions

Beijing ‘Belt and Road’ Forum Notes Synergies with 2030 Agenda

Local-level Dashboards Track Community Well-being

Agencies Launch Water Monitoring Tools and Processes for SDG 6 Reporting

Key meetings in the next two weeks
IPBES 9th Bureau and MEP Meeting: 19-23 June 2017. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2017: 21-23 June 2017. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

UNGA High-Level SDG Action Event on Education: 28 June 2017. New York City, US

10th GFMD Summit Meeting: 28-30 June 2017. Berlin, Germany

9th Africa Carbon Forum (ACF 2017): 28-30 June 2017. Cotonou, Atlantique, Benin

Antarctica Today and Tomorrow: 29 June 2017. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

2017 G20 Summit: 7-8 July 2017. Hamburg, Germany

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