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Issue #269 | 24 July 2017

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Editor's Note
SDG Readiness
Is your country prepared to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Leveraging Interlinkages for Effective Implementation of SDGs
At least 49 of the 169 targets included in the SDG framework are dependent on the shift to sustainable consumption and production, with implications for key economic sectors as well as systemic implications for policy making, investments and other decisions taken by all stakeholders engaged in consumption and production. More.
Charles Arden-Clarke, Head, 10YFP Secretariat, UN Environment

Report from Local and Regional Governments Provides Input on Localization of the SDGs at HLPF 2017
The report, titled 'National and Sub-National Governments on the way towards the Localization of the SDGs,' complements the Voluntary National Reports (VNRs) provided by national governments. More.
Edgardo Bilsky, Director of Research and Intelligence at United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Andrea Ciambra, Research Officer at United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Luc Aldon, Research Officer at United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

Getting the Private Sector to Buy In: Value Creation Through the SDGs
Businesses and investors that deliver real, measurable impact toward the SDGs deserve to have their contributions recognised. More.
Marion Verles, Chief Executive Officer, Gold Standard​

Collaboration in Action: From Supporting Projects to Funding Partnerships
How will the international community achieve SDG 17, and with it, the other sixteen SDGs? More.
Petra Kuenkel, Member, Club of Rome, and Executive Director, Collective Leadership Institute

A High Level Political Forum that Recognises and Supports Decentralised Action, and National and Local Ownership
At the heart of the HLPF are the National Voluntary Reviews (VNRs), which offer a critical space for peer-learning. More.
Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA

Connecting Investors with Purpose: Harnessing Capital Markets for the SDGs
The World Bank has focused on connecting capital markets to our mission since we were founded, including through our funding program. More.
Alexandra Klopfer Hernandez, Principal Communications Officer, World Bank Treasury

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Official Statistics
On the global level, the first UN World Data Forum as well as the 48th Session of the UN Statistical Commission were key moments in advancing statistical support for the political process. More.
Benjamin Rothen, Deputy Head of the Unit, International Affairs, Swiss Federal Statistical Office

Policy Brief
Reviewing Progress on Poverty Eradication
The expert group meeting on the review of SDG 1, themed ‘Ending Poverty: The Road to 2030,’ focused on building on successful approaches and possible solutions to emerging challenges. More.
Elena Kosolapova, Ph.D., Content Editor for Climate Change Policy and Adaptation (Russia/Netherlands)

How Can Progress on Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation Contribute to Achieving the SDGs?
SDG 9 is one of the SDGs that will be reviewed by the 2017 HLPF. More.
Leila Mead, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (US)

Where Are We in Financing the SDGs?
This policy brief reflects on progress on SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals), drawing on the outcomes from the FfD and STI Forums. More.
Ana Maria Lebada, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Romania)

What are Regional Priorities for HLPF 2017?
In preparation for the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF), five Regional Forums on Sustainable Development (RFSD) convened to follow up on and review progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More.
Catherine Benson Wahlén, Thematic Expert for Human Development, Human Settlements and Sustainable Development (US)

Latest News
Preparatory Committee Adopts Outcome on BBNJ

21 June 2017: The fourth session of the Preparatory Committee on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) was the last session scheduled to finalize substantive recommendations on the elements of a draft text of an ILBI, so that the General Assembly can decide whether to convene an intergovernmental conference (IGC) to elaborate the text of the agreement. On the final night, delegates adopted an outcome that includes non-exclusive elements of a draft ILBI text that generated convergence among most delegations, a list of main issues on which there is divergence of views, with the indication that both do not reflect consensus, and a recommendation to the UN General Assembly to take a decision, as soon as possible, on the convening of an IGC. More.

Photo: Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UNDOALOS Director, and Chair Carlos Sobral Duarte, Brazil

HLPF 2017 Considers 43 VNRs, Adopts Ministerial Declaration

19 July 2017: The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded its 2017 meeting with the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration on the theme, 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world.' The session heard reports from countries on their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), which outlined their plans and efforts to implement the SDGs. In addition, a High-Level General Debate took place during the second week, and thematic discussions also took place, to discuss challenges related to seven specific SDGs. More.

Montreal Protocol Convenes First Meeting Since Kigali

14 July 2017: Parties to the Montreal Protocol held their first meeting since the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol, in October 2016, which adopted the Kigali Amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Before the Kigali Amendment can be implemented, issues related to data reporting requirements, updating global warming potential figures for controlled substances, and approving destruction technologies for HFCs must be resolved. More.

Other News
Youth Discuss Role in VNRs, HLPF

Scientists Provide Update on GSDR 2019

Mountain Partnership Tracks SDG Indicators, Highlights Regional Climate and Food Security Initiatives

UNOOSA Briefs Member States on Space-Based Technologies for SDGs

Member States, Stakeholders Provide Feedback on 2017 Report on FfD Follow-up

SDG Business Forum Showcases Business Support for SDGs

EMG Dialogue Assesses Poverty-Environment Nexus

CFS, Bioversity International Reports Highlight Forest and Agrobiodiversity Contributions to SDGs

WHO Estimates Cost of Reaching SDG Health Targets

UN Environment Reports Progress on Green Finance

UN Forum Showcases Partnerships for SDGs

SDG Toolkits Highlighted at HLPF

Colombia, Finland Highlight Ways to Maintain Momentum on SDGs

HLPF Side Event Highlights Innovative Approaches for SDGs

UNDP Report Showcases Investments in Innovation to Achieve SDGs

HLPF Side Event Discusses Complexity in SDG Implementation

African-Caribbean Event Calls for Action on SDG 5, SDG 13 to Achieve 2030 Agenda

HLPF Side Event Explores Policy Coherence and Food Security

UN Reports that Billions Lack Safe Water and Proper Sanitation

Governments React to Secretary-General’s Proposals for Reform

FAO, WWC Promote Water Accounting

Stakeholders Discuss Role of Partnerships in Development Cooperation

ESCAP Report Assesses Regional SDG Progress

SDG Fund Presents Project Results

G20 Leaders Shape an Interconnected World

BRICS Education Ministers Agree to Deepen Cooperation

AU Summit Urges Youth Focus to Deliver 2030 Agenda, Agenda 2063

Pacific Small Island Developing States Step up Participation in Global Climate Action Agenda

World Bank, Partners Launch $200 Million Programme for Water-Related SDG Achievement

Climate Finance Update - Mitigation: Green Bonds Break Records as China Pilots Large-scale Green Financing

India Initiates Initiatives for South-South Cooperation

Agencies Launch Initiatives for Valuing and Financing Water

IISD Launches Indicator Portal for Canadian Cities

Antarctica Conference Discusses Creation of Marine Protected Areas, Climate Change Impacts

Secretary-General's Report on Repositioning UN System Highlights Gaps in Addressing SDGs

UNITAR Workshop Looks at Behavioral Insights for SDG 13

Cities Spearhead Climate Action, Petition G20 Leaders to Deliver on Paris Agreement

UNGA Action Event Urges Faster Progress on SDG 4

Custodians of SDG Land Indicator 1.4.2 Facilitate Methodology Discussions

VNR Main Messages Highlight Diverse SDG Approaches

UN Security Council Discussions Stress Policy Coherence

SDG Lab Launched in Geneva

Key meetings in the next two weeks
CITES Animals and Plants Committees: 18-27 July 2017. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Fourth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration: 24-25 July 2017. New York City, US

First Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact: 26 July 2017. New York City, US

Seventh Meeting of Negotiating Committee on Principle 10: 31 July - 4 August 2017. Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina

Asia-Pacific Regional Consultation on Migration Global Compact: 3 August 2017. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority: 7-18 August 2017. Kingston, Jamaica

Resilience 2017: 20-23 August 2017. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

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