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Issue #272 | 2 October 2017

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Editor's Note
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“In a complex world overflowing with information, there is a need for clear, concise messages and updates." More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Protecting and Restoring Our Freshwater Ecosystems as Central to the SDGs: The Crux of UN Environment's New Freshwater Strategy
There is no doubt that water is key to sustainable development. More.
Lis Mullin Bernhardt, Programme Officer, Freshwater Unit, Ecosystems Division, UN Environment

An Adaptive Approach to Implementing the Integrated SDG Framework in Watersheds
IISD's Adaptive Watershed approach draws out key elements involved with planning for ecosystem management, watershed needs and adaptation priorities as separate modules, but layers them to build a more complex understanding of the strategies that resource managers should pursue. More.
Dimple Roy, Director, Water Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge Program; Interim Director, Reporting Services; IISD

Promoting Climate-Smart and Climate-Ambitious National SDG Reporting: Global Goals Week
CARE and WWF regard the SDGs and the Paris Agreement as “twin tracks” for developing sustainably and equitably in a carbon-constrained world. More.
Sven Harmeling, Global Policy Lead, Climate Change and Resilience, CARE International, Ruth Fuller, International Development Policy Advisor, WWF-UK, and Co-Chair, Bond SDG Group

Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Cities: Achieving SDGs 7 and 11
The number of people living in cities is expected to increase rapidly by 2030. More.
Benoît Lebot, Executive Director, International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), Jurei Yada, Policy Advisor, IPEEC

Can 365 Years of Climate History Help Prevent Crises in East Africa?
The study is the longest tree-ring data series ever produced for the Greater Horn of Africa. More.
Elizabeth Kahurani, Communications Specialist, World Agroforestry Centre

Cities and the SDGs: An Interdependent Partnership
Given their role as incubators of innovation, in addition to their role in the delivery of basic services, further attention should be given to the role of cities in delivering the SDGs. More.
Livia Bizikova, Director, SDG Knowledge Program, IISD, Cory Searcy, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, and Associate, IISD

New Reports and Resources
Business Reporting on the SDGs: An Analysis of the Goals and Targets

UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2017

Left Behind: Refugee Education in Crisis

Gender, the Environment and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific

Latest News
Minamata COP1 Considers Compliance, Secretariat Arrangements, Financial Mechanism

29 September 2017: The first Conference of the Parties (COP1) to the Minamata Convention on Mercury considered issues including matters related to reporting, effectiveness evaluation, the financial mechanism, arrangements for a permanent secretariat, compliance and guidance, and guidelines related to technical aspects of the Convention. Delegates took decisions on the compliance committee, guidance to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and interim arrangements for the secretariat, which will be located in Geneva until a review of arrangements at COP2. A decision on the Memorandum of Understanding with the GEF was postponed until COP2. More.

Photo: Jacob Duer, Principal Coordinator, Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention

CCAC Prepares Communiqué for High-Level Assembly at COP 23

26 September 2017: The 21st meeting of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Working Group, which convened at the end of September, aimed to: prepare for the CCAC High Level Assembly, which will take place on the margins of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); focus on the CCAC objective of leveraging finance at scale; consider the draft CCAC finance strategy; discuss the proposed Pathway Approach for short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) to achieve sustainable development and limit temperature rise to under 2° C; and assess progress on metrics as a follow-up to the April 2017 Working Group. More.

Photo: (L-R): Dany Drouin, Working Group Co-Chair, Helena Molin Valdés, Head, CCAC Secretariat, and Dan McDougall, CCAC Secretariat, working on the draft Bonn Communiqué

Other News
World Bank Report Warns of "Learning Crisis"

Improving Economics Drive Acceleration of Global Energy Transition

Ethiopia Launches NAP, Gender Sensitivity in Spotlight

High-Level Panels Call for Mainstreaming WASH, Action on Disasters

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: New Climate Action Financing Platform Launched, MDBs Report Increase in Climate Finance

UNGA 72 General Debate Addressed by All UN Member States

Next UNFCCC Adaptation Forum to Address Integration of Adaptation with SDGs, LAKI Advances Adaptation Knowledge in North Africa

Rome Agencies Call for Zero Tolerance on Food Waste

UN Secretary-General, UNGA President Invite Governments to Consider Global Pact for Environment

48 Countries to Present VNRs at HLPF 2018

WSSCC, World Bank and Partners Call for Inclusive Sanitation

Databases Showcase Climate Change Legislation and Litigation Worldwide

UN Leaders Report Progress on Global Compacts on Migration, Refugees

Stakeholders, Government Representatives Discuss the Global Pact for the Environment

'Energizing Finance' Reports Reveal Funding Gap for Achieving Access to Sustainable Energy for All

Investors Worth US$1.8 Trillion Urge Banks to Disclose Climate Risk

Taiwan Launches First VNR

Rabat Meeting Advances Views on 2018 Facilitative Dialogue

UNGA High-level Week Opens with Focus on SDG Financing

Canada, China and EU Ministerial Advances Discussions on Paris Agreement Implementation

UN Initiative Issues Guidance on Achieving SDG 11

FAO, UNCCD and Partners Support LDN in Small Islands

MEXIREC Conference Outlines Key Elements to Accelerate Global Sustainable Energy Transition

Mitigation How-to's: Publications Outline Options and Strategies to Accelerate Mitigation Actions

Key meetings in the next two weeks
2017 International Conference on SDG Statistics (ICSDGS): 4-6 October 2017. Manila, Philippines

Our Ocean Conference 2017: 5-6 October 2017. Malta

Forty-fourth Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44): 9-13 October 2017. Rome, Lazio, Italy

2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund: 9-15 October 2017. Washington D.C., US

30th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board: 10-13 October 2017. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Second Multi-stakeholder Hearing on Migration Global Compact: 11 October 2017. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Second ICAO Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF2): 11-13 October 2017. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Sixth Informal Thematic Session on Irregular Migration: 12-13 October 2017. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

International Day for Disaster Reduction: 13 October 2017. worldwide

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