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Issue #275 | 23 January 2018

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Editor's Note
Aligning Agendas
In 2017, the governing bodies of many multilateral environmental agreements discussed agenda items related to alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The Sanitation Economy: The New Economy Set to Tackle SDG 6.2
Not only can business be a part of the solution that provides clean water and sanitation for all, but it can profit at the same time. More.
Cheryl Hicks, Executive Director, Toilet Board Coalition

Policy Brief
An Annotated Guide to the UN Secretary-General’s Reform Proposals
The UN Secretary-General's reform proposals for the UN development system comprise a package of seven major changes, all designed to reinforce each other. More.
Ana Maria Lebada, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Romania)

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Davos, Inequality and Development Finance
The World Economic Forum released a report on global risks ahead of its annual meeting. More.
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

A Year in the Life of the SDGs, in 17 Stories
Throughout the year, the SDG Knowledge Hub tracks actions to achieve each Goal, and reflections on progress and challenges. More.
Faye Leone, Content Editor, SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

The Most Read Stories on the SDG Knowledge Hub in 2017
Themes of measurement and assessment, institutional reform and policy coherence, finance, and addressing gender issues emerge from a review of the top 20 most accessed stories during 2017. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

New Gender Guidelines to Take Effect in 2018
Three intergovernmental bodies recently adopted gender guidelines, while a non-binding Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment was agreed at the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference and Canada has announced that the agenda for the 2018 session of the G7 will include 'Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment'. More.
Catherine Benson Wahlén, Thematic Expert for Human Development, Human Settlements and Sustainable Development (US)

Generation 2030
Youth Taking on SDG Implementation in Uganda
The Waste to Energy Youth Enterprise produces carbonized fuel briquettes from agricultural waste materials, and municipal organic waste from households and food markets. More.
Kakembo Galabuzi Brian, CEO and Founder, WEYE Clean Energy Company Ltd

Achieving Health and Wellbeing through Agricultural Value Chain Strategies
Farmers and policymakers can achieve SDG 2 by “breaking the silos” and approaching agriculture with a deeper consciousness towards responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), which will simultaneously contribute to achieving better health and well-being (SDG 3). More.
Astrid Ansah, MA Candidate, George Washington University, Robert Cesari, MA Candidate, George Washington University, Peter Aloys, MA Candidate, George Washington University

New Reports and Resources
Driving Disruption

Roots of Prosperity: The Economics and Finance of Restoring Land

Evaluation for Agenda 2030: Providing Evidence on Progress and Sustainability

Handbook for Improving the Production and Use of Migration Data for Development

Latest News
UNCCD COP Links LDN to Emerging Issues

September 2017: The thirteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 13) adopted 37 decisions, including on agenda items related to desertification, land degradation and drought, the target to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN), and how to align the UNCCD’s goals and parties’ action programmes with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.

Photo: View of the plenary with Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, making her opening address

CFS 44 Raises Concerns About State of SDG 2

October 2017: The 44th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44) convened under the theme, ‘Making a Difference in Food Security and Nutrition,’ and adopted conclusions on food security and nutrition (FSN), including: the 2017 report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2017); lessons learned implementing the 2030 Agenda; CFS and the 2030 Agenda: and reflections from the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) 2017 and contributions to the HLPF 2018. More.

CMS COP Develops Declaration on Links between Sustainable Development and Migratory Wildlife

October 2017: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) was guided by the theme “Their Future is Our Future: Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People.” COP12 adopted 54 resolutions, including the Manila Declaration on Sustainable Development and Migratory Species. More.

Plant Treaty Governing Body Stresses PGRFA Contribution to 2030 Agenda

November 2017: The seventh session of the Governing Body (GB 7) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) convened under the theme “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.” The session adopted resolutions on, inter alia, establishment of an Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on farmers’ rights. More.

UN Climate Change Conference Establishes Gender Action Plan, Launches Talanoa Dialogue

November 2017: The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, adopted 31 decisions that, inter alia: provide guidance on the completion of the Paris Agreement work programme; launch the Talanoa Dialogue (the Fijian name for the 2018 facilitative dialogue); give prominence to pre-2020 implementation and ambition, under the ‘Fiji Momentum for Implementation;’ operationalize the local communities and indigenous peoples platform; establish a gender action plan; take work forward on long-term finance; and give guidance to the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM). More.

Photo: Children carry a banner during the opening ceremony, calling on delegates to 'save the world'

Other News
World Bank Loans Support Water Supply Services, Wastewater Treatment

Major Fashion Labels Set Targets Towards Circular Fashion System

Stakeholders, Audit Community Discuss Government Accountability for SDGs

UN Secretary-General Presents 12 Priorities for 2018

Agricultural Ministers Call for Action on Sustainable Livestock Production for SDG Implementation

SDGs Center for Africa Establishes West African Center

Gold Standard Launches Gender Equality Framework

US Updates National SDG Reporting Platform

IRENA Assembly Establishes Global Commission on Geopolitics of Energy Transformation

UNGA President Sets Out Vision for 2018

UN Secretary-General Launches Migration Report Ahead of Compact Negotiations

EC High-Level Multi-stakeholder Platform on SDGs Sets Priorities

Climate Finance Institutional Update: One Planet Closes Climate Financing Year on High Note

UNU Brief Outlines Steps for SDG 6 Implementation

Investors Announce LDN Fund Commitments

Climate Adaptation Finance Update: MDBs Approve Projects with Co-benefits

LDCs Technology Bank Sets Focus for 2018

Co-Facilitators Announce Negotiating Schedule for Migration Compact

Belgium, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to Co-Facilitate 2030 Agenda 'Synergies' Process

UNGA's 2018 Work Framed by Migration, Peace, SDGs and Reform

IAEG-SDGs Reclassifies Indicators, Advances Work on Reporting Flows, Data Disaggregation

Expert, Stakeholder and Regional Meetings Convening Ahead of HLPF 2018

Canada Announces Five Themes for G7 Presidency

Governments Discuss Aligning UNGA and 2030 Agendas

OECD's Water Governance Initiative Discusses Pricing and Indicators

GSDR Experts Discuss Paths to SDG Achievement

WTO Puts Off Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies

Key meetings in the next two weeks
National Platforms for SDG Reporting: Identifying Best Practices and Solutions: 22-24 January 2018. New York City, US

Third GEF-7 Replenishment Meeting: 23-25 January 2018. Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018: 23-26 January 2018. Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland

Expert Group Meeting: Advancing the 2030 Agenda: Interlinkages and Common Themes at the HLPF 2018: 25-26 January 2018. New York City, US

56th Session of the Commission for Social Development: 29 January - 7 February 2018. New York City, US

ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018: 30-31 January 2018. New York City, US

Session Proposals for UN World Data Forum 2018 Due: 31 January 2018. virtual

28th UN-Water Meeting: 1-2 February 2018. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Inputs Due for 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR): 2 February 2018. virtual

World Wetlands Day 2018: 2 February 2018. worldwide

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