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Issue #277 | 2 April 2018

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Editor's Note
Every Partnership Counts
To mark World Water Day, UN-Water and the International Institute for Sustainable Development announced a new agreement to collaborate in providing information on implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
SDG-Tracker: Tracking Global Progress Towards the 17 Goals
SDG-Tracker is the first project to track the latest data across all of the 17 SDGs in a user-friendly way. More.
Hannah Ritchie, Researcher, Our World in Data

A Story of Community-Led Total Sanitation: Movement-based Change
Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) is an approach to water and waste that has changed the lives of millions of people in over 60 countries. More.
Stuart Worsley, Programme Director, Green Economy Coalition

Does Nature Have the Solutions to Our Water Problems?
Nature-based solutions – actions that are inspired and supported by nature and use, or mimic, natural processes to manage resources – provide multiple services to address our water challenges and offer further benefits. More.
Kurt Brüggemann, UNU-FLORES, Tamara Avellán, UNU-FLORES

Implementation of Water Governance Makes a Difference
The OECD is launching a report dedicated to supporting the implementation of improved governance as set out by the OECD Principles on Water Governance. More.
Håkan Tropp, Head, Water Governance Programme, OECD, Antonio Canamas Catala, Policy Analyst, OECD, Oriana Romano, Policy Analyst, OECD

Policy Brief
SDG Knowledge Weekly: Coherence and Effectiveness in Financing Sustainable Development
Two complementary GIZ-supported studies examine ways to move towards ‘Towards a More Coherent, Integrated View of Financing Sustainable Development’. More.
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

Making #EveryDropCount: SDG 6 on the 2018 Agenda
The celebration of World Water Day on 22 March is taking place in parallel with the launch of the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028) and the eighth World Water Forum. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Advancing National SDG Implementation: Assessing VNR Reports to Learn from SDG Experiences
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation has issued an independent assessment of the VNR reports submitted to the HLPF in 2017. More.
Nathalie Risse, Ph.D., Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Canada)

Generation 2030
Together, We Can Do So Much More Than We Ever Imagined
It is insights that arise in conversations between people that have changed the world, and the more diverse the group of people in the conversation, the more powerful the insights will be. More.
Sybren Bosch, Netherlands, Youth Participant, 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum, Karin Cho, South Korea, Youth Participant, 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum, Adamu Musa-Zekeri, Nigeria, Youth Participant, 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum

Latest News
IPBES Plenary Approves Regional and Land Degradation Assessments

24 March 2018: The sixth session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-6) approved the summaries for policy makers and the report chapters of four regional assessments, as well as a thematic one on land degradation and restoration. The assessments confirm that continued biodiversity decline seriously jeopardizes the chances of any region to meet the SDGs, and highlight existing policy options that can reverse the trend. More.

Photo: IPBES Chair Robert Watson, UK, gaveled the meeting to a close at 3:00 pm.

IPCC 47 Establishes Task Groups on Organization of Future Work, Gender

16 March 2018: The 47th plenary session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 47) adopted a number of decisions, including on the establishment of tasks groups on gender and on the organization of the Panel’s future work in light of the global stocktake under the Paris Agreement on climate change. More.

SAICM Intersessional Considers Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste

15 March 2018: The Second Meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 discussed elements of a possible future framework on chemicals and waste, including: vision; policy principles; objectives and milestones; implementation arrangements; governance; and high-level political commitment. More.

Conference Agrees Research Agenda for Climate Change Impacts on Cities

7 March 2018: The Cities and Climate Change Science Conference (CitiesIPCC Conference) agreed to a global research agenda to better understand the impacts of climate change on cities and the critical role local authorities play in addressing the climate challenge. The conference also focused on implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, all of which require cities for successful sustainable development plans to adapt and respond to climate change. More.

Other News
Clean Energy Investment Grows as Global CO2 Emissions Reach New Record High

ECOSOC Meeting Explores Role of Inclusive Participation in 2030 Agenda

International Dialogue Stresses Role of Partnerships for Migration

Global Partnerships Pledge Improved Coordination for Water Security

African Climate Talks Contribute to Talanoa Dialogue

WSIS Forum Highlights Critical Role of Information Technologies in Advancing SDGs

EC Conference Urges Forward Movement on Sustainable Finance

UNGA Launches Ten-Year Action Plan on Water for Sustainable Development

World Water Forum Closes with Calls to Action on Justice, Human Rights and Youth

African Leaders Sign Free Trade Agreement

Arab Region Gears Up for SDG Implementation

Committee for Development Policy Recommends Graduation for Four LDCs, Suggests New Category

ConsenSys Wins UN Tech Challenge on Child Trafficking

WHO Announces Plan to Review Plastics in Drinking Water

Tech Giants to Patrol Wildlife Trafficking Online

World Summit Discusses Business Role in Ocean Agenda

UN General Assembly Highlights Role for Kimberley Process in 2030 Agenda

Lancet Study Outlines Health Co-benefits of Implementing Paris Agreement

COP Presidencies Outline Approach to Talanoa Dialogue in First Half of 2018, Welcome New COP 23 Chief Negotiator

Climate Finance Institutional Update: Focus on Greener Shipping in Europe

On International Day, UN Calls for Increased Progress on Gender Equality

UN, North Africa Region Draft Roadmap for SDG Implementation

Regional Forum Looks at SDG Partnerships, National Experiences

Statisticians Take up SDG Indicator Development, Data and Capacity Needs

FAO Launches New Tool for Reporting on World's Forests

Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress for LMOs Enters into Force

LAC Countries Adopt First Binding Regional Agreement on Principle 10

IISD Presents SAVi Tool at UNECE Forum Side Event

GCF Board Approves over US$1 Billion in Funding for 23 Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Projects

Paris Agreement Reaches 175 Ratifications

47 Countries to Present VNRs in 2018, with 8 Already Preparing for HLPF 2019

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - April 2018: 3-6 April 2018. New York City, US

ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2018: 4 April 2018. New York City, US

NAP Expo 2018: 4-6 April 2018. Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt

2018 OECD Global Forum on Development: 5 April 2018. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

Seventh Meeting of UN Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs 7): 9-12 April 2018. Vienna, Wien, Austria

Eighth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific: 9-12 April 2018. Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

51st Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51): 9-13 April 2018. New York City, US

Africa Climate Week 2018: 9-13 April 2018. Nairobi, Kenya

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