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Issue #278 | 7 May 2018

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Editor's Note
Tracking SDG Progress
The internationally agreed set of SDG indicators confers accountability and transparency on the SDG framework through mechanisms that were not built into previous global sustainable development agendas. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Education, Training and Public Awareness: The Bread and Butter of Capacity Building
Sustainability can be learned about and nurtured by means of knowledge sharing, including through education, training and awareness-raising programmes and initiatives. More.
Enrica Marika Melandri, Capacity-building Expert, Former UNFCCC Associate Programme Officer

It Is About Time to Promote Policy and Institutional Coherence for the SDGs
The SDGs are designed as “indivisible” and this means that each Goal needs the involvement of several or many sectors at several levels. More.
Louis Meuleman, Member, UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA); Leuven University, Wageningen University & Research, University of Massachusetts Boston

Transforming Lives and Lifestyles through Education and Green Economy in Mongolia
The UN and partners have been working with the Government of Mongolia under a programme of support provided by the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) to think through what "greening" could mean in practice. More.
Angus Mackay, Manager, Green Development and Climate Change Programme at UNITAR

Policy Brief
SDG Knowledge Weekly: Supply Chains and Public-Private Partnerships
A research article in Sustainability explores the extent to which the SDGs provide a basis for supply chain decisions in the construction sector. More.
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

Monthly Forecast May 2018: Climate, Clean Energy and HLPF Preparations
The Bonn Climate Change Conference will seek to make progress on operationalizing the Paris Agreement on climate change, particularly through the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) and furthering the Talanoa Dialogue process. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

NGO Brief: Working Together for Better Implementation of Global Agendas
This NGO brief highlights a selection of contributions from NGOs in the past months that are providing inputs to moving forward the SDGs, Sendai Framework for DRR and Paris Agreement on climate change, calling governments to account and pressuring them to act with their highest ambition. More.
Gillian Nelson, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (UK)

Generation 2030
GIS for a Sustainable World: Bringing the Power of Maps to the SDGs
A recent conference brought together participants to discuss their experiences in using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in many domains, sectors, and countries. More.
Eleonora Bonaccorsi, Junior Project Officer, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Youth Climate Leaders Program Empowers Youth to Tackle Climate Change
The first pilot of the Youth Climate Leaders Program will involve an immersion in Paris, France, and several cities in Kenya, three-month tailored field placements, and a one-week trip to COP 24 to the UNFCCC in Katowice, Poland. More.
Cassia Moraes, Founder and CEO, Youth Climate Leaders (YCL), Deputy Executive Coordinator, Brazilian Forum on Climate Change

New Reports and Resources
Strengthening Sustainable Food Systems through Geographical Indications

Plastic Pollution: Single Use Plastic Impact on our Oceans

Working Together: Integration, Institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals: World Public Sector Report 2018

Latest News
SEforALL Forum Addresses Energy Access and Innovation

May 2018: Participants at the fourth Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Forum discussed energy access issues and the scalable innovations needed to achieve the three SEforALL objectives: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix; and doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency. More.

Photo: Rachel Kyte, SEforALL CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development Prepares Region for HLPF

May 2018: The fourth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) developed regional messages for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) during its annual follow-up and review of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the AU’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More.

Photo: L-R: Giovani Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECA, congratulates, Cheikh Dieng, Chief of Staff, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Senegal, on behalf of the President of the Forum

Global Symposium Discusses Solutions to Soil Pollution

May 2018: The proceedings of the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution, which was co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN and its Global Soil Partnership and Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, UN Environment, the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, and the World Health Organization, will inform the development of an outcome document titled, ‘Be the Solution to Soil Pollution’. More.

BBNJ Meeting Agrees Organizational Matters, Discusses Zero Draft Preparation

April 2018: Delegates recently met to discuss preparations for the Intergovernmental Conference on an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction. The organizational meeting discussed the process for preparing a zero draft of the instrument, agreed on rules of procedure, and established a bureau and credential committee, among other decisions. More.

SOI Dialogue Outcome Supports Cross-Sectoral Collaboration

April 2018: The second meeting of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative (SOI) Global Dialogue with Regional Seas Organizations and Regional Fishery Bodies discussed ways and means to accelerate national and regional efforts to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the SDGs related to marine biodiversity. More.

Regional Forum Promotes 3Rs, Resource Efficiency to Achieve Multiple SDGs

April 2018: The Eighth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific examined how using the 3Rs (reducing, reusing and recycling) can help achieve waste-related targets under SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), as well as other SDGs, including on health, water, land, climate, oceans and sustainable cities. Its outcomes will serve as a contribution to the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF). More.

Asia-Pacific Forum Reviews Regional Progress on SDGs, Regional Roadmap

March 2018: The UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific convened the Fifth Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD), during which participants reviewed progress on the sub-set of SDGs that will be reviewed in July 2018 at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The meeting also reviewed implementation of the Regional Roadmap for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda, which was adopted at the Fourth APFSD in 2017. More.

Other News
Governments Consider Final Proposal on UN Development System Reform

New York City Announces Voluntary Local Review of SDG Progress

SDSN, Bertelsmann Stiftung Launch Consultation on 2018 SDG Report Cards

UNPFII 17 Adopts Recommendations on Collective Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources

FfD Forum Focuses on Multilateralism, Private Sector Engagement

Resilient Cities 2018 Contributes to Talanoa Dialogue, SDG 11

Adaptation Finance Update: Green Bonds on the Rise but Will Adaptation Projects Benefit?

UNSC Holds First-Ever Open Debate on Youth, the 'Missing Peace'

UN Statistics Division Opens Access to Data on SDG Progress

LAC Forum Calls for Regional Unity to Achieve SDGs

CEPA 17 Experts Call for Investing in Public Servants to Deliver on SDGs

GEF Replenishment Negotiations Result in Pledges for US$4.1 Billion

MDBs Launch Collaboration Platform on Economic Migration, Forced Displacement

Climate Finance Institutional Update: IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings Promote Investment in Sustainable Growth

World Bank Group, IMF Spring Meetings See Capital Increase, Historic Bond Debut for SDGs

Commonwealth Heads of Government Affirm Commitment to Sustainable, Fair, Prosperous, Secure Future

Workshop Highlights Data Gaps as Barrier to Achieving a Gender-balanced Energy Transition

Canadian Federal Government Presents Plans for SDG Implementation

Tool Reveals Links Between Human Rights Recommendations, SDG Targets

Parties Provide Inputs to Talanoa Dialogue

Non-Party Stakeholders Provide Inputs to the Talanoa Dialogue

ECOSOC Partnership Forum Discusses Big Data for SDGs

Key meetings in the next two weeks
48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies: 30 April - 10 May 2018. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

WMO Global Conference: Prosperity through Hydrological Services: 7-9 May 2018. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

13th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 13): 7-11 May 2018. New York City, US

Global Compact on Refugees: Fourth Consultation: 8-9 May 2018. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Ocean Risk Summit: 8-10 May 2018. Bermuda

Expert Group Meeting on SDG 15: Progress and Prospects: 14-15 May 2018. New York City, US

Vienna Energy Forum 2018 Special Session: 14-16 May 2018. Vienna, Wien, Austria

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - May 2018: 14-18 May 2018. New York City, US

Women Leaders Kicking It on Climate Summit: 16-17 May 2018. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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