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Issue #279 | 4 June 2018

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Editor's Note
Local Level SDG Data Management
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development relies on the collection of data, at all levels and for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to assess how much progress has been made and what remains to be done before 2030. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Time for Canada to Act on the Sustainable Development Goals
Recent reports show that Canada is lagging behind other countries in SDG implementation and its readiness to take action. More.
Julia Sanchez, President-CEO, Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), Scott Vaughan, President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Big Data for Resilience: A New Approach to Strengthen Development Pathways?
The emergence of very large datasets is becoming particularly relevant for understanding the complex nature of vulnerability, as well as for improving the ability of systems to absorb, adapt, and potentially transform in the face of shocks and stressors. More.
Angelica V. Ospina, Senior Researcher Resilience Program, IISD

Policy Brief
Monthly Forecast June 2018: Leadership, Water, Oceans and Finance on the Agenda
The Group of 7 (G7) will convene under the presidency of Canada from 8-9 June, to address themes that closely parallel several SDGs. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Global Health and US Impacts
The World Health Organization published its 2018 World Health Statistics Report, launched a data visualization dashboard, and released a list of essential diagnostic tests for universal health coverage. More.
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

A Short Guide to HLPF 2018 Preparations, Inputs and Agenda
Expert group meetings and other preparatory processes are underway on all six of the SDGs up for in-depth review at the 2018 session of the HLPF. More.
Faye Leone, Content Editor, SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

Generation 2030
Saving Our Soils: Carbon Sequestration, Sustainability and the SDGs
Improving soil quality is an integral step towards achieving the SDGs on zero hunger (SDG 2), climate action (SDG 13), and life on land (SDG 15), but requires a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates consideration of other development objectives and priorities. More.
Nikita Birkbeck, MA, George Washington University, Aida Woldu, MA, George Washington University, Maurita Obermiller, MA, George Washington University

UNICEF Highlights Young Climate Heroes as Winner of Climate Comic Contest Launches Full Length Comic Book
The event -- Youth Power the Planet: An SDG Activate Talk to Celebrate Earth Day -- celebrated the ways that children and youth are taking climate action. More.
Callie King-Guffey, UNICEF Public Partnerships Officer

New Reports and Resources
Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018: From World Development Indicators

Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development 2018: Towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies

Securing Our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament

Responsible Business Trends Report 2018

Latest News
Marine Plastics Expert Group Discusses Response Options

31 May 2018: Delegates at the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics exchanged views on the barriers to combating marine litter and microplastics, considered the work of existing mechanisms addressing this issue, including a new global governance structure, and examined the feasibility and effectiveness of response options in the short-, medium, and long-term. More.

Vienna Energy Forum Focuses on Inputs on SDG 7 for HLPF

16 May 2018: The Vienna Energy Forum 2018 Special Session convened to provide input to the formal review of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (affordable and clean energy) by the July 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). More.

Summit Discusses Challenges, Solutions to Ocean Risk

11 May 2018: Participants at the Ocean Risk Summit focused on ocean change, managing and reducing ocean risk, building resilience, and applied solutions. Summit working groups agreed on concrete recommendations for addressing ocean risks, including a recommendation to use open data to make SDG 14 (life below water) the most transparent of all SDGs. More.

UNFF13 Links Strategic Plan on Forests to SDG Achievement, Adopts Communication Strategy

11 May 2018: The thirteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF13) focused on forest-related solutions for sustainable development, providing an inclusive process for all stakeholders to report on their actions to achieve the forest-related SDGs. More.

Other News
SDG Dashboard Enables Users to Visualize and Monitor SDG Data

World Health Assembly Adopts Five-Year Plan for Advancing SDGs

Nordic Clean Energy Week: Which Way Towards the Global Low Carbon Economy?

Co-facilitators Update Draft Global Compact on Migration Ahead of June Negotiations

WMO, WHO, UNEP Launch Coalition on Health, Environment and Climate Change

UNGA Debate on Sustaining Peace Calls for Partnerships and Inclusion

EU Issues Waste Management Rules for Circular Economy

Final Multi-stakeholder Hearing Highlights Good Practices in Migration

UN, World Bank Group Sign SDGs Partnership Framework

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Focus on Europe

Member States Provide Feedback on Management Reform Proposals

Forum Highlights Role of Development Cooperation in 2030 Agenda

BASIC Ministers Call for Balanced Outcome on Paris Agreement Work Programme at COP 24

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Global Environment Pact

CEOs Sign Climate Declaration, Allianz Commits to Science-based Targets

Co-facilitators Issue Paper on Aligning UNGA, ECOSOC with 2030 Agenda

SDG 15 Experts Discuss Drivers, Solutions to Biodiversity Loss

Country Profiles Reveal Global Cost of Land Degradation

Honduras Releases First NDC Partnership Plan for Climate Action

Congo Water Partnership Evaluates Progress on SDG Target 6.5

EU, ECLAC and OECD Launch Regional Facility for LAC Countries in Transition

SIDS Regions, UN Preparing for Review of SAMOA Pathway

Global Forum Discusses Leveraging Migrants’ Remittances for SDGs

Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, UN-Habitat Meet on NUA, SDG Implementation

Africa Regional Forum Agrees on Over 50 Messages for HLPF

Co-Facilitators Appointed for High-level Meeting on SDGs in Middle-Income Countries

WHO Data: Combating Air Pollution Necessary to Improve Health, Meet SDGs

Pacific Ministers Propose Establishing Resilience, Climate Insurance Funds

Public Dialogue Opened for SDG 6 Synthesis Report

Asian Development Bank Prepares 'Strategy 2030' on Poverty, Climate and SDGs

Businesses Announce Commitments Ahead of Global Climate Action Summit

Key meetings in the next two weeks
UNLEASH SDG Innovation Lab 2018: 30 May - 6 June 2018. Singapore, Singapore

Global Solutions Summit 2018: 4 June 2018. New York City, US

Interactive Civil Society Hearing on Tuberculosis: 4 June 2018. New York City, US

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Migration Compact - June 2018: 4-8 June 2018. New York City, US

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW2018): 4-8 June 2018. Brussels, Belgium

World Environment Day 2018: 5 June 2018. worldwide

Third STI Forum: 5-6 June 2018. New York City, US

European Development Days 2018: 5-6 June 2018. Brussels, Belgium

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) Special Event: 7 June 2018. New York City, US

2018 G7 Leaders' Summit: 8-9 June 2018. Canada

UNGA High-level Event on SDG Financing: 11 June 2018. New York City, US

28th Meeting of States Parties to UNCLOS: 11-14 June 2018. New York City, US

Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Development Goal 17: 12 June 2018. New York City, US

Devex World 2018: 12 June 2018. Washington D.C., US

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