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Issue #281 | 13 August 2018

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Editor's Note
Ready to Move the Agenda Forward?
While many of our readers are currently taking advantage of a quieter month to relax and recharge, the final quarter of 2018 will bring numerous events organized around key topics for the SDGs, and with them will bring a focus on options for moving the 2030 Agenda forward. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Navakavu Qoi! Leading Locally, Achieving Together
With the vision “to build a Resilient Navakavu – O Navakavu Qoi!” the Navakavu Revitalization Strategy 2018-2022 (NRS) is a leading example of how local governance structures are helping to meeting national and international development frameworks and priorities. More.
Jovilisi V Suveinakama, Advisor, Navakavu Development Trust

Unanswered Questions: How Civil Society’s Contributions to Sustainable Development are Undermined at the HLPF
Civil society are often on the frontlines, protecting the most vulnerable in our societies as well as our natural resources– vital work that must be protected and not attacked. More.
Lyndal Rowlands, UN Advocacy, CIVICUS

Engaging Non-state Actors in the Arabian Gulf States in Climate Action
To have a fighting chance of avoiding dangerous climate change, action is needed from sectors, countries and regions that have not historically participated in climate action, including the oil-exporting countries of the Gulf. More.
Tanzeed Alam, Managing Director, Earth Matters Consulting, Mari Luomi, Senior Research Fellow, Emirates Diplomatic Academy

How Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Could Get Us on Target Towards Universal Energy Access
Assessment of progress during HLPF 2018 showed that the world is not on track to achieve access to energy and clean cooking fuels for all (SDG 7). More.
Anna Zinecker, Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Sustainable Strategic Public Procurement: Can the State Be a Role Model for Sustainable Consumption?
With enough political will, governments can choose between many instruments like laws, internal regulations, financial incentives, information, and training to implement sustainable public procurement. More.
Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Policy Brief
SDG Knowledge Weekly: Increasing the Coherence and Scale of Public and Private Contributions
The Global Reporting Initiative and UN Global Compact have launched a guidance document on corporate reporting for the SDGs; edie and the UN Development Program authored shorts posts on business engagement. More.
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

Carbon Floor Pricing: Can Discourse Improve Carbon Markets?
Market-based Emissions Trading Schemes (ETS) face several risks that can compromise their effectiveness, including a market price that is too low to act as an incentive for emissions reductions. More.
Beate Antonich, Ph.D., Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (Germany)

Generation 2030
UNLEASH: The Creation of a Holistic Community
UNLEASH is the world’s largest innovation lab. More.
Annette Acosta, Finance Consultant for Impact Investment Funds

New Reports and Resources
Integrating the SDGs into Corporate Reporting: A Practical Guide

Switzerland Implements the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Measuring Health and Economic Well-being in the Sustainable Development Goals Era

The Emerging Accountability Regimes for the Sustainable Development Goals and Policy Integration: Friend or foe?

The Ocean Is Losing Its Breath: Declining Oxygen in the World’s Ocean and Coastal Waters

Latest News
International Seabed Authority Adopts Strategic Plan, Discusses Draft Regulations

29 July 2018: The second part of the 24th Session of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Council made progress on the draft exploitation regulations on deep-seabed mining, while recognizing the need for further work on the payment mechanism, environmental protection and the Enterprise. The ISA Assembly adopted the Strategic Plan for 2019-2023, with many welcoming the open consultation that preceded it as well as the placing of the ISA’s mandate in the context of the SDGs. More.

Photo: Mariusz Orion Jędrysek, Assembly President, gavels the meeting to a close

HLPF Concludes with Vote on Ministerial Declaration, Concerns about “Power of Mandate” and Those Left Behind

18 July 2018: The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) concluded its 2018 meeting by voting to adopt a Ministerial Declaration on the theme, ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.’ The eight-day session also: heard 46 countries’ Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), highlighting plans and efforts to implement the SDGs; reviewed six of the 17 SDGs; conducted thematic reviews; held a discussion on progress in “leaving no one behind;” and convened a High-Level General Debate. More.

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres shakes hands with Marie Chatardová, President, UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as the 2018 HLPF draws to a close.

SBSTTA, SBI Discuss Progress on Biodiversity Targets and Protocols

13 July 2018: The 22nd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 22) and second meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 2) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) met in July to address a series of scientific and implementation-related issues, in preparation for the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the CBD. More.

Photo: Hesiquio Benítez Díaz, Mexico, with CBD Executive Secretary Cristiana Paşca Palmer, drew Guyana as the first in the order of seating arrangements for COP 14.

Other News
APA Co-Chairs Prepare “Tools” to Facilitate Bangkok Climate Discussions

EU Carbon Accounting System to Measure Forest Impacts on GHG Emissions

UNFCCC Expert Meeting Compares National Adaptation Goals to SDGs, Sendai Framework

Global Climate Action Summit Appoints UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth as Sixth Co-Chair

New ECOSOC President Prioritizes a Successful HLPF, Climate Action

ALivE Tool Enables Effective Ecosystem-based Adaption

UN Member States Briefed on Dushanbe High-Level Conference on Water Decade

Signatories to Inclusive Data Charter Showcase Commitments to Leave No One Behind

Institutional Finance Update: Investors Increase Climate Action, MDBs Support Energy Efficiency and Green Transport Initiatives

42 Countries to Present VNRs to HLPF 2019

BRICS Declaration Calls for Full Implementation of Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda

Business Forum Calls for Responsible Practices to Achieve SDGs

DESA Calls for Good Practices, Success Stories on SDG Implementation

COFO 24 Focuses on SDGs, Launches Forest and Farm Facility Initiative Phase Two

WWF Event “Bends the Curve" on Forest Loss

Chief Sustainability Officers Exchange Lessons on Transforming Businesses

UN Agencies Pilot SDG 11 Reporting in African, Latin American Cities

Supreme Audit Institutions Discuss Contributions to Accountability under 2030 Agenda

HLPF Side Event Showcases Integrated Approaches to Joined-up SDG and NDC Implementation

Doha Amendment Reaches 112 Ratifications

HLPF Side Event Highlights the Potential of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform to Help Achieve SDGs

EU and China Underscore “Highest Political Commitment” to Effective Implementation of Paris Agreement

New Website Identifies NDC Linkages with SDGs and SDG Targets

HLPF Side Event Identifies Policies and Actions to Work Towards SDG 12

HLPF Side Event Focuses on SDG Implementation in Lake Chad Basin

First Local and Regional Governments Forum Discusses Conditions for Localizing SDGs

PAGE Event Discusses Green Economy Successes and Challenges

HLPF Side Event Discusses Ways to Assess SDG Interlinkages

SDG 12 Review at HLPF Calls for Circular Economies, Sustainable Lifestyles

Data Dashboards, Democracy and “Cooper-tition” Discussed at HLPF Side Event

Scientists, Governments Discuss GSDR 2019 during HLPF Side Event

HLPF Side Event Launches Strategy for Sustainable Consumption and Production

HLPF Reviews SDG 7 on Energy, Anticipates “End of Coal”

Sovereign Wealth Funds Publish Framework to Help Meet Paris Agreement Goals

WMO Takes Leadership of World Water Data Initiative

23 Countries Issue a Call for Increased Ambition on Climate Change

Index, Portal Provide Insights on Aid Transparency

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Youth 20 Summit (Y20 2018): 13-19 August 2018. Cordoba, Argentina

ReGeneration2030 Summit: 18-19 August 2018. Finland

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week: 20-23 August 2018. Montevideo, Uruguay

29th UN-Water Meeting: 24-25 August 2018. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

World Water Week 2018: 26-31 August 2018. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

Global Landscapes Forum Africa Conference: 29-30 August 2018. Nairobi, Kenya

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