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Issue #283 | 24 September 2018

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Editor's Note
Moonshots and Puddle Jumps
As we celebrate the third anniversary of the adoption of the SDGs, we are pleased to bring you news about recently announced “moonshots” that set high aspirations regarding the sustainable development objectives they seek to address, as well as “puddle jumps” that are focused on getting us around particular obstacles on the road to 2030. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Cleaning up Toxic Soils in China: A Trillion-dollar Question
In its latest effort to address environmental problems, China has adopted its first soil pollution law. More.
Joe Zhang, Law Advisor, IISD, Xiaoxia Lin, Fellow, IISD

Business Engagement in SDGs Follow up and Review: Lessons Learned after Three HLPFs, Preparing for 2019
Many governments recognize that to make progress on the Global Goals, they must create enabling conditions for business to realize their potential and contribute. More.
Pietro Bertazzi, Head of Sustainable Development, Global Reporting Initiative, Charlotte Portier, Senior Coordinator, Sustainable Development, GRI

It’s the Politics, Stupid! How to Make Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform Happen
Despite growing agreement on the negative impact of fossil fuel subsidies on the climate and socioeconomic issues, subsidies continue to be handed out by governments around the world. More.
Jakob Skovgaard, Associate Professor, Lund University, Harro van Asselt, University of Eastern Finland and Stockholm Environment Institute

Progress on National Forest Monitoring Systems for REDD+: A Win-win for Forests and Climate Action
Thirty-four countries have submitted 38 Forest Reference Emission Levels/Forest Reference Levels to the UNFCCC for technical assessment representing 1.4 billion hectares of forest, 36% of global forest area, and 66% of global forest loss, as per figures reported in the FAO 2015 Global Forest Resources Assessment. More.
Julian Fox, Team Leader National Forest Monitoring, Forestry Department, FAO

Policy Brief
Top-Read SDG Knowledge Hub Stories of 2018 Point to Themes for UNGA 73
The SDG Knowledge Hub’s 23 most-read posts of 2018 point to the issues at the front of readers’ minds during the third year of SDG implementation, and a base to build on as the world prepares for Year Four (2019). More.
Faye Leone, Content Editor, SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Climate Action by State and Non-State Actors
Journal articles and blogs released around the Global Climate Action Summit call for “inclusive multilateralism,” and highlight the opportunity to re-energize constituencies and “bring climate change to the forefront of policy conversations”. More.
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

September 2018 Update on UN Reform Processes
Numerous reforms are underway at once, which can overwhelm calendars and attract criticism of “process proliferation”. More.
Ana Maria Lebada, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Romania)

Kofi Annan and the Transition to Sustainable Development Goals
As many tributes have noted, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan leaves behind a legacy of quiet, behind the scenes diplomacy from his tenure from 1997-2006. More.
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

Generation 2030
Water Diplomacy for Peace and Sustainable Development in the MENA Region
Over the coming decades, water scarcity will present a significant socio-political challenge to the countries of the Arab region; for a number of countries, achieving SDG 6 alone is likely to be difficult. More.
Nooh Al Hammadi, Emirates Diplomatic Academy alumni, Saleh Al Braiki, Emirates Diplomatic Academy alumni, Wafa Khalid, Emirates Diplomatic Academy alumni

New Reports and Resources
Financing the End of Extreme Poverty

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Impact Investing in Action

Global Value Chain Policy Series: Environment

Unlocking the Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century

Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition

Water Management in Fragile Systems: Building Resilience to Shocks and Protracted Crises in the Middle East and North Africa

States of Fragility 2018

Resilient Cities Report 2018

Latest News
IWC-67 Amends Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Schedule, Reaffirms Moratorium on Commercial Whaling

17 September 2018: The 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC-67) adopted the Florianópolis Declaration, which affirms the continued moratorium against commercial whaling, and a Schedule amendment on aboriginal subsistence whaling. IWC-67 did not pass a proposed decision on establishing a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary or Japan’s “Way Forward” package proposal. More.

Photo: Incoming IWC Chair Andrej Bibič, Slovenia, and IWC Chair Joji Morishita, Japan

Rotterdam Convention Body Reviews Draft Guidance on Chemicals Ahead of COP-9

13 September 2018: Governments have agreed to recommend listing several hazardous chemicals in an annex of the Rotterdam Convention to ensure they are subject to the Prior Informed Consent procedure (PIC). More.

Conference Considers Ways to Move from Science to Action during Ocean Science Decade

12 September 2018: The High Level Scientific Conference, ‘From COP21 towards the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030),’ synthesized recent scientific progress on ocean and climate interplays, and evaluated the latest ocean-climate trends within the context of increased ocean action. Participants also reflected on ways to move from science to action during the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. More.

Bangkok Climate Change Conference Makes “Uneven” Progress in Advance of COP 24

12 September 2018: The Bangkok Climate Change Conference concluded with negotiators making limited progress on advancing the Paris Agreement Work Programme, the guidelines required to operationalize the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, which are expected to be adopted at the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December 2018. More.

Photo: Members of civil society demonstrate outside the venue, calling for a transformation of the energy system and to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C.

Basel Convention Working Group Considers Marine Litter, Nanomaterials, Sound Waste Management

6 September 2018: The 11th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (OEWG11) addressed ongoing work on new and updated technical and legal guidelines and additions to the Convention’s “toolkit” on environmentally sound management (ESM) of hazardous and other wastes. More.

Other News
California Governor Signs 100% Renewables into Law as the State Aims for Carbon Neutrality

UNGA Transitions from 72nd to 73rd Session, Takes on Seven Priority Themes

Investor Coalition Joins Manifesto to Halt Deforestation in the Cerrado

Egg Industry Commits to Helping Achieve SDGs

UN Special Rapporteur Reports on Displaced Persons' Access to Drinking Water and Sanitation

UN System Heads Consider Approach to Private Sector Partnerships

GCAS Inspires New Climate Commitments, Urges National Governments to Step Up Climate Action by 2020

Pacific Coast Collaborative Launches Climate Resilience Effort

GCAS Talanoa Dialogues Focus on Making Zero Emissions Development a Reality

California Governor Brown Signs Eight Bills to Support ZEV Uptake

Bloomberg and EU Aim to Leave No Citizen Behind in Coal Transition

Businesses Pledge to Ensure a Just Transition and Decent Jobs in Renewable Energy

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment Leads the Way Towards a Decarbonized Built Environment

18 Foundations Call for Increasing Investments in Forests and Land to Fight Climate Change

UN Secretary-General Briefs Governments on Resident Coordinator Reforms

World Bank Launches Sustainable Development Notes Linked to ESG Performance

Senegal Accedes to Water Convention

Scientists Urge Immediate, Decisive Action to Tackle Deoxygenation in Oceans

EIB Launches Sustainability Awareness Bonds to Finance SDG Achievement

G20 Education Ministers Call for Keeping Pace with Technology, Future of Work

23 Cities and Regions Commit to Pathway Towards Zero Waste

Report on Financing the UN Development System Launched

Delegates Set Agenda for First Session on Global Pact for Environment

UNDP Gender Equality Strategy Addresses Structural Barriers to SDG 5

Lesotho Deliberates Changes to Water Policy

UNESCO Outlines Statistical Challenges of Measuring Literacy, Numeracy

Danish Initiative Funds 11 "Start-up Partnerships" in Support of SDGs

Atlas Equips Governments for 'Digital Revolution' in Public Services

Australia’s SDG Portal Targets Transformative Change

Finland Invites Operational SDG Commitments, Innovates on Budget Process

GLF Africa 2018 Calls for Increased Global Ambition on Ecosystem Restoration

19 Mayors Commit to Net Zero Carbon Buildings by 2030

LAC Climate Week Supports Implementation of NDCs, SDGs

Benin’s National Assembly Passes Climate Change Legislation

World Bank Champions Toilets Beyond the Household

US Health Care Company Announces Alignment with SDGs

Mexico’s SDG Portal Brings Functionality to Reporting

Key meetings in the next two weeks
73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73): 18 September - 5 October 2018. New York City, US

Global Goals Week 2018: 22-29 September 2018. New York City, US

Nelson Mandela Peace Summit: UNGA High-level Plenary on Global Peace: 24 September 2018. New York City, US

High-level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: 24 September 2018. New York City, US

Climate Week NYC 2018: 24-30 September 2018. New York City, US

High-level Meeting on Tuberculosis: 26 September 2018. New York City, US

Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 26 September 2018. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean Open for Signature: 27 September 2018. New York City, US

Impact of Cyberattacks on International Relations and Security: 27 September 2018. New York City, US

World Habitat Day 2018: 1 October 2018. worldwide

Trade for Sustainable Development (T4SD) Forum: 1-3 October 2018. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

CITES SC70: 1-5 October 2018. Sochi, Krasnodar, Russian Federation

48th Session of the IPCC: 1-5 October 2018. Incheon, Republic of Korea

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