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Issue #284 | 13 November 2018

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Editor's Note
2020 Planning
As we near the end of 2018, we are already seeing a focus on planning for events and decisions to be taken in 2020 as well as key moments expected in 2019. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Closing the Biodiversity Action Gap
We are approaching a watershed – the end of the period in which the Aichi Biodiversity Targets were to be implemented, and a global summit to map out a strategy for the coming ten years and beyond. More.
Mark Halle, Senior Fellow, IISD

Metagovernance for Sustainability: A Full Toolbox for Implementing the SDGs
Successful decision makers do not stick to one governance approach; they think beyond the governance style that their organization or culture may be used to. More.
Louis Meuleman, Member, UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA); Leuven University, Wageningen University & Research, University of Massachusetts Boston

Forests: A Natural Solution to Climate Change, Crucial for a Sustainable Future
The UN-REDD Programme, a joint undertaking of FAO, UNDP and UN Environment to fight deforestation and forest degradation, was developed to advance the UNFCCC and to foster innovative and collaborative approaches to address the existential challenge of climate change. More.
José Graziano da Silva, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment

Policy Brief
SDG Knowledge Weekly: Responsible Investment, Financial Disclosure and Reporting Standards
The 2018 World Investment Forum saw the launch of several knowledge products, including a paper by the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative. More.
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

Leaders Urge Support for Multilateralism to Achieve Development Goals at UNGA 73 Debate
During the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly’s high-level General Debate, leaders focused on the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change more than any other issue. More.
Catherine Benson Wahlén, Thematic Expert for Human Development, Human Settlements and Sustainable Development (US)

Getting Carbon Prices Right: Whether Incentives or Tax, Climate Costs Must be Part of Production and Consumption Costs
OECD report finds carbon pricing gap prevents efficient decarbonisation as carbon prices and real climate costs will only meet in 2095 at the current rate of adjustment. More.
Beate Antonich, Ph.D., Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (Germany)

Generation 2030
Our Last Whale and Other Adventures: Trying to Build a Sustainable World
The world’s first Children’s Clean Ocean Summit was held last June at the UN in Vienna and run entirely by kids. More.
Vita Kinsella, Student at Draschestrasse Vienna Bilingual School, Austria, Ariana Kurzmann, Student at Draschestrasse Vienna Bilingual School, Austria

AFSD – 2018: Highlighting the Role of Youth in the Arab World in Fostering Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies
Thirty percent of the population of the Arab region are youth between the ages of 15 and 29 years. More.
Anne Dalitz, Associate Expert 2030 Global Goals, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

New Reports and Resources
First Report on the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals in the Maghreb: Executive Summary

The World’s Cities in 2018

Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060: Economic Drivers and Environmental Consequences: Highlights

Bonds and Climate Change: The State of the Market 2018

Leaving No One in Mountains Behind: Localizing the SDGs for Resilience of Mountain People and Ecosystems

Circular Economy for Sustainable Development

State of Food and Agriculture: Migration Agriculture and Rural Development

Migration and the 2030 Agenda: A Guide for Practitioners

Latest News
Ozone MOP Prepares for January 2019 Entry into Force of Kigali Amendment

9 November 2018: Through decisions on data reporting, destruction technologies and access to energy-efficient technologies, the thirtieth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 30) took key steps to pave the way for implementation of the Kigali Amendment on Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), while its decision on the ExCom cost guidelines for the HFC phase-down ensures the input of all parties to that instrument before the guidelines are finalized. MOP 30 also took action to address the issues raised by the recent discovery of CFC-11 emissions. More.

Photo: President Lenín Moreno, Ecuador, shakes hands with MOP 29 President Yaqoub Almatouq, Kuwait

Ramsar COP13 Adopts Resolutions on Wetlands and Blue Carbon Ecosystems, Sustainable Urbanization

29 October 2018: The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP13) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands focused on the theme, ‘Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future,’ and concluded with the adoption of 25 resolutions. More.

Photo: COP13 President Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi gaveled the meeting to a close at 4:36 pm.

CFS 45 Expresses “Deepest Concern” About Rising Hunger, Decides to Develop Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition

19 October 2018: The 45th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 45) expressed “its deepest concern about the rising number of food insecure people in the world and the negative trends in hunger and malnutrition.” The Committee also endorsed terms of reference for work on policy guidance on food systems and nutrition. More.

Water Convention MOP Adopts New Strategy

12 October 2018: Parties at the eighth Meeting of the Parties (MOP8) to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) welcomed Chad and Senegal as the first countries from outside the Pan-European region to accede to the Convention, and adopted a new global strategy. More.

IPCC Special Report: Limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C Will Require “Unprecedented” Transitions

8 October 2018: The 48th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-48) approved a Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) and its Technical Summary, and adopted a Summary for Policymakers (SPM) following its line-by-line discussion. According to the Panel, limiting the global average temperature rise to 1.5ºC will require “unprecedented” transitions in all aspects of society, including energy, agricultural, urban and industrial systems. More.

Other News
WHO Global Conference Recommends Reducing Deaths from Air Pollution by Two-Thirds by 2030

Canada, Ghana to Lead Consultations on FfD High-level Dialogue

Bahamas, Sweden Appointed Co-facilitators for HLPF 2019 Political Declaration

Fifth Our Ocean Conference Generates US$10.7 Billion in Pledges

Seychelles Launches First Blue Bond

Eye on Earth Symposium Explores SDG-Related Data Initiatives

IISD Report: Move Beyond GDP to Measure Progress on Sustainable Development Goals

World Forum Calls for Increased Ambition to Advance Sustainable Mountain Development Agenda

World Data Forum Discusses Data Science, Platforms, Privacy and Finance

Circular Economy Forum Highlights Need for Shared Vision, Leadership

Mining Forum Discusses Evolving Policies, Role of Mining in SDGs

LDC Ministers Outline Group’s Priorities for COP 24, Call for Enhanced Ambition

Africa Climate Conference Discusses SDGs-Agenda 2063-NDC Nexus

Arab Region Considers FfD, Data, Food Security and Nutrition

World Bank Group Launches Fund to Catalyze High-Impact SDG Initiatives

Infrastructure Forum Explores Technology's Role in Sustainability, Accessibility, Resilience

EU Adopts Negotiating Position for 2018 Biodiversity Conference

GCF Board Approves Over US$1 Billion for 19 Projects in Developing Countries

ITPGRFA Working Group Continues Work on Revising Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing

DRR Platform Adopts Declarations to Reduce Disaster Risk in Africa and Arab Regions

IAEG Reclassifies 5 SDG Indicators, Considers Moving 15 More out of 'Tier III'

Arctic Congress Highlights Need for “Strong Arctic Voice” in Biodiversity Debates

African Group Outlines Expectations for COP 24

Workshop Explores Value of Blue Natural Capital

Stockholm Convention’s Review Committee Takes Up “Live” Chemicals

GEF Increases Funding to Tackle Wildlife Trafficking and Trade

SC70 Recommends Suspensions in Rosewood, African Grey Parrots and Pangolin Trade

Nine Countries, EU Sign Agreement to Prevent Unregulated Fishing in Central Arctic Ocean

51 Countries Preparing to Present National SDG Reviews at HLPF 2019

Event Highlights Signing, Inspires Ratification of Escazú Agreement

Governments Pledge US$15 Billion a Year for TB by 2022

Major #SDG2 Data Initiative Launched

Experts, Stakeholders Discuss Added Value of Global Pact for the Environment

World Benchmarking Alliance to Rank Companies' Performance on SDGs

Experts Discuss Inequality in Preparation for 2019 Report

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Global Business and Biodiversity Forum: 14-15 November 2018. Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt

2018 UN Biodiversity Conference: 14-29 November 2018. Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt

World Toilet Day 2018: 19 November 2018. worldwide

EMG Nexus Dialogue Series 2018: Law for Environmental Sustainability: 19 November 2018. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2): 19-23 November 2018. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

2018 CVF Virtual Climate Summit: 22 November 2018. virtual

6th Global Biodiversity Summit of Cities and Subnational Governments: 23-24 November 2018. Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt

6th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy: 27-29 November 2018. Incheon, Republic of Korea

Green Growth and Sustainable Development (GGSD) Forum 2018: 27-29 November 2018. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

Fourth Meeting of the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation: 27-29 November 2018. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2018: 28-30 November 2018. Brussels, Belgium

2018 G20 Leaders' Summit: 30 November - 1 December 2018. Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina

Katowice Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 24): 2-14 December 2018. Katowice, Slaskie, Poland

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