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2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019)

Highlights for Thursday, 11 July 2019 A delegate takes notes on the third day of HLPF 2019 as discussions focused on perspectives of society, the science-policy interface, and a review of SDG 10 - reduced inequalities. Posted by IISD Reporting Services on Thursday, 11 July 2019 HLPF 2019 continued into its third day with a thematic review on empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, focused on the perspectives of society. Interventions by women and stakeholders were noticeably predominant in this session, which addressed four issues: guiding principles for strengthening the follow-up and review process of the 2030 Agenda, including HLPF reform; integration with other crosscutting and thematic processes such as Financing for Development (FfD), Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Forum, Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; strengthening the interplay between global and regional processes; and ensuring vibrant participation and effective dialogue in the voluntary national review (VNR) process at national and global levels. There were calls for further inclusivity and space for civil society involvement; moving away from tokenism and “tick-boxing”; and honest assessments of global and national processes, moving away from “rose tinted” messages to a more critical review of progress, with space for civil society to present alternative reports. The potential of using regional spaces for better civil society engagement was also recognized. A session on the science-policy interface followed, with a briefing from the independent group of scientists on the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). Peter Messerli, GSDR Co-Chair, noted uneven progress in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and called for integrated approaches in implementation. The value of science in achieving the Goals, and identifying challenges beyond the Goals; the importance of making science accessible; and the need for scientific institutions to be involved in policy making and resource planning were emphasized. In the afternoon, a review of implementation and interrelations among SDGs focused on SDG 10 (reduced inequalities). A statistical snapshot of SDG 10 showed that income and other forms of inequality are on the rise. Globally, the bottom 40% receive less than 25% of overall income, and an increasing share of income going to the top 1% in many countries. Meanwhile, 50% of those affected by extreme poverty are children below 14 years. The principles of “leaving no one behind” and “nothing for us, without us” were evoked as essential for achieving SDG 10. For more details on the day's events and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin. IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from HLPF 2019. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report from the meeting, which is now available in HTML and PDF. Photos by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth For photo reprint permissions, please follow instructions at our Attribution Regulations for Meeting Photo Usage Page. Thematic Review: Perspectives of Society Delegates during the session discussing perspectives of society. Donovan Guttieres, Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY) Kira Christianne Danganan Azucena, Vice-President, ECOSOC Warda Rina, Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Engagement Mechanism Pooja Rangaprasad, Civil Society Financing for Development (FfD) Group Co-Moderators Paola Simonetti, Co-Chair, Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) Steering Group, and Katarina Popovic, Secretary-General, International Council for Adult Education Jose Viera, CEO, World Blind Union (WBU) Gisele Fernández Ludlow, Mexico Flore De Pauw, Youth Delegate, Belgium Emily Mattheisen, NGO Major Group Science-Policy Interface Panel speakers during the session, which included a briefing from the Independent Group of Scientists on the 2019 GSDR. Peter Messerli, Co-Chair, GSDR Heide Hackmann, CEO, International Science Council Endah Murniningtyas, Co-Chair, GSDR Nicola Barker-Murphy, Jamaica A slide shown during the presentation of the 2019 GSDR “sounds the alarm bell” to scale-up and accelerate SDG implementation. Moderator Romain Murenzi, Executive Director, World Academy of Sciences Meera Joshi, outgoing Commissioner, New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission Stephan Contius, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany Virginia Murray, Public Health England Discussion on SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities Valentin Rybakov, Vice-President, ECOSOC, convened the session, which focused on: best practices for reducing inequality; changing the narrative around SDG 10 to capture the value of equality and inclusion for multiple stakeholders; the interlinkages between SDG 10 and other goals and targets that can be leveraged to reduce inequality; and which dimensions of inequality can be lowered most or least quickly, and which groups are the easiest and most difficult to reach. Benjamin Rae, Statistics Division, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) Moderator Sarah Cliffe, New York University Martha Chen, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Network Justice Edwin Cameron, Constitutional Court of South Africa Máximo Torero Cullen, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Eun Mee Kim, Dean, Ewha Womans University, Republic of Korea Mayra Lisseth Sorto, El Salvador Mikael Lånström, Finland Cho Tae-yul, Republic of Korea, speaking on behalf of the Group of Friends of SDG 10 Prudence Kaoma, Zambia Nalini Singh, Executive Director, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement Jane Barratt, Secretary-General, International Federation on Ageing Around the Venue Delegates speak informally between sessions Ovais Sarmad, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Deputy Executive Secretary, speaks with Zitouni Ould-Dada, FAO Abdullah Abu Shawesh, State of Palestine In the exhibition area, Peace Boat US shares information on their work to build a culture of peace around the world by connecting people across borders and creating opportunities for learning, activism, cooperation, and sustainability, with a particular focus on SDG 4 (quality education), SDG 5 (gender equality), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals). A display by 'Bridge 47 - Building Global Citizenship' highlights their work advocating for SDG target 4.7, mobilizing global civil society to achieve a 'vision of life-long education that inspires hearts and minds'.
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Highlights and images of main proceedings for 10 July 2018

Workshop on Energy Efficiency Opportunities While Phasing-Down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and 40th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

The workshop on Energy Efficiency Opportunities While Phasing-Down Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) continued and concluded on Tuesday, 10 July 2018, at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. Participants heard presentations and engaged in discussions during two sessions on: policies for improving the energy efficiency of small refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat-pump (RACHP) appliances; and policies for improving the energy efficiency of RACHP systems in commercial buildings, industry, and urban environments. In the afternoon, the workshop rapporteurs summarized key messages from their respective sessions. These include: utilizing the technical potential to improve efficiency and overcoming the lack of uptake by consumers requires financial support and consumer outreach; monitoring energy consumption is important and energy management systems can forecast future energy demand and energy efficiency opportunities; monitoring leaks as well as design and maintenance practices are critical for improving energy efficiency; and harmonizing measurement methods is required to improve the collection of data on energy efficiency. The conclusions of the workshop will be presented to the 40th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 40), which opens on Wednesday, 11 July. As Ozone Secretariat Executive Secretary Tina Birmpili explained, "energy efficiency is relatively new to the process and it is up to parties to decide on how to take this matter forward." OEWG 40 will also consider the 2018 Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report, including a task force report specifically on issues related to energy efficiency while phasing down HFCs. IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has providing daily digital coverage and a summary and analysis from OEWG 40. Photos by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis For photo reprint permissions, please follow instructions at our Attribution Regulations for Meeting Photo Usage Page. Session V: Policies for Improving the Energy Efficiency of Small RACHP Appliances From L-R: Melanie Slade, International Energy Agency (IEA); Veerle Beelaerts, Directorate General for Energy, EU; Chris Dunstan, Institute for Sustainable Futures, Australia; Maria Vargas, Energy Star, US; Cheng Jianhong, China National Institute of Standardization; and Kofi Agyarko, Energy Commission, Ghana Maria Vargas, Energy Star, US Veerle Beelaerts, Directorate General for Energy, EU Kofi Agyarko, Energy Commission, Ghana Melanie Slade, IEA Cheng Jianhong, China National Institute of Standardization Chris Dunstan, Institute for Sustainable Futures, Australia Session VI: Policies for Improving the Energy Efficiency of RACHP Systems in Commercial Buildings, Industry and Urban Environments From L-R: Gabby Dreyfus, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme; Afif Harhara, Tabreed, UAE; Saurabh Kumar, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, India; Richard Lord, Carrier Corp. / United Technologies Corp., US; Howard Geller, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, US; and Toby Peters, University of Birmingham, UK Gabby Dreyfus, Kigali Cooling Efficiency Programme Howard Geller, Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, US Toby Peters, University of Birmingham, UK Saurabh Kumar, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, India Richard Lord, Carrier Corp. / United Technologies Corp., US Afif Harhara, Tabreed, UAE Rapporteurs summarizing the workshop's sessions Around the Meeting Husamuddin Ahmadzai, Sweden, with Bassam Elassaad, TEAP Juliet Kabera, Rwanda, and Taha Mohammed Zatari, Saudi Arabia Around the Venue Sky-patching Goddess Nüwa, Yuan Xikun Woman Free, Edwina Sandys Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award The Code of Hammurabi The Scholars Pavilion
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