Regions Prepare for Eighth World Water Forum

February 2018: Water agencies around the world have been undertaking regional consultations in the lead-up to the world’s largest multi-stakeholder water event, the Eighth World Water Forum (WWF-8), which will take place from 18-23 March, in Brasilia, Brazil. The consultations address the six themes of the Forum: climate; people; development; urban issues; ecosystems; and financing; as … Continue reading Regions Prepare for Eighth World Water Forum

Country Reports Assess Climate Policies and Mitigation Potential

February 2018: The German Environment Agency (UBA) released the first two studies in a commissioned series examining climate policies and future mitigation opportunities in ten countries. The studies look at: emissions and energy use; current climate mitigation actions with a focus on implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); and emission reduction potential and barriers. Country … Continue reading Country Reports Assess Climate Policies and Mitigation Potential

Stakeholders Launch Project to Implement SDGs in US States

26 February 2018: Future Now and SDG USA have launched ‘America’s Goals for 2030,’ a collaborative initiative to adapt the SDGs to the US context, and to offer a “non-partisan framework for progress.” The project includes seven goals accompanied by targets, adapted from the SDGs. The project’s goals are: good jobs (goal 1); affordable quality … Continue reading Stakeholders Launch Project to Implement SDGs in US States

Unintended Pathways: Farm to School and the SDGs

In 2010, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington D.C. passed the DC Healthy Schools Act as a response to an increase in children’s sedentary lifestyles and obesity in the school system[1]. The Act increased students’ access to free breakfast and reduced-cost lunch, a Farm to School program, and nutrition and health education programs. This … Continue reading Unintended Pathways: Farm to School and the SDGs

Four Steps to Build the SDGs into the Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) aims to promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways, in the context of sustainable development, according to GCF’s “Governing Instrument,” its founding document. Such a commitment should be welcome news for the SDGs, and discussions on funding the Goals often point to the GCF’s potential. But has the … Continue reading Four Steps to Build the SDGs into the Green Climate Fund

IMF, World Bank, OECD Release Economic Growth Forecasts

11 January 2018: The latest World Economic Update by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds that global economic activity continues to strengthen, with global output estimated to have grown by 3.7% in 2017, or 0.1% faster than projected. The World Bank published its report on ‘Global Economic Prospects,’ showing an upswing that could contribute to … Continue reading IMF, World Bank, OECD Release Economic Growth Forecasts

Hotels, Japanese Corporations, P4G Advancing SDGs and Climate Targets

February 2018: Private sector groups and partners have announced funding and targets to support SDG implementation and achieve targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change. The hotel industry and Japanese companies are among the business entities taking action recently. Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) is advancing inclusive, sustainable economic … Continue reading Hotels, Japanese Corporations, P4G Advancing SDGs and Climate Targets