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

Candidates Provide Vision Statements for UNGA 73 Presidency

23 February 2018: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Miroslav Lajcak launched a webpage on the process leading to the election of the next President. For the first time, the UNGA will hold informal interactive dialogues with candidates for the position of UNGA President, in order to increase the transparency and inclusivity of the process. In … Continue reading Candidates Provide Vision Statements for UNGA 73 Presidency

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

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Local Collaboration, Innovative Policies and Partnerships

26/2/2018: Recent SDG Knowledge Weekly briefs have covered private and public options for financing the SDGs, as well as efforts to localize the Goals. This week’s column turns towards other innovative ways of delivering the Goals, looking at literature and news announcements covering public-private partnerships (PPPs), policy options such as special economic zones (SEZs), and country … Continue reading SDG Knowledge Weekly: Local Collaboration, Innovative Policies and Partnerships

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

Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

January 2018: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development found substantial variation in the inclusion of disability in Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented at the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The groups released a report that present 13 case … Continue reading Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs