World Bank, OECD Advance Financing Initiatives for SDGs, Paris Agreement

January 2018: The international community is taking steps to gear financial markets towards the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Initiatives by the World Bank, OECD and others address sustainability financing while reinforcing gender equality, environmental goals, and transparency. The World Bank issued a Sustainable Development Bond to raise awareness … Continue reading World Bank, OECD Advance Financing Initiatives for SDGs, Paris Agreement

UNFCCC Paper Urges Coordination on Climate, Disasters and SDGs

25 January 2018: To overcome the challenges of rising global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and weather-related disasters while achieving the SDGs, unprecedented levels of coordination are required, according to a report from the UNFCCC. The report summarizes the views of experts who met in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 46th session of the … Continue reading UNFCCC Paper Urges Coordination on Climate, Disasters and SDGs

Companies Commit to Science-Based Climate Targets

26 January 2018: Businesses around the world have been called on to set science-based, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets as a way to ensure corporate action on climate change. Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra made the call in advance of the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), which will convene from 12-14 September 2018 in San … Continue reading Companies Commit to Science-Based Climate Targets

EU Expert Group Provides Recommendations for Sustainable Finance

31 January 2018: The EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) issued its final report and recommendations on integrating sustainable finance within the EU and broader global financial systems. The report will guide the Commission’s forthcoming action plan on sustainable finance. The HLEG is a multi-stakeholder initiative established by the European Commission in 2016 … Continue reading EU Expert Group Provides Recommendations for Sustainable Finance

WHO Targets Infectious Diseases, Premature Cancer Deaths

31 January 2018: The World Health Organization (WHO) is tackling both communicative and non-communicative diseases, with a series of recent initiatives. An investigation by WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) highlights the economic value of preventive activities tailored to each country’s “cancer profile.” The Organization is also working to eliminate measles, rubella and … Continue reading WHO Targets Infectious Diseases, Premature Cancer Deaths

Australia Launches Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy

1 February 2018: The ‘Good Practice Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy’ were launched on the sidelines of the 28th UN-Water Meeting, held in Rome, Italy, from 1-2 February 2018. The Guidelines were prepared under the auspices of the World Water Data Initiative of the High Level Panel on Water, as part of global efforts … Continue reading Australia Launches Guidelines for Water Data Management Policy

UN-Water Members and Partners Discuss Baselines for SDG 6 Indicators, Awareness Raising

2 February 2018: During the 28th UN-Water meeting, UN-Water Members and Partners discussed upcoming high-level events and report launches related to water and sanitation policy and practice, including implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6). The 28th UN-Water Meeting convened from 1-2 February 2018, in Rome, Italy, at the … Continue reading UN-Water Members and Partners Discuss Baselines for SDG 6 Indicators, Awareness Raising