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

DOPA Explorer Characterizes 95% of World’s Protected Areas

16 February 2018: The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) has launched the second version of the DOPA Explorer, a global information system (GIS) that characterizes the world’s protected areas. As part of the JRC’s Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA), the first version of DOPA Explorer was launched in April 2015 to assess … Continue reading DOPA Explorer Characterizes 95% of World’s Protected Areas

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

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