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Photo credit: Graffizone SDG Knowledge Weekly: Climate Action, Governance, and National and Regional Assessments
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)
This SDG Knowledge Weekly brief is the second in a series reviewing publications released around the 2019 UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), organized by Goal under review. The following offers a snapshot of select reports and papers on SDGs 13 (climate action), 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions), as well as those which examine progress at the national and regional level.
Photo credit: Yannia A./Unsplash SDG Knowledge Weekly: HLPF Inputs on SDGs 4, 8 and 10
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)
This SDG Knowledge Weekly brief reviews content released in the margins of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), structured by Goal. The inputs focus on SDGs 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth) and 10 (reduced inequalities). Future briefs will address Goals 13, 16 and elements of 17.

Photo by Anastasia Palagutina on Unsplash Wind and Solar Will Provide 50% of Electricity in 2050, BNEF Report Finds
13 August 2019: In a report that examines the ways in which renewable energy demand is expected to increase, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that “aggressive decarbonization” will be required beyond 2030 to meet the temperature goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth UNFCCC Report Spotlights Trends in Climate Action
9 August: The UNFCCC has published a report providing insights into government action to address climate change, as well as knowledge and experience that governments can deploy to increase ambition.
Featured Image -241 Diverging Views Delay Conclusion of Negotiations on Universal Health Coverage Declaration
9 August 2019: The political declaration on universal health coverage is still under negotiation after the latest draft failed to garner consensus approval.
Photo by Neil Palmer (CIAT) Sustainable Land Management Critical to Combating Climate Change: IPCC Special Report
8 August 2019: The 50th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-50) has released the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL), addressing land as a critical resource, desertification and land degradation, food security, and land and climate change responses.
Featured Image - 93 IPCC Special Report on Land to Add Impetus to UNCCD COP 14 Negotiations
7 August 2019: Preparations are underway for the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which takes place from 2-13 September 2019 in New Delhi, India.
Featured Image -322 UNGA Sets Plans for Reducing SDG Gaps, Overlaps
7 August 2019: UN Member States have agreed on a five-paragraph text on strengthening alignment and coherence among the agendas of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and other UN bodies and fora in light of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
Photo credit: Faris Mohammed via Unsplash Countries Finalize Declaration on Landlocked Countries' Development Needs
7 August 2019: UN Member States have reached agreement on the political declaration of the high-level midterm review of the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for landlocked developing countries (LLDCs).
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth Climate Action Summit Coalitions to Present Initiatives during Pre-Summit Meetings
26 July 2019: Representatives of governments, civil society, local authorities, international organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders have been working in nine coalitions to develop “credible and ambitious initiatives” to be featured at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on 23 September.
Photo credit: wilpunt UN Identifies Lessons Learned from Raising Health Funds in Kenya
June 2019: The UN Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO), with the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, studied Kenya’s experience in raising private-sector financing and support to provide healthcare for all.

50th Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum
13-16 August 2019 | Tuvalu
17-28 August 2019 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019
19-23 August 2019 | Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Third Session of the Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ
19-30 August 2019 | New York City, US
2nd Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region
21-22 August 2019 | Fiji
Regional Technical Expert Meeting on Circular Economy and Waste-to-Energy
23 August 2019 | Montevideo, Uruguay
31st UN-Water Meeting
23-24 August 2019 | Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
G7 Leaders’ Summit 2019
24-26 August 2019 | Biarritz, Aquitaine, France
Global Consultation Workshop on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in Relation to Access an...
25 August 2019 | Nairobi, Kenya
Global Consultation Workshop on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Biosafety and the Carta...
25 August 2019 | Nairobi, Kenya
World Water Week 2019
25-30 August 2019 | Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
2019 UN Civil Society Conference
26-28 August 2019 | Salt Lake City, UT, US
53rd Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum
26-28 August 2019 | Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
First Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
27-30 August 2019 | Nairobi, Kenya
Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7)
28-30 August 2019 | Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting
1-2 September 2019 | Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan