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Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer, CIVICUS Tor Hodenfield, UN Advisor and Policy and Research Officer, CIVICUS
Harmonisation, Participation and Coherence are Key to Realising the 2030 Agenda
Mandeep Tiwana, Chief Programmes Officer, CIVICUS; and Tor Hodenfield, UN Advisor and Policy and Research Officer, CIVICUS
This year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which convened at UN Headquarters in New York, from July 10-19, was particularly significant. Forty-three countries came forward to present their reviews of progress on promises laid out in 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – arguably the most ambitious global exercise ever to create a better life for all.
Fiona Jones, Research Assistant, BC Council for International Cooperation
Global Goals Indicators: The Challenge of Ensuring No One is Left Uncounted in Canada
Fiona Jones, Research Assistant, BC Council for International Cooperation
On coming to Canada as a student, it was immediately apparent that Canada and Canadians are proud of their diversity. The intent of Pierre Trudeau’s 1971 statement for a multicultural Canada in the House of Commons was shared with me in casual conversations and in the classroom alike, just as the 2015 federal elections emphasized Canada’s commitment to embracing diversity with Trudeau’s pledge to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees.

UN Photo/R Marklin UNECE Drafts Guidance for Classification of Resources to Boost SDG 12 Implementation
14 August 2017: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released draft specifications for the application of the UN Framework Classification of Resources (UNFC) for public comment to facilitate the assessment of waste materials for recycling and re-use.
Featured Image - 93 World Bank Finances Water Supply Infrastructure as Countries Plan for Water Scarcity
August 2017: The World Bank has granted financing for water infrastructure in urban growth centers in Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and for integrated water resource management (IWRM) in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR). World Bank research projects water scarcity in areas that were formerly water-abundant, including Central Africa and East Asia, while water-scarce areas will experience more severe shortages. In the arid Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and partners are supporting Algeria, Libya and Tunisia to jointly manage scare groundwater resources.

Photo by IISD | Lynn Wagner Cities Continue to Lead on Climate Action
15 August 2017: In the wake of President Trump’s announcement of the US’ intended withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change, cities around the globe continue to take the lead on tackling climate change. US cities of Orlando, Nevada City, and Nederland joined more than 40 other US cities by committing to transitioning to 100% renewable energy. In addition, UN officials have published an op-ed on climate actions in Asian cities.
UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz South Australia Commissions Solar Thermal Power Plant for Baseload Energy Supply
15 August 2017: The Government of South Australia is taking steps to reduce the cost of electricity and improve the integration of renewable energies into its electric grid, including commissioning the world's largest solar thermal power plant and lithium-ion battery for grid storage.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe UNIDO Releases Vienna Energy Forum Report, Participates in Future Energy Forum
14 August 2017: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) released the report of the Vienna Energy Forum 2017 (VEF) titled, ‘Sustainable Energy for the Implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.’ The organization also reported on its participation in a conference held as part of the Future Energy Forum, a flagship event of the Astana 2017 Expo.
UN Photo/Logan Abassi Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: LEG Collaborates with Partners on Work Programme Implementation, UNISDR Identifies Climate Change as Key Driver of Disasters
10 August 2017: The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) Expert Group (LEG) met to review the implementation of its 2017-2018 work programme, which advances national adaptation planning in LDCs. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) published an op-ed by Robert Glasser, UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), identifying climate change as a key driver of disasters.
ENVIRONMENT-AIR POLLUTION Governments Finalize Draft Declaration on Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change
10 August 2017: The member States of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have finalized a draft declaration of ethical principles in relation to climate change. The draft declaration is the result of a year of work, including the meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) and extensive written consultations with member States.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth Doha Amendment Reaches 80 Ratifications
8 August 2017: Since 23 September 2016, ten Parties have accepted the Doha Amendment, bringing the total number of ratifications to 80. The Amendment will enter into force when 144 or three-quarters of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol have submitted their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.
UN Photo/Mark Garten IIASA Report Exposes Hidden Trade Flows of Water, Energy, Food
August 2017: The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) has published a report on virtual trade in water, energy and food in East Asia. The report finds that China’s export strategy is affecting its own food security and degrading its environment.
Featured Image -116 Deadline for Proposals on Innovative Data Project Approaches, HLPF Event Address Data for SDGs
August 2017: The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) in partnership with the World Bank announced that it would approve funding for up to US$2.5 million on ‘Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development.’ The Partnership announced the funding during the 2017 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
UN Photo/Logan Abassi EMG Nexus Dialogues to Address Environmental and Humanitarian, Urban Pollution and Health Linkages
July 2017: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has announced plans for the third and fourth events in its nexus dialogue series. The third EMG Nexus Dialogue will focus on partnerships between the environmental and humanitarian sectors. The fourth dialogue will take place in December, alongside the third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), and will consider linkages between pollution and health. Pollution will also be on the UNEA 3 agenda.

23rd Annual Session of the International Seabed Authority
7-18 August 2017 | Kingston, Jamaica
UNLEASH Innovation Lab
13-21 August 2017 | Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark
Resilience 2017
20-23 August 2017 | Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
27th UN-Water Meeting
25-26 August 2017 | Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
2017 World Water Week
27 August - 1 September 2017 | Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
ECLAC Regional Consultation for Global Compact on Migration
30-31 August 2017 | Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile
Ninth BRICS Summit
3-5 September 2017 | Xiamen, Fujian, China
Fifth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration
4-5 September 2017 | Vienna, Wien, Austria
2017 Asian Evaluation Week
4-7 September 2017 | Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
48th Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting
4-8 September 2017 | Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa
International Energy Conference 2017
4-8 September 2017 | Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
22nd Session of UNWTO General Assembly
4-9 September 2017 | Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4)
4-9 September 2017 | La Serena, Coquimbo, Chile
UNGA High-level Meeting on UN-Habitat
5-6 September 2017 | New York City, US
4th International Conference on Research for Development
5-8 September 2017 | Bern, Switzerland
Asia-Pacific Ministerial Summit on the Environment 2017
5-8 September 2017 | Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand