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Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson, UN Climate Change
Our Climate Crossroads: How Technology Can Lead Climate Action and Sustainable Development
Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson, UN Climate Change
We are living through an amazing moment in human history. We understand more than ever before how economic growth and human development is driving the climate change on our planet. Science shows the connection with great clarity. And we are witnessing the impacts firsthand, as extreme weather throughout the second half of 2017 has showed.

ENVIRONMENT-AIR POLLUTION LAC Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Tackle Pollution
18 October 2017: During a regional consultation at the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), high-level officials reaffirmed their commitment to work towards a Ministerial Declaration on pollution for adoption at the third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3). Participants also emphasized the importance of tackling pollution to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Featured Image -116 OECD Report Outlines Challenges and Recommendations for SDG Data
17 October 2017: In its 2017 edition, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Co-operation Report notes that many OECD countries have not yet started collecting data for many indicators of the global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators framework. The report also warns that the continued scarcity of basic data in developing countries about people and the planet as well as weak incentives and capacity to fill these gaps will hold back success on the SDGs.
UN Photo/Christopher Herwig Climate Mitigation Finance Update: First Emerging Economy Green Bond, Large Scale Forest Restoration in Amazonia
17 October 2017: Several climate mitigation finance initiatives have been launched in recent weeks, including the first sovereign emerging market green bond in Fiji, forest restoration in Amazonia, collaboration between the European Investment Bank and the International Solar Alliance, and renewable and energy efficiency financing in Belgium, Egypt, India, Morocco, Mozambique, Serbia and Uganda.
Photo by IISD/ENB Annual World Bank, IMF Meetings Launch Initiatives on Poverty, Women Entrepreneurs, City Resilience
15 October 2017: The Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) considered topics related to several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as improving human capital, gender equality, youth, sustainable mobility, climate change and disaster risk financing. The meetings highlighted commitments from countries, such as the announcement by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) that it would provide US$9million to the World Bank’s City Resilience Program (CRP), making it the first donor to the CRP. The World Bank officially launched the the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), which seeks to advance women’s entrepreneurship in developing countries.
Photos by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth CFS 44 Raises Concerns About State of SDG 2, Endorses Recommendations on Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition
13 October 2017: The 44th session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 44) endorsed recommendations, among other issues, on: the rise of global hunger as result of conflict; food systems and nutrition; sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition (FSN); women empowerment in the context of FSN; and urbanization, rural transformation and FSN.
Photo by IISD/ENB Informal Migration Consultations Explore Decent Work, Regular Pathways
13 October 2017: The final round of informal consultations around a global compact on migration concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. Government representatives and stakeholders addressed: irregular migration and regular pathways; decent work and labor mobility; and recognition of migrants’ skills and qualifications. UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Miroslav Lajčák called for the global compact to respond to people’s real needs and for full implementation of existing cooperative frameworks and agreements.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Pamela Chasek Second Committee Event Considers Role of Inclusive Innovation in SDGs
12 October 2017: Representatives of governments, UN agencies and the private sector discussed how inclusive innovation can support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during a side event of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial). Participants considered how governments can support inclusive innovation for national development strategies and harness information and communication technologies (ICTs) for participatory governance and more efficient public service delivery.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth EU Calls for COP 23 to Provide Clarity on 2018 Facilitative Dialogue
13 October 2017: The European Council has adopted conclusions on the Paris Agreement on climate change and preparations for the UNFCCC meetings, outlining the negotiating position of the European Union (EU) for the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017.

Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth UNFCCC Updates Paris Agreement Progress Tracker, APA Presiding Officers Issue Documents
17 October 2017: In preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2107, the UNFCCC Secretariat published an updated progress tracker for the work programme under the Paris Agreement on climate change. Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA) Co-Chairs and facilitators of discussions on APA agenda items issued documents to help advance negotiations on implementation of the Paris Agreement.
UN Photo/Logan Abassi UN, Governments, Industry Build Resilience, Monitor Disaster Losses
17 October 2017: In light of the accumulation of disasters over the past month, which have included hurricanes in the Atlantic, floods in Asia and wildfires in parts of Europe and the US, disaster risk management (DRM) has taken the center stage in many activities. Resilience building, early warning systems and global disaster losses monitoring have been the focus of the recent efforts and initiatives by the UN, governments and the private sector.
UN Photo/Evan Schneider UNFPA Report Calls for Stepping Up Action on Gender Equality to Meet the SDGs
17 October: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has released the 2017 edition of its State of World Population report that discusses gender inequality and inequalities in realizing sexual and reproductive health and rights. The report warns that these inequalities could undermine the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on ending poverty, eliminating preventable deaths and achieving sustainability.
UN Photo/Kibae Park International Day Emphasizes Progress in Extreme Poverty
17 October 2017: On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, UN leaders and others emphasized global progress in the fight against poverty while calling for continued action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and end extreme poverty. The 2017 commemoration focused on the theme, ‘Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies.’
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe IEA Reports Reveal Rapid Growth of Renewables, Need to Enhance Policies for Energy Efficiency
17 October 2017: A shift towards renewable energy sources and increasing energy efficiency are two pillars of the global transition towards low carbon energy systems. Two recent publications by the International Energy Agency (IEA) take stock of progress in these two areas with encouraging as well as mixed results.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth G20 Development Group Workshop Considers 2030 Agenda Implementation
16 October 2017: During the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) workshop of the Group of 20 (G20) Development Working Group, participants considered how the G20 could pursue implementation of the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNDP notes that considering the inadequate financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), G20 members could lead by example in adopting economic and financial policies that are consistent with the SDGs and agree on collective actions that can pave the way for broader systemic changes to a global financial architecture.
UN Photo/Gill Fickling World Food Day Illuminates Migration-Hunger Links, Billion-Dollar Facility Launched
16 October 2017: World Food Day was celebrated this year under the theme, ‘Change the future of migration: Invest in food security and rural migration.’ Events marking the day highlighted trends and links between climate, conflict, migration and hunger, and included the launch of a billion-dollar facility supporting sustainable agriculture.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth TEC, CTCN Prepare for COP 23, CTCN Advances SDGs 13 and 14
16 October 2017: With fewer than three weeks to go before the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November 2017, the UNFCCC Secretariat and constituted bodies have intensified preparations. Seeking to contribute to implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has published a paper outlining lessons that could be learned from other regimes with regard to implementing Paris Agreement provisions on building capacity for climate change.
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Arctic Circle Assembly, AMAP Report Promote Adaptation, SDGs in the Arctic
15 October 2017: While the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, causing the melting of glaciers, sea ice and snow cover, making the Arctic more accessible, and leading to increased human activities, the region is also one of the most poorly observed due to the harsh environment, remoteness and high costs involved with conducting assessments. Against this backdrop, the Arctic Circle Assembly discussed issues related to, inter alia, climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) published its first assessment dealing with adaptation in the Arctic.
Featured Image - 173 UNCCD and GSP Unveil Global Campaigns Highlighting Land-Climate Links
14 October 2017: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has launched the #LoveLand4Climate campaign to highlight the close linkages between sustainable land management (SLM) and achieving climate targets. The Global Soil Partnership (GSP), meanwhile, kicked off preparations for World Soil Day, which is annually celebrated on 5 December, with a campaign highlighting the importance of soils for food security, essential eco-system services, such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable development.
URBANIZATION IN ASIA Sustainable Cities Key to Implementing SDGs in Africa, LAC
13 October 2017: Recent conferences in Africa and in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) have emphasized the importance of sustainable and inclusive urban development for implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities).
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe UN Report: Reducing Climate and Disaster Risk Critical to Achieving SDGs
9 October 2017: The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Head of the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), Robert Glasser, has presented to the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) Second Committee a report titled, ‘Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.’
UN Photo/Mark Garten SEforALL CEO Outlines Challenges in Achieving Sustainable Energy for All
16 October 2017: Rachel Kyte, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), has highlighted seven challenges to achieving sustainable energy, emphasizing the areas in which policy innovations are needed to provide reliable, resilient and clean energy by 2030.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe IPU, UNDP Report Showcases Parliamentary Oversight of SDG Implementation
15 October 2017: The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have released the second ‘Global Parliamentary Report.’ The report highlights the role of parliaments around the world in contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Photo by IISD | Lynn Wagner HLPF 2018 Dates Announced
13 October 2017: The dates for the 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018) have been announced.
UN Photo/Gill Fickling Publications Highlight Role of Agrobiodiversity and Climate-Resilient Agriculture in Achieving Global Goals
11 October 2017: Agrobiodiversity is critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while climate-resilient agriculture improves food security and nutrition. These are the main messages of two publications launched during the 44th Committee on World Food (CFS 44), which convened from 9-13 October 2017, in Rome, Italy.
UN Photo/Logan Abassi UNISDR Guidelines Highlight Linkages between Disaster Risk, SDGs
13 October 2017: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released guidelines to encourage more countries to undertake national disaster risk assessments (NDRAs), and to link them with policy and investment processes in order to improve preventative actions that reduce the number of deaths and the number of people displaced by disasters.
UN Photo/Logan Abassi International Day Calls for Reducing Number of People Affected by Disasters
13 October 2017: Against the backdrop of recent devastating hurricanes in the Atlantic and in Asia, the world celebrated the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) 2017. The event focused on ‘Reducing the number of people affected by disasters by 2030,’ in line with Target 2 of the ‘Sendai Seven’ campaign, which promotes the seven targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). A number of interviews, studies and announcements marked the Day.
UN Photo/Kibae Park Comprehensive Climate Risk Insurance Database Launched
13 October 2017: The Global Index Insurance Facility (GIIF), the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative (MCII) and the German Corporation for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ) have launched an online tool that aims to contribute to improving the way impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities are addressed.
UN Photo/Logan Abassi WIM ExCom Advances Work on Risk Transfer, Climate Displacement
13 October 2017: At its sixth meeting (ExCom 6), convened ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017, the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) advanced work on, inter alia, the clearing house for risk transfer, the Task Force on Displacement (TFD) and the WIM’s formal engagement at the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC.
URBANIZATION IN ASIA Localizing SDGs Event Showcases Colombia’s SDG Implementation Planning
12 October 2017: An event on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) highlighted perspectives of those working to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level.
UN Photo/Eva Fendiaspara Las2017 Adopts Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work 2018-2021
12 October 2017: The joint 75th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the 39th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission (EFC), which convened from 9-12 October 2017, in Warsaw, Poland, convened under the title, 'Las2017', with “las” meaning forest in Polish.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ESCAP, WMO Enhance Disaster Resilience in Asia-Pacific
12 October 2017: In recent adaptation and loss and damage news, Asia-Pacific countries advanced work on disaster resilience in the region during the first UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Disaster Resilience Week, while a joint Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) - World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) workshop for the Pacific sought to strengthen observational networks on the region.
Photo by IISD/ENB African Leaders Endorse Institutional Framework for Improved Land Governance
3 October 2017: The launch of the African Land Policy Centre (ALPC) marks the institutionalization of an 11-year programme of work developed by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI), a tripartite initiative of the African Union (AU) Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the African Development Bank.
UN Photo/Mark Garten International Facility to Finance Community Land and Forest Tenure
October 2017: In 2012, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, forests, and fisheries (VGGT, or the Voluntary Guidelines) to, inter alia, promote food security and sustainable development by improving secure access to land, fisheries, and forests. Five years on, stakeholders such as the World Bank and the International Land Coalition (ILC) are sharing lessons learned and progress towards the Voluntary Guidelines, and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), with partners and affiliated networks, launched the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility (the Tenure Facility).
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth 2030 Vision Partnership Will Advance Use of Digital Technology in SDGs
October 2017: The UN Global Compact has released a publication that presents a vision for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the use of digital technology. The report summarizes opportunities and challenges for digital technology to advance the SDGs, and discusses the 2030 Vision partnership to be formally launched in December 2017.
Photo by IISD | Lynn Wagner Winners Announced for Youth Competition on Financing Sustainable Development
October 2017: The World Bank report has released a report that showcases the winners of the third installment of the Ideas for Action (I4A) initiative, based on their proposals for financing for development to help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2017 winners presented their proposals at the World Bank Group–International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings in October 2017 in Washington DC, US.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe EU, India Partner on Paris Agreement Implementation, Clean Energy
6 October 2017: India and the European Union (EU) have issued a joint statement on clean energy and climate change, pledging to step up cooperation to enhance implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to encourage global low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to achieve climate-resilient and sustainable development.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action Outlines 2017-2018 Work Programme
October 2017: The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, an initiative launched by the High-Level Global Climate Action Champions during the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, has issued its 2017-2018 work programme. The Partnership aims to catalyze and support climate action by Parties and stakeholders in the period from 2017-2020.

2017 Annual General Meeting of the IGF
16-20 October 2017 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Thirteenth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC 13)
16-20 October 2017 | Rome, Lazio, Italy
Global Green Growth Week 2017
17-20 October 2017 | Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia
Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2017
18-20 October 2017 | Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
WMO Science Summit on Seamless Research for Weather, Climate, Water and Environment
20-22 October 2017 | Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
IPBES 10th Bureau and MEP Meeting
22-26 October 2017 | Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Thirteenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-13)
22-26 October 2017 | Rome, Lazio, Italy
22-28 October 2017 | Manila, Philippines
Geneva Launch of the Civil Society Reflection Group Report
23 October 2017 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2017
23-25 October 2017 | Brussels, Belgium
International Workshop on Middle East (Regional) Dust Sources and Their Impacts
23-25 October 2017 | Istanbul, Turkey
Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission
23-27 October 2017 | Sri Lanka
GEO Week 2017
23-27 October 2017 | Washington D.C., US
Fourth OECD Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF)
24-25 October 2017 | Paris, Ile-De-France, France
International Investment Policies: The Way Forward
24-25 October 2017 | Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan
World Resources Forum
24-25 October 2017 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland