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Tobias Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Water Resources Management and Monitoring, Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH)
Global Workshop Propels Integrated SDG 6 Monitoring
Tobias Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Water Resources Management and Monitoring, Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH)
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) that has many interlinkages with other SDGs and therefore, a key role in realizing the Agenda. UN-Water is a body that coordinates the efforts of UN entities and organizations working on water and sanitation issues - more than 30 UN agencies whose mandates and programmes include responsibilities on water and sanitation.

POLICY BRIEFS
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)
SDG Knowledge Weekly – 4 December 2017
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)
A number of tangible financial pledges and commitments were announced during the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23), and the thought leadership space also has been abuzz with new reports on, and analyses of, climate and development finance. Publications featured in this week’s 'SDG Knowledge Weekly' unpack climate financing impacts in small island developing States (SIDS), global investment, climate-related financial disclosures, transparency and carbon pricing.

GENERATION 2030
Children and Young People Living for Peace, Kaduna, Nigeria
Localizing the SDGs at the Grassroots in Nigeria
Children and Young People Living for Peace, Kaduna, Nigeria
On 18 October 2017, we selected 50 participants as SDGs champions for an awareness-raising workshop at the Government Girls Secondary School, which is located in Kaduna, Nigeria. The training was aimed at bringing closer, localizing, stepping down and spreading the message of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the root beneficiaries at the grassroots level, and to deliver the training by young people, to young people.
Tyler Pullen, Graduate Student, Stanford University
Developing the SDG Dashboard for San Jose
Tyler Pullen, Graduate Student, Stanford University
Stanford University began working with the City of San Jose, California, in the spring of 2017, as an opportunity for students to gain experience on real-world projects in the urban systems analytics space. After San Jose was chosen as one of the three pilot cities for the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative, the team focused on developing a digital dashboard to track the city’s progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This virtual and interactive tool would collect, organize, and help visualize various sets of data to allow the public and local policy makers to better understand and address the SDGs.

FEATURED
UN Photo/R Marklin Carbon Pricing and Markets Update: Discussions Advance on Markets under Paris Agreement
6 December 2017: November carbon pricing and market news included the World Bank’s annual state of carbon pricing report, which brought both positive and less positive news. The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, also known as COP 23, included discussions on carbon markets on both the intergovernmental negotiating agenda and at several side and special events. Also, the EU reached agreement on the reform of its emissions trading scheme (ETS) for the post-2020 era.
UN Photo/JC McIlwaine FAO Launches Soil Organic Carbon Map on World Soil Day
5 December 2017: The annual observance of World Soil Day, on 5 December, took place under the theme, ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground.’ To mark the Day, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a ‘Global Soil Organic Carbon Map,' noting the importance of soils to addressing climate change and preserving critical ecosystem functions.
Featured Image - 171 Integrated Benefits Calculator Enables Decision Makers to Estimate Benefits of Mitigation Action
4 December 2017: Launched at the 3rd session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), the Integrated Benefits Calculator (IBC) will expand the capabilities of the Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) tool enabling governments and other organizations to assess pollutant emissions, build mitigation scenarios, and understand the benefits of emission reductions.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth LAC Principle 10 Negotiations Incorporate Protections for Defenders of Human Rights in Environmental Matters
4 December 2017: Representatives from 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resumed negotiations on a regional agreement that will enable access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters, and the promotion of a new development paradigm that prioritizes equality and environmental sustainability. During the week-long meeting, they agreed to incorporate protection for people fighting to defend human rights in environmental matters in the regional agreement.
URBANIZATION IRP Reports Trends in Global Material Resource Use
3 December 2017: In conjunction with the Science-Policy Business Forum and in advance of the third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), the International Resource Panel (IRP) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP or UN Environment) released a report titled, ‘Assessing Global Resource Use; A systems approach to resource efficiency and pollution reduction.’

NEWS
Photo by IISD/ENB UNEA-3 Adopts 11 Resolutions and a Ministerial Declaration
6 December 2017: During its closing plenary, the third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) adopted 11 resolutions submitted by Member States. Delegates also adopted, by consensus, a negotiated Ministerial Declaration, through which they agreed to address the pollution of air, land and soil, freshwater, and oceans.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth Climate Adaptation Finance Update: COP 23 Spurs Action on Resilience
5 December 2017: In November, multilateral development banks (MDBs) approved a number of large development projects with climate resilience benefits. Support was also confirmed to support disaster risk resilience and recovery in small island states. Also in November, the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, also known as UNFCCC COP 23, served as a launchpad for a number of new funding and project launch announcements.
UN Photo/Ariane Rummery 14th Meeting of IRENA Council Focuses on Increasing Renewable Energy Deployment and Investments
4 December 2017: Discussions at the 14th Meeting of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) centered on scaling up renewable energy deployment and investment.
Photo by IISD/ENB OECPR-3 Negotiates on Plastics, Pollution, HLPF Contributions
1 December 2017: In a three-day meeting before the UN Environment Assembly convened, the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UNEP reviewed progress in implementing previous UNEA decisions, and finalized several draft resolutions and a ministerial outcome document for adoption by UNEA. Opening the meeting, UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim highlighted UNEA-3’s focus on pollution as an opportunity to bring together many SDGs into one, forward-looking agenda.
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Arctic States Highlight SDGs for Sustainable Economic Path
1 December 2017: Representatives from Arctic States discussed the role of the SDGs in increasing economic development in the Arctic region during a high-level conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Participants focused on identifying opportunities to ensure the Arctic region is on a path towards a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future.
Featured Image -184 HSBC Issues World's First SDG Bond, Shell Increases Clean Energy Spending
1 December 2017: Recent SDG news about actions taken by the private sector includes a commitment by Royal Dutch Shell to halve its carbon footprint by 2050. HSBC has launched the world’s first corporate sustainable development bond, to directly support the SDGs and Paris Agreement on climate change. And Moody’s credit agency has warned US state and local governments to brace for climate shocks that may negatively affect their credit ratings, and to adopt mitigation and adaptation strategies in order to lessen those impacts.
UN Photo/Mark Garten Countries Agree to Prevent Unregulated Fishing in Central Arctic Ocean
30 November 2017: Delegates from Canada, China, Denmark, the European Union (EU), Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, the Russian Federation and the US have concluded negotiations on an agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas area of the central Arctic Ocean. The agreement also establishes a joint program of scientific research and monitoring to improve understanding of the potential for sustainable fisheries harvesting and management.
Featured Image -179 Iceland, Qatar to Co-facilitate ECOSOC Review Negotiations
30 November 2017: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has appointed Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland, and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar, as co-facilitators to lead intergovernmental consultations on the review of Resolution 68/1, regarding reform of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
Photo by IISD/ENB DESA Presents Updated Capacity Building Approach
29 November 2017: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has updated its approach to capacity building for UN Member States to support the realization of the SDGs. DESA describes its "new vision" as enabling Member States to "adopt an integrated, transformative, people-centered approach to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the AAAA that leaves no one behind."
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Report Reviews Progress on Agenda for Humanity
28 November 2017: The Agenda for Humanity, a platform managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), reported on progress on its five core responsibilities: prevent and end conflict; respect the rules of war; leave no one behind; work differently to end need; and invest in humanity. The annual synthesis report finds that collective efforts illustrate “evidence that change is underway,” but have not yet resulted in improved outcomes for people affected by crises.
UN Photo/Manuel Elías Conference Jump-starts 2018 Discussions on SDG Financing
19 November 2017: The State of Qatar, in cooperation with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), held the first joint preparatory meeting for the 2018 meetings of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum) and UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Participants agreed on a set of ten ‘Doha Messages’ on strengthening coherence and cooperation for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on FfD.
Featured Image -159 AGWA Proposes Water Resilience Framework for Meeting SDG, Climate Targets
13 November 2017: The world’s leading water agencies called for coordinated action on water resource resilience, to meet several SDG and climate targets including those on zero hunger (SDG 2) and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11). The agencies propose that financing of implementation actions under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change should require a full evaluation of water resources and their integration into policy.
URBANIZATION UN-Habitat Engages Urban Planners in Climate Action
11 November 2017: UN-Habitat's recent work to ensure that urban development is sustainable, and in line with the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other instruments, has addressed resilience for cities, gender-sensitive urban planning in Bahrain, and climate change as it affects urban planners, among other topics. The UN Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management adopted a declaration on Sustainable Housing and Urban Development.
UN Photo/Eva Fendiaspara ITTC-53 Adopts Work Programme and Budget, Policy Guidelines on Gender Equality
5 December 2017: The 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-53) and associated Committees sessions adopted, among other decisions, the biennial work programme and budget, and policy guidelines on gender equality. ITTC-53 also reviewed projects and activities, such as on the Emerald Triangle Protected Forests Complex and a microcredit pilot scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth CITES SC69 Adopts Decisions on Pangolins, Rosewood
4 December 2017: The sixty-ninth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC69) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) established 27 intersessional working groups that will report back to its next meeting in 2018.
UN Photo/John Isaac Mexico Hosts Migration Stocktaking Meeting
4 December 2017: UN Member States are gathering to take stock of inputs to the global compact on migration, on which they will enter negotiations in early 2018. The preparatory stocktaking meeting convenes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, from 4-6 December 2017.
Photo by IISD/ENB GEF Council Approves Over US$500 Million in Project Financing
30 November 2017: The 53rd meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Policy on Gender Equality, which will come into effect on 1 July 2018, as well as a new Policy on Stakeholder Engagement, for which guidelines will be developed through a consultative process that will seek to harmonize existing best practices. Council members also discussed and adopted the proposed November 2017 Work Program, which includes over US$500 million in project financing.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth UNIDO Conference Focuses on Partnerships for Achieving ISID, Gender Equality
1 December 2017: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) announced several partnerships and donor agreements that will help scale up its work on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) and promote gender equality in industry. Among the announcements made during its 17th General Conference, Switzerland pledged to contribute CHF 17.35 million to UNIDO’s Global Quality and Standards Programme, and China pledged to contribute €24 million over the next four years.
Community engagement in Piprasi Block, Bihar, India | NRMC South-South Expo Launches Collaborative Initiatives for 2030 Agenda
30 November 2017: Participants at the Global South-South Development Expo 2017 launched initiatives and publications on South-South cooperation to help countries make progress on the SDGs. According to the UN, over 90 institutional and individual partners expressed interest in nine initiatives, and six publications were launched.
UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz Bloomberg Report Finds Decrease in Renewable Energy Investment in Developing Countries as New Capacity Increases
30 November 2017: The Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Climatescope 2017 report finds that clean energy investments in developing countries decreased in 2016, due to falling prices, unclear policy environments and market risks, but it notes that growth in renewable energy capacity has nonetheless accelerated.
UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Progress in Mapping and Financing Wind Power; Financing Call for Renewable Energy Projects
28 November 2017: The latest updates in climate mitigation finance include financing for projects in solar, wind, and geothermal energy in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, India and Afghanistan. Other notable developments include initiatives to improve enabling conditions for renewable energy deployment through the launch of a global tool for mapping wind power potential and a US$50 million call for developing country funding applications from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
Photo by IISD | Lynn Wagner UNDP Organizes 2018-2021 Plan around SDGs
28 November 2017: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) launched a four-year plan that aligns its work with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Strategic Plan 2018-2021 sets out direction for a "new UNDP," one that is "optimized to help countries" achieve the Agenda.
Featured Image -179 UNDP, Wilson Center Launch Index on Women’s Leadership
28 November 2017: A UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) initiative and the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project launched the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative Index. The Index seeks to improve the accountability, effectiveness and inclusiveness of public institutions, and is expected to support and accelerate progress on the SDGs.
Photo by IISD/ENB UNISDR Agrees to Create Expert Group for Global Risk Assessment Framework
23 November 2017: The UN's disaster risk reduction body has decided to create an Expert Working Group to form a global risk assessment framework, in order to support Member States in implementing several international agreements reached in 2015 and 2016, and ensure coherence across them. The agreements are: the Sendai Framework on DRR, the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
UN Photo/Evan Schneider SADC Holds Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Water-Energy-Food Nexus
22 November 2017: Supported by the EU Water-Energy-Food Nexus Dialogue Program, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) hosted a two-day meeting to promote resource-use efficiency in water, land and energy planning. The meeting, which took place from 21-22 November, in Johannesburg, South Africa, sought to support governments' and stakeholders' use of balanced decision-making considering the inter-dependencies of water resource management, agriculture and energy generation.
URBANIZATION IN ASIA Cities Adopt Declaration for Global Compact on Migration
17 November 2017: Over 50 cities from Europe, North, Central and South America, Asia and Africa were represented at the Global Conference on Cities and Migration, which sought to create a more positive narrative on migration from the perspective of local and regional authorities. The outcome of the Conference - the Mechelen Declaration - sought to capture the vision of mayors and governors of regional and local governments with regard to cities and migration.

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