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Sara Enright, Associate Director, BSR Dominic Kotas, Communications and Marketing, BSR
Making Private Sector Collaboration a Driving Force for SDGs: 5 Success Factors
Sara Enright, Associate Director, BSR; and Dominic Kotas, Communications and Marketing, BSR
Companies increasingly recognize the business case for contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs outline areas for action by all sectors, which also correspond to the greatest risks to long-term business growth: for instance, poverty (SDG1) and inequality (SDG 10) threaten the social stability that drives economic growth (SDG 8), while climate change (SDG 13) and keystone species extinction (SDG 15) weaken supply chains that provide food (SDG 2) and other raw materials (SDG 12).
David Ganz, Executive Director, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests
(Re)connecting the Dots: To See Progress, We Must Place People and Forests at the Center of the Sustainable Development Paradigm
David Ganz, Executive Director, RECOFTC – The Center for People and Forests
“The branches of trees and forests reach out across the SDGs” was the resounding call at the 24th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 24) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which was expressed poignantly by Eva Muller in her presentation on the launch of FAO’s flagship report, ‘State of the World’s Forests 2018.’

POLICY BRIEFS
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)
SDG Knowledge Weekly: Blockchain, Mobile and Financial Technology Update
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)
Since the SDG Knowledge Weekly last covered blockchain technology, activity around the technology at the UN has not slowed down. Blockchain for Impact hosted a summit in June to address responsible guidelines for industry governance, among other topics, and a side event on blockchain’s role in advancing the SDGs took place in the margins of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July. This brief complements these events by reviewing recent published work on blockchain and highlighting developments in other financial and mobile technologies.

FEATURED
Photo by IISD/ENB | Sean Wu APA, SBI, SBSTA Presiding Officers Issue Reflections ahead of Bangkok Session
16 August 2018: The presiding officers of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA), the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) have published a joint reflections note on the status of negotiations under the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) and on the way forward. The note aims to help Parties prepare for the upcoming Bangkok sessions of APA 1-6, SBSTA 48-2 and SBI 48-2.
Featured Image -200 Experts Propose Options for Aligning Financial System with 2030 Agenda
August 2018: Experts from the UN and Brookings Institution have authored a paper on aligning the financial system architecture with sustainable development. The report calls for a broader strategy to achieve this goal, and considers ways in which the Group of 20 (G20) could advance such a strategy. The paper was released by the 'T20' (Think 20) under Argentina's G20 presidency.

NEWS
Photo by Patrick Hendry Domestic Coalitions in Mexico, Japan and US Unite to Drive Climate Action
17 August 2018: Non-state actors from Mexico, Japan and the US are joining forces to help accelerate climate action and implementation of national climate goals with the launch of the Alliances for Climate Action (ACA), a network of domestic, multi-sector coalitions. According to the UNFCCC’s 2017 Yearbook of Global Climate Action, commitments made by non-state actors could halve the emissions gap for 2°C, and reduce the emissions gap for 1.5°C by as much as one third.
UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré UN Special Rapporteurs Welcome Monsanto Ruling as "Substantial Warning"
15 August 2018: UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights welcomed the ruling of a US court, which awarded US$289 million in compensation and punitive damages to cancer patient Dewayne Johnson on 10 August 2018. The Superior Court of California in San Francisco ordered the payment on the basis that the company Monsanto had failed to warn users of the possible ill effects of using its weedkiller product.
Photo by: Lauren Anderson Plans Announced for Talks on Global Pact for the Environment
14 August 2018: Governments will gather in early September to discuss options for a working group on possible gaps in international environmental law. The co-chairs of the working group, Francisco António Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative of Portugal, and Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative of Lebanon, have circulated the programme of work for a three-day organizational session in September 2018, as well as an advance version of the provisional agenda for future substantive sessions.
Photo by IISD/ENB World Bank Group Provides Update on Activities to Implement 2030 Agenda
13 August 2018: The World Bank Group has provided an overview of its work on each of the 17 SDGs. The second edition of its publication titled, ‘Implementing the 2030 Agenda,’ outlines the Group’s work on sustainable development, mapped to the Global Goals, and offers a snapshot of projects at local, national, regional and global levels. It also provides insight into the World Bank Group’s cross-cutting initiatives on data, disruptive technologies and finance, among others.
Featured Image -184 UN Foundation, Partners Announce Winners of SDG Challenge for Female Entrepreneurs
10 August 2018: The UN Foundation, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability of Arizona State University (ASU) and Vital Voices announced five winners of the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge, also on behalf of several other partners. The Challenge is a global business competition for female entrepreneurs working to advance the SDGs.
UN Photo/Mark Garten Climate Scientists Cite Record Temperatures in US, Finland
10 August 2018: Global temperatures continue breaking records, and July 2018 was no exception. A report from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pointed to record high temperatures, sea level rise and costly disasters. In addition, the Finnish Meteorological Institute recorded the warmest-ever July for the country, and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recorded extreme temperatures worldwide in 2018.
Featured Image - 230 SDG Advocates Chair Launches Prize for African "SDG Innovators"
9 August 2018: The Co-Chair of the Group of Eminent Advocates for the SDGs (SDG Advocates) and President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, launched an award for a new generation of early-stage social innovators in Africa who are solving problems in the SDGs' focus areas. The award aims to put a spotlight on "SDG innovators" and raise awareness around their work.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth South African SDG Hub Reports on National Implementation
6 August 2018: The South African SDG Hub released a report on challenges and opportunities related to SDG implementation in the country. The report highlights a number of issues relevant to implementing the SDGs in South Africa, from partnerships and tools to the role of science, technology and innovation (STI).
UN Photo/Martine Perret UNDP Showcases Public Service Projects for SDGs
August 2018: A report by the Global Centre on Public Service Excellence (GCPSE), established by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Singapore, showcases innovations and improvements to public services that are contributing to each of the 17 SDGs in countries around the world.

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XXVII International Primatological Society Congress
19-25 August 2018 | Nairobi, Kenya
Second Clean Pacific Roundtable
20-22 August 2018 | Suva, Central, Fiji
Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week
20-23 August 2018 | Montevideo, Uruguay
Forum on Strengthening Capacities of Public Administration in Island States
20-24 August 2018 | Colombo, Sri Lanka
Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum
21-23 August 2018 | Montevideo, Uruguay
Eleventh Meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process for Global Reportin...
23-24 August 2018 | New York City, US
G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting
23-24 August 2018 | Salta, Argentina
29th UN-Water Meeting
24-25 August 2018 | Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
World Water Week 2018
26-31 August 2018 | Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
50th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum
27-28 August 2018 | Kigali, Rwanda
100th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB 100)
27-31 August 2018 | Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand
Metropolis Annual Meeting 2018
27-31 August 2018 | Gauteng, South Africa
Global Landscapes Forum Africa Conference
29-30 August 2018 | Nairobi, Kenya
Towards Zero Hunger: Partnerships for Impact
30-31 August 2018 | Wageningen, Gelderland, Netherlands
Global Shapers Annual Summit 2018
1-3 September 2018 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Eleventh Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 11)
3-6 September 2018 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland