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Long Overdue, Investments in NCDs are Vital to Reach SDG 3
By Bente Mikkelsen and Daniel Hunt Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as cancers, heart diseases and diabetes, now account for around two-thirds of the global burden of ill-health, and have grown to seven of the ten largest causes of death around the world. But the urgent need to redress this burden is nothing new.

Featured Image - 493 HLPF 2021 Prepares to Focus on Resilience, Recovery, Hope
Preparations for the July 2021 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) are under way by the UN system, Member States, and stakeholders. The 2021 HLPF will convene from 6-15 July 2021 under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), with a thematic focus on recovering from COVID-19 in a way that promotes sustainable development. 
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth Governments Adopt HLPF Review Agreement
UN Member States have reached agreement on changes to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Meeting in plenary on 25 June 2021, the Assembly adopted draft resolution A/75/L.102 by consensus, concluding its review of the Forum. The provisions of the agreement will take effect beginning with the July 2022 session of the HLPF and its preparations.
Woman cooking food Experts Recommend Steps for Integrated Energy Transition in Asia-Pacific
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) convened an event on the side of the Ministerial Thematic Forums for the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy. The event reviewed lessons learned from Asia-Pacific to promote clean and affordable energy for all (SDG 7) and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Speakers presented recommendations for action, particularly with regard to adopting integrated approaches.
Featured Image - 556 Civil Society Consultations Yield Three Proposals on UN75 Commitments
A group of civil society organizations have identified three key messages from experts on how to fulfill commitments made in the UN75 declaration, adopted by UN Member States in September 2020. The experts' messages are intended as a contribution to a forthcoming report of the UN Secretary-General.
Photo Credit: Alex Hudson on Unsplash Experts Discuss Greening Aid for Trade to Reach Sustainable Development
Experts on trade, environment, and sustainable development came together for a webinar, organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS), to discuss opportunities and challenges associated with greening Aid for Trade in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

London Climate Action Week 2021
26 June - 4 July 2021 | virtual
G20 Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Meeting 2021
28-29 June 2021 | Matera, Basilicata, Italy
G20 Foreign and Development Joint Ministerial Session 2021
29 June 2021 | Matera, Basilicata, Italy
Fourth Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process [Postponed]
30 June 2021 | Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
G20 Development Ministerial Session 2021
30 June 2021 | Brindisi, Puglia, Italy
Generation Equality Forum - Paris
30 June - 2 July 2021 | Paris, Ile-De-France, France (virtual)
Water Dialogues for Results Bonn 2021: Accelerating Cross-sectoral SDG 6 Implementation
1 July 2021 | virtual
ECOSOC Integration Segment 2021
2 July 2021 | New York City, US
Third ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity: Final session
5 July 2021 | virtual
Vienna Energy Forum 2021
5-7 July 2021 | Vienna, Wien, Austria
Carbon Neutrality & Social Transformation: Are We on Track to Arrive at a Justice-based Transiti...
6 July 2021 | virtual
Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Virtual Thematic Sessions for Asia and the Pacific
6-9 July 2021 | virtual
2021 SDGs Learning, Training and Practice
6-12 July 2021 | virtual
High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2021
6-15 July 2021 | New York City, US
2021 Higher Education Sustainability (HESI) Special Event
7 July 2021 | virtual
Sustainable Fashion Hard Talk: HLPF Side Event
7 July 2021 | virtual