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SDG Reviews Reveal Inadequate Attention to Migrants, but Some Good Practice
By Chris Richter Governments have long recognized the links between migration and development, but insufficient implementation may hinder progress on the SDGs. Analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented by governments in 2019 as part of their follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda suggests that migrants and refugees are at risk of being left behind.
Advancing CSOs’ Role in SDGs to Protect Marginalized Communities in Viet Nam
By Linh Nguyen Since Viet Nam became a lower-middle-income country, CSOs have transitioned from a focus on poverty alleviation to providing a diverse range of services to meet the changing needs of their communities, especially the most marginalized ones. CSOs are also playing a more active role in development through advocacy, raising awareness, and holding the government and other stakeholders accountable.
A Shot in the Arm for Protecting and Restoring the Land
By Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary, UNCCD  The German Advisory Council on Global Change’s recent report, Rethinking Land in the Anthropocene: from Separation to Integration, makes it abundantly clear that we need a fundamental change in how we manage the land to limit climate change, reverse biodiversity loss and create sustainable food systems.
We Must Rachet Up the Fight Against Illicit Wildlife Trafficking
By Robert Zoellick and John Scanlon Ten years ago we founded the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime. What has been achieved and still needs to be done? We have made progress, but to end these highly destructive crimes and prevent future pandemics, it is imperative that we now rachet up the fight and transform our international laws.

POLICY BRIEFS
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth WTO Intensifies Work on Trade and Environment
The nexus between trade, sustainable development, and the protection and preservation of the environment came to the fore during the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade and Environment Week 2020. Two proponent groups of WTO members launched initiatives to deepen discussions on sustainable development at the Organization.

NEWS
Photo Credit: Bas Emmen on Unsplas 2025 Plastics Targets Need Faster Action by Business, Government
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation issued the second progress report on the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. The 2020 update highlights efforts to incorporate recycled content into plastic packaging and phase out single-use plastic bags and straws. The authors call for an international framework on plastic pollution.
Photo by Lucas Vasques World Health Assembly Agrees on 2030 Roadmap for Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases
The World Health Assembly (WHA) agreed on a roadmap to tackle 20 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and disease groups that affect hundreds of millions of people. The roadmap aims to improve coordination and collaboration among health partners, integrate and mainstream approaches, and promote greater ownership by governments and communities.
Men putting together a solar panel in a field Race to Zero Dialogues Promote Multilateralism in Climate Action
A ten-day event series, convened by the UNFCCC High-Level Champions for Global Climate Action in collaboration with the Marrakech Partnership, demonstrated how systems’ transformations can be achieved across eight key sectors of the global economy. Participants acknowledged the role of multilateralism, cooperation, and inclusivity in bringing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero.
A shipping boat on the water getting shipping containers placed on it IMO Advances Measures to Reduce Emissions from International Shipping
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to a draft of new mandatory measures designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping. 

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