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Featured Image -214 Tracking the Trackers: SDG Data Sources at Year Five
If you were listening to the discussions and announcements released during the eighth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), you no doubt heard about the role of data in SDG implementation. 

NEWS
Photo Credit: Atonie Giret on Unsplash WTO Committee on Trade and Environment Continues Efforts on Plastics Pollution, Circular Economy
The Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) met on 3 July 2020 to discuss how trade policy can address plastics pollution and a circular economy and to review the resumption of work on other initiatives disrupted by COVID-19.
Photo credit: Rodion Kutsaev/Unsplash WTO Members Highlight Benefits and Drawbacks of E-commerce Moratorium
India and South Africa circulated a communication to members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council, arguing that the WTO moratorium on customs duties on electronic transmissions has “catastrophic” impacts on developing countries’ economic growth, jobs, and the attainment of the SDGs. In another communication, a group of WTO members highlighted “the overall benefits” of duty-free electronic transmissions.
Photo Credit: Russn_Fckr/Unsplash Report Details Methods for Measuring Lead in Paint
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have published an overview of analytical methods for measuring lead in paint both in the laboratory and in situ where lead paint has been used.
Photo by IISD | Lynn Wagner As Decade of Action Has Become a Decade of Recovery, HLPF Focuses on Pandemic Response
The annual meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) took place during its originally scheduled dates, but the COVID-19 pandemic meant that other resemblances to previous HLPF sessions were limited.
Featured Image-400 SDGs Today Platform Offers Open Access to SDG-related Data
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) launched 'SDGs Today: The Global Hub for Real-Time SDG Data' on the sidelines of the 2020 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
Image by Csaba Nagy from Pixabay WTO Contribution to HLPF Reviews Trade-related SDG Progress
The World Trade Organization (WTO) released a report for the 2020 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) that highlights the WTO’s efforts to achieve trade-specific targets in the SDGs as well as the organization’s contribution to trade across all the SDGs.
Photo by Nikita Birkbeck HLPF Event Focuses on Efforts to Realize Societies in Harmony with Nature
The Satoyama Initiative aims to protect the planet, build resilience, advance well-being, share nature’s benefits, and foster partnerships. Participants during a virtual event focused on the Initiative sought to break down how these objectives could help to drive a green post-COVID-19 recovery. 
Photos by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth VNR Planning Underway for HLPF 2021
While 47 countries are now turning to the task of implementing the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented during the July 2020 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), other countries are preparing to present a VNR to the July 2021 session of the HLPF. 

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G20 Digital Economy Ministers Meeting
22-23 July 2020 | virtual
Fourth Meeting of the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB 4)
22-25 July 2020 | virtual
Third Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework [Postpo...
27 July 2020 | Cali, Valle Del Cauca, Colombia
8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) - Europe and Central Asia
29 July 2020 | virtual
Information Sessions on Submission of Pilot Project Proposals under the Basel Convention’s Plastic...
6 August 2020 | virtual
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2020
9 August 2020 | worldwide
Exchange of Lessons Learnt and Good Practices regarding MRV Systems from Eastern and Southern Africa
12 August 2020 | virtual
International Youth Day 2020
12 August 2020 | worldwide
Virtual Conference on Low-Carbon Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals
12-14 August 2020 | virtual
The Opportunity for a Green Recovery in the Post COVID-19 Crisis in the Context of the Sustainable D...
18 August 2020 | virtual
Regional Technical Expert Meeting on Mitigation 2020 - Region: Africa
19 August 2020 | virtual
World Humanitarian Day 2020
19 August 2020 | worldwide
Regional Technical Expert Meetings on Mitigation 2020 - Region: Latin America and the Caribbean
20 August 2020 | virtual
Asia and the Pacific Transport Forum 2020
24-28 August 2020 | virtual
World Water Week 2020 at Home
24-28 August 2020 | Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden (virtual)
Regional Technical Expert Meetings on Mitigation 2020 - Region: Asia and Pacific
25 August 2020 | virtual