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Photo by Luis Del Río Camacho SDG Knowledge Weekly: Forests and their Linkages across the SDGs
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)
This SDG Knowledge Weekly centers on the knowledge products that fed into and were released around the 14th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), which took place from 6-10 May 2019, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

Featured Image -275 IPCC Releases Update to Its 2006 Guidelines for National GHG Inventories
12 May 2019: The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-49) has released an update to its methodology that governments use to estimate their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals. The Panel adopted the Overview Chapter of the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National GHG Inventories, and accepted the underlying report.
Photo by Hermes Rivera Chemicals and Waste Conventions Agree to Eliminate Two Chemical Groups and Address Plastic Waste, Adopt New Compliance Mechanism
10 May 2019: The 2019 joint Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions achieved several notable outcomes, including: the establishment of a compliance mechanism under the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade; the listing for elimination of dicofol and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts, and PFOA-related compounds under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs); and the adoption of an amendment to address certain plastic wastes under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.
UN Photo/Eva Fendiaspara UN Forum Discusses Forests Plan Implementation, Links Between Global Forest Goals and SDGs
10 May 2019: The 14th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF14) held technical discussions on implementation of the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF), taking into account the review cycle of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the theme of the 2019 International Day of Forests, ‘Forests and Education.’
Photo by Peter Berko Report Finds Continued Rise in Internal Displacement, Influx to Cities
10 May 2019: The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) released its yearly report on internal displacement. The 2019 edition of the Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID) focuses on urban internal displacement, observing that conflict and insecurity, climate shocks and rural economic changes often drive displacement towards cities.
Featured Image -301 Finland Assesses Progress on 2030 Agenda, SDG Implementation
May 2019: As part of its follow-up process on the 2030 Agenda, Finland has carried out various initiatives to assess progress on sustainable development in the country. The initiatives include: an assessment of the state of sustainable development in Finland in 2019, based largely on information generated through the country’s national indicators for sustainable development; an evaluation of Finland’s sustainable development policy through the Polku 2030 (‘Path 2030’) project; and the establishment of a "citizens’ panel" on sustainable development.
Featured Image - 300 Geneva-based Partners Launch Consultation on Sustainable Finance 'Ecosystem'
29 April 2019: A multistakeholder partnership has launched a public consultation on a "mapping" of organizations working on sustainable finance in and around Geneva, Switzerland, known collectively as the 'Geneva Sustainable Finance Ecosystem.' The mapping initiative seeks to better understand these organizations and provides a roadmap for identifying and reaching out to potential collaborators.
cg-158 SDSN, Bertelsmann Stiftung Invites Comments on 2019 SDG Index, Dashboard
29 April 2019: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Bertelsmann Stiftung are holding a public consultation on the 2019 edition of the Sustainable Development Report. The report includes the SDG Index and Dashboards, which provide a “report card” of each country’s performance on SDG implementation.
Featured Image -119 TERI Report Highlights Efforts to Harness Co-benefits of Climate Action and SDGs in Africa
April 2019: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India, published a report titled, ‘SDG Footprint of African NDCs: Advancing the Co-benefits Approach,’ which explores how a number of African countries are designing systems to simultaneously achieve their climate targets and the SDGs.

Petersberg Climate Dialogue X
13-14 May 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Science and Policy Forum for Implementation of Sendai Framework for DRR
13-14 May 2019 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference
13-14 May 2019 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
UNESCO International Water Conference
13-14 May 2019 | Paris, Ile-De-France, France
World Reconstruction Conference 4
13-14 May 2019 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
1st Global Planning Meeting for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
13-15 May 2019 | Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark
Global Platform for DRR 2019
13-17 May 2019 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
Good Growth Conference
13-17 May 2019 | Lima, Peru
Fourth UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)
14-15 May 2019 | New York City, US
World Hydropower Congress
14-16 May 2019 | Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Regional Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework for Latin America and the Carib...
14-17 May 2019 | Montevideo, Uruguay
10th Working Session of the ITPS
15-17 May 2019 | Rome, Lazio, Italy
23rd International Transport and Air Pollution Conference
15-17 May 2019 | Thessaloniki, Greece
Global Symposium on Soil Erosion
15-17 May 2019 | Rome, Lazio, Italy
Special G-STIC Event: Towards a One-stop Shop for Innovative, Market-ready Technological Solutions f...
16 May 2019 | New York City, US
Finance for Nature Global Summit
20-21 May 2019 | Edinburgh, Scotland, UK