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Can Vertical Farming Stand the Test of COVID-19 and Food Insecurity?
By Zo Hasina Mbolatiana Alison Raharinarivonirina, Graduate Student in International Public Management at Sciences Po Paris, in exchange at The George Washington University (ESIA), and Courtney Wheeler, MPH, Graduate Student in Sustainable Urban Planning, The George Washington University The COVID-19 pandemic hit the world’s health, economic, and social system, as many people were pushed back into poverty. Cities hit the hardest by the virus account for 95 percent of positive cases[1]. Currently, over half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and by 2050, cities will be home to two-thirds of the global population[2], yet the urban food system, distribution, and retail were disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic[3]. With up to 70 percent of the global food supply intended for urban consumption, most countries experienced temporary shortages in basic foods[4] regardless of the income level. These developments directly challenge the achievement of SDG 11, which focuses on cities being inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. SDG target 11.5, which focuses on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations, has been particularly hard hit by the pandemic’s impacts, which exposed weaknesses in the food system.

Photo by IISD/Mike Muzurakis Moment for Nature to Provide Assessment Amid High-level Meetings
The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) outlined priorities for the remainder of the 76th session (January-September 2022). Among the high-level meetings convening in the coming months, he noted the 'Moment for Nature' that will take place in July.
Featured Image -500 2030 Agenda Statistics Group Takes Stock of Cape Town Plan
The UN’s High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-PCCB) met to review implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for sustainable development data, in light of needs for capacity development and financial resources for national statistical offices (NSOs).
Yokohama, Japan /  Viviane Okubo on Unsplash VLR Lab Adds Four Recent Local SDG Reviews
In December 2021, the online Voluntary Local Review (VLR) Lab added four VLRs to its collection. The reports were prepared by Tokyo, Yokohama, Kaohsiung, and Orlando. The VLR Lab is an online platform offering information about actions that cities and regions are taking to implement the SDGs. 

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 [Postponed]
17-21 January 2022 | Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland
UNLDC-V: Fifth UN Conference for the Least Developed Countries [Postponed]
23-27 January 2022 | Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar
International Day of Education 2022
24 January 2022 | worldwide
17th Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee
24-28 January 2022 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2022
2 February 2022 | New York City, US
World Wetlands Day 2022
2 February 2022 | worldwide
ECOSOC Coordination Segment 2022
3-4 February 2022 | New York City, US
Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) 2022
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One Ocean Summit
9-11 February 2022 | Brest, Bretagne, France
World Pulses Day 2022
10 February 2022 | worldwide
“Our Common Agenda” Thematic Consultation 1: Accelerating and Scaling Up the SDGs, Leaving No-On...
10-11 February 2022 | New York City, US
International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2022
11 February 2022 | worldwide
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55th Session of the IPCC (IPCC 55) and WGII AR6 Approval Plenary (WGII-12)
14-25 February 2022 | virtual
Global Youth Environment Assembly 2022
19-20 February 2022 | Nairobi, Kenya
World Day of Social Justice 2022
20 February 2022 | worldwide