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Articles from Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Photo Credit: Parradee Kietsirikul UN Secretary-General’s Report Assesses Progress Made on SDGs Since 2015
The UN has released the UN Secretary-General’s annual report on SDG progress. The report updates on progress made since 2015 against the global SDG indicator framework. It will inform discussions during the July 2024 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
Photo Credit: Pixabay ECOSOC Committee for Development Policy Contributes to HLPF 2024
The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has published a report addressing the challenges and opportunities of innovation ecosystems for development, structural change, and equity. A contribution to the theme of ECOSOC’s 2024 session, the report will inform deliberations during the 2024 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in July.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth Intellectual Property + Genetic Resources + Traditional Knowledge = Treaty
Member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) adopted a new treaty addressing the interface between intellectual property (IP), genetic resources, and traditional knowledge. The treaty establishes a disclosure requirement for patent applicants who base their inventions on genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge.
UN Photo/Victoria Hazou Ministers Declare Will to Translate Water Commitments into Actions
Ministers attending the 10th World Water Forum have issued an urgent call to translate commitments into policies, plans, and actions by conserving, protecting, and sustainably using water resources, including groundwater. The Forum sought to provide a global platform for exploring inclusive and innovative solutions for critical water-related issues to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.
Photo Credit: UNDP | Syria Abdalmalek Alabdalaa World Entrepreneurs Call for Harnessing Power of Innovation for SDGs
The 2024 World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum adopted a declaration calling on the international community “to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation in pursuit of the [SDGs], with a strong emphasis on including women, youth, persons with disabilities and productive families in these efforts.”
Photo credit: © FAO/Sumy Sadurni Project to Scale Urban Nature-based Solutions for Adaptation in Africa
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have launched a project that will use nature-based solutions (NbS) to undertake watershed restoration and climate change adaptation actions in cities in sub-Saharan Africa. The projects aims to improve the resilience of 2.2 million people in Dire Dawa (Ethiopia), Kigali (Rwanda), and Johannesburg (South Africa).

Articles from Wednesday, 5 June 2024

Driving Transformative Adaptation to Extreme Heat
By Lauren Anderson and Sheela Patel On this Heat Action Day, observed on 2 June, the climate-driven threat of extreme heat has jumped from the pages of assessment reports to the lived experience of millions. At the end of May, New Delhi recorded a record setting high temperature of 49°C, with northern Indian states reporting dozens of heat-related deaths. The monkeys and birds were even succumbing to heatstroke, falling out of trees. Conditions were not that much different in neighboring Pakistan, which also battled wildfires. A few weeks back, heat shut down the schools in South Sudan and Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Power of Youth: Driving SDG Progress Through Teenage Innovation
By Charlotte Tucker, The Earth Foundation Today’s global youth population is the largest in history. There are 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24 years across the world, with forecasts suggesting the number of youth is expected to grow by 7% by 2030 (the target year of the SDGs).

Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth Co-facilitators of ECOSOC and HLPF Review Forward Resolution to UNGA
The co-facilitators of the intergovernmental process to review the arrangements for the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) have submitted the draft resolution to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for consideration. The UNGA is expected to discuss the resolution at its 88th plenary meeting on 7 June 2024.
Featured Image - 406 UN Report Calls for Holistic, Adaptable Policy Approaches to Achieve SDGs
The UN has issued the UN Secretary-General’s report exploring the long-term impacts of current trends on the realization of the SDGs. The report calls for tangible and holistic responses at all levels that prioritize policies aimed at revitalizing inclusive, sustained, and sustainable economic growth while reversing geoeconomic fragmentation.
Photo Credit: Lynn Wagner SIDS4 Outcome Outlines Actions to Achieve SIDS’ Priorities by 2034
The Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) approved its outcome document, ‘Antigua and Barbuda Agenda for SIDS: A Renewed Declaration for Resilient Prosperity’ (ABAS). Negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the document was adopted by acclamation without further discussion.
Monkey in the DRC - Photo credit FAO / Thomas Nicolon CBD Subsidiary Bodies Face Challenges Posed by Expanding Agenda
The Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) and the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) made progress on the monitoring framework for the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), including relevant indicators and mechanisms for planning, monitoring, reporting, and review.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth IISD Glossary Compiles Key Terms, Acronyms Used in Climate Change Talks
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has published clear, concise definitions of the key terms and acronyms used in UN climate talks and beyond. Compiled by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) team ahead of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, the glossary is a resource for those who sometimes can get lost in the jargon and “acronym soup” of climate negotiations.
Gaibandha, Bangladesh © FAO/Fahad Kaizer Developed Countries Surpass USD 100 Billion in Climate Finance in 2022
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its latest climate finance data, according to which developed countries provided and mobilized USD 115.9 billion in climate finance for developing countries in 2022. This is the first time developed countries have met the USD 100 billion per year commitment, two years later than the initial target date of 2020. The commitment was later extended through to 2025.
Photo Credit: Stuart Chape Index Offers Granular View of Progress Towards SDGs, Paris Agreement, GBF
Researchers have released 2024 rankings of 180 countries on their progress in mitigating climate change, safeguarding ecosystems, and promoting environmental health, based on 58 indicators across 11 issue categories. The 2024 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) tracks progress towards the SDGs, the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the targets of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF).
Photo Credit: Remi Parmentier UN-Water, Partners Estimate Water Requirements of Climate Mitigation
The International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA) and the UN-Water Expert Group on Water and Climate Change have published a study estimating water requirements of climate change mitigation measures. The report identifies trends related to the water intensity of mitigation and adaptation options considered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and recommends countries take these into account in their climate policies.
Photo by IISD/ENB | Sean Wu UN Civil Society Town Hall Lays Agenda for Inclusive Summit of the Future
By Wangu Mwangi, Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Team Leader In the last of a series of town halls organized as part of the 2024 UN Civil Society Conference (2024UNCSC), members of the planning committee and representatives of diverse civil society coalitions offered their reflections on the process and their expectations for the upcoming Summit of the Future (SoF) in September 2024.

Second Global Meeting of National Focal Points for the Montevideo Programme
3-5 June 2024 | Nairobi, Kenya
Second Session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee of the Third UN Conference on LLDCs
3-5 June 2024 | New York City, US
26th Session of the Intergovernmental Council of the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme
3-7 June 2024 | Paris, Ile-De-France, France
63rd meeting of the Standing Committee to the Convention on Wetlands
3-7 June 2024 | Gland, Vaud, Switzerland
60th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies
3-13 June 2024 | Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing 2024
5 June 2024 | worldwide
OECD Roundtable on Climate Finance
5 June 2024 | Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
World Environment Day 2024
5 June 2024 | worldwide
June 2024 ECOSOC Management Segment
5-6 June 2024 | New York City, US
High Level Event on Ocean Action: Immersed in Change
7-8 June 2024 | San Jose, Costa Rica
World Oceans Day
8 June 2024 | worldwide
2024 OECD Forum on Gender Equality
10-11 June 2024 | Paris, Ile-De-France, France
Third Dushanbe Water Action Decade Conference
10-13 June 2024 | Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan
CIF Trust Fund Committee Meetings
10-14 June 2024 | Washington D.C., US
G7 Summit 2024
13-15 June 2024 | Putignano, Puglia, Italy
Launch of the 2024 Sustainable Development Report
17 June 2024 | Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 2024
17 June 2024 | worldwide
67th Meeting of the GEF Council
17-21 June 2024 | Washington D.C., US
OEWG 3: Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste an...
17-21 June 2024 | Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
ECOSOC Meeting on the Transition from Relief to Development 2024
18 June 2024 | New York City, US
Third UN Conference on LLDCs [postponed]
18-21 June 2024 | Kigali, Rwanda
ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment 2024
19-21 June 2024 | New York City, US