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Shaping and Seizing an Emerging Consensus: Driving Action in COVID-19 Response, Recovery, and Beyond
By Navid Hanif Since the onset of the pandemic, the UN has used its trusted, universally representative voice to catalyze action across the financing spectrum. It is time to turn the strong recommendations crafted through UN processes into targeted action.

Photo Credit: Charles Netzler SPREP Report Assesses State of Environment and Conservation in Pacific Islands
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has developed a State of the Environment (SoE) report for the Pacific islands, the first of its kind. It reveals areas of progress as a result of conservation efforts, as well outstanding and newly emerging issues.

Photo by Bas Emmen Brief Finds Producer Responsibility Laws Reduce Waste, Protect Natural Resources
Extended producer responsibility is a critical way to prevent the over-exploitation of natural resources and protect human and environmental wellbeing. This is one of the proposals in a new policy brief extracting lessons from the past 50 years in sustainable development policymaking at the UN.
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A working group on financial considerations for chemicals management beyond 2020 has completed its work, and the co-facilitators have issued a final report. The discussions held over four months addressed private sector involvement in the sound management of chemicals and waste, a clearinghouse mechanism to track aid, and a strategy for resource mobilization, among other topics.
3 women wearing graduation gowns having a conversation Global Index Ranks Universities' SDG Performance
A higher education publication has issued its 2021 findings on the SDG performance of universities globally. The top ten include higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the US, and New Zealand. Universities in Portugal and South Korea rank as most improved.
Photo Credit: Carlos Delgado P4G from Copenhagen to Seoul: Accelerating Partnerships Towards SDGs, Paris Agreement
Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G) – an incubator and accelerator of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to reach the “mutually reinforcing” agendas on sustainable development and climate action – is seeking to position P4G as a delivery mechanism to build back better and greener in this Decade of Action. At the SDG Knowledge Hub, we look back at the first P4G summit, held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2018, and its role in developing, accelerating, and scaling PPPs towards the 2021 P4G Seoul Summit and global sustainability goals.
Solar Farm, US. Credit: American Public Power Association Leaders Summit Showcases Clean Energy Commitments to Tackle Global Climate Crisis
US President Joe Biden convened 40 world leaders to “galvanize efforts” by the world’s major economies to tackle climate change, highlight economic benefits of early, “decisive” action, and catalyze global cooperation and ambition to “increase the chances for meaningful outcomes” at the Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in the UK, slated to take place in November 2021.
Featured Image -240 US Sets Target to Reduce Emissions by 50-52% Below 2005 Levels in 2030
In advance of the Leaders Summit on Climate, convened by US President Joe Biden from 22-23 April 2021, the US submitted its new nationally determined contribution (NDC). The NDC sets an economy-wide target for the US to reduce its net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels in 2030.

16th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 16)
26-30 April 2021 | virtual
Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2021
27-28 April 2021 | virtual
World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021
28 April 2021 | worldwide
FOGGS Panel Discussion: Assessing President Biden's Climate Summit: Is the dial moving closer to 1.5...
29 April 2021 | virtual
High-level Interactive Dialogue on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
29 April 2021 | New York City, US
Special Meeting of the Council on International Cooperation in Tax Matters 2021
29 April 2021 | New York City, US
ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2021
3 May 2021 | New York City, US (virtual)
G20 Culture Ministers’ Meeting 2021
3 May 2021 | Rome, Lazio, Italy
World Press Freedom Day 2021
3 May 2021 | worldwide
24th Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the CBD
3 May - 9 June 2021 | virtual
G20 Tourism Ministers’ Meeting 2021
4 May 2021 | Rome, Lazio, Italy
UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum)
4-5 May 2021 | New York City, US
VEF Virtual Series: Galvanising Political Action - Food Systems Track
5 May 2021 | virtual
Petersberg Climate Dialogue XII
6-7 May 2021 | virtual
UN Development Cooperation Forum 2021
6-7 May 2021 | New York City, US
World Migratory Bird Day 2021
8 May 2021 | worldwide