Climate change, like white walkers from the ‘Game of Thrones’ television series, is something too big, complex and out of our daily lives’ concerns. To really understand it, one must see and feel it for oneself. Therefore, to build the next generation of climate leaders, we have designed a unique experience: one trip around the world to learn more about climate change in theory, understand it in practice, and work on hands-on projects with other young people.
5 April 2018: The Second International Symposium on Agroecology, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), ended with the launch of a global initiative aiming to scale up agroecological production systems in support of the SDGs.
2 April 2018: Since January 2018, the Talanoa Dialogue Platform has been receiving submissions from UNFCCC Parties as well as non-Party stakeholders on the three focal questions of the Dialogue: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? This article provides a brief overview of some of the submissions received before the 2 April deadline from non-Party stakeholders.
April 2018: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has started the preparatory phase of the 17th session of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA 17), with the issuance of organizational documents and experts’ reports on ensuring the readiness of public institutions in implementing the SDGs.
11 April 2018: The World Resources Institute (WRI) and over 30 partners have released the beta version of Resource Watch. This online platform brings together hundreds of data sets to facilitate users’ efforts to evaluate and visualize the state of the environment at local, national and global levels.
9 April 2018: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has updated its Social Protection Toolbox, an online platform for policy makers to share experiences and good practices in providing healthcare and income security. The refreshed platform offers over 100 examples of good practices from around the world, and users can apply an online assessment tool to identify gaps in social protection coverage by country and population group.
7 April 2018: The 18th Mid-term Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) adopted the Baku Declaration, which reaffirms the importance of multilateralism and reiterates countries commitment to full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Conference focused on the theme, ‘Promoting international peace and security for sustainable development’.
6 April 2018: Delegates debated the root causes of migration that the Global Compact on Migration should address, whether the text should include new commitments, as well as whether to emphasize the non-legally binding nature of the document. Many supported a strong focus on children and the gender dimension of migration, with Australia calling to also add reference to people with disabilities.
6 April 2018: The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI), in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA), has launched a technology Roadmap titled, ‘Low-Carbon Transition in the Cement Industry.’ The document provides a pathway to decreasing cement industry CO2 emissions by 24% below current levels by 2050.
5 April 2018: The UN continues to undertake efforts to combat climate change in cities and to improve land-use planning. Recent developments include the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) convening a training workshop on participatory urban planning in Kenya, and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) welcoming Thimphu, Bhutan, to its ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign.
5 April 2018: A “first-of-its-kind” cost-benefit analysis of food waste in the hospitality industry found that participating hotels were able to reduce food waste by approximately 21% in just one year, saving US$7 for every dollar invested. Titled, ‘The Business Case for Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Hotels,’ the findings have been welcomed by industry and sustainability actors for their potential contribution towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 12.3, which seeks to halve food waste by 2030.
30 March 2018: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Asia Foundation launched a joint initiative for the use of online platforms to promote sustainable development and achieve the SDGs. The Partnership for Online Platforms & Sustainable Development (POPS) supports the use of digital technologies for diverse aims, including for education, entrepreneurship, and enabling financial inclusion of disadvantaged communities.
23 March 2018: The Global Covenant of Mayors for climate and energy has ramped up efforts to address climate change by merging its European and global networks, which include more than 7,500 cities. The Covenant has also launched an agenda for accelerating city research and innovation.