SDG Update – 14 December 2017


A compilation of items recently posted to the SDG Knowledge Hub

GENERATION 2030 Women and Girls’ Education: The Overlooked Link for Achieving SDG 2

Juan Lattanzio, MA Candidate, George Washington University; and Sandy Maroun, MA Candidate, George Washington University; and Rebecca Rewald, MA Candidate, George Washington University It is widely accepted that access to agricultural inputs, like land, improved seeds, fertilizer, and technology, is crucial for increasing the agricultural success of smallholder farmers. Providing female farmers with access to these resources would go a long way, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in closing the 20-30 percent yield gap between women and men in agriculture (2011). However, educating women is too easily overlooked as one of the main ways we could increase the agriculture productivity of female farmers and thus, the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2: Zero Hunger.


Global Leaders Announce Stepped up Climate Action in Paris

12 December 2017: On the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change, global leaders representing states, cities, businesses and civil society came together again in Paris to demonstrate their collective resolve to fight climate change, with renewed commitments towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

WESP 2018 Cites Opportunity to Refocus Policies

12 December 2017: The World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2018 finds that global economic growth has increased by three percent, and suggests that policymakers take the opportunity to readjust policies towards long-term issues that have hindered progress towards the SDGs, including by removing obstacles to development and tackling climate change and inequalities.

UNEP Frontiers Report Highlights Six Emerging Issues

December 2017: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP or UN Environment) has released its ‘Frontiers 2017’ report on novel environmental challenges facing the planet. The report focuses on six emerging issues: marine protected areas (MPAs) and sustainable development; sand and dust storms; environmental displacement; off-grid solar solutions; the environmental dimensions of antimicrobial resistance (AMR); and nanomaterials.


Doha Amendment Reaches 95 Ratifications

12 December 2017: France has become the latest country to ratify the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, depositing its instrument of acceptance on 30 November 2017, ahead of the One Planet Summit. France hosted the Summit, which took place on 12 December 2017, in Paris.

Second Committee Concludes Work on Resolutions, Invites High-level Events

12 December 2017: UN officials provided an update on the adoption of draft resolutions considered by the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial). In a briefing for Major Groups and Other Stakeholders, the representatives from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) also highlighted upcoming steps towards the review of UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) reforms and key events to be held in the UNGA in 2018.

ESCAP Committee Highlights Tax Reforms for SDG Financing

8 December 2017: A committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) recommended strengthening assistance to Member States, especially SIDS, LDCs and LLDCs, while also calling on countries to take an integrated approach towards macroeconomic assessment, poverty reduction policies, and SDG financing. Also at the meeting, ESCAP and Oxfam launched a joint report highlighting the potential for tax policies to tackle rising inequality in countries in the region.

Mexico Meeting Stresses Need for Cooperation on Migration

7 December 2017: A three-day meeting in Mexico kicked off the stocktaking phase of the preparatory process for the global compact on migration. In his closing remarks to the meeting, UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak noted that participants agreed that the current response to international migration is unsustainable and that a credible follow-up mechanism is essential.

EU Funds CITES, UNODC and CMS Collaboration on Wildlife Conservation

5 December 2017: The European Union has signed a €17.2m Euro agreement with three UN institutions – the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) – to support implementation of targets under the Sustainable Development Goal on life on land (SDG 15) in African and Indian Ocean countries.

AU, EU Leaders Set Common Priorities for Youth, Migration

30 November 2017: Leaders from Africa and Europe adopted a joint declaration on common priorities for partnership at the conclusion of the Fifth African Union-European Union Summit. In the joint declaration, AU and EU leaders outline common priorities in four strategic areas: economic opportunity for youth; peace and security; mobility and migration; and cooperation on governance.