SDG Update – 2 July 2019

FEATURED
Countries Reach Final Stage of Preparation for 2019 VNRs
1 July 2019: Most of the 47 countries scheduled to present voluntary national reviews (VNRs) of SDG progress during the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) have released their full VNR reports. Issuance of these reports marks one of the last steps before countries present their VNRs at the 2019 HLPF.

Japan Presents SDG Action Plan at G20 Meetings
21 June 2019: Japan has presented its ‘Expanded SDGs Action Plan 2019’ as part of its Group of 20 (G20) presidency. The Plan addresses health, education, women’s empowerment, energy, quality infrastructure, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change, and marine plastic debris.

NEWS

HLPF Background Note Summarizes LDC, LLDC Status, Trends and Challenges
1 July 2019: In advance of the 2019 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN has released a background note on the ‘Perspectives of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs).’ The note provides an introduction to the topic, status and trends and proposes two guiding questions for discussion.

HLPF Background Note Presents SDG 16 Trends, Proposes Guiding Discussion Questions
1 July 2019: In advance of the 2019 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN has released a background note on SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). The note identifies SDG 16 as a “universal challenge” requiring action for implementation and follow up in both developed and developing countries and underscores the importance of a whole-of-society approach to achieve SDG 16.

Stimson Center Presents 2020 Proposals on Fragility, Climate Governance
26 June 2019: Ahead of the UN’s 75th anniversary in 2020, the Stimson Center, a US-based think tank, presented proposals to strengthen the UN, address climate, peace and security challenges, and reinvigorate global governance. The report provides a roadmap for maximizing results at the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) high-level meeting to mark the anniversary in September 2020.

North Africa Adopts 2019-2020 Roadmap for SDG Implementation
20 June 2019: Participants at the Sixth Meeting of the Sub-Regional Coordination Mechanism (SCRM) for North Africa agreed on a revised joint roadmap to support SDG implementation in 2019-2020, following on the creation of a draft roadmap in 2018. The SCRM is coordinated by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The SRCM also adopted a framework to implement and monitor progress on the roadmap.
G20 Countries Seek to Accelerate Energy Efficiency Progress through Cooperation
18 June 2019: The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) has released a report on energy efficiency in G20 economies that presents an update on the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme (EELP) and an overview of technical work undertaken during the year.

‘Movement Map’ Shows Canadian CSOs Working on SDGs
14 June 2019: The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) has launched a ‘Movement Map,’ which displays 11,651 civil society organizations (CSOs) in Canada working to support SDG implementation. The map seeks to illustrate the scale and scope of SDG activities.

Discussion Note Identifies Climate-SDG Synergies Ahead of SDG 13 Review
June 2019: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has published a background note in preparation for the review of SDG 13 (climate action) that will take place during the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The publication notes that progress on SDG 13 is falling short of what is needed to meet the global targets by 2030, and invites reflection on key areas of focus.

Publication Provides Foundation for HLPF Review of SDG 17
June 2019: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has published a background note on financing the SDGs, in preparation for the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The July session will conduct an in-depth review of SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals). According to the note, the review session will consider recommendations for implementing ideas contained in the outcome document of the UN Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) 2019 Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum).

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