SDG Update – 2 May 2019

POLICY BRIEFS
SDG Knowledge Weekly: Update and Perspectives on Belt and Road Initiative
Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US) Continuing on the infrastructure and investment themes from recent weeks’ briefs, this SDG Knowledge Weekly brief focuses on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the country’s infrastructure investments and their regional impacts. Featuring official statements, academic/expert opinions and other studies, this brief complements an SDG Knowledge Hub write-up of the BRI Forum, the resulting communiqué and other outcomes.
Monthly Forecast May 2019: Chemicals, Science and Sustainable Development Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub
May 2019 is a busy time for intergovernmental negotiations on environmental protection, as well as for discussions of governance and technology for sustainable development. Talks will cover issues from the very technical and immediate, to the sweeping, forward-looking and ambitious. In addition, several long-anticipated reports will be launched. Here is your guide to the month.
FEATURED
Second Belt and Road Forum Results in Over 283 Deliverables
27 April 2019: Heads of State and UN leaders agreed on a Joint Communiqué and over 283 deliverables at the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF). UN agencies and others announced joint projects and Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in support of inclusive, sustainable development during the Forum.
Interagency Group Identifies Antimicrobial Resistance Threat as Formidable but not Unsurmountable
29 April 2019: The UN Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance released its final report, finding that antimicrobial resistance is a global crisis that “threatens a century of progress in health and achievement of the SDGs.”
ILO Urges Advancement of Decent Work in E-waste Sector
17 April 2019: Governments, workers and employer organizations have called on countries to better manage electrical and electronic waste (e-waste), converting it into a source of decent work, urging action “at all levels.” The call came as part of an agreement reached at the conclusion of the Global Dialogue Forum on Decent Work in the Management of Electrical and Electronic Waste, convened by the International Labour Organization (ILO).
NEWS
Basel COP 14 Promotes Sound Management of Hazardous Wastes
29 April 2019: The 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal is addressing environmentally sound management (ESM) of wastes through the development of technical guidelines on waste from electronics, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), lead acid batteries and mercury, as well as certain hazardous waste treatment methods.
Basel COP Considers Partnership on Plastic Wastes
29 April 2019: A proposal to form a Partnership on Plastic Wastes is being considered at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.
Stockholm Convention COP Considers Technical Work on PCBs and DDT, Listing New Chemicals
29 April 2019: The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is addressing, among other things, proposed listing of new chemicals to Annex A, and technical work on DDT use and its alternatives, and eliminating polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).