SDG Update – 23 April 2019

GUEST ARTICLES
First Work Programme of IPBES Will Culminate in the Release of the #GlobalAssessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
The seventh Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is expected to release the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the last deliverable of the first IPBES work programme.
Leave No Ambition Behind: Why These 21 Targets Could Save the SDGs
Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF International
2019 is a milestone year for the SDGs. It includes the first comprehensive review of progress on the entire 2030 Agenda since implementation began in 2016. This review will be held as the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) kicks off in September 2019.
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Africa Regional Forum Prepares Input to HLPF
22 April 2019: The fifth session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 5) addressed more efficient ways to raise capital to help realize the SDGs in Africa, given that achieving them will require more than USD 600 billion annually. The Forum concluded with the adoption of the Marrakech Declaration, to be presented to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).
UN Officials, Partners Call for New Approach to Partnerships
11 April 2019: Examples of how multi-stakeholder partnerships support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda were in focus at the 2019 Partnership Forum convened by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Participants from government, the UN system, the private sector and civil society discussed partnerships for advancing the SDGs to be reviewed during the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF): Goals 4 (quality education), 8 (decent work and economic growth), 10 (reduced inequalities), 13 (climate action), and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).
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ILO Marks World Day with Report on Safety and Health in the Future of Work
18 April 2019: One hundred years after the founding of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN agency reports that 2.8 million people still die each year from work-related causes. In a report launched ahead of the 2019 World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the ILO finds that more than one-third of all workers are working excessively long hours, and women workers still take on the greater share of unpaid care work with regard to children and elderly parents.
UN Permanent Representatives Hold Informal Dialogues on Communications, Service Delivery
15 April 2019: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, held the sixth meeting in her ‘Morning Minga’ series, with a focus on communication. The Mingas are a monthly breakfast dialogue with Permanent Representatives to the UN, and build on the Morning Dialogues series begun by the previous UNGA President.
WHO Forum Investigates Global Medicine Pricing
14 April 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of South Africa held a global forum to discuss pricing of essential medicines, which highlighted the problems that governments and health authorities face in enabling access to affordable medicines. Participants called for greater transparency around the cost of research, development and production of medicines.
Collaborative Partnership on Forests Launches Process to Scale Up Forest and Landscape Restoration in the Tropics
5 April 2019: A report, published under the auspices of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), sets out key elements to be considered by programmes working to scale up forest landscape restoration (FLR) in tropical regions. The report summarizes the outcomes of the First Expert Group Meeting for FLR in the Tropics, which launched a process to develop comprehensive guidance for harnessing the productive, environmental and social capacities of restored degraded tropical forests, taking into consideration emerging global issues and priorities.