SDG Update – 25 July 2019


Entrepreneurial Women Are Leading Social Institutions’ Transformation in Latin America

Karessa Ramos, Social Media Data Analyst at BBVA Microfinance Foundation

Elisa Cuchupoma always wanted to run her own business, but formal lending institutions wouldn’t talk to her, since most loan officers in Peru go straight to the male head of household. Even more so in Elisa’s case, since the house they live in is under her husband’s name, meaning only he has collateral for a loan.


Companies Commit to Increase Ambition Ahead of UN Climate Action Summit

23 July 2019: Companies are calling on governments to match their commitment to set climate targets aligned with limiting the global average temperature rise to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels and a net zero future ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019.

Clean Air Initiative Announced Ahead of UN Climate Action Summit

23 July 2019: The UN, the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) have announced the ‘Clean Air Initiative,’ which calls on national and subnational governments to commit to achieving air quality that is safe for citizens, and to align climate change and air pollution policies by 2030.

Global Alliance Report Shares Three Key Findings on SDG 16+

19 July 2019: The Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies released a report on SDG 16+ that summarizes key findings and trends on a set of relevant targets from several SDGs. The Global Alliance developed the report as a contribution to the 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development’s (HLPF) thematic review of SDG 16.


FAO Develops Assessment Tools to Support Effective Community Forest Conservation

21 June 2019: There is broad consensus that community-based forestry (CBF) conservation, backed up by supportive governance arrangements, can play an important role in reducing poverty and restoring ecosystems. Two working papers, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), aim to support policymakers’ efforts to assess which CBF approaches and tenure arrangements also contribute to national and higher level objectives, and therefore contribute to the implementation of the SDGs.

Nobel Laureates, Leading Personalities Urge Immediate Action on Oceans

19 July 2019: Nobel laureates and leading personalities from science, business and culture urged public and private actors to adopt “immediately effective measures” to counteract the deterioration of the health of the oceans in a Declaration.

FAO Scenario Study Identifies Synergies as Key to Sustainable Forest Futures in Asia-Pacific

18 June 2019: For a region that is home to 55% of the world’s population, but accounts for only 18% of global forests, coordinated approaches are urgently needed to reverse biodiversity loss and manage the “special interest trade-offs [that] will, in many cases, be inevitable.” This is one of the key messages contained in the report titled, ‘Forest Futures: Sustainable Pathways for Forests, Landscapes and People in the Asia-Pacific Region,’ published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

UN Member States Receive Themes for SDG Summit

18 July 2019: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces has announced the themes of the six Leaders’ Dialogues that will take place as part of the SDG Summit in September 2019. The themes are identified in a concept note circulated to UN Member States.

UNESCO Finds 125 Countries Provide for Access to Information

18 July 2019: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conducted a global survey of countries to identify existing laws on the right to information, and how they are observed. The researchers found that 125 countries have enacted right to information laws (RTI) or similar provisions.

UNGA Marks 25th Anniversary of International Conference on Population and Development

17 July 2019: Twenty-five years have passed since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) convened in Cairo, Egypt, resulting in the adoption of the Cairo Programme of Action, which called for promoting women’s empowerment by reducing inequalities and improving access to education, decent work and reproductive health care, among other actions.