Our daily lives pose serious threats to tropical forests and ecosystems. When we eat meat or chocolate or when we use toothpaste or apply makeup, we are using products such as soy and palm oil. These commodities require large areas of land – areas for which tropical forest is often cut or valuable grassland is cleared.
The achievements of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Paris Agreement on climate change must not lose momentum at this crucial stage of implementation. Now is the time to up the game on climate action and the delivery of all SDGs. But how can policy-makers turn these ambitious agendas into coherent policies? And what tools are available to practitioners so that policy becomes transformative change – in the form of investments, infrastructure and development capacities?
Building on last month’s busy agenda, which included the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), the third One Planet Summit and the second substantive session of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group working towards a Global Pact for the Environment, April brings renewed focus to: climate change and linkages between the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; biodiversity, including conservation and sustainable use of areas beyond national jurisdiction; sound management of chemicals and waste, and regional sustainable development and finance for sustainable development, among other issues.
Reflecting on the theme of this year’s World Water Day, “leaving no one behind,” this SDG Knowledge Weekly reviews recent reports and articles related to securing clean water and sanitation (SDG 6) for all, including the Goal’s linkages to other international frameworks, the business world, and the data revolution.
4 April 2019: The UN’s Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development (IATF) has launched the 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report. The report introduces “integrated national financing frameworks” to help countries align their financing policies with their strategies and priorities. The authors also call for “repurposing” the global institutional architecture to create a more sustainable global economy.
25 March 2019: The co-facilitators for negotiations on the outcome document of the 2019 Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) Follow-up convened a session for initial comments on the zero draft. The next stage is paragraph-by-paragraph negotiations on the draft text, which were expected to begin on 27 March 2019.