SDG Update – 5 May 2017 – IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub


Gender Summit 10: Advancing Scientific Endeavors for Sustainable Development

Miyoko O Watanabe, Deputy Executive Director, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan; and Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia Ltd, U.K.

The Gender Summit (GS), an international platform for addressing gender issues in research and innovation, originated in Europe in 2011. Since then, the GS platform evolved to respond to regional needs and opportunities with separate platforms for Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Latin America. The tenth Gender Summit is about to convene in Tokyo, Japan, where scholars and policymakers will call for action on integrating gender equality into all research and innovation aimed at meeting the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Network: A Successful Model in Action

Marie Romani, MedPAN Executive Secretary

Both the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 14 (Life below Water), feature specific targets for protected area designations, making area based management tools (ABMTs) like marine protected areas (MPAs) important to their achievement. MPAs also featured in recent discussions on a draft negotiating text for an agreement on the management of biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).



Monthly Forecast: May 2017

Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) practitioners will give high-level consideration to SDGs and targets related to migration, climate, health infrastructure, water, sanitation, oceans, land, fisheries, biodiversity and forests during May.


Governments to Begin Negotiating HLPF Ministerial Declaration

3 May 2017: To date, twelve UN Member States have volunteered to present reports on national implementation of the SDGs at the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the 2017 session, including the appointment of co-facilitators for negotiating the Ministerial Declaration, and the selection of funded civil society participants from the developing countries who will present Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) this year.

G20 Energy Efficiency Task Group Launches Investment Toolkit
2 May 2017: To facilitate collaboration among the members of the Group of 20 (G20) in financing the scaling-up of energy efficiency technologies and programmes, the G20 Energy Efficiency Task Group (EETFG) has launched the Energy Efficiency Investment Toolkit.

LAC Forum Highlights Key Elements for Achieving 2030 Agenda
1 May 2017: Latin American and Caribbean countries reaffirmed their commitment to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during the first Forum of the Countries of LAC on Sustainable Development. Governments from the region emphasized their primary responsibility for fulfilling the Agenda, while stressing the importance of multilateralism and the need for participation in the process by all relevant stakeholders.

Mexican President Launches National Council for 2030 Agenda
1 May 2017: The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, officially launched the National Council for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, emphasizing that eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development will require transformations regarding “the way societies and nations live, interact and relate to each other.”