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).
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).
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.
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.