This SDG Knowledge Weekly follows energy-related events in Bangkok and Geneva, as governments and stakeholders begin preparing for the review of SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) at this year’s session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). As energy is a ‘nexus issue’ that spans the breadth of the SDGs, our attention was also drawn to knowledge products that directly link energy to decent jobs (SDG 8), infrastructure (SDG 9) and climate action (SDG 13).
Sybren Bosch, Netherlands, Youth Participant, 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum; and Karin Cho, South Korea, Youth Participant, 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum; and Adamu Musa-Zekeri, Nigeria, Youth Participant, 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum
“Let the SDG’s shine on people around you, like a star shines on its galaxy.” Grazyna Pulawska Imagine a world, without hunger and poverty. Where people live together in equity, and in peace. Where all conditions favor sustainable development, and all activities that do not contribute to the development of our planet are either taxed or banned. Imagine that world.
1 March 2018: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has launched an effort to collect comprehensive data on disaster losses through an online tool that will capture data on achieving the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It will contribute to reducing mortality from disasters, decreasing the numbers of those affected by disasters, reducing economic losses, lessening damage to critical infrastructure, and recording the number of countries with national and local DRR strategies.
27 February 2018: Mixed messages emerged during the last week of February regarding the prospects for achieving zero hunger in Africa. Optimistic statements at the Regional Conference for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) according to which zero hunger in Africa can be achieved by 2025, were followed by a warning that adverse weather could affect food security in Southern Africa in the short term.
26 February 2018: The European Council has adopted a set of conclusions on climate diplomacy, highlighting the need for urgent implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs, and reiterating the EU’s commitment to climate action at all levels.