SDG Update – 11 August 2021

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Raising Ambition for Climate Action


IPCC Assessment of Climate Change Science Finds Many Changes are Irreversible

The report finds that global surface temperature will continue to increase until at least 2050 and changes such as those in the ocean, ice sheets, and global sea level are irreversible. Read


Indonesia’s LEDS Identifies Partnerships as Key to Achieve Paris Agreement

Indonesia’s long-term low-emission development strategy emphasizes the role of international partnership through trade and investment, research, technology cooperation, finance flows, and capacity development. Read


Stakeholders Identify Gaps Across HLDE Themes, Provide Recommendations

It remains to be seen whether governments can address stakeholders’ concerns that might stand in the way of new, ambitious energy compacts in a way that would help the world win the race against time and achieve SDG 7. Read


EU Unveils Planned Carbon Tax on Imports Amid U.S., Japanese Concerns

The mechanism aims to protect the EU’s domestic industry from carbon leakage. Read




Localizing the 2030 Agenda


Yokohama Program Supports Sustainable Solutions in Partner Cities

New brief identifies lessons learned while sharing Yokohama’s expertise in sustainable urban development with other cities. Read


Saving Young Lives, Protecting the Planet, and Growing the Economy: Road Safety for 2030

Our guest authors identify three ways to make streets safer for children and youth everywhere. Read



Number of the Day


IPCC Working Group I’s contribution to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report indicates the effects of strong, rapid, and sustained emission reductions in terms of global surface temperature trends will begin to emerge after around 20 years. Read




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Current and Upcoming Events

  Events Calendar

  Click the calendar to view the full lineup of global SDG events     and processes, or see highlights below.



International Youth Day 2021   (view)

12 August 2021 | Virtual


Third Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (view

23 August – 3 September 2021 | Virtual

Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Ministerial Session for Latin America and the Caribbean  (view)

23-25 August 2021 | Virtual

Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution (view)

1-2 September 2021 | Virtual


IUCN World Conservation Congress  (view)

3-11 September 2021 | Virtual


High-level Dialogue on Energy (view)

24 September 2021| New York City, US