SDG Update – 11 May 2021

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Making Multilateralism Work



COVID-19 Response and Ministerial Preparations Take Center Stage at WTO General Council

The TRIPS waiver proposal and a submission from the “Ottawa Group“ of WTO members on tackling goods-related issues were “hot-button topics” during the meetings of the General Council and the WTO’s Trade Negotiations Committee. Read




UN Members Consider Adjusted Drafts for ECOSOC, HLPF Review

The intergovernmental review of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is considering calling for HLPF to review SDGs 16 and 17 annually. Read



Lessons Learned on the Road to 2030


Managing Tradeoffs between Adaptation and Decarbonization: Lessons from South Asia

Our guest author highlights that nature-based solutions in coastal India and Bangladesh are best if they are adaptive, collective, and proactive. Read




Experts Call for Chemical Accident Prevention in Beyond 2020 Framework

Speakers reported that previous accidents could have been prevented if experiences had been shared more systematically. Read



Making Trade an SDG Catalyst


WTO Members Participating in E-commerce Talks Arrive at “Clean Text” on E-signatures, Authentication

The text on e-signatures and authentication will be part of the outcome WTO members participating in the e-commerce initiative seek to deliver by MC12. Read




UNCTAD-CBD Workshop Explores Role of Legal and Sustainable Trade in Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Participants stressed BioTrade Principles and Criteria can serve as a “compass” for engaging with post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Read


Number of the Day


The intergovernmental review of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the UN Economic and Social Council is expected to develop two resolutions for adoption during the UN General Assembly’s 75th session. Read





Current and Upcoming Events

September Calendar

Events Calendar

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




Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Virtual Thematic Sessions for Latin America and the Caribbean (view)

11-13 May 2021 | Virtual


Third Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the CBD  (view)

16 May – 13 June 2021| Virtual


High-level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought  (view)


20 May 2021 | Virtual

Fourth Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (ExMOP4)  (view)


21 May 2021 | Virtual



43rd Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (OEWG43): Replenishment (view)

22-24 May 2021 | Virtual


2021 P4G Seoul Summit (view)

30-31 May 2021| Virtual