SDG Update – 20 July 2021

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News, Sustainability News


HLPF Alert



HLPF Discusses 42 VNRs, Stumbling Blocks to 2030 Agenda

The VNR presentations underscored that governments “have not given up” on the SDGs amid setbacks. Read




Expanded View of Wealth Can Inform COVID Recovery: HLPF Side Event

Comprehensive measurement captures SDG progress better than traditional GDP measures. Read




Side Event Highlights Efforts to Make SDG Data More Accessible to Youth

A new dashboard enables youth to use data visualization to track youth-related SDG indicators. Read


Making Trade an SDG Catalyst



WTO Members Move Closer to Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies

During a WTO ministerial meeting on 15 July 2021, ministers and heads of delegations confirmed the current negotiating text can be used as the basis for finalizing the negotiations. Read

Raising Ambition for Climate Action



Trading Begins under China’s National ETS

The ETS “could be an important market-based instrument to help the country meet its recently enhanced climate goals,” although critics have raised questions about its effectiveness. Read



Number of the Day


During the 2021 HLPF, governments and stakeholders discussed global progress towards nine of the 17 SDGs and how to accelerate their achievement by 2030.Read






Current and Upcoming Events

Events Calendar

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




Basel Convention COP15, Rotterdam Convention COP10 and Stockholm Convention COP10 (view)

26-30 July 2021 | Virtual


Regional Climate Weeks 2021: Ministerial Session for Africa  (view)

9-10 August 2021 | Virtual

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2021 (view)

9 August 2021 | Virtual

International Youth Day 2021   (view)

12 August 2021 | Virtual


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

23-25 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