SDG Update – 27 June 2019

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UNCTAD Releases First Annual Statistical Analysis of Selected SDGs

25 June 2019: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has issued the first annual edition of the ‘SDG Pulse,’ an online statistical publication that reports on developments relating to the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs based on analysis of several global indicators. The indicators include those related to SDGs 10, 16 and 17, which will be reviewed in depth during the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

SDG Lab Launches Toolkit to Advance the 2030 Agenda

25 June 2019: The SDG Lab, a multi-stakeholder initiative to support SDG actors based in Geneva, Switzerland, launched a toolkit that provides insight into the methods, tools and techniques that can help deliver on the 2030 Agenda. The toolkit is intended to support users in localizing the SDGs, testing new tools, connecting with new stakeholders, incubating partnerships, co-creating solutions, and learning from other implementation successes and challenges.

Consensus within Reach for Plant Treaty Working Group to Revise ABS System

23 June 2019: A working group meeting on access and benefit-sharing of plant genetic resources made progress on a listing of crops and revising the agreement for exchange of material. The meeting was suspended to allow for additional deliberation before a Governing Body in November 2019.

G20 Environment Ministers Adopt Framework to Tackle Marine Litter

16 June 2019: The Group of 20 (G20) Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth adopted a framework for action on marine plastic litter. In a Communique, the G20 Environment Ministers call for action to tackle marine plastic litter and microplastics, among other types of marine litter, and to address the adverse impacts on marine ecosystems, livelihoods, industries and human health.

UN Secretary-General Reports on Regional Action for SDGs

14 May 2019: As an input to the July 2019 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Secretary-General issued a report showing contributions of the UN regional commissions to advance the SDGs. The publication also discusses interregional cooperation and coherence for making progress on the Goals.