SDG Update – 28 January 2021

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Raising Ambition for Climate Action

US Announces Plans for NDC and Whole-of-Government Climate Action

Among other actions, the US will reconvene the Major Economies Forum and will prepare a nationally determined contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. Read

17 Global Champions Announced for UN High-level Dialogue on Energy

Global Champions will spearhead advocacy, raise awareness, and inspire commitments and action on the Dialogue’s five themes. Read

NDC Partnership Reflects on Milestone Year for Climate Ambition

Requests for support have focused around how to: mainstream climate action into sustainable development; finance climate action; and enhance NDC quality and raise ambition. Read

Making Multilateralism Work

María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly at the G77 Annual Ministerial

Fulfilling the Promise of the UN75 Declaration

The UN75 Global Dialogues illustrated what kind of future and UN people want; the Secretary-General must deliver on how we get there. Read

Managing Chemicals of Concern
UNEP Report Identifies Top Actions to Minimize Adverse Impacts of Pesticides, Fertilizers

The authors call for incentivizing healthy and sustainable consumer choices and consumption, and ensuring access to low-risk pesticides and suitable fertilizers. Read

Trade Barometer
UNCTAD Reveals Economic Slowdown Before COVID-19, Provides Key Data on RCEP Agreement

Trade tensions between the US and China, fears over Brexit, and a negative global output outlook contributed to a widespread trade downturn in 2019 that preceded the pandemic. Read

HLPF Alert
Regions to Hold Sustainable Development Forums Ahead of 2021 HLPF

Each Forum in March will include a workshop for countries presenting their VNRs in 2021. Read

UN Member States Identify Preferences for 2021 HLPF Declaration

The G-77/China has identified its concerns with the process that did not yield an agreement on the draft 2020 HLPF Declaration.  Read