SDG Update – 8 October 2019

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Guest articles

Where To for HLPF Review Process?

Civil society has a range of proposals including strengthening the multi-stakeholder dimension, providing more time for Voluntary National Reviews, and making the review process inclusive and transparent. Read

How the Joint Crediting Mechanism Can Contribute to NDCs Implementation and SDG Achievement

Leveraging synergies between the climate agenda and development targets remains a challenge – but the JCM can help advance both. Read

A New Paradigm to Achieve Water Security and the SDGs in the Arab Region

Many countries are at risk of running out of water, especially in the Arab region. Our guest authors share what needs to change when it comes to integrated regional partnerships. Read

Policy Briefs

Monthly Forecast October 2019: First Opportunities to Act on September Pledges

The October calendar is full of meetings on climate, energy, cities, chemicals and the ocean. The UN General Assembly Second Committee will also set to work, with the HLPF Review process high on its agenda. Read


UNEP-WCMC, Partners Synthesize Approaches to Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

A report tries to identify some of the best available data, tools and platforms to support the framework’s design and implementation. Read

SAICM Intersessional Meeting Paves Way for “Beyond 2020” Negotiations

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management delegates did not produce a zero draft, but they did make progress identifying key issues that should be incorporated in a “Beyond 2020” framework. Read

Escazú Agreement on Rio Principle 10 Gains Signatures, Ratifications

The agreement on access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters now has six ratifications. Eleven are needed for it to enter into force. Read

Five Organizations Launch Partnership to Protect Intact Forests

Partnership will focus on the Amazon, Congo Basin, New Guinea and the northern boreal zone. Read

High-Level Commission Report Makes Case for Carbon Pricing

One of the primary objectives of the report is to address – and calm – common concerns about putting a price on carbon Read