In September 2000, 189 countries signed the ‘Millennium Declaration,’ shaping the principles of international cooperation for a new era of progress towards common goals. Emerging from the Cold War, we were confident about our capacity to build a multilateral order capable of tackling the big challenges of the time: hunger and extreme poverty, environmental degradation, diseases, economic shocks and the prevention of conflicts. In September 2015 again, all countries committed to an ambitious agenda on how to tackle global...
Food systems face the triple challenge of providing food security and nutrition for a growing global population, and livelihoods to farmers and others working in food supply chains around the world, all while improving environmental sustainability.
Given the deep connections between these objectives, governments can do much more to take into account the synergies and trade-offs that exist between the different areas, as well as the challenges for developing more coherent policy, according to a new OECD report.
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On 21 October, the European Committee of the Regions, EUROCITIES, CEMR, PLATFORMA and Regions4 organised a workshop on the role of the SDGs in the crisis recovery.
Estelle Göger, member of Cabinet of Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, represented the European Commission and intervened following a debate with speakers representing the diversity of local and regional authorities in the EU – regions, cities, big and small, south, north, East and West of the EU.
While there is a real risk of...
Report of the Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee, Market Risk Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Below includes the executive summary, while access to the full report can be found here: Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System
Climate change poses a major risk to the stability of the U.S. financial system and to its ability to sustain the American economy. Climate change is already impacting or is anticipated to impact nearly every facet of the economy,...
Countries need to work together to defend the ocean from a steady rise in temperature, pollution and overfishing that threatens its ability to continue supporting marine life and providing food and income to billions of people, according to a new OECD report.
Sustainable Ocean for All: Harnessing the benefits of sustainable ocean economies for developing countries says that with ocean-related economic sectors forecast to grow rapidly over the next decade, ensuring this development takes place in a sustainable way is...
The Framework will support accelerated country progress on SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) in five key areas.
UN-Water is organizing a Special Event at the July 2020 session of the UN High-level Political Forum to launch the Global Acceleration Framework.
UN-Water is preparing to launch the ‘SDG 6 Global Acceleration Framework’ to support country progress on clean water and sanitation. Members and partners met for an online consultation on the launch, which will take place on the sidelines of the UN...
Among other sessions, the committee to facilitate implementation and promote compliance under the Paris Agreement held its first meeting, and lead reviewers of biennial reports and national communications met to share experiences.
Speakers highlighted the importance of action in 2020, including for countries to submit their enhanced NDCs by the end of the year.
The UNFCCC convened a series of virtual events in early June 2020 to maintain momentum for climate action. The events allowed for an exchange of...
People are consuming more than ever. Our choices are having an unprecedented impact on the environment. The jeans, skirts or suits we wear, the pharmaceuticals and cosmetics we use, the food and drink we consume – all of these products have an impact, to varying degrees, on the environment. We need to think carefully about how we can meet our daily needs more efficiently and we need to provide the answers quickly.
We all depend to some extent on trees,...
June 04, 2020 |
• The COVID-19 crisis threatens long-lasting changes to the way we work. It is affecting employees and employers everywhere.
• The impact so far has been considerable but varies sharply according to industry and country. The latest data show that half the global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods.
• There are major concerns regarding the ongoing viability of companies, large and small. Some are in short-term survival mode – others are accelerating strategies to digitalise...
June 02, 2020 |
• The project will implement UN solutions, standards, guidelines, metrics, tools, and methodologies to help developing countries build transport, trade, and logistics resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The project is comprised of three clusters to match standards and best practices in transport and trade facilitation, taking into account new concerns related to cross-border freight transport operations and trade transactions as a result of COVID-19: contactless solutions and good practices; maximizing connectivity; and the...