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June 17th Workshop SDG 16 as a cross-cutting goal to address health, climate change, energy and food security

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  SDG 16 as a cross-cutting goal to address health, climate change, energy and food security. Programme for Friends of Governance Workshop June 17th- 8:45- 1:00pm New York time (EDT) Virtual Meeting Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BKCxQ9fHS8e4DG-GTHF5dw   Hosted by the government of Indonesia on behalf of the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development ( Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development ) in cooperation with the UN-DESA Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development     8:45-9:00: Welcome Moderator and welcome:     Yvonne Mewengkang, Counsellor Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia ·        Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor in Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina.   ·        Marion Barthelemy, Director, Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA   9:00

Why Mixed Messages Could Turn Boris Johnson’s Glasgow Climate Summit Dream into a Nightmare

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First published in Inter Press Service here. By Felix Dodds and Chris Spence How are preparations for the Glasgow Climate Summit in November proceeding? Currently, we are more than halfway through three weeks of virtual preparatory negotiations taking place in June. These online talks are challenging in their own right, just as many had feared   (see: ‘Should the 2021 Climate Summit in Glasgow Still Take Place?’ ). As we enter the final few months before Glasgow, however, there is room both for optimism and deep concern. Curiously, both of these emotions center squarely on the critical role of the host government. The success or failure of a climate summit of this magnitude depends greatly on the role of the host government—or “Presidency”. In the past, we have seen both unfortunate missteps from the Presidency, such as Copenhagen in 2009, as well as untrammeled successes, like Paris in 2015. There are several common elements that make up a good or even a great Presidency. Fir

July 1st - Building a Sustainable and Resilient Future: Subnational Governments Leading Integrated Approaches for People, Planet, and Prosperity

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  High-Level Event on the occasion of the 2021 High-level Political Forum    1 July 2021  8:30-10:00 EDT | 14:30-16:00 CEST The global community is seeking to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the pressing climate and biodiversity emergencies. Subnational governments are key to the success of all 17 SDGs that aim to transform the world into the future we want. The 2030 Agenda is the world’s roadmap for advancing human progress and protecting the planet, but we are not on track and will fail to meet most of the 17 SDGs unless we adopt a systemic approach that manages environmental risks and opportunities. In addition, the pandemic has exposed social and economic inequalities and the inextricable link between human and planetary health. The recovery plans offer an opportunity to chart a new path and urge all levels of government to respond collaboratively. 2021 marks a year of critical m