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Commentary (Op. Ed)
- The APFSD has grown into a useful multi-stakeholder platform for sharing experiences and networking around sustainable development. - It is important to examine whether stakeholder engagement provides meaningful space for the stakeholders and whether it is built on the “minimum requirement” of protecting and respecting human rights. - Subregional...
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- The deliberations of the Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific provide a guide for what to look for from the Asia Pacific delegates during UNEA4. - During the Forum: Asia Pacific showed a strong interest in waste management and resource efficiency; the Forum’s discussions on innovation touched on technical, policy, and...
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Commentary (Op. Ed)
COP24 was ‘the most important COP since the Paris Agreement”. The aim of this conference was for Parties to agree on rules to operate the Paris Agreement and to reflect the new IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C in the process to check their ambition and speed up actions, so that the Agreement can be optimally operated to mitigate and...
Commentary (Op. Ed)
Author:
Michael
Lettenmeier
Viivi
Toivio
This commentary summarises the key findings and implications of the study on Lifestyle Carbon Footprints: Long-term targets and case studies of the carbon footprints of household consumption. This study introduces and develops an approach to establishing lifestyle carbon footprints: greenhouse gases directly emitted during and indirectly induced by...
Commentary (Op. Ed)
Author:
Augustine
Kwan
In Southeast Asia, national governments are busy incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into national development policies. But while central mandates for implementing the goals are expected to eventually “trickle down” to cities, this process is being slowed by the comprehensive nature of the goals, requiring significant...
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Commentary (Op. Ed)
At the May 2017 session of UN Climate Change Conference (SB 46) and the Innovate4Climate, Parties and non-Party stakeholders explored Article 6 implementation, innovation, and the role of non-Party stakeholders. The inclusion of Article 6 to cater to market-based mechanisms in the celebrated Paris Agreement (PA) was a surprising turnout even for...
Commentary (Op. Ed)
IISD SDG Knowledge Hub Guest Articles
This article proposes a conceptual framework that identified five types of Goals, and explains the complex relationships among them. Means-type goals can be classified into five categories, by function: resources, environment, education, economy, and governance. Approaching the SDGs as a system where different goals play different roles can help to...
Commentary (Op. Ed)
Following last year’s agreement over the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), much of the international community’s attention has focused on what data would be needed to assess progress on the new development agenda. Answering this question has proven challenging. Part of the challenge stems from the sizable difficulties of gathering quality data...