Earth Day: Learn how to take climate action in your workplace!

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Earth Day movement and promote climate action in office environments, the United Nations are organizing a free webinar on practical steps to green workplace environments.

Building on the successful experience of the United Nations in greening their facilities and operations in Bangkok, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will share best practices and provide guidance on how to get started on climate action in the workplace, and what main operational areas to target.

Register by 13 April 2020!
Updates and information regarding the webinar will be shared with those who register using the following link:

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14 countries from the Asia and the Pacific will be presenting their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2020 for the first or second time: Armenia*, Bangladesh*, Brunei Darussalam, D.P.R. Korea, Georgia*, India*, Kyrgyzstan, Federated States of Micronesia, Nepal*, Papua New Guinea, Russian Federation, Samoa*, Solomon Islands, Uzbekistan.

The objective of this webinar is to strengthen preparations for the 2020 VNRs, through peer-learning among the 14 reporting countries for the ESCAP region.

An exchange of experiences and lessons learned among volunteering countries, including taking stock of the institutions and stakeholders involved in the preparatory process, will enhance VNR reports and contributes towards a more consolidated product.

Presentations are available from the link here

Regional launch of Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020  New UN report highlights uneven and insufficient SDG progress, poor environmental sustainability performance

The Asia-Pacific region is in danger of failing to achieve any of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without extra efforts from all stakeholders. While many countries are moving decisively to improve the quality of education and provide access to affordable and clean energy, progress in other areas such as gender equality and building sustainable cities has been far too slow. More worryingly, the region is moving in the wrong direction when it comes to responsible consumption and production, and climate action. These findings sound the alarm for the region to urgently foster sustainable use of natural resources, increase its resilience against natural disasters and adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change through integrated policies.

For the first time, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is hosting a virtual regional launch and press briefing for its Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 on 25 March at 11.00AM – 1.00PM (Bangkok time). The report uses the latest data on global SDG indicators to determine where additional effort is needed in the region and where momentum for future progress is building. The report also spotlights the diverse patterns of progress across five Asia-Pacific subregions.

First technical webinar - Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition: Food post-harvest losses

The main objective of this webinar is to give practitioners the opportunity to interact with international experts, United Nations officers, university professors, researchers and fellow participants, throughout the world. They can be attended as interactive online sessions on Zoom, where it is possible to share perspectives, and questions to experts are encouraged. Webinars are also recorded and made available for self-study at anytime after the session.

Objectives of this Session

• Explain quality management procedures to reduce post-harvest food losses
• Introduce SDG target 12.3.1a on the Food Loss Index (FLI) and the statistical methods to measure losses
• Explore ways to reduce post-harvest food losses in South East Asian Countries

The webinar recording can be found here.
The webinar presentations can be found here.



Circular Economy - Redesigning Products Through a Circular Lens
Ethical Corporation

Delivering a circular economy and eliminating waste is a big issue facing many industries. Increasing pressure is forcing companies to look across the life cycle of all their products, to reduce impacts and increase the recyclability of products, from the start – the design stage.

In this one-hour interactive webinar discussion learn how innovative businesses are implementing circularity across all business operations.

Three senior leaders leading the discussion include:

• Ibrahim Al Zubi, Chief Sustainability Officer, MAFH – Sustainability
• Aiko Bode, Chief Sustainability and Chief Compliance Officer, Fenix Outdoor International
• Moderator: Brendan Edgerton, Director, Circular Economy, WBCSD

Key areas of discussion include:

• How to instil a circular approach within R&D and design stage
• How to make the business case for your company to embrace a circular approach
• How to attribute accounting values to investments & implementation of circular operations
• How to measure your progress towards delivering a circular economy

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SDG 12.1 Reporting for SWITCH-Asia Countries – Connecting the dots between actions and reporting

The EU funded SWITCH-Asia programme has been promoting sustainable and inclusive growth as well as contributing to the economic prosperity; poverty reduction; and the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy in Asia. Since it was launched in 2007, it has achieved more than a decade of progress on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in 24 countries in the region.

Properly reporting that progress is important in order to follow up on strong commitments and policies contributing to SCP as well as to encourage cooperation on SCP and to highlight the progress achieved. Connecting the dots between actions and reporting is therefore the next big step towards a region with sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12, is the SDG focus on SCP. The first target under SDG 12 (SDG 12.1) is reporting on the national implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP), established at Rio+20 in 2012. This target is a very comprehensive target and covers different national SCP policies and instruments.

One Planet Network, a multi-stakeholder partnership for sustainable development formed to implement the commitment of the 10 YFP, has opened a process of reporting which represents a perfect opportunity for countries benefited from SWITCH-Asia activities to report on SDG 12.1. To facilitate that process, One Planet has developed an online reporting platform, which all 10YFP NFPs will be using to submit their country’s official report on SDG12.1.

FAO Webinar - What’s in a message? The science and art of FBDGs messages

This webinar is centered on the communication and creative aspects of the food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) development process, that is “the creation of the consumer-based messages”, where the presenters will tackle some of the mentioned gaps by focusing on the following questions:

  • What are FBDGs messages? (purpose, uses, guidance principles and processes)
  • What are the lessons learned and main challenges in developing and testing FBDGs messages in LMICs? (regional experiences from Africa and Latin America)
  • What is FAO doing to capitalize on these lessons learned and to address the existing gaps?

This is the fourth of a series of six webinars on FBDGs organized by the Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Team of FAO.

Tune in on Tuesday, November 26 at 15:30-17:00 GMT +1

ReliefWeb Webinars

ReliefWeb is the leading humanitarian information source on global crises and disasters. It is a specialized digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

We provide reliable and timely information, enabling humanitarian workers to make informed decisions and to plan effective response. We collect and deliver key information, including the latest reports, maps and infographics from trusted sources.

ReliefWeb is also a valuable resource for job listings and training programs, helping humanitarians build new skills and discover exciting new career opportunities.

Diet Modelling in the Development of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines

In this webinar, we explore the potential of diet modelling for LMIC, focusing on the following questions:

  • What is diet modelling/diet optimization? What are its applications?
  • How does diet modelling fit in with the FAO process for developing FBDGs? (Introduction to the FAO diet modelling package for FBDGs)
  • What has been a country experience with diet modelling for FBDGs using the FAO package?

The webinar introduces the FAO diet modelling package for FBDGs, and highlight the experience of using the package in Zambia.

This is the third of a series of six webinars on FBDGs organized by the Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Team of FAO

To view a recording of the webinar, click here


P4R: Follow-up to the VNRs: Experiences and lessons learnt
Partners for Review

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to ‘conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels’. Reviewing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is not an end in itself but a means to improve and accelerate implementation. During the VNR countries take stock of and assess progress and shortcomings in the implementation of the goals and targets. This process is a dynamic one wherein countries are constantly implementing, assessing and readjusting their policies to achieve the goals.

Among the questions to be addressed in the webinar are the following:

  • What have countries learnt about systematically identifying lessons learnt, good practices and policy recommendations during the review process?
  • What happens after a VNR is presented?
  • What challenges do national governments face in following up and how do national policies, plans and structures evolve?
  • How can Supreme Audit Institutions contribute to and strengthen national follow-up?

In case you wish to participate in the webinar, kindly send an email with your name, position and the name of the institution you work for to: joern.geisselmann@giz.de.