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E-newsletter IGES
1 October 2019

New IGES website now live!
IGES is pleased to announce that it completed the renewal of its website. Since global environmental issues have attracted more and more attention, the new design emphasises ease of use and understanding, in order to make it more accessible to a wider range of people. We will continue to enhance the information on the website and keep it up to date.

IGES website here

Launch of the special webpage "UN Climate Action Summit and SDGs Summit"

The special webpage for the “United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019” and “SDGs Summit 2019”, which were held at the United Nations headquarters in New York during September, was released. This webpage presents information and publications related to these Summits, as well as analysis and reports by IGES researchers.

More details available here

IGES declares support for the Earth League’s statement “Humanity is Tipping the Scales of the World“

On 8 July, IGES began participation as an Assessment Partner in the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF). In this role, the Institute will contribute to the evaluation of the progress of the Declaration, based on its accumulated knowledge and expertise.

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Launch of the IGES “SDG Interlinkages Analysis & Visualisation Tool” (Version 3.0)

An upgraded version of the IGES SDG Interlinkages Analysis & Visualisation Tool (Version 3.0) is now available online for free. Since 2015, IGES has developed the SDG Interlinkages Analysis & Visualisation Tool to support integrated SDG policymaking. It enables users to visualise the quantified causal links between SDG targets, identify potential synergies and trade-offs, and compare country progress and performance over time. The updated tool now offers wider country coverage, improved methodology, updated data, and an enhanced interface, among other new features.

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Co-development of the “Shimokawa SDGs Indicators”, with Hosei University and Shimokawa Town

IGES, Hosei University, and the town of Shimokawa will co-develop the “Shimokawa SDGs Indicators” to measure the degree to which local governments’ visions and plans that incorporate the SDGs are being achieved. Since the current indicators were established globally to evaluate national progress, the necessity of localising indicators has been increasing worldwide. The “Shimokawa SDGs Indicators” will gather specific local data to develop useful indicators. This type of progressive, bottom-up development has the potential to be deployed in other local governments.

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Activity Reports “JCM Workshops and Event”

IGES researchers from the Climate and Energy area held several workshops and side events on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) in the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia in August and September.

Training workshop for reviewing JCM proposed methodology

Contribution to NDC implementation through the JCM - Scaling up the JCM under the Paris Agreement -

Training workshop for Third Party Entities under the Joint Crediting Mechanism

Workshop on the Joint Crediting Mechanism in Cambodia Contribution to NDC Roadmap and SDGs Implementation

Achievements, challenges and ways forward for the Satoyama Development Mechanism: A self-assessment by the SDM Secretariat Policy Report
"Assessment of the G20 Countries’ Concrete SDG Implementation Efforts: Policies and Budgets Reported in Their 2016-2018 Voluntary National Reviews" (Mark Elder, Anna Bartalini)

This report assesses the extent to which 15 of the G20 countries are making concrete efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) based on analysis of their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), focusing on the policies and budgets. It also proposes concrete recommendations for future VNRs preparations.


Peer-reviewed Article "REDD+ Engagement Types Preferred by Japanese Private Firms: The Challenges and Opportunities in Relation to Private Sector Participation" (Forest Policy and Economics, Volume 106)

Peer-reviewed Article "Japan–India Technology Matchmaking Platform: Approach to Promote Japanese Low Carbon Technologies in Indian Industries" (Journal of Resources, Energy and Development, Volume 16, No. 1)

Working Paper "Potential Advantages of the JCM (Joint Crediting Mechanism) Implementation in India - Benefits and Contributions towards the Achievement of NDCs"
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