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2014 site archive

Can the road to Paris lead to the road to dignity?

Fri, 2014-12-12 15:54
Jonathan Reeves

As climate negotiations draw to a close in Lima, Jonathan Reeves reflects on the UN Secretary General's synthesis report on the post-2015 agenda and asks whether the "road to dignity" will take us to the right destination.

Image from COP20 in Lima showing arrows pointing in opposite directions

So many roads, so much at stake
So many dead ends, I’m at the edge of the lake
Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take
To find dignity

(Bob Dylan)

A quick perspective on the UN Secretary-General's vision for a post-2015 agenda

Thu, 2014-12-11 10:43
Kitty van der Heijden, Peter Hazlewood and Sonya Suter

The UN Secretary-General's synthesis report provides a compelling narrative and vision, IRF partner, WRI argues, but the lack of specificity in the proposals pose a challenge to member states as they enter into negotiations.   

image shows man with bicycle

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recently released Synthesis Report, “The Road to Dignity by 2030,” aims to help set the stage for intergovernmental negotiations on a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals. In brief, the report:

Food Security in Zambia - Beyond the MDGs

Wed, 2014-12-10 16:34
Thabileng Mothabi and Nina Weitz

Thabileng Mothabi is an Economic and Social Justice Researcher with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and Nina Weitz is a Research Associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

While Zambia’s is undergoing rapid development, it still faces food security challenges, but a joint research project is looking at how these can be tackled, looking forward to how countries in southern Africa can achieve sustainable forms of development, as envisaged by the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

Assessing the OWG - a way forward


This informal note was produced by IRF2015 in response to the Open Working Group (OWG) outcome document and proposes three ways forward intended to mobilize action and contribute to measuring progress and strengthening accountability.  It includes suggestions for the use of meta-metrics, building on four key principles for "transformative change".