Welcome to the IRForum blog. Here you will find posts on sustainable development topics from IRF member organisations.
Can green bonds help India meet growing energy demand sustainably, ask Mandira Thakur from IRF partner, Development Alternatives
The zero draft of the UN summit outcomes on the Sustainable Development Goals does credit to global discussions to date, but Kitty van der Heijden and Mathilde Bouyé from WRI find there is still scope for improvement.
How do the Sustainable Development Goals relate to existing national targets? Paula Lucci and Andrew Scott from ODI warn report back on their study, Mind the Gap, looking at national targets in 75 countries.
Evidence suggests that changes to the climate could undermine efforts to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in the world's Least Developed Countries.
The 'zero draft' text for the Sustainable Development Goals includes 17 goals and 169 targets but Elizabeth Stuart from ODI suggests there is still room for improvement.
Sustainable consumption and production is inter-weaved into the Sustainable Development Goals, but realising this will require a deeper understanding of how societies consume and robust monitoring, argues Mandira Thakur from IRF2015 partner Development Alternatives.
As the UN Forum on Forests meeting gets underway in New York, IIED's Jonathan Reeves argues that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – particularly for forests – depends upon integration and compromise, and asks whether the political will exists to lay aside egos and break down institutional barriers.
The post-2015 agenda sees four major strands of global decision-making come together. Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development and a Senior Fellow in IIED's Climate Change group, explains why they are so important for the Least Developed Countries.
How can small states with limited resources have an effective voice in the post-2015 negotiations? Cletus Springer, the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute’s (CANARI) Green Economy Advisor has been looking back at the Caribbean experience at the Rio summit in 1992 and finds that regional collaboration is key.
Ahead of the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, IIED’s David Satterthwaite highlights the disconnect that exists between the commitments made by national governments at international conferences and finance available for the (mostly local) institutions that can meet them.