Welcome to the IRForum blog. Here you will find posts on sustainable development topics from IRF member organisations.
The Open Working Group is meeting again this week to gather its thoughts on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In focus this time are infrastructure, trade, growth and energy. While there may not ultimately be a specific goal on each of these, the drafting process is gradually gathering pace.
New global sustainable development goals (SDGs) will need to address the special vulnerabilities and opportunities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) if they are to have any relevance for these fifty-two countries and territories. A recent report by SIDS lays out sustainable development priorities that must be effectively addressed in the post-2015 development agenda.
The agreement to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was perhaps one of the more significant outcomes of Rio+20. But the construction of the SDGs may already be running into the same challenges that the MDGs encountered, mainly the inability to challenge the structural and systemic causes of unsustainability.
What worked and what struggled when it comes to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? And what lessons could help design future commitments, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? As representatives arrive in New York for the 68th UN General Assembly (17-September to 1 October), the Independent Research Forum-2015 looks back—and then forward.
In July, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released “A Life of Dignity for All: Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.” As representatives arrive in New York for the opening of the 68th UN General Assembly, Peter Hazlewood (World Resources Institute) comments on some of the strengths, weaknesses and key questions from the report’s treatment of the post-2015 agenda.
Achieving equitable quality education for all will require a paradigm shift in the way education is conceptualised and delivered. This will require concerted efforts by all actors, from government, civil society, the private sector, and parents.
The UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel has published their set of recommendations to replace the Millennium Development Goals. What is the verdict? How do the Panel’s goals ‘score’?
Tailoring a set of global sustainable development goals (SDGs) to national contexts will be critical to advancing the post-2105 development agenda.
In this short video Dr Måns Nilsson, Research Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, explains what makes the Sustainable Development Goals different.
The Rio+20 conference came and went. Few agreements were reached and few people noticed. What next for the world?