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2016 blogs

Addressing the implementation challenge in Mexico

Mon, 2016-11-28 20:21
Vivián Diaz

Mexico was one of the countries to lead on developing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of IRF’s series of interviews on implementation, Gerardo Franco from RIMISP talked to Adolfo Ayuso-Audry from Mexico’s Specialised Technical Committee for the Sustainable Development Goals Information System about how the country was approaching implementation.

One of the challenges faced by Mexico is raising awareness across society, photo Geraint Rowland via flickr.com, creative commons licence.

Two birds, one stone: achieving the Paris Agreement and SDGs together

Fri, 2016-09-30 11:03
Eliza Northrop, Hana Biru, and Mathilde Bouyé

A new Working Paper from IRF partner WRI finds clear alignments between the changes needed to implement the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.


Climate smart farming methods can reduce hunger and improve food security, photo: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs via flickr.com, creative commons licence.

Are citizens being left behind by India’s approach to the SDGs?

Thu, 2016-09-08 10:25
Anshul Bhamra and Syed A A Farhan

IRF partner, Development Alternatives has been assessing the processes put in place in India to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Although some important steps have been taken, there is still a critical need to devise a coherent participatory process in developing plans and enough information has not yet reached the citizens to trigger their involvement with SDGs. 

Village councils or panchayats have not been involved in India's approach to the SDGs so far, photo: UN Women Asia and the Pacific, via flickr.com, creative commons licence

Mapping SDG interactions

Thu, 2016-06-16 17:47
Caspar Trimmer

Måns Nilsson from SEI explains in an interview a new framework for mapping and categorising interactions between different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which has been published as an ICSU working paper.

Tackling access to sustainable and modern energy for cooking will also benefit the goal for health, photo: Manna Lal Gameti for Engineering for Change via flickr,com, creative commons licence.  

Starting the 2030 Agenda off right: policy coherence for sustainable development

Wed, 2016-06-15 10:47
Sonya Suter and Adam Fishman

Policy coherence is essential if governments are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and some governments are already leading the way.

Improving public transport can reduce congestion and improve air quality, photo: Asian Development Bank via flickr.com, creative commons licence.

Finding a way for citizens to hold governments to account: the SDGs in Southern Africa

Fri, 2016-06-10 10:51
Masego Madzwamuse

With governments now responsible for delivering the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, IRF partner, OSISA, is working with civil society to explore options for increasing accountability. Masego Madzwamuse shared her thinking in an interview.

Photo shows children in Malawi

Can citizen initiatives hold states to account when it comes to implementing the SDGs for future generations? Photo: John Y. Can via flickr.com, creative commons licence.