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A look at post-2015 discussions this week from around the web

This post originally appeared as content in the Post-2015 Digest newsletter issue 54 from World Resources Institute (WRI). You can sign up to the newsletter via the WRI website.

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Reports and Goal Proposals

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network: Goals, Targets, and Indicators for Sustainable Agriculture. This brief from the sustainable agriculture working group provides possible indicators related to four of SDSN's proposed targets for post-2015: 1a  - end absolute income poverty and hunger; 6a - ensure sustainable food production systems with high yields and high efficiency of water, nutrients of energy, supporting nutritious diets with low food losses and waste; 6b - Halt forest and wetland conversion to agriculture, protect soil and land resources, and ensure that farming systems are resilient to climate change and disasters; and 6c - ensure universal access in rural areas to basic resources and infrastructure services.
  • David Steven and Alejandra Kubitschek Bujones (New York University): A Laboratory for Sustainable Development? Latin America, the Caribbean, and the post-2015 Development Agenda. This report was prepared to inform discussion of post-2015 for a meeting of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries in the United Nations (GRULAC). It covers the state of attainment of the MDGs in GRULAC and common challenges, such as high levels of inequality, the need to increase security of development gains, and tackle growing threats to sustainability. It notes important differences as well: differing opinions on inequality, little agreement on conflict prevention, rule of law, and governance, and the balance between national and global-level responsibilities under a new framework. The report concludes by noting the potential role for GRULAC as a laboratory for sustainable development under diverse circumstances.
  • OWG Technical Support Team Issue Brief: Sustainable Transport. This issue brief prepared for the 7th session of the OWG notes that transport can be an important agent for sustainability, but must be decoupled from air pollution, congestion, injuries, and climate change. Its key messages include the need to improve urban transport systems, develop targets for rural access to transport services and all-weather roads,improve urban air quality (especially as concerns particulate matter), reverse trends in deteriorating road safety, and to double efficiency of the global vehicle fleet.
  • OWG Technical Support Team Issue Brief: Sustainable Consumption and Production, Including Chemicals and Waste. This issue brief lays out major trends and proposals for inclusion of SCP in the post-2015 agenda. Noting that SCP was not included in the MDGs, it identifies a many needs for the way forward to fully incorporate SCP, chemicals and waste. These include a need to: address the drivers of unsustainable consumption and production patterns, adopt a life-cycle approach, mainstream SCP in decision-making at all levels, address market failures to internalise costs, educate, raise awareness, and build capacity, and place greater emphasis on resource productivity.
  • International Press Institute: Reporter's Guide to the Millennium Development Goals - Covering Development Commitments for 2015 and Beyond. IPI has published a guide for reporters covering post-2015. Launched during an online event, the guide includes articles covering the process, regional perspectives, advice on putting the MDGs in context, and personal reflections from reporters. Some articles and the table of contents are available online. The full document is available upon request to IPI.
  • Carribean Community (CARICOM): CARICOM Statement on a Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Carribean Community released a statement identifying 10 priority areas for post-2015. It called for intergovernmental leadership, eradication of poverty as a central objective, a people-centered approach, an integrated and holistic development agenda, the primacy of sustainable development, advancing the SIDS agenda, accelerating the development of the region, moving beyond GDP per capita as a measure of development and determinant of access to concessionary development resources, providing definitive arrangements for Means of Implementation, and fostering an enabling global policy environment. They also released an accompanying press release.
  • Jonathan Glennie (ODI): The 'Middle Income' Conundrum (draft). This background paper prepared for the Seoul International Workshop of the Global Partnership of the Effective Development Cooperation, explores the role of middle income countries (MICs) in post-2015 financing and the usefulness of the MIC designation fo purposes of aid distribution. It examines aid receipts relative to the size of the economy, the locations of poverty, and suggests that an appropriate aim for MICs would be to get to a level of aid beneath 1% of GNI. Glennie concludes that 1) The MICs category is of only marginal usefulness in the debate, 2) prioritising scarce resources can be confused with assessing actual need, and 3) aid as a small proportion of GNI can be an important pro-development intervention. Visit IISD's website for more on the conference.
  • Alastaire Alinsato and Molly Elgin-Cossart: Needs of Countries in Special Situations: The Time for Priorities and Choices. This policy brief examines how the needs of countries in special situations can be incorporated into a larger post-2015 development agenda. Based on an analysis of opportunities, risks, and challenges It suggests that two priority areas would be: 1) physical infrastructure, and 2) open, fair, predictable, and accountable institutional infrastructure.
  • High-Level Task Force for International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD): Policy Brief & Recommendations for sixth session of OWG on SDGs. The recommendations from the ICPD task force focuses on proposed three pillars for advancing sustainable development. These are: advancing the human rights of women and girls and gender equality; the rights and empowerment of adolescents and youth; and sexual and reproductive health and rights for all. It covers some of the current realities and challenges and examples of smart investments to empower women and young people, and provides concrete policy recommendations related to human rights, gender equality, sexual and reproductive information, education, and services, education, and employment, decent work, and livelihoods.

Recent Meetings and Consultations

  • The sixth session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals was held in New York, December 9-13. IISD provided daily summaries and video of some sessions are available at UN Web TV.
  • The Expert Group Meeting for the Global Sustainable Development Report 2013 – Engaging National Assessments (EGM) was held Dec. 12-13 in Beijing. This EGM is intended to contribute to the work of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) to strengthen the science-policy interface. The meeting agenda, concept note and other documents are available at the UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.
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