5 May - This week's post-2015 digest provides a compilation of news, opinion, reports, and events on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and related processes, including a new news aggregator from the UN Foundation.
A new report from IGES looks at putting water at the heart of the SDGs, photo: Marie Monimart
REPORTS AND GOAL PROPOSALS
- Neva Frecheville (CAFOD): What if? Mapping scenarios to the end of 2015. This paper assesses the broader landscape which may affect the chances of reaching an ambitious agreement in September 2015 by mapping out four scenarios for the remaining months: 1) “train wreck” 2) “paper agreement” 3) “business as usual” and 4) “transformative agenda.” It also reviews challenges to agreements (including FfD and UNFCCC), potential responses by civil society to these challenges, and political wildcards in the lead-up to the summits.
- Mark Halle (IISD) and Robert Wolfe (Queen’s University, Canada): Architecture for review and follow-up of the SDGs: Options for the High-Level Political Forum. This briefing explores options for follow-up of the SDGs in the context of the HLPF. The first section identifies a set of institutional design principles for review mechanisms. The authors then describe one possible configuration for HLPF review, including: 1) an inclusive conversation at the national level every 5 years, 2) aggregation and peer review at the regional level, and 3) a global assessment with tracks for national reviews and thematic reviews.
- Barbara Adams and Gretchen Luchsinger (Global Policy Forum): The Struggle to Shape the Agenda. Global Policy Watch's 5th briefing examines the positioning of different country groupings and other stakeholders in ongoing negotiations on post-2015 and FfD. Authors analyze the discussions of: respective roles and responsibilities in the FfD outcome, positioning of the MDBs, the current emphasis on vertical funds and the private sector, and gaps in the current discussions.
- Development Policy Forum (DPF) Roundtable: Financing for Development: The challenge of implementing SDGs. This report led by Friends of Europe summarizes a roundtable held 5 March 2015, covering ODA, a new emphasis on sustainability in financing for development, blended finance, south-south cooperation, and tax evasion. The programme of the discussion and participant list are included as annexes.
- Asian Development Bank: Making Money Work: Financing a Sustainable Future in Asia and the Pacific – Overview. This report highlights not just the need to inject more money into investments that contribute to sustainable development, but to turn these types of investments into "magnets" for funding from all sources. It lays out an eight-point agenda, clustering actions that could be taken by: supranational forums; national governments; municipalities; business people; leaders in the banking and financial sector; influencers, such as media and civil society; donors; and multilateral development banks.
- Umar Serajuddin, Hiroki Uematsu, Christina Wieser, Nobuo Yoshida and Andrew Babalen (World Bank): Data Deprivation: Another deprivation to end. This policy research working paper sets forth a definition for “data deprivation,” examining its extent and proposing three targets to end it by 2030, related specifically to data on poverty. The paper classifies countries into five categories based on their level of data deprivation according to indicators of data availability, notes regional trends and takes practical considerations for meeting the recommended targets into account. The paper does not examine data access nor issues of implementation such as the cost of ending poverty data deprivation.
- UN Water: A Compilation of Aspects on the Means of Implementation: Water and sanitation. This advance draft copy from UN Water looks at the various financial and non-financial MoI related to water and sanitation, aiming to provide an overview context of the current available resources and existing initiatives, actions and conditions needed to meet SDG 6. The paper is structured according to SDG 17’s sub-headings on means of implementation. Conclusions emphasize the importance of country-level focus for implementation, the potential to scale existing systems, and inclusion of many stakeholders.
- Binaya Raj Shivakoti and Magnus Bengtsson (IGES): Placing Water at the Core of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Why an Integrated Perspective is Needed. IGES's paper examines ways of ensuring that water is fully integrated throughout the goal framework, including analysis of how water either impacts or is impacted by targets outside of SDG 6. It calls for greater integrated water resource management that heavily engages local stakeholders, and for development of governance systems that enable greater integration.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- Fourth Session of Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. IISD’s Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary of the session, held 21-24 April 2015 in New York, is now available at the link above.
- Workshop on Statistical Data Collection: Riding the Wave of the Data Deluge. This workshop was held 29 April to 1 May in at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington DC, coordinated by UNECE. The agenda and a number of background papers are available in the above link.
- Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development. This regional consultation jointly organized by UN ESCAP and Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance took place 29-30 April 2015 in Jakarta.
- Workshop on Building an Effective Review Mechanism for the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This workshop on April 30th was co-hosted by the Missions of Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein, Korea, Egypt, Peru, and Pakistan. A summary of discussion, including architecture for follow-up and review under the High Level Political Forum is available at the link above.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Welcoming the Launch of Global Daily - a new SDG news aggregator from the UN Foundation and Jynwell Foundation.
- Jonathan Reeves on IIED’s blog. "Integration: will the UN Forum on Forests lead the way?"
- IISD News. "FfD-Post-2015 Joint Session Debates Synergies, Technology, Ambition."
- Felix Dodds on his blog. "State of Affairs: Post 2015 - MOI, Global Partnership for Development and Technology Facilitation Mechanism."
- Ranja Sengupta with two posts on Third World Network’s Info Service. "Financing for Development and post-2015 development agenda are distinct and complementary, says South" and "Will “the wall” be broken? – Discussion begins on Technology Facilitation Mechanism in Post-2015 Agenda."
- Owen Barder (Center for Global Development) on CGDev's website. "The aid ring fence: protection or prison?"
- Henry J. Kröger on Earth System Governance. "Brave new world: An Introduction to Financing for Development."
- Paul Quintos (IBON International) on Devex. "Post-2015 negotiations: Are governments passing the buck to businesses?"
- Claire Melamed (ODI) on Development Progress. "Welcome to the data revolution."
- Umar Serajuddin on the World Bank’s blog. "Much of the world is deprived of poverty data. Let’s fix this."
- The Inter-American Development Bank with a News Release. "Launch of Open Data Portal: Numbers for Development."
- Rachel Quint (Hewlett Foundation) on post2015.org. "Toward an African Data Revolution."
- Sarah T. Lucas (Hewlett Foundation) on post2015.org. "April 2015: Five Headlines from a Big Month for the Data Revolution."
- Pablo Correa in SciDev. "Existing poverty index ‘ideal for assessing the SDGs’."
- Pippa Norris in the Washington Post. "Using opinion surveys to monitor the U.N.’s sustainable development goals."
- IISD News. "Civil Society Discusses Positioning of UN Development System."
- ICTSD’s BioRes. "UN post-2015, financing for development talks debate relationship."
- Luca Miggiano on Oxfam's blog. "Are the Sustainable Development Goals matching international standards on land rights?"
- Laurence Klein on UNDP’s blog. "Indigenous youth and the post-2015 development agenda."
- Megan O’Neil on the Chronicle of Philanthropy. "Trillions of Dollars on the Line as U.N. Weighs New Goals."
- Dario Kenner on Why Green Economy? "The politics of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."
- Dylan Matthews on Vox. "Basic income: the world's simplest plan to end poverty, explained."
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