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News and updates on Post-2015

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


  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 






This digest is compiled by WRI, a member of IRF2015 — a collaboration of 11 international research institutions providing critical thinking, integrated analysis and awareness raising for a post-2015 development agenda.

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