8 June, 2015 - 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 news of the zero-draft text, and related comment.
A new animation from IIED seeks to bring the ambition of the SDGs to life.
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Transforming Our World by 2030: A new agenda for global action. This much-anticipated zero draft of the Outcome Document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda covers the four components of the Agenda: an opening Declaration; the Sustainable Development Goals and targets; Means of Implementation and the Global Partnership; and Follow-up and Review. Also included are three annexes: revisions to 21 targets, the food for thought paper on a technology facilitation mechanism, and the introduction to the OWG’s proposal. Reactions and coverage is available in the news and blogs section below.
- Yurendra Basnett (ODI) and Debapriya Bhattacharya: Exploring spaces for economic transformation in the Sustainable Development Goals. This paper examines how countries can approach potential trade-offs between post-2015 goals and targets in order to achieve economic transformation and maximize the benefit of the post-2015 agenda. It finds that technological capabilities, climate-resilient infrastructure, and strengthened labor market conditions can be central to alleviating trade-offs.
- Paul Steele (IIED): Development Finance and Climate Finance: achieving Zero Poverty and Zero Emissions. Currently open for consultation until June 12, this paper examines the link between finance for development, climate adaptation, and climate mitigation in LDCs, MICs and others. It suggests that in LDCs, climate adaptation might be considered part of development finance because the links between the two are quite close, whereas in MICs, climate mitigation is separate from development finance and should be additional to ODA. The paper also examines the role of private finance in climate mitigation and incentives for developed countries to invest in climate mitigation in MICs.
- Six Themes of the Interactive Dialogues for the Summit. This document presents a revision of the six themes of the intergovernmental negotiations, under the theme “Transforming the world: realizing the post-2015 development agenda.” Each dialogue is intended to address the three dimensions of sustainable development.
- László Pintér, Dora Almassy, Kate Offerdahl, Sarah Czunyi: Global Goals and the Environment: Progress and prospects. This report, prepared by IISD in support of UNEP’s activities, provides an overview of progress on MDG 7 (ensuring environmental sustainability), including which targets have been met where, and in what areas has progress been inadequate compared to national baselines. It also highlights some of the drivers underlying progress (or lack thereof) on MDG7 and shows illustrative examples of some of the interlinkages between MDG7 and other MDGs.
- Inge Kaul (UNDP) and Donald Blondin (Leiden University): Let’s Walk Our Talk: From the July 2015 Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, down the Road to Dignity by 2030. This briefing paper released by GDI-DIE outlines challenges facing the upcoming FfD conference: gaps in specificity of commitments and ambition of issues addressed. The paper suggests three-steps to identify MOI of 'high strategic importance' (and suggests a few candidates such as e.g. enhanced risk management and improved guidelines for reporting ODA and financing for global public goods), and suggests 'operationalization task forces' to accelerate progress.
- David Steven (NYU-CIC): The Post-2015 Agenda – Delivering its Core Promises to Children. This paper identifies four ‘core promises’ that the post-2015 development agenda should make to children: 1) no child should die from a disease we can prevent; 2) every child should have the food needed to grow normally; 3) every child should be able to read and write and should be numerate; and 4) no child should live in fear. These promises link to the proposed SDGs, in areas of health, education, food security, and peace and security, but are not on track to be met by 2030. The author calls for credible plans to deliver these promises and suggests a few key elements of what is needed.
- Kathrin Berensmann and Silke Weinlich (GDI-DIE): The G-7 and the Post-2015 Process: Role and Deliverables. This briefing paper identifies opportunities for action at the upcoming G7 summit that could support the upcoming summits on financing for development and SDGs. It makes suggestions for G7 economies, for low and middle income countries, and at the global level, noting that the Sustainable Development Goals have the potential to trigger the urgent collective action needed to tackle systemic risks.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- First Meeting of the IAEG-SDG. This meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals was held 1-2 June 2015 in New York. The agenda, participant list and background documents are available in the link above, and a write-up by IISD is available here.
- Intercessional Consultations for FFD3. Consultations in the lead-up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development continued 1-5 June 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York. The FfD consultation page is above, and a write-up of last week’s consultation by IISD is available here.
- WEF African Forum 2015. This forum was held 3-5 June 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa, on the theme "Then and Now: Reimagining Africa's Future."
NEWS AND BLOGS
- IIED with a short video. "Animating the universal ambition of the SDGs."
- Elizabeth Stuart (ODI) on post2015.org. "SDG zero draft: glass three-quarters full."
- Felix Dodds on his blog. "Initial comments on the Zero draft for Transforming our World by 2030: Anew Agenda for Global Action."
- Liz Ford in the Guardian. "First draft of sustainable development goals exposes gaps, warn NGOs."
- Jonathan Leape (International Growth Center) on the IGC's website. "New zero draft proposal on Sustainable Development Goals falls short."
- Bond for International Development. "Zero draft details SDG priorities for post-2015."
- Carey L. Biron on Citiscope. "Long-awaited SDGs negotiating text includes landmark goal on cities."
- Martin Edwards (Seton Hall University) on post2015.org. "Transforming our world by 2030: some thoughts on the post-2015 zero draft."
- Duncan Green on Oxfam’s From Poverty to Power blog. "Why 17 goals and 169 targets are not enough."
- Larry MacFaul and Joy Hyvarinen (VERTIC) on Sustainable Development 2015. "Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals."
- Two pieces on Social Watch. "Lost in indicators: How the “experts” are rewriting the SDGs" and "Goals and targets left behind."
- Winnie Byanyima (Oxfam International) on the FfD Website's blog. "FFD3 must pave the way for a new era of fairer development finance rules to tackle inequality and poverty."
- Jonathan Glennie (ODI) in the Guardian. "Without leadership over development finance, talks in July cannot succeed."
- Clark Gascoigne with a release on Global Financial Integrity. "New Study: Illicit Outflows Correlate to Higher Poverty and Inequality, Lower Human Development."
- Saadia Madsbjerg and Lorenzo Bernasoni on the Rockefeller Foundation’s blog. "Development Goals Without Money Are Just a Dream."
- Clár Ní Chonghaile in the Guardian. "EU draws fire for failing to set date for 0.7% aid target."
- Neven Mimica in the Parliament Magazine (EU). "Post-millennium development goals test for world solidarity."
- Maria Caspani for Reuters. "'Harness the power of volunteers', UN tells governments."
- Anna Leach in the Guardian. "21 ways the SDGs can have the best impact on girls."
- Nita Bhalla with Kailash Satyarthi on Thomson Reuters. "New global development goals must address modern slavery."
- Hanna Woodburn (Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing with Soap) in the Huffington Post. "Where Do We Go From Here? WASH in the SDGs."
- Vinod Thomas (Asian Development Bank) on Brookings’ Future Development blog. "Infrastructure lending must be based on environmental and social safeguards."
- Chan Hoi Cheong on the Establishment Post. "Science Essential To Sustainable Development Goals, says UN."
- Nora Happel in Inter Press Service. "Call for disability rights to be mainstreamed in post-2015 development Agenda."
- Paola Di Bella on SciDev. "Setting a post-2015 agenda through virtual reality."
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