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SDG news - 25 Jan

25 January – this week’s SDG Delivery Update (formerly the post-2015 digest) is a compilation of news, opinions, reports, and events on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), related processes and issues pertaining to SDG implementation. 


A new campaign calls for a reduction in food waste, photo: Taz via flickr.com, creative commons licence


  • Environmental Center for Arab Towns (ECAT): EnviroCities eMagazine, Issue 13, January 2016. This magazine, released by ECAT in partnership with the Arab Towns Organization and Dubai Municipality, focuses on environmental awareness in the Arab world. Issue 13 is centered around the SDGs, featuring articles on innovation to meet the Goals by Maritza Vargas (Independent Consultant), Sandhya Prakash (Beacon Energy Solutions), and Fatima Mubarak (ECAT), two pieces on how local governments and cities can achieve the Goals by Arthur Hayne Mitchell (Climate Change and Landslides Mitigation Specialist) and Nadine Chahine Bitar (Place Making), and a short piece on jump-starting the SDGs in the UAE by Adam Fishman (WRI), among others.http://connect.wri.org/l/120942/2015-11-10/2pvl7z/120942/107917/spacer.gif
  • ITU and Cisco: Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development. This report explores the current use and potential of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in tackling global development challenges, highlighting a number of specific instances where IoT interventions are helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing development issues. A related article by John Garrity in the Huffington Post is available here.
  • SD in Action Newsletter. This newsletter sums up recent developments on the SDG process. Of note, the link includes: advocates appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; the S-G’s report on follow up and review; and other issues of implementation, including volunteer member state presenters at the High Level Political Forum this July, and DESA activities that will facilitate national-level roll-out of the 2030 Agenda.


  • Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation 2016. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) organized its annual conference on 22 January 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland, on the theme “Together towards a sustainable future: The 2030 Agenda for Switzerland and the world.” The program and other event documentation are available at the above link.
  • World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. The annual WEF meeting was held 20-23 January 2016 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The program, speaker list, and other additional information is available at the above link. An IISD write-up on some of the reports that fed into the meeting is available here.


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This update is compiled by WRI, a member of the IRF2015 — a collaboration of 10 international research institutions providing critical thinking, integrated analysis and awareness raising for a post-2015 development agenda. Submissions for the digest are welcome - please e-mail Adam Fishman (afishman@wri.org) with suggestions, any questions or comments. To subscribe to this weekly digest, along with other WRI newsletters, please visit this sign-up page on WRI’s website.