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.
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- United Nations: Report of the Secretary-General on critical milestones towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review at the global level. This advance unedited copy explores how to put in place a coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and review system at the global level, within the mandates outlined in the 2030 Agenda. It does not attempt to describe or prescribe how to implement the 2030 Agenda, the primary responsibility for which lies at the national level; nor does it attempt to describe the wide array of possible multilateral support mechanisms to such implementation efforts. Further coverage is available in the News and Blogs section.
- Yale: Environmental Performance Index 2016 Report. This report, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, features new data and indicators on high-priority environmental issues. It serves as a preliminary report card to assess country performance on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The report and associated data are available at the link above. There will also be two free webinars, one on global rankings & results and another focused on Asia, offering in-depth coverage about the 2016 EPI: “Gauging the Environment: Where Earth Stands in 2016” on 1 February, and “Clearing the Air: Asia's Environmental Performance” on 2 February.
- 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.
- 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.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- 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.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Craig Hanson on WRI’s Insights blog. “Champions Call to Reduce Global Food Loss and Waste.”
- UNEP News Centre. “New 'Champions 12.3' Coalition Inspires Action to Halve Global Food Waste.”
- Liz Stuart (ODI) on Deliver2030.org. “Monitoring the SDGs: the Secretary General’s proposal.”
- IISD News. “ECOSOC President Discusses Theme, Arrangements for HLPF 2016.”
- Katherine Mackenzie with Amb. Amira Daoud Hassan Gornass on IPS News. “Q&A Ensuring Food Security for All.”
- Douglas Frantz on the OECD’s Insights blog. “The Romeo and Juliet of Economic Transformation.
- Helen Clark (UNDP) on Project Syndicate. “Leadership for Sustainability.”
- Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development. “New Global Commission to Put Business at the Centre of Sustainable Development.”
- Adva Saldinger on Devex. “New commission aims to further business engagement on SDGs.”
- Katherine Garrett-Cox (Alliance Trust) on the World Economic Forum’s blog. “Is this what the future of business looks like?”
- Madeleine Cuff in Business Green. “Ethical investment in spotlight as firms face growing pressure to adopt low-carbon investment strategies.”
- Mike Wooldridge for BBC World Service (Audio Broadcast). “The New Face of Development.”
- Gina Lucarelli (UNDOCO) on the UNDG’s Silo Fighters blog. “Are we as smart as the SDGs?”
- Two pieces in IISD News on the indicators process. “UNSC 47 Reports Propose Additional Work on Indicators” and “UNStats Compiles Metadata for Proposed SDG Indicators.
- Government of Sweden. “Speech by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at the launch of Sweden’s action towards the Global Goals.”
- Jessica Toale in the Guardian. “Poverty and inequality are challenges for the UK, not just poorer countries.”
- Greg Scruggs on CitiScope. “As SDGs implementation begins, helping cities to be ‘dynamic test beds’ for sustainable development.”
- David Nabarro (EOSG) and Sarita Nayyar (WEF USA) on the World Economic Forum’s blog. “Think globally, act locally to meet development goals.
- #SDGMove campaign information and music video on 17goals.org. “Welcome to #SDGMove.”
- Theodore Talbot on CGDev’s blog. “Give Aid to Poor People, Not Poor Places?”
- Katherine Tam (YPFP) in the Huffington Post. “Climate Change and Poverty -- The Underappreciated Link.”
- Laura Robinson (Foodways Consulting) on Food Tank. “Youth, Innovation, and the Sustainable Development Goals.”
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