The SDG Synergies Digest (formerly the SDG Delivery Update) is a weekly compilation of news, opinions, reports and events on the Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation. The Digest also addresses synergies between the Goals and related frameworks, particularly the climate change agenda.
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- IGES and UN Global Compact Network Japan: SDGs and Business in Practice: Early Actions by Japanese Private Companies. This report provides an overview of current domestic and international trends related to private sector engagement on the SDGs. It outlines SDG-related actions of Japanese companies—based on the findings of an online survey targeting a total of 233 GCNJ member and associated companies/organizations—to review the current status of these actions and identify distinguishing features, offering recommendations on potential roles and expectations of stakeholders in deliver the SDGs.
- Felix Dodds (Tellus Institute): Private sector contribution to financing the Sustainable Development. This paper outlines the focus in the UN system on, in particular, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting by companies, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the UNEP Inquiry recommendations and finally on the recommendations put forward for the President of the General Assembly by a 2016 Brookings Report. It takes stock of the history of the issue at the UN and maps the most important stakeholders that could support this agenda.
- Murad Ali (DIE): Implementing the 2030 Agenda in Pakistan: the critical role of an enabling environment in the mobilisation of domestic and external resources. This paper examines operationalization and implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the country level by analyzing the implications of an enabling environment, or lack thereof, for domestic resource mobilization (DRM) and for attracting foreign financing in the form of development cooperation and foreign direct investment (FDI). Ali finds a need for consistent locally-driven efforts and strong political will to improve the quality of governance and create an environment that is conducive to resource generation for the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
- Report of the UN Secretary-General: Repositioning the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda – Ensuring a Better Future for All. This advance unedited report offers the Secretary-General's vision on the repositioning of the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, within the context of his overall reform agenda, with prevention as a cross-pillar priority. It aims to identify gaps and overlaps, and point a direction for the system to deliver on the promises of the 2030 Agenda, offering proposals to enhance the tools and oversight by Member States to more effectively report and account for system-wide results. A write-up by Ana Maria Lebada for IISD is available here.
- Together 2030: Voluntary National Reviews: What are countries prioritizing? This report reviews main messages from 38 of the 44 countries presenting Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2017 High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) starting 10 July at UN headquarters in New York. The purpose of the review is to provide information to civil society stakeholders for their engagement at the HLPF, and to make recommendations for VNRs in 2018 and beyond. Summarized messages are here, and an annex of country reviews is here.
- United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework (UN MSDF) in the Caribbean, 2017-2021. This framework defines how the UN will pool their comparative advantages to jointly achieve development results in partnership with 18 English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries and Overseas Territories for the period 2017-2021. It provides a platform for countries to access the global expertise and experience of the UN System at both the country and sub-regional levels.
- PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency: People and the Earth: International cooperation for the Sustainable Development Goals in 23 infographics. This publication uses visual representations to communicate challenges and options for making progress towards the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It visualizes human development and dependencies on the Earth, challenges for the nexus between food, water, energy and land, and new concepts for partnerships and coalitions. The book is not intended to be comprehensive – its ambition is to enlighten and inspire discussions on ways forward.
- Davis Adieno (CIVICUS): Citizen Data around Governance for the Sustainable Development Goals. This paper describes the use of citizen data in the context of SDG implementation, given that civic space is limited and that SDG 16 will not be reviewed at the HLPF until 2019. It notes difficulties around data availability or methodology to track tier II and III indicators. Adieno also notes that although citizen data complements official data through a broad range of approaches and technologies, there is broad consensus that it cannot replace it, but that citizen data is indeed useful in plugging data gaps or checking the accuracy and quality of government data.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- G20 Summit. This summit was held 7-8 July 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. Further information is available at the above link.
- Workshop on sound institutional environment, cooperation, dialogue and partnerships for the production and utilization of SDG indicators. This workshop was hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) 3-5 July 2017 in Libreville, Gabon. The agenda and information note are available at the above link.
- Expert Group Meeting to identify synergies between the ICPD Programme of Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific Region. This meeting was hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) 5-6 July 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The concept note is available here.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Thomas Gass (UNDESA) with a guest article on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “A High Level Political Forum that Recognises and Supports Decentralised Action, and National and Local Ownership.”
- Catherine Benson Wahlen with two HLPF-related policy briefs and a blog post on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “What are Regional Priorities for HLPF 2017?” “Achieve Gender Equality to Deliver the SDGs,” and “UN Global Compact Presents Framework for Business Leadership on SDGs.”
- Jo Howard and Erika Lopez Franco (Institute of Development Studies) on Together 2030’s blog. “Can the High-Level Political Forum Agenda 2030 Reviews Genuinely Reflect Needs and Priorities of the Poorest and most Marginalized?”
- Katherine Richardson (University of Copenhagen) on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform’s HLPF blog. “Sustainable Development Goal 14.”
- Lauren Anderson on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “An Ocean in Chains: Reviewing SDG 14 in Advance of the HLPF.”
- UN News Centre. “Secretary-General outlines steps to strengthen UN’s development framework.”
- Alicia Barcena (ECLAC), Stefano Manservisi (European Commission), Mario Pezzini (OECD) on Devex. “It's time to change the way we think about development policy.”
- Petra Kuenkel (Collective Leadership Institute) with a guest article on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Collaboration in Action: From Supporting Projects to Funding Partnerships.”
- Scott Morris, Jeremy Konyndyk, Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Rachel Silverman, Tanvi Jaluka and Mayra Buvinic on CGDev’s blog. “Progress on Global Development Commitments, or More of the Same? CGD Experts Share Hopes and Predictions for 2017 G20 Summit.”
- Kenton X. Chance on IPS News. “Funding Climate Resilience Benefits All Nations – Yes, the U.S. Too.”
- Catherine Cheney on Devex. “How venture capital can help finance the SDGs.”
- The Sangai Express, cross-posted on E-Pao. “Civil society report on SDGs released.”
- Imphal Free Press. “Lack of public consultation leads to misinterpretation of SDGs.”
- Durga Sob (Access to Justice Commission) on the Kathmandu Post. “Double marginalisation.”
- Delia Paul on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “World Bank, Partners Launch $200 Million Programme for Water-Related SDG Achievement.”
- African Press Organisation, cross-posted to BizCommunity. “Africa's development agenda needs strong AU, UN partnership.”
- Robert Hunter (Farming First) with a guest article on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “#Ag4SDGs: Why Agriculture is a Common Thread for Sustainable Development.”
- Leila Mead with two posts in IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Equator Prize 2017 Winners Announced” and “India Initiates Initiatives for South-South Cooperation.”
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