REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Business and Sustainable Development Commission: Better Business, Better World: Sustainable Business Opportunities in Asia. This report identifies the most significant business opportunities in Asia for pursuing the Global Goals in four industry systems: cities; energy and materials; food and agriculture; and health and well-being. It notes that more than 40 percent of the $12 trillion in business opportunities associated with the Global Goals around the world are in Asia, and that pursuing those opportunities could create almost 230 million new jobs in the region by 2030. Additional coverage of the report is available in the News and Blogs section below.
- Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals: Report of the UN Secretary-General (E/2017/66). This report, now available under the “Documentation” tab of the HLPF webpage, provides a global overview of the current situation of each SDG, on the basis of the latest available data for indicators in the global indicator framework. The report notes that some targets are not reflected at this stage, owing to the lack of data, or because they are measured by indicators that are still undergoing methodological development. A write-up by Nathalie Risse for IISD is available here.
- World Health Organization: Progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Report by the Secretariat. This report provides an update on progress towards the SDGs, taking into account the discussions of the World Health Assembly’s Executive Board at its 140th session. Part I reports on global and regional progress made by Member States towards achieving SDG 3 and its interlinked targets, as product of the Secretariat’s support to Member States to strengthen reporting on the 2030 Agenda. Part II describes the progress made in implementing resolution WHA69.11.
- The New European Consensus on Development: Our World, Our Dignity, Our Future. This document, signed during European Development Days (see Meetings section), is a strategic blueprint that represents Europe’s new collective vision and plan of action to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. Commitments recognize strong linkages between thematic actions, take a comprehensive approach to means of implementation, and aim to create better-tailored partnerships. An EU press release is available here.
- UNDP: 10 Solutions to Help Meet the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific. This report showcases ten projects that, in partnership with UNDP, are transforming the course of development and leading to the achievement of SDGs in the Asia-Pacific region. It is noted that, although some of the interventions profiled have unfolded over many years, they demonstrate how much can happen when commitment is sustained.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- UN Oceans Conference. This conference was held 5-9 June 2017 at UN headquarters to support implementation of SDG 14. Selected side event coverage by IISD Reporting Services is here, their full coverage is here, and a wrap-up story on UN News Centre is available here. Further resources are available at the recently launched SDG14.net website, run by Alan AtKisson.
- European Development Days 2017. This year’s edition of EDD took place 7-8 June 2017 in Brussels, on the theme “best of investing in development.” The speakers list, webcast, and further info is available at the above link.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Anne-Sophie Stevance (ICSU) and David McCollum (IIASA) on Project Syndicate. “A Scientific Method for the SDGs.”
- Anne-Sophie Stevance (ICSU), Barbara Neumann (Kiel University) and Sebastian Unger (IASS) with a guest article on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Focus on Interactions to Make the SDGs a Success: Our Key Messages for the Ocean Conference.”
- Georgi Gotev interviews Neven Mimica (European Commission) on EurActiv. “Mimica: Private sector has a key role in meeting the SDGs.”
- Catherine Cheney on Devex. “WEF strategy meeting seeks to use SDGs as a roadmap to purpose.”
- Paloma Duran (SDG Fund) on IPS News. “Renewing Commitment to SDGs: Private Sector Gets Active.”
- Hannah Koh on Eco-Business. “10 things you need to know about the Better Business, Better World report.”
- Sam Mostyn and Toby Brennan in the Guardian. “Adopting the sustainable development goals is a business opportunity for Australia.”
- Eco-Business release. “The US$5 trillion opportunity Asian businesses cannot afford to ignore.”
- European Commission press release. “Questions & Answers: The new European Consensus on development.’
- Leila Mead on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “European Companies Commit to Carbon Reductions, Align with SDGs.”
- Duncan Green on Oxfam’s From Poverty to Power blog. “How will we know if the SDGs are having any impact?”
- Article in ICTSD’s Bridges, Volume 21, Number 20. “World Health Assembly Concludes with Focus on Means to Achieve Health-Related SDGs.”
- Abul Maal A Muhith (Bangladesh), Thomas Silberhorn (Germany) and Matia Kasaija (Uganda) on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation’s blog. “The Global Partnership’s new work programme – A message from the Co-Chairs.”
- Nathalie Risse on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “VNR Countries in Special Situations Report on SDG Progress.”
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