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SDG Synergies Digest – 19 June 2017


  • G7 Bologna Environment Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué. This communiqué, issued after the G7 Environment Ministers’ meeting in Bologna, Italy, reaffirms their commitment to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, however, only six of the seven ministers signed onto two sections one on climate change and one relating to multilateral development banks and support for the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement. Other sections relate to finance, resource efficiency, marine litter, environment policies and employment, and Africa. WRI’s CEO Andrew Steer was the keynote speaker at a session on SDGs and climate, focusing on the role of multi-lateral development banks. A detailed blog post by WRI’s Guilia Christianson and Lee Hager is available here, and further coverage by IISD is here.
  • Nathaniel Mason, Moizza Binat Sarwar, Beatrice Mosello and Declan O'Leary: How to reduce inequalities in access to WASH. This ODI synthesis report, commissioned by WaterAid, is based on a political-economy analysis that explored the incentives, constraints and opportunities around plausible pathways of change, to promote broad-based and equitable access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services. The report uses three case studies in Cambodia, Ghana, and Nepal, which show varying degrees of progress in WASH coverage for the poorest quintile relative to their progress in terms of poverty and inequality reduction. Overall, the study revealed that, despite positive progress in the past decade, there remain huge disparities in access to improved water and sanitation facilities between the richest and the poorest in particular.
  • Progressive Lab for Sustainable Development: From vision to action. This publication compiles written contributions from a range of progressive authors and thinkers on the 2030 Agenda. Chapters focus on alternative fiscal and economy policies, and equality of opportunity and access to quality education. It concludes with a set of actions that European Parliament can take and has taken towards the 2030 Agenda, noting that it is “more than urgent for the EU to live up to its responsibilities… and to start implementing sustainable policies.”


  • 16th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment. This conference was held 12-16 June 2017 in Libreville, Gabon, under the theme: "Investing in Innovative Environmental Solutions to accelerate implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 in Africa." Additional documentation is available via the above link and in the Reports section.


  • Octavio “Bobby” Peralta (Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE)) on Business Mirror. “Associations and SDGs.”

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