REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Sian Lewis, Clare Shakya and Paul Steele (IIED): Money where it matters: financing the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement through local finance. This document highlights evidence and insights discussed at a recent IIED-hosted workshop on local finance issues in urban and rural settings, in the context of climate, energy and natural resources. The report notes that many of the hurdles to local finance – and their solutions – are the same, regardless of sector or region.
- 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.
- African Ministerial Conference on the Environment: Investing in innovative environmental solutions to accelerate implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 in Africa: Note by the Secretariat. This report notes that, despite impressive headline growth, many in Africa continue to face formidable challenges that negatively affect socioeconomic progress. It notes the need for innovative, alternative approaches and outlines areas in need of a solution, highlighting the potential of a natural capital lens, ecosystem-based adaptation, and other environmental solutions that, when paired with harmonized policies, can accelerate progress towards the SDGs. A draft decision on investing in innovative environmental solutions for the SDGs and Agenda 2063 is also available, here.
- Livia Bizikova and László Pintér: Indicator Preferences in National Reporting of Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals. This IISD briefing note reviews countries’ voluntary reviews to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) to identify the indicators that countries have actually been using in their reports to date, and data attached to those indicators. The authors start with nine countries (Finland, Germany, Georgia, Mexico, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Switzerland, Venezuela, Uganda), using their official reports submitted to the HLPF. A related write-up by Lynn Wagner, highlighting IISD’s new Indicators Portal, is available here.
- UNDESA DSD / Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: Inputs to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. This platform compiles voluntary inputs from countries participating in the national voluntary reviews for the HLPF, as well those of intergovernmental bodies and forums, major groups and other stakeholders, as well as contributions from multi-stakeholder partnerships.
- UN-Water and WHO: Financing Universal Water: Sanitation and Hygiene under the Sustainable Development Goals: Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017 Report. This report provides a global update on the policy frameworks, institutional arrangements, human resource base, and international and national finance streams in support of sanitation and drinking water. It presents an analysis of data from 75 countries and 25 external support agencies (ESAs) with particular focus on the issues related to financing universal WASH access under the SDGs.
- 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.
- International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on the Digital Economy: ICT, Policy and Sustainable Economic Development. This policy statement illustrates how ICT is equipping populations with tools to relieve poverty, access education, provide healthcare and reduce CO2 emissions. The statement explains how the ICT ecosystem works to sustain opportunities in the long run and ensure efforts are impactful across geographies and cultures, and the contributions business and other relevant stakeholders can bring to policy-making efforts. A summary write-up outlining 3 steps to leverage technology for SDGs is here
- 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.”
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- 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.
- 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health. This conference was held 13-15 June 2017 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Further documentation is available at the above link.
- 8th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development. This forum was held 11-14 June 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Coverage by IISD is available here.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Faye Leone on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. ““What to Expect at HLPF 2017.”
- Kathy Calvin (UN Foundation) on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform’s HLPF blog. “Putting the Most Vulnerable at the Forefront of the SDGs.”
- Tharanga Yakupitiyage on IPS News. “Global Coalition Calls for Withdrawal of SDGs Progress Report.”
- Nathaniel Mason on ODI’s blog. “4 political errors to avoid in achieving water and sanitation for all.”
- Zsuzsanna Jakab (WHO) on Thomson Reuters. “Sustainable Development Goals for environment and health are within Europe’s reach, but we need to act better.”
- IPS’s World Desk on IPS News. “BRICS to Lead World’s Efforts to Eradicate Hunger, Poverty by 2030.”
- Elena Kosolovapova on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Rising Powers of the South, Stakeholders Pledge Enhanced Support for Paris Agreement, 2030 Agenda.”
- Gwladys Fouche, Alister Doyle and Susan Fenton for Thomson Reuters. “Kerry says US climate goals in reach despite Trump Paris pullout.”
- Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira (Getulio Vargas Foundation) and Mahendra Sethi (National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Dehli) on Citiscope. “Climate inequalities are moving from North-South to urban-rural.”
- Haoliang Xu on UNDP’s Our Perspectives blog. “Transformative action to leave no one behind.”
- Patrick Blankers on Ericsson’s website. “The SDGs: from pilot projects to global transformation.”
- Robin Hicks on Eco-Business. “How to build a business around the SDGs, and do more with less.”
- Helen Morgan interviews Jeff Sachs for Devex. “Jeff Sachs on anti-poverty financing — a failure of moral imagination and will?”
- Catherine Benson Wahlen on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “UN Reports on Poverty Highlight Opportunities for Policy Coherence.”
- Nathalie Risse on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “UN Officials Share Expert Messages on SDGs 1, 2.”
- Kathryn Lee and Cristy Gaskill (CBM Australia) with a guest article on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Implementation Case Study on SDG Targets 3.1 and 3.2: Boosting Maternal and Child Health by Improving Standard Practices and Showcasing Good Practice.”
- Obrempong Yaw Ampofo on CITI FM Online (Ghana). “CSOs and state actors join forces to harmonize data on SDGs.”
- Octavio “Bobby” Peralta (Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives (PCAAE)) on Business Mirror. “Associations and SDGs.”
- Alice Bisiaux, Lynn Wagner, Faye Leone and Lauren Anderson on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Monthly Forecast: June 2017.”
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