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SDG Synergies Digest – 22 May 2017


  • UNESCAP: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in South Asia: Key Policy Priorities and Implementation Challenges. This report outlines seven key policy priorities to fast-track achievement of the Goals and create the conditions for sustainable prosperity for all in South Asia, including through harnessing regional cooperation, among the Agenda’s means of implementation. The publication notes that a sustainable industrialization strategy could generate more than 56 million new jobs by 2030 in the subregion, lifting 71 million additional people out of poverty. A write-up by Delia Paul for IISD is available here.
  • Sven Harmeling (CARE International) and Ruth Fuller (WWF UK): Making SDG national reporting climate-smart and climate-ambitious. This discussion paper submitted to the 2017 Interconnections Conference builds on previous analysis, looking in detail at what voluntary national reviews (VNRs) include on climate change, how links to national climate change plans (including Nationally Determined Contributions) are being made. The authors make a total of 14 specific recommendations for countries reporting to the High-Level Political Forum, for civil society actors, for UN guidelines, and for the UN climate processes, on how to link reporting on the SDGs and climate change.


  • Dresden Nexus Conference 2017. The DNC 2017 conference took place 17-19 May 2017, in Dresden, Germany on the theme, “SDGs & Nexus Approach: Monitoring and Implementation.”


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