REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Elisabeth Hege, Julie Vaillé, Damien Demailly, Laura Brimont (IDDRI): Will France pass the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) test? An assessment of the new targets and challenges that SDGs will bring to France. This policy brief provides a first inventory of the achievement of the SDGs for France. The study indicates, amongst other findings, that France has been able to solve major challenges during its development process, however, the SDGs enable the identification of a significant number of challenges that remain to be addressed. IDDRI’s analysis of 29 targets reveals that France is at risk of failing to achieve three-quarters of them by 2030, based on past trends.
- Mikko Halonen, Åsa Persson, Susanna Sepponen, Clarisse Kehler Siebert, Marika Bröckl, Anu Vaahtera, Shane Quinn, Caspar Trimmer and Antti Isokangas: Sustainable Development Action – the Nordic Way Implementation of the Global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Nordic Cooperation. This report, prepared by Gaia Consulting Ltd and Stockholm Environment Institute, informs and supports the Nordic Expert Group on Sustainable Development in formulating a new Nordic program in response to the 2030 Agenda. It maps and reports ongoing national and Nordic sustainable development processes and initiatives, priorities and challenges, in order to identify, analyze and recommend four elements of a new program: 1) Pilot projects for accelerated SDG action; 2) Exchange of information on national implementation of the 2030 Agenda; 3) Knowledge sharing on SDGs and Nordic SDG action; and 4) Communication. A related blog by the authors is available on Deliver 2030, here.
- 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.
- Marianne Beisheim (SWP): The G20 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: How to Strengthen Policy Coherence and Accountability. This commentary piece precedes the upcoming G20 Summit, to be held in Hamburg 7-8 July 2017. The note highlights that the German Presidency is now planning a ‘Hamburg update’ of the G20 Action Plan. Bearing this context in mind, the author outlines what kinds of contributions from G20 countries could boost the implementation of the ambitious 2030 Agenda, and how the G20 and UN processes can be meaningfully linked, particularly with regard to policy coherence and accountability measures.
- 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.
- Together 2030: Are national voluntary reviews promoting awareness and inclusion? Perceptions survey on civil society and stakeholder engagement in voluntary national reviews and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This survey, conducted in partnership with Newcastle University, finds that awareness of voluntary national reviews (VNRs), and how to engage in VNR processes, is low, which constitutes a major barrier to meaningful participation. However, it notes that respondents have shown interest in engaging on national review processes via several approaches, including coordinated spaces for civil society engagement on national review processes. The report concludes with five key recommendations for governments and those engaging at the High-Level Political Forum.
- Matthias Honegger and Patrick Toussaint (IASS): SDG-proofing the Paris market mechanisms to unlock mitigation and sustainable development synergies. This technical working paper notes that the SDGs could provide a useful normative framework for operationalizing key provisions of the climate treaty, in particular in the context of market mechanisms. The author highlights that addressing sustainable development in the context of market mechanisms means putting in place rules and guidance that ensure ex-ante that positive sustainable development impacts occur while negative ones do not.
- Sara Scherr, Seth Shames and Lee Gross (EcoAgriculture Partners), Maria Ana Borges and Gerard Bos (IUCN) and André Brasser (Beagle Sustainable Solutions): Business for Sustainable Landscapes: An action agenda for sustainable development. This agenda outlines the status quo of business participation in landscape partnerships. It provides recommendations for improving the quality of business engagement and scaling up landscape partnerships for sustainable development. The report describes how public, private and civic groups are partnering for sustainable landscapes, the strong business rationale for engaging in landscape partnerships – but also the hurdles – and major issues for business leaders, financiers, governments and landscape program implementers to consider.
- SOS Children’s Villages International: A World That Cares: How to support children without parental care through the sustainable development goals. This briefing paper calls for and proposes examples of policies, programs and services that reach the most vulnerable group of children: those without parental care. It explores ideas to ensure that actions taken to implement the SDGs are structurally rooted and evidence-based, and that accurate and reliable official data will be produced to monitor and report on implementation, so that these children are well-represented and not invisible.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- UNFCCC technical expert meeting on Integrating climate change adaptation with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. This meeting was held 16-17 May 2017 in Bonn, to identify opportunities for jointly advancing adaptation to climate change, the SDGs and DRR. National adaptation plans (NAPs) were highlighted as avenues through which countries can successfully pursue their adaptation, disaster risk and development efforts. A video message by the UN Deputy Secretary-General for the event is available here.
- Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals. This second annual forum was held 15-16 May 2017 at UN headquarters in New York. A comprehensive summary note by IISD is available here, a release on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform is here, and an earlier white paper on the topic by the New York Academy of Sciences is available here.
- 73rd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. This session was held 15-19 May 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand, addressing the theme, “Regional cooperation for sustainable energy.” Coverage is available on the ASEAN website.
- Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development. This forum was held 17-19 May 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the theme, “Ensuring inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity for all.”
- 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.”
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Yamide Dagnet, Eliza Northrop, Cynthia Elliott, Kathleen Mogelgaard, Joe Thwaites and Rhys Gerholdt on WRI’s blog. “Message from Bonn: The World is Committed to Climate Action and Paris Agreement.”
- Statement by Paula Caballero on WRI’s website. “World’s Commitment to Paris Agreement Remains Strong at Bonn Climate Talks.”
- Måns Nilsson (SEI) and Martin Visbeck (Kiel University) on the T20 blog. “You need to understand SDG interactions – here’s why.”
- Alan AtKisson (AtKisson Group) on GreenBiz. “With the SDGs, everything is connected.”
- Zanofer Ismalebbe (UNDP) on Deliver 2030. “Transformational change by 2030: countering the pull towards ‘business as usual’.” (Link to PDF here.)
- Elisabeth Hege on IDDRI’s blog. “Making SDGs a national agenda: what can we learn from the German example?”
- Deliver 2030 release. “UK General Election: the manifestos and the SDGs.”
- Saleemul Huq (Independent University Bangladesh) on the Daily Star. “How Bangladesh can achieve SDG 13 and climate change goals.”
- Sabrina Bandera and Maria Chiara Cattaneo (Éupolis Lombardia) on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Implementing Partnerships for Development at Subnational Level: The Experience of the Region of Lombardy, Italy.”
- European Council / Council of the European Union release. “The Council adopts a new European consensus on development.”
- Matthew Tempest on EurActiv. “‘New Consensus’ on Development adopted – and immediately condemned.”
- Lan Xue, Lingfei Weng (both Tsinghua University) and Hanzhi Yu (Center for International Governance Innovation) on Development and Cooperation. “Daunting challenges in implementing SDGs.”
- Adva Saldinger on Devex. “Impact investing growth continues as industry begins tracking to SDGs.”
- Robin Miller on GlobeScan’s website. “Webinar Recap: Evaluating SDG Progress: Highlights from a GlobeScan/SustainAbility Survey.”
- Sulen Chen on UNDP’s Our Perspectives blog. “Internal compass for the implementation of SDG 14: putting local people and communities at the center.”
- UNESCO release. “How does Higher Education contribute to achieving the SDGs?”
- FAO release. “New guidelines help member states achieve their climate pledges.”
- Faye Leone on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “IAEG-SDGs Reclassifies Tier III Indicators, Sets Plans to Add Indicators.”
- Catherine Cheney on Devex. “How artificial intelligence might help achieve the SDGs.”
- Tristan Smith (UCL) on Devex. “4 ways shipping can help meet the SDGs.”
- UN News Centre release. “At China's Belt and Road Forum, UN chief Guterres stresses shared development goals.”
- Wangu Mwangi on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Agencies Consolidate Partnerships for SDG Implementation.”
- Amy Lieberman on Devex. “Slow growth in poorest countries derails SDGs progress, finds UN report.”
- Leila Mead with two posts on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Adaptation Update: Countries Focus on DRR Targets, Reporting, Links with Paris Agreement and SDG 11” and “Vienna Energy Forum Discusses Sustainable Energy for SDG, Paris Agreement Implementation.”
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