REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- World Bank Group and Frankfurt School of Finance and Management: Results-Based Climate Finance in Practice: Delivering Climate Finance for Low-Carbon Development. This joint report is based on a review of 74 results-based climate financing (RBCF) programs implemented in developing countries. It aims to 1) assess the characteristics and overall volume of funding flowing through RBCF programs; 2) describe the various approaches to designing and implementing RBCF programs; and 3) compare practical experiences in applying RBCF with the existing theory and literature describing this financing approach.
- International Budget Partnership: Tracking spending on the SDGs: What have we learned from the MDGs? This budget brief explores practices and lessons learned from monitoring of government budgets and expenditure on the Millennium Development Goals that can assist with monitoring, reporting, and accountability in respect of the SDGs. It presents findings from research conducted in collaboration with Development Finance International, and features summaries of case studies from eleven countries.
- WWF: Planning to Succeed: How to build strong 2050 climate and energy development strategies. This paper aims to be a starting point for policy makers who are seeking to either develop their country’s first 2050 decarbonization plan, or to strengthen their existing plan. It makes clear that 2050 strategies should not only be about cutting emissions, but should also address sustainable development more broadly, going on to identify 10 essential elements of 2050 strategies.
- UNDP-UN Environment Poverty-Environment Initiative: Accelerating Sustainable Development in Africa: Country lessons from applying integrated approaches. This publication, released at the Sixteenth Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), shares several African experiences of putting in place new and innovative ways of doing business that enable socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable economic development. The report explores case studies from Burkina Faso, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Rwanda, and proposes five key pathways that can speed up and scale up integrated and participatory approaches to sustainable development: better evidence, breaking down institutional silos, involvement and empowerment, new finance and progress monitoring.
- Council of the European Union: A Sustainable European Future: The EU response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This document, adopted by the EU Council on 20 June 2017, underscores sustainable development as an overarching EU objective. It outlines next steps towards achieving the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, means of implementation, and follow-up, monitoring and review, also noting partnerships and stakeholder involvement. A summary write-up by Catherine Benson Wahlen for IISD is available here.
- Pan American Health Organization: Regional progress towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals. This report summarizes the remaining challenges on health-related MDGs, highlighting the persistent high maternal, neonatal, and child mortality rates in some countries – especially among the poorest and those in the most vulnerable of situations, where the highest rates of chronic malnutrition also persist. It looks ahead to the achievement of SDG 3, proposing experience-based recommendations for the coming stage of implementation.
- Together 2030: Reaction to the Zero Draft of the Ministerial Declaration of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development and the ECOSOC High Level
Segment. This document, issued on behalf of the Together 2030 Global Advocacy Working Group, presents comments and concrete language inputs for the zero draft of the HLPF Ministerial Declaration, noting areas for improvement. It highlights specific textual changes and offers a rationale for the proposed edits.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- 22nd Meeting of the Poverty Environment Partnership. PEP 22 was held 19-22 June 2017 in Tarrytown, New York, on the theme “Investing in Natural Capital for an Inclusive Green and Blue Economy to implement the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement.” WRI staff in attendance hosted a discussion on “Monitoring to Mobilize: How the data revolution is changing how natural capital is measured and managed.” Background papers and session materials are available at the above link.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Nathalie Risse with two HLPF-related posts on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Co-Facilitators Revise Draft Declaration for HLPF” and “Stakeholders and Officials Highlight Priorities for HLPF.”
- Kate Donald on the Center for Economic and Social Rights’ blog. “The Politics of ‘Progress’: UN report paints a highly partial picture of SDG implementation.”
- Sustainable Brands. “SDG Progress Report Reveals Slow Start to Delivering on 2030 Agenda.”
- Hannah Koh on Eco-Business. “How to work better together to achieve the SDGs.”
- Wendy Williams interviews Mike Tuffrey (Corporate Citizenship) on Pro Bono News (Australia). “SDGs A Powerful Framework For CSR.”
- Jorge Moreira da Silva (OECD DCD) on Devex. “Getting climate infrastructure right — A stronger role for development banks.”
- Adair Turner (Institute for New Economic Thinking) on Project Syndicate. “We’ll Always Need Paris.”
- Benjamin Rothen (Swiss Federal Statistical Office) with a guest article on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Official Statistics.”
- Lowana Veal for In-Depth News. “Nordic States Support Sustainable Development Goals.”
- Zulfiqarali Premji in the Citizen, cross-posted to All Africa. “Thinking Aloud - Are Slogans, Declarations and SDGs the Key to Development?”
- John Ouma-Mugabe (University of Pretoria) on SciDev.net “Civil groups’ apathy on STI hurts Africa’s SDG progress.”
- Girmachew Gashaw interviews Belay Begashar (SDG Centre for Africa) in the Ethiopian Herald, cross-posted to All Africa. “Africans Intertwine Plan With SDGs.”
- Ana Maria Lebada on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “GFRID 2017 Links Remittances to SDG Achievement.”
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