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SDG Synergies Digest – 5 June 2017


  • Inter-Agency Task Force on Financing for Development: Financing for Development: Progress and Prospects, 2017. This report states that, to address financing gaps, and boost global sustainable and inclusive growth to achieve the SDGs, both national and multilateral actions are critical. It notes that integrated national financing frameworks are a tool to achieve nationally owned sustainable development strategies. However, the report finds that the current global growth trajectory will not deliver the goal of eradicating extreme poverty by 2030. A briefing note by the UN Secretary-General on Financing for development progress and prospects is available here, while coverage of the recent FfD Forum is available in the sections below.
  • OECD: Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth. This report provides an assessment of how governments can generate inclusive economic growth in the short term, while making progress towards climate goals to secure sustainable long-term growth. It describes the development pathways required to meet the Paris Agreement objectives and underlines the value of well-aligned policy packages in mobilizing investment and social support for the transition while enhancing growth.
  • GlobeScan and Frost & Sullivan, on behalf of CSR Europe: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Value for Europe. This report takes an in-depth look at how the SDGs stand to create commercial value in Europe, estimating the economic opportunity for the region associated with a selection of goals (primarily SDGs 4, 5, 7 and 11). It also features a survey of European business leaders by GlobeScan, which finds high alignment of the SDGs with corporate values, but notes that there is a long way to go in terms of integrating the Goals into business planning. A related write-up on findings, by Matt Mace for Edie, is here.


  • Global Soil Week 2017. GSW 2017, coordinated by IASS Potsdam with a range of organizing partners, was held 22-24 May 2017 in Berlin, Germany, on the theme, “Catalyzing SDG Implementation through a Land and Soil Review.” Coverage by IISD Reporting Services is here, while a write-up by Wangu Mwangi on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub is here.
  • 2017 Financing for Development (FfD) Forum. The 2017 ECOSOC FfD Forum was held 22-25 May 2017 at UN headquarters in New York. The program, side events, and further documentation is available via the above link, the final draft outcome (as of 19 May) is available here, two write-ups by Ana Maria Lebada on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub are here and here, and further related coverage is featured in the above and below sections.
  • 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction. This platform was convened 22-26 May 2017 in Cancun, Mexico. Coverage by IISD is available here, and write-ups with additional resource links by Catherine Benson Wahlen and Elena Kosolapova are available here and here, on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub.


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