REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Benoit Simon, Wolfgang Meyer, Stefano D’Errico, Thomas Schwandt, Dorothy Lucks, Chen Zhaoying, Kassem El-Saddik, Elisabeth Schneider, Lena Taube, Simon Anderson, Zenda Ofir: Evaluation: a missed opportunity in the SDGs’ first set of Voluntary National Reviews. This IIED briefing note reports on a review of 22 Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs)—to be discussed at the coming High-Level Political Forum—focusing on how each address the role of evaluation. The analysis finds that most VNRs show little awareness about just what evaluation is and how it could be used to support the 2030 Agenda. IIED offers six recommendations that can be used to strengthen and improve future reporting on VNRs.
- 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.
- Paul Lucas, Anteneh Dagnachew and Andries Hof (PBL): Towards universal electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa: A quantitative analysis of technology and investment requirements. This study analyzes the technology and investment requirements for achieving the targets under SDG 7, particularly around universal electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report discusses the role of climate change mitigation policy, as well as key issues for driving the transition. It finds that, for the many households in poor and sparsely populated rural areas far from the existing grid, decentralized electrification systems, including mini-grids and standalone systems, will play a vital role in achieving the targets, but that achievement will have only a small impact on global CO2 emissions.
- 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.
- Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Travel Impact Newswire: The Olive Tree: How travel and tourism can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This report, intended to make industry decision-makers more aware of the SDGs as they relate to tourism, features a compilation of announcements, news releases and initiatives by UN agencies and other multilateral groups such as the Asian Development Bank on a broad range of SDG-related themes and topics including ‘messengers of peace’, ‘infrastructure investment’, ‘illegal fishing’ and ‘rice farming’. Each article is accompanied by a sidebar explaining its importance and relevance to travel and tourism. A related news piece by Leila Mead on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub is here.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- 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.
- The New Economy: Aligning Growth, Climate Action and Sustainable Development. This lecture by WRI’s Manish Bapna took place 30 May 2017 at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, discussing the role that governments can play in stimulating growth and implementation of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.
- 2017 Special Meeting of ECOSOC on “Innovations in Infrastructure Development and Promoting Sustainable Industrialization.” This meeting was held 31 May 2017 at UN headquarters in New York, on the above theme, to discuss solutions that bridge the gaps in infrastructure, industrialization and innovation across countries. Additional documentation is available via the above link.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Two statements by WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer. “US Isolates Itself on Climate Change at G7 Summit” and “President Trump Decision to Leave Paris Agreement is a Colossal Mistake.”
- Frances Seymour (WRI) on Devex. “Turning away from the Paris Agreement is unpresidential — and bad for America.”
- Elena Kosolapova on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Economists Call for Strong Carbon Price to Deliver on Paris Climate Goals, SDGs.”
- Wolfgang Obenland and Sarah Dayringer with a two-part post on Global Policy Watch. “Financing for Development – stocktaking at the UN | Part 1” and “Financing for Development – stock-taking at the UN | Part 2.”
- Magdy Martínez-Solimán on UNDP’s Our Perspectives blog. “Not just more, but better – effective financing of the SDGs.”
- Bodo Ellmers on Eurodad’s blog. “UN Financing for Development Forum: private sector eats cake while developing countries fight for crumbs.”
- Jacob Assa on the UNDP’s Human Development Report’s website. “Financing for Human Development.”
- Shanta Rao on In-Depth News. “Funding Needs for UN’s 2030 Development Agenda Skyrocket – to Trillions of Dollars.”
- Delia Paul with two posts on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “ESCAP Estimates US$800 Billion Needed to Achieve SDGs in Region” and “g7+ Discusses SDG Implementation in Fragile States.”
- Amy Lieberman on Devex. “Innovative financing needed to counter stalled SDG progress.”
- Magdi M. Amin on the World Bank’s Voices blog. “Is technology a third lever for financing the SDGs?”
- The World Wide Web Foundation with a guest article on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “What is the Gender Digital Divide, and Why Should it Matter for the SDGs?”
- Jeremy Li on the IAEA’s news page. “Role of Private Sector in Sustainable Development Highlighted at IAEA Conference” (conference info here).
- Jaspreet Duhra and Julia Haake (oekom research) on The C Suite (UK). “Companies and the impact of their products on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
- Paul Holthus (World Ocean Council) with a guest article on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “The Business of Ocean Sustainable Development.”
- Sustainable Brands. “New MSC Report Spotlights Certification's Role in Delivering the SDGs.”
- Liam Dowd on Ethical Corporation. “60% of companies are integrating the SDGs into business strategy.”
- Thomson Reuters interviews Claus Stig Pedersen (Novozymes). “Monetizing sustainable development.”
- The Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation’s blog. “Partnering to achieve the SDGs: Lessons learned from monitoring civil society’s engagement in development.”
- Interview with Robert Glasser (Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction) on the UN website. “Achieving global development goals ‘inconceivable’ without reducing disaster risk, stresses UN official.”
- Simon Mone on New Vision (Uganda). “Migration and the 2030 SDGs.”
- Sonja Graham (Global Action Plan) in the Guardian. “Charities have global ambitions – so why aren't we using the UN global goals?”
- Kelli Rogers on Devex. “Brazil to tackle its 'wicked problems' with new SDGlab.”
- Desmond Brown on In-Depth News. “ECLAC Promotes Caribbean Implementation of SDGs.”
- Institute of Development Studies with Achim Steiner (UNDP) - videos. “Doomed to Fail or Bound to Succeed? SDGs and the Green Economy.”
- Nathalie Risse with two HLPF-related posts on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “Governments Share Views on HLPF Ministerial Declaration” and “ECOSOC President Announces HLPF Updates.”
- Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. “Draft Elements for the Ministerial Declaration of the ECOSOC High-Level Segment and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.”
- Leila Mead on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “WHO Reports on Progress in Implementing 2030 Agenda.”
- Catherine Benson Wahlen with three posts on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “SG Report Calls AIDS Response “Bellwether” for 2030 Agenda, UN Reform,” “Arab Fora Discuss SDG Implementation,” and “G7 Recognizes Persistent Inequalities, Does Not Reach Consensus on Climate.”
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