15 Feb 2016 – This week’s SDG Delivery Update (formerly the Post-2015 Digest) includes information about ODI’s publications and event on Leave no-one behind, the UN Secretary General’s report ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit, and blogs on integration and post-capitalism.
Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in May, the UN Secretary General has released a report on One humanity: shared responsibility, photo shows aid being distributed following flooding in China, photo: Oxfam International via flickr.com, creative commons licence
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Alainna Lynch, Tom Berliner and Chiara Mariotti (ODI): Who is being left behind in sub-Saharan Africa? An illustration in Benin and Nigeria. This paper, part of a series of three (see below for the other two), sets out the first step along the road to implementing this agenda - the step of identifying marginalized communities and the ensuing gaps in achieving a number of outcomes related to the SDGs. The paper notes that ethnicity and wealth are key markers of social exclusion in sub-Saharan Africa. It finds that in Benin, access to electricity is strongly linked to relative wealth, while in Nigeria, substantial inequalities exist between ethnic groups.
- Tanvi Bhatkal with Chiara Mariotti (ODI): Who is being left behind in Asia? An illustration in Bangladesh and Vietnam. This second paper in ODI’s series finds that in Bangladesh, households headed by women who are widowed, separated or never married fared worse on a range of development outcomes compared to those headed by men or married women, but that there have been improvements over time. Similarly, households headed by older people feature reduced access to infrastructure and social services. In Vietnam, the paper finds that ethnic minorities underperform compared to the majority, and that regions are also indicative markers of social exclusion.
- Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi and Chiara Mariotti (ODI): Who is being left behind in Latin America? An illustration in Brazil and Guatemala. This third paper in ODI’s series finds that Afro-Brazilians have long been among the country’s most marginalized. While there were absolute gains in reducing poverty rates, the relative gap between whites and Afro-Brazilians has remained constant. In Guatemala, indigenous groups continue to underperform relative to the non-indigenous majority. The authors note that the political and economic institutions set up in many LACs after they gained independence perpetuated skewed distribution of wealth, human capital and political influence, but that social programs in Brazil have been successful in reaching poor Afro-Brazilians.
- United Nations: One Humanity: Shared Responsibility: Report of the Secretary-General for the World Humanitarian Summit. This advance unedited report launched for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit scheduled for 23-24 May in Istanbul, Turkey, calls for a confronting of shared challenges together. It focuses on five core responsibilities: 1) Political leadership to prevent and end conflicts; 2) Uphold the norms that safeguard humanity; 3) Leave no one behind; 4) Change people’s lives – from delivering aid to ending need; and 5) Invest in humanity. A related blog on the Summit website is available here, and a related video and article by Molly Anders on Devex is here.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- ODI Event on Leaving no one behind. This discussion held 8 February at ODI in London was the first #GlobalChallenges event of 2016, convening senior government officials including Minister Lilianne Ploumen of the Netherlands and Ana-Helena Chacon, Vice-President of Costa Rica via video remarks, among other senior officials.
- 54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development. CSocD54 was held 3-12 February at UN Headquarters in New York on the theme “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world.”
- UNGA Special Thematic Event on IPoA Implementation. This special thematic event on the theme “Building Synergy and Coherence in the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) in the context of the 2030 Development Agenda” was held 11 February 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Ben Tritton (ODI) with a compilation on Delivery 2030. “$1 billion to leave no one behind: your responses.”
- Mick Blowfield on IIED’s blog. “The other half of the future – business' informal sector.”
- Moizza Sarwar (ODI) on It Aint Necessarily So. “Do international agreements on social development make a difference?”
- James Mayers on IIED’s blog. “Seeds of the post-capitalist forest?”
- Jeff Geipel (Engineers Without Borders Canada) on Devex. “To harness the private sector to achieve the SDGs, we need real measurement of impact.”
- Nancy Wildfeir-Field (GBCHealth), John Simon (Total Impact Capital) and Suprotik Basu (Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and for Malaria) on the World Economic Forum’s blog. “3 ways businesses can help achieve the SDGs.”
- “Putting people at the center of the new development agenda” and “Supporting country-level implementation of the 2030 Agenda” in February’s UNDESA Voice.
- Heiner Janus and Sarah Holzapfel on DIE’s Current Column. “Sustainable Development Goals: Pick and choose - or integration at last?”
- Millennium Institute. Launch of the iSDG Model - A Tool for designing SDG strategies and roadmaps.
- Delia Paul with a policy update on IISD. “Five Ways the SDGs Are Changing International Development.”
- Aldo Caliari on Righting Finance. “New report finds “quiet revolution” in sustainable development finance.”
- Susan Blumenthal and Jacob McAuliffe in the Huffington Post. “Sustainable Development: Investing in the Future.”
- Stefan Jungcurt with a policy update on IISD. “Living in Harmony with Nature to Transform Our World: The CBD's Contribution to SDG Implementation.”
- Kanaga Raja for SUNS - South North Development Monitor, via Social Watch. “United Nations: Rural economic transformation central to LDCs.”
- Tony Klouda and Cathy Green (PRRINN-MNCH Programme) on Delivery 2030. “Identifying the left behind in health care: lessons from Northern Nigeria.”
- Jaspreet Kindra and Juliet Wasswa-Mugambwa in the Herald (Zimbabwe). “MDGs: Assessment of Africa’s Progress.”
- Gilbert Nakweya on SciDev. “Communication vital for Africa to achieve the SDGs.”
- Polly Meeks on HelpAge International’s blog. “The 2030 Agenda can't be achieved unless we listen to the voices of the marginalised.”
- Richard Jones on Devex. “Family planning only part of 'all-of-society' SDG approach — UNFPA chief.”
- Two articles in IISD News. “UNGA President Announces Updates on Thematic Debates” and “Canadian Private Sector Considers Role in SDGs.”
- UN News Centre. “This must be 'year of traction' to propel 2030 development Agenda, says UN chief.”
- Leida Rijnhout (EEB) on behalf of various EU-based networks and organizations. Letter to First Vice-President of the EC Frans Timmermans on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
- Molly Bangs in the Huffington Post. “Revamping Our Focus on the Green SDGs -- Because We're All Human.”
This update is compiled by WRI, a member of IRF — a collaboration of 10 international research institutions providing critical thinking, integrated analysis and awareness raising for a post-2015 development agenda. Submissions for this digest are welcome – please e-mail Adam Fishman (email@example.com) with suggestions, questions or comments. To subscribe to this weekly digest, along with other WRI newsletters, please visit this sign-up page on WRI’s website.