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SDG update - 15 Feb

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


  • 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.http://connect.wri.org/l/120942/2015-11-10/2pvl7z/120942/107917/spacer.gifhttp://connect.wri.org/l/120942/2015-11-10/2pvl7z/120942/107917/spacer.gif



  • 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.http://connect.wri.org/l/120942/2015-11-10/2pvl7z/120942/107917/spacer.gif
  • 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.


http://connect.wri.org/l/120942/2015-11-10/2pvl7z/120942/107917/spacer.gifNEWS AND BLOGS

  • 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.”

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