19 September 2016 – This week’s SDG Delivery Update includes news, opinions, reports, and events related to the Sustainable Development Goals, including details this week of a paper from Oxfam on the role of aid in a post-2015 world, and UN-OHRLLS’s report on the State of the Least Developed Countries 2016, looking at synergies between the 2030 Agenda and the Istanbul Programme of Action.
As the 71st session of the UN General Assembly gets underway in New York, marking the first year of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, what progress has been made? Photo: UN Information Centre via flickr.com, creative commons licence.
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Tetsuya Ishii, Kentaro Tamura, Naoki Mori, Eric Zusman and Mark Elder (IGES): Implications Of The G20 Summit In Hangzhou, China For Climate Change, Green Finance And Sustainable Development Goals. This briefing note, in addition to considering the G20’s implications on the titular subjects, reviews the overall context of holding the meeting in China for the first time, also noting the timing of the US-China joint announcement on climate change. The note identifies the ‘steps forward’ and ‘steps back’ made at the Summit, and examines the resultant Communique, comparing the document to discussions held and speeches made, finding that it places comparatively more emphasis on traditional growth priorities.
- UN-OHRLLS: State of the Least Developed Countries 2016: Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries. This report from the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing states looks at coherence and synergies between the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda. Part 1 of the report assesses progress towards achieving the goals and targets of the IPoA, particularly in the eight priority areas; reviews efforts towards this end; and identifies challenges ahead. Part 2 assesses the complementarities of the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda. It maps the goals, targets and actions of the IPoA with the SDGs, focusing on means of implementation. A write-up on UN News Centre covering the report is here, and an IISD summary is here.
- Gregory Adams and Daniela Rosche (Oxfam International): Accountability and Ownership: The role of aid in a post-2015 world. In this paper, Oxfam presents its vision for aid in a post-2015 era, which focuses on four key pillars: 1) Aid that helps countries mobilize and sustain financing for their own development priorities; 2) Aid that helps countries deliver the development results their citizens demand; 3) Aid that helps citizens demand the investments and outcomes they need; and 4) Aid that helps people escape poverty sustainably. According to Oxfam, the central role of aid in a post-2015 world is to support the citizen-state compact. A related blog on The Politics of Poverty, by Heather Schommer, is available here, and an Oxfam press release is here.
- UNCTAD: Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative: 2016 Report on Progress. This biennial report prepared by the organizers of the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative provides a periodic picture of sustainability initiatives implemented by stock exchanges and regulatory bodies around the world. The report also seeks to highlight current good practices, trends, opportunities and challenges in order to foster the sharing of lessons learned between stock exchanges, securities regulators, policymakers, companies and investors. In particular, the report looks at how stock exchanges can accelerate progress on SDGs 5, 8, 12, 13 and 13, dedicated a section to each. Further information on the SSE and SDGs is here and a press release is here.
- International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD): Rural Development Report 2016: Fostering inclusive rural transformation. This report analyzes global, regional and national pathways of rural transformation, and suggests four categories into which most countries and regions fall, each with distinct objectives for rural development strategies to promote inclusive rural transformation: 1) to adapt, 2) to amplify, 3) to accelerate, and 4) a combination of them. A PDF of the report is also available here, while an IISD summary write-up is here.
- Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland: Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and beyond. This discussion paper from the Water for Equity and Wellbeing Initiative was developed to consider Australia’s efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Australia, and within the broader Asia-Pacific region. It aims to identify the most effective and efficient starting points for governments to begin implementation of the SDGs; and identify which government portfolios and supporting governance arrangements could usefully be implemented across each particular SDG, and across the suite of SDGs. A related blog by three of the authors, posted on The Conversation, is available here.
- Diplomatic Courier: 2016 Global Action Report. This report features a compilation of articles and perspectives on food, health and prosperity, previewing the Global Action Summit to be held 14-15 November 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the above thematic content, the report includes interviews with and thinkpieces by those close to the SDGs process, including Thomas Gass of UNDESA.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71). The General Assembly opened on 13 September 2016, coinciding with Climate Week 2016. A range of events are taking place in the margins. IISD coverage of the opening is available here, while a calendar of civil society events by Action for Sustainable Development is here.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- New UNITAR tools for SDG implementation, with input from WRI, on UNITAR's website. “Capacity for the 2030 Agenda.”
- United Nations (preview release for UNGA). “Media advisory: First anniversary of SDGs to be marked at General Assembly.”
- Carlo Carraro on his blog. “Measuring Sustainable Development Goals.”
- Blue & Green Tomorrow. “Global Development Goals One Year On.”
- Michael Klosson (Save the Children) on the World Post. “The Sustainable Development Goals After One Year - Already In Need Of Course Correction.”
- Martin Chrisney (KPMG) in Diplomatic Courier. “Do We Need a Moonshot for The SDGs?”
- Yannick Glemarec (UN Women) on the World Post. “Optimizing Development Co-benefits to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
- Theodore Talbot and Owen Barder on the Center for Global Development’s blog. “One Year into the SDGs, Six Ideas To Leverage The Private Sector.”
- Leora Klapper on the World Bank’s Let’s Talk Development blog. “Financial inclusion has a big role to play in reaching the SDGs.”
- UN News Centre. “As 71st General Assembly opens, new President pledges to ‘turn the wheels’ on implementing 17 Global Goals.”
- Anna Leach noting two events in the Guardian. “From rhetoric to reality: delivering on the promises of the SDGs for women and children” and “Getting practical: how to implement 17 goals and 169 targets - your questions.”
- Greg Scruggs on Citiscope. “Final burst of talks results in consensus on draft New Urban Agenda.”
- Mariel Vilella (Zero Waste Europea / GAIA) on the World Post. “Zero Waste Cities: At The Forefront Of The Sustainable Development Goals Agenda.”
- Bjorn Lomborg (Copenhagen Consensus Center) on Project Syndicate. “No-Brainer Sustainable Development.”
- Francis Okoye (CNS Correspondent, Nigeria) on Citizen News Service. “How to fight TB, malaria and AMR to meet the SDGs by 2030.”
- Armida Alisjahbana (Padjadjaran University) in the Jakarta Post. “Focusing on Indonesia's SDG priorities.”
- Shalveen Chand with Bakhodir Burkhanov (UNDP) in the Fiji Times. “Pacific Challenge
- Jenny Darroch (Drucker School of Management) on the World Post. “Why the Sustainable Development Agenda Matters to the USA.”
- Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid NGOs, German NGO Forum on Environment and Development, Forum on Human Rights, terre des hommes Germany, Global Policy Forum, and Open Knowledge Foundation Germany on Social Watch. “German National Report: Sustainable Germany – a long way to go.”
- Kenan Aslanli (Public Finance Monitoring Center (PFMC)) on Social Watch. “Azerbaijan National Report: Lower Oil Revenues, Higher Public Debt: The implications of low oil prices and challenging financing for sustainable development
- Albert Kan-Dapaah (Financial Accountability and Transparency – Africa; former member of Ghanaian Parliament) in the Guardian. “Our vision for aid? Help the poorest people help themselves.”
- Justus Wanzala with UN Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee on In Depth News. “Private Sector Key to Attainment of SDGs in Kenya.”
- Lyndal Rowlands on IPS News. “Developing Countries Innovative Drivers of Sustainable Development.”
- Savio Carvalho (Amnesty International) on Open Democracy. “Two forums, two approaches to advancing the SDGs and human rights.”
- Olav Kjørven (UNICEF) with a guest article on IISD. “The World's Largest Lesson: Engaging and Inspiring Children Everywhere through Classrooms Across the World.”
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