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SDG update - 19 September

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. 

Photo shows UN flag outside UN General Assembly building in New York

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.


  • 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.
  • 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.





  • Shalveen Chand with Bakhodir Burkhanov (UNDP) in the Fiji Times. “Pacific Challenge


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