22 Feb – this week’s SDG Delivery Update provides a compilation of news, opinions, reports, and events on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), related processes and issues pertaining to implementation, including details of a new country-level SDG Index and dashboard for OECD countries.
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Olav Kjørven: The unlikely journey to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This commentary offers a personal account of the MDG and SDG processes, including the “near-death experience” at Rio+20. The author describes the discussions that have taken place since, also noting a series of retreats convened by World Resources Institute in partnership with think tanks from the Independent Research Forum. The document concludes by looking ahead, at challenges facing the world as the ‘real work’ of implementing the SDGs begins.
- SDSN: Preliminary Sustainable Development Goal Index and Dashboard. This draft paper presents a preliminary country-level SDG Index using data available today to measuring achievement across the 17 SDGs. The paper also proposes an SDG Dashboard for OECD countries that presents data visually by country and Goal to help stakeholders identify the most urgent priorities in each country and region. It illustrates that even countries that rank highly on the overall SDG Index may face major challenges on some goals.
- SustainAbility: Global Trends & Opportunities: 2016 and Beyond. This report is based in part on a series of interviews with sustainable development experts, including WRI’s own Kitty van der Heijden. It describes a clearer development trajectory in 2016, with the adoption of the Paris Agreement and 2030 Agenda and a convergence of sustainability and other affairs, but also notes the increasing complexity of today’s issues. The report identifies a number of “key signals to watch” and opportunities for corporate leadership.
- Maya Forstater (Center for Global Development): International Tax, Transparency, and Finance for Development: A Short Guide for the Perplexed. This briefing offers an outline of the key issues, terms, and numbers involved in financing for sustainable development. It identifies areas of concern and where improvements are needed, as well as solutions to issues around mobilizing additional resources (from both domestic and international sources), particularly those around governance, and discusses the implications for developing economies.
- UN DESA: SD in Action Newsletter, February 2016. This month’s newsletter includes an update on countries that have volunteered to participate in national reviews of the 2030 Agenda at the High Level Political Forum; notes the application to speak at the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs in April; provides an overview of the General Assembly briefing on the SDG indicators framework; and provides a description of and link to the new website for national capacity building.
- Amnesty International: Open Letter to the Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission and Co-Chairs of the Inter Agency Expert group on the SDGs. This letter, endorsed by approximately 170 organizations, raises issues on 1) transparency and inclusion with regards to the IAEG and indicators process; 2) regional and thematic indicators; and 3) the timeline for finalizing the global indicators. The letter requests regular meetings with civil society on the global and regional processes, clarity on the color-coding system and timeframe for further development of Tier III indicators, and an extension of the timeframe for the indicators’ adoption to August 2016.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Elizabeth Stuart (ODI) on Delivery 2030. “Conventional vs new approaches to poverty reduction – what leave no one behind brings to the party.”
- Jan Eliasson (Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations) in the Huffington Post. “17 Goals, 15 Years, 1 Agenda: To Leave No One Behind.”
- A collaborative post on Capacity4Dev.eu. “An Integrated Environmental Approach to the SDGs.”
- Rahul Chandran with two articles on the UNU Centre for Policy Research’s website. “Episode IV: A New Hope? Reforming the United Nations for Agenda 2030” and “All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter: Why a Better Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review Is Essential for Agenda 2030.”
- Mark Halle on IISD’s website. “Overseeing Agenda 2030—How to Avoid a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable Development.”
- Shamshad Akhtar (Executive Secretary, UNESCAP) on Policy Forum. “Why sustainable development needs better data.”
- Launch of UNDESA’s new page, “Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development Policies.”
- 3BL Media with a press release. “UN Global Compact Launches “Pioneers” Programme as Part of SDG Roll Out Strategy.”
- Two posts on 17Goals.org. “The SDG Indicators Have Arrived” and “Understanding the SDG Implementation Process.”
- Elena Kosolapova with a policy update on IISD. “National Reporting under the International Climate Regime: Towards Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
- The Himalayan Times. “National effort, global cooperation a must to meet SDGs.”
- Business Morning on YouTube. “Focus On SDGS & National Development Goals -- 15/02/16 Pt. 1.”
- Stefan Jungcurt with Part II of a policy update on IISD. “Living in Harmony with Nature to Transform Our World: The CBD's Contribution to SDG Implementation.”
- Lauren Anderson with a policy update on IISD. “Biodiversity and Land in the SDGs: A Forward-looking Review.”
- Shashikumar Velath on Thomson Reuters. “Social Entrepreneurs are vital contributors in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.”
- Lean Alfred Santos on Devex. “Why inclusive business for #globaldev has not (yet) taken full flight.”
- Scott Jackson on Global Impact’s website. “Corporate Engagement's Critical Role in the Success of the SDGs.”
- Rorden Wilkinson (University of Sussex) in ICTSD’s BioRes. “The WTO, Nairobi and the 2030 Agenda.”
- Esben Alslund –Lanthén (Sustainia) on Thomson Reuters. “2015: Year zero of sustainable development?”
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