24 October 2016 – this week’s SDG Delivery Update compiles news, opinion, reports and events related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including details of a new FAO report on climate change, agriculture and food security, and reports from Habitat III.
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Mark Elder, Magnus Bengtsson and Lewis Akenji (IGES): An Optimistic Analysis of the Means of Implementation for Sustainable Development Goals: Thinking about Goals as Means. This paper published in Sustainability and posted on MDPI responds to the discussion that has arisen about whether countries should prioritize some goals over others due to concerns that means of implementation (MOI) may be insufficient. The authors argue for a more optimistic outlook concerning MOI and the feasibility of achieving the SDGs, noting that they are mutually reinforcing and that interlinkages and synergies can both enhance effectiveness and reduce costs of implementations, amongst other points.
- Cameron Allen, Graciela Metternicht and Thomas Wiedman: National pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A comparative review of scenario modelling tools. This paper, published in Environmental Science & Policy and posted on ScienceDirect, reviews and assesses a broad range of different quantitative models that have the potential to support national development planning for the SDGs. The study develops a typology and inventory of 80 different models, and then reviews the comparative strengths, weaknesses and general utility of different models through an initial screening and subsequent multi-criteria analysis of short-listed models.
- International Organization for Standardization (ISO): ISO26000 and SDGs. This document offers guidance to members on how to get started with ISO 26000 and integrate social responsibility throughout an organization. It identifies several core subjects (environment, labor practices, human rights) and sub-issues, then notes the sub-clauses under which each is addressed.
- FAO: Climate change, agriculture and food security. This report identifies strategies, financing opportunities, and data and information needs in relation to agriculture, food security and climate change. It describes transformative policies and institutions that can overcome barriers to implementation.
- David Laborde, Livia Bizikova, Tess Lallemant and Carin Smaller: Ending hunger: What would it cost? This paper published by IFPRI and IISD estimates what it would cost to end hunger, and the contribution that donors need to make. It finds that investments to end hunger need to be scaled up, as it is otherwise estimated that 600 million people will still be hungry in 2030. A summary write-up by Lynn Wagner is available on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub, here.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). This once-every-twenty-year summit was held 17-20 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, to establish the ‘New Urban Agenda.’ A release by UN News Centre is here, numerous articles and coverage is available on Citiscope, key commitments are listed here, and additional related articles are posted in the News & Blogs section below.
- Ninth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES). This summit was held 15-16 October 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hosted by the Centre for Policy Dialogue, the event focused on the theme “Reimagining South Asia in 2030.” A write-up of the event in the Daily Star is available here.
- Securing Indigenous and Community Land Rights in the Context of the SDGs. This meeting hosted by IFAD 17-21 October 2016 in Rome, Italy reviewed experiences to date that successfully achieve legal recognition of community and indigenous lands rights through projects; discussed methodologies to measuring progress towards legal recognition and tools for managing land rights data; and strategized on how to coordinate amongst various stakeholders in local, regional and global level policy engagement.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Paula Lucci (ODI) on Development Progress. “Habitat III round-up: how cities can implement the SDGs and Paris climate goals.”
- Lakshmi Puri (UN Women) on IPS News. “From City 50/50 to Planet 50/50 – How to Step it Up for Gender Equality and Sustainable Development.”
- Brendon Bosworth on Citiscope. “New website offers ‘toolbox’ for implementing development goals in cities.”
- Frank Rijsberman (GGGI) in the Huffington Post. “Sustainable Infrastructure for Better Growth, Better Climate and Better Lives.”
- Ralien Bekkers (Yale University) on GreenBiz. “Dear UN Secretary-General Guterres: Deliver on climate action.”
- UN News Center. “Interview: 'Implementation of the 17 SDGs is the core of my work’ – UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson.”
- IISD News launch of the SDG Knowledge Hub. “About the SDG Knowledge Hub.”
- Delia Paul on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “China Releases National Plan to Implement SDGs.”
- Faye Leone on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub. “24 Governments Volunteer for 2017 SDG Reviews.”
- Cathy Green (Health Partners International) Miniratu Soyoola (MORE MAMaZ) and Tony Klouda on Deliver 2030. “Operationalising “leave no one behind”: an example in Zambia.”
- Kanayo F. Nwanze (IFAD) on IPS News. “Eradicating Poverty – a Lofty Ideal or Achievable Goal?”
- Press release and letter on Vatican Radio. “Holy See evaluates 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
- Nawneet Vibhaw on VCCircle. “Laying the BRICS for a sustainable future.”
- Peter Holland on the World Bank’s Views and Voices: Middle East and North Africa blog. “How results-based financing can help achieve the SDGs: dealing with a refugee crisis.”
- Jesse Griffiths (Eurodad) on Public Finance International. “Three principles for aid and the private sector.”
- Christophe Bellmann in ICTSD’s Bridges Africa. “The role of trade policy reform in advancing the 2030 Agenda.”
- UN News Centre. “Eradicating 'all forms' of poverty means ending humiliation and exclusion people living in poverty face – UN.”
- Mairead McGuinness (Ireland Parliament) on EurActiv. “Europe must keep its promises to older people under the SDGs.”
- The Conversation Global with a feature in the Huffington Post. “Jeffrey Sachs on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals - ‘we need a victory of ideas’.”
- Nichi Sharma (ET Bureau) for the Economic Times (India). “This is how Modi government aims to meet UN development goals.”
- Alice Cunningham (Shumei International) in the Huffington Post. “Food for Thought: What does World Food Day Look Like in 2030?”
- UN Climate Partnerships for the Global South. “Newsletter #1 – October 2016.”
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