26 Sept 2016 – this week’s SDG Delivery Update compiles news, opinions, reports, and events relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including coverage from last week’s UN General Assembly.
Harvesting marula in South Africa - a report from the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment looks at what progress has been made, photo: CIFOR via flickr, creative commons licence
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Brian Lipinski (WRI) and Clementine O’Connor (Think.Eat.Save) with Craig Hanson (WRI): SDG Target 12.3 on Food Loss and Waste: 2016 Progress Report. This update on behalf of the Champions 12.3 group is the first in an annual series of assessments on global progress towards meeting SDG target 12.3. It notes regional actions to date, updates on ways of measuring food loss and waste, and outlines what is needed in both areas, also summarizing possible approaches to achieve the necessary reductions of food loss and waste.
- DNV GL Future of Spaceship Earth: The Sustainable Development Goals. This report assesses the achievability of the SDGs and how businesses can take action, also diving into private sector solutions for attaining the Goals. For each SDG, DNV GL highlights a company pioneering progress towards the goals. The report uses a model-based forecast developed by DNV GL to predict the most likely future scenarios through 2050, but for the purposes of the report, analysis of the model is limited to the year 2030, to match the SDGs’ timeframe for completion. A launch video of the assessment is available here.
- Global Reporting Initiative with UNDP: Measuring Impact: How business accelerates the Sustainable Development Goals. This report explores two complementary trends: 1) that businesses are increasingly engaged in impact measurement and sustainability reporting to capture their sustainability impact; and 2) that there is growing public sector interest in capturing the business contribution to the SDGs. It finds that lessons from sustainability measurement can be used by both governments and the private sector, that governments are increasingly interested in accounting for the private sector’s contribution to development, and that SMEs are also critical to achieving the SDGs. A related press release on 3BL Media is also available, here.
- Homi Kharas and John McArthur (Brookings): Links in the chain of sustainable finance: Accelerating private investments for the SDGs, including climate action. This policy brief looks at policy frameworks to make private investments sustainable, noting that the whole set-up of the financial sector must be adjusted so as to contribute to SDG implementation. The authors seek to the question of how to turn recent changes in the financial sector from the exception to the norm. The brief features a range of concrete recommendations, and a timetable for implementation. A related press release by the UN is also available, here.
- OECD: Debate the Issues: New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC). This collection from OECD Insights summarizes opinions from inside and outside the Organization on how NAEC can contribute to achieving the SDGs, and describes how the OECD is placing its statistical, monitoring and analytical capacities at the service of the international community. The authors also consider the transformation of the world economy that will be needed and the long-term “tectonic shifts” that are affecting people, the planet, global productivity, and institutions. An online PDF reader of the book is available here.
- Millennium Institute: Cote d’Ivoire 2016 iSDG Report. This research report is the first in a series of national studies assessing the potential achievement of the SDGs under different policy scenarios. Using the iSDG model, Millennium Institute compares the results for the 17 SDGs by 2030 under three scenarios in Cote d’Ivoire: a business as usual (BAU) scenario; a National Prospective Study scenario (NPS), representing the policies included in the “Cote d’Ivoire Vision 2040”; and a SDG scenario that combines the NPS scenario and additional policy interventions not covered in the Cote d’Ivoire Vision 2040. The analysis shows that in an optimistic scenario, Cote d’Ivoire can attain a level of achievement of the SDGs of about 67%, and that major synergies would emerge from the joint planning and implementation of the proposed interventions.
- International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: Services and Sustainable Development: A conceptual approach. This paper by ICTSD, the first in a series of services and SDG-related publications, aims to provide a basis for further work in the services area, and encourage positive service sector policy change in the world’s poorest countries. The paper provides a framework that identifies the primary channels through which services affect the SDGs, offers a range of criteria to prioritize service sectors, and outlines appropriate indicators to assess the contribution of services.
- Rachel Kaplinsky (ICTSD): Inclusive and Sustainable Growth: The SDG Value Chains Nexus. This framework paper represents the inaugural component of a new series by ICTSD on global value chains (GVCs), noting that they dominate global trade. It aims to generate policy-relevant data intended to support the maximum achievement of the SDGs in value-chain-led economic growth. The paper outlines key dynamics that drive GVCs and discusses the processes involved in enhancing the distribution of gains. It also explores the linkages between value chains dynamics and these SDGs.
- International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development: Trade Policies and Sustainable Development in the Context of Global Value Chains. This ICTSD framework paper complements the above analysis, arguing that the expansion and increased sophistication of GVCs has created a new “trade-investment-services-technology nexus.” The nexus involves not only the movement of final goods but also that of intermediates, capital, ideas, data, and services. The paper surveys types of trade and trade-related policies that are the most relevant to support the development of country participation and upgrading in GVCs. It also explores the implications these policies may have for GVCs to contribute to sustainable development.
- GSMA: 2016 Mobile Industry Impact Report: Sustainable Development Goals. This first-of-its-kind report offers critical insights into the transformative impact of the mobile industry on individuals, societies and economies around the world, in developed and developing markets. It establishes a benchmark through which GSNA plans to assess the industry’s progress in contributing to the SDGs by 2030, and serves as a blueprint for other industries as they commit to achieving the Goals. The report finds that the mobile industry impacts all 17 Goals to varying degrees, with the greatest effect being felt on SDGs 9, 1, 4 and 13. A press release is also available, here.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. UNGA71 continued this past week in New York. The General Debate opened September 20th, under the theme ‘The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world.’ Video recordings of statements are available at the UN AV Library, here, while further coverage is available in the News and Blogs section below. WRI staff hosted and contributed to a range of events, including “Harnessing the Data Revolution for Climate Resilience” and an Open Government Partnership event, among others (see News and Blogs section below). A range of related articles and calendar of side events is available at IISD’s website. This past week of the General Assembly also coincided with Climate Week NYC 2016.
- 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development. This annual conference, organized by SDSN and centers within Columbia University, was held 21-22 September 2016 at Columbia in New York, under the theme ‘Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice.’
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Remarks at UNGA by Manish Bapna (World Resources Institute) on WRI’s blog. “Priorities for Open Government Partnership at UN General Assembly.”
- Paula Caballero (World Resources Institute) on Thomson Reuters. “Time to leap forward to transformation."
- Janet Ranganathan and Francis Gassert (World Resources Institute) on WRI’s blog. “PREP-aring for a Changing Climate by Harnessing the Data Revolution.”
- Catherine Cheney on Devex. “New platform aims to bridge gap between climate data and climate action.”
- Elizabeth Stuart (ODI) on Deliver 2030. "Voices of the poor.”
- PR Newswire. “Twitter and UN Global Pulse Announce Data Partnership.”
- David Nabarro (United Nations) on Global Daily. “Maintaining the Momentum: Building on Year One of the SDGs.”
- Peter Bakker (WBCSD) on GreenBiz. “The SDGs, one year in: Where do we stand?”
- Teresa Fogelberg (GRI) with a guest article on IISD. “Monitoring Business' Performance for SDGs: Lessons from First Year.”
- Louis Wertz (EcoAgriculture Partners) on EcoAg’s blog. “One year has passed since the SDGs were agreed. What’s happened?”
- Global Environment Facility (GEF) release. “Disruptive change needed to realize SDGs.”
- Barbara Adams and Karen Judd (Global Policy Forum) on Global Policy Watch. “Silos or system? The 2030 Agenda requires an integrated approach to sustainable development.”
- Sujatha Byravan in the Hindu. "An overlapping roadmap.”
- Paul Polman (Unilever) on Devex. "Why businesses must adapt to the SDGs
- Anna Swaithes on SABMiller’s blog. “Strategic thinking on business and the SDGs.”
- UNGC release. “UN Global Compact Launches Next-Generation Business Solutions to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
- Sustainable Brands. “New Campaign Aims to Leverage Private Investment Capital to Help Achieve SDGs.”
- The Huffington Post launched a series of articles on the SDGs. Please see below for six selected pieces.
- Liz Goodwin (World Resources Institute) in the Huffington Post. “The food we don’t eat.”
- Åsa Skogström Feldt (The Hunger Project) in the Huffington Post. “How We Can Achieve Goal 2: Ending Hunger.”
- Karin Krchnak (WWF) in the Huffington Post. “Tick-Tock: Healthy Water and the SDGs.
- Caroline Kende-Robb (Africa Progress Panel) in the Huffington Post. “Powering the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa: Rewriting the global rules.”
- Canadian Council for International Co-operation in the Huffington Post. “How Policy Coherence Helps The SDG Wheels Turn.”
- Jose Ugaz (Transparency International) in the World Post. “Ending corruption will help deliver on our development promises: the Sustainable Development Goals one year on.”
- UNDESA release. “World leaders call for action on water.”
- Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. “High-level Panel on Water” (includes link to the Panel’s Action Plan on SDG 6)
- UNDESA release. “Launch of new partnerships and commitments for the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States.”
- Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. “Partnerships on Small Island Developing States 2016.”
- Abigail Hunt (ODI) on Development Progress. “High-Level Panel report on women’s economic empowerment: a good start but more to do.” (UNSG’s Report is available here.)
- Mariana Dahan and Melanie Walker on the World Bank’s Information and Communications for Development blog. “SDGs Made with Code: Giving women and girls the power to change the world.”
- Jessica Faieta (UNDP) on IPS News. “Caribbean: Rethinking Progress in Sustainable Development Era.”
- Citizen Participation Forum for Justice and Human Rights (Foro Ciudadano de Participación por la Justicia y los Derechos Humanos—FOCO) and Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS) on Social Watch. “Can Argentina meet the 2030 Agenda SDGs?”
- Siddharth Chatterjee (UNDP) on IPS News. “The Public Benefit Organisations Act Will Help Kenya’s March Towards the Sustainable Development Goals.”
- IISD News. “UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification.”
- Select coverage of member state leaders’ addresses at the UN:
UN News Centre. “Madagascar leader spotlights universality of 2030 Agenda in UN Assembly speech.”
UN News Centre. “‘No compromises’ in implementation of 2030 Agenda, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe tells UN Assembly.”
UN News Centre. “Corruption is major obstacle to achieving Agenda 2030, Nigerian leader tells UN Assembly.”
UN News Centre. “UN 2030 Agenda and climate accord must ‘transform peoples’ lives’– Rwandan President.”
UN News Centre. “At UN Assembly, Uzbekistan cites links between 2030 Agenda, climate action.”
UN News Centre. “Guyana emerging as a ‘green State,’ President tells UN Assembly.”
UN News Centre. “Mexican President Peña urges global push to achieve ‘brave, demanding’ UN 2030 Agenda.”
UN News Centre. “2030 Agenda should be on ‘the walls of every planning ministry,’ Iceland tells world leaders at UN.”
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