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SDG Update - 29 Feb

29 Feb - The SDG Delivery Update provides a compilation of news, opinions, reports, and events on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), related processes and issues pertaining to SDG implementation, including details this week of the OECD DAC High Level meeting communique.

photo shows fishermen unloading a boat in Mauritania

A Global Ocean Commission report highlights eight priorities for the world's oceans, photo: Michal Huniewicz via flickr.com, creative commons licence, fishers unload a boat in Mauritania

REPORTS AND PROPOSALS

  • Report of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators: Note by the Secretary General. This report, to feed into upcoming UN Statistical Commission meeting, proposes a set of 231 global indicators for measuring the 169 SDG targets. All of the previously "grey" indicators, or those marked with an asterisk indicating that they are still under discussion, have been finalized by the Group. The report notes that the indicators are to be categorized into three tiers: tier I, where an established methodology exists and data are already widely available; tier II, where a methodology has been established but for which data are not easily available; and tier III, where an internationally agreed methodology has not yet been developed. A write-up by IISD is here.
  • Oliver Taherzadeh & Chris West (SEI): The State of Corporate & Government Water Reporting in India. This report by the Stockholm Environment Institute on behalf of the Measure What Matters project unpacks the complexities of water management by assessing the coverage of current monitoring and reporting frameworks in India. The paper identifies several dimensions of water sustainability where particular attention is needed: 1) Access to water: Measures of access to (clean) water and sanitation by local communities; 2) Compliance:  Measures of compliance with, and disclosure against local, national, regional and international water legislation; and 3) Infrastructure: Availability of infrastructure to provide (clean) water (efficiently/sustainably). A related blog by the report authors on harmonising India’s water accounting with the SDGs is available here.
  • OECD DAC: DAC High Level Meeting Communique. This document affirms that DAC tools, products and partnerships will contribute to the SDGs’ achievement, and align development cooperation with the 2030 Agenda. It recognizes the importance of the private sector and commits to a series of principles to ensure sound policy instruments (see Annex I). Annex II discusses ODA vis-à-vis peace and security. Additional coverage of the High level Meeting can be found in the Conferences and Meetings section.
  • Illicit Financial Flows: Report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (HLPIFF). This report commissioned by the African Union and Economic Commission of Africa assesses the volumes and sources of illicit financial flows (IFFs), promotes an understanding of how these outflows occur in Africa based on country case studies, and makes recommendations for short- to medium-term actions in both Africa and around the world to remedy the issue. A related write-up by IISD, covering the HLPIFF’s discussion of report findings during a special ECOSOC briefing is available here.
  • Global Ocean Commission: The Future of Our Ocean: Next steps and priorities. This report outlines eight proposals to ensure the protection of oceans moving forward, and accelerating progress on reversing their degradation. Priority number 1 relates to the SDGs and Goal 14, with next steps including monitoring the Goal’s implementation through the establishment of key metrics tracked by an independent entity, and the UN High-Level Conference on Ocean and Seas, to be held in Fiji in 2017.
  • Korea Institute Center for Sustainable Development (KICSD): Status Report of Local Sustainable Development Practices in Korea, 2011-2015. This report focuses on linkages with the SDGs, UN Habitat’s New Urban Agenda, and Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Research for the report was limited to 24 local councils for sustainable development consisting of seven regional governments and 17 local governments. Findings include outcomes in education for sustainable development, horizontal partnerships across diverse actors, and capacity building for participatory governance, but the authors note limitations in integration, lack of concrete goals and indicators to monitor local practices and their alignment with government policy, and systemic and structural limitations.
  • Blandina Kilama, Constantine George, Lucas Katera and Neema Tuatina: Assessing Data for the Sustainable Development Goals in Tanzania. This Post-2015 Data Test report conducted by REPOA outlines national-level priorities and initiatives in Tanzania, particularly those that support the data revolution, noting that the SDGs provide an excellent complement to these initiatives. The report touches on capacity building among official and non-official data producers, and the needs that must be considered. Finally, the report discusses the financial aspects of maintaining high quality and consistency in statistics. Highlights from the report are available here, and a related blog by Blandina Kilama on Southern Voice is here.

 

RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

OECD DAC High Level Meeting. The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) convened a High Level Meeting (HLM) from 18-19 February 2016 in Paris, the first such meeting since December 2014 when ministers agreed to modernize the DAC's statistical system and its measurement of development finance. A resultant communique is available in the Reports section above.

  • Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs. The Committee on World Food Security’s Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) held its second meeting on 24 February 2016 in Rome, to discuss how the Committee can put implementation of the SDGs at the center of its coming work.

NEWS AND BLOGS

·         Press Release on All Africa. “Strengthened Integration Needed for Effective Action On Air Pollution, Sustainable Consumption, Green Economy.”

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