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.
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.
- Daniela Rosche (Oxfam): Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals: gender equality at last? An Oxfam perspective. This article provides insights into Oxfam's policy analysis, strategy development, and political engagement in advocating for a stand-alone gender equality goal, including together with allies. It outlines the history of Oxfam’s women’s rights influence strategy; proposals for targets and indicators under a new standalone gender equality goal; and looking forward, discusses priority actions to achieve the goal, which took shape as SDG 5.
- Alan Gelb and Anna Diofasi (Center for Global Development): Using Identification for Development: Some Guiding Principles. This note draws on CDG’s ongoing study of ID systems and their applications to suggest lessons to take forward in making progress on the SDGs. It identifies three basic features of ID systems: that they are inclusive, robust and cost-effective; and three risks: exclusion, misuse and waste. The paper also makes reference to legal identity as found in SDG 16.9, but notes that this is not the only type of identity that is relevant for participation, capacity and opportunity.
- 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.
- UNDP/PRIO Expert Meeting on Measuring SDG 16: Targets 16.1 on Peace, 16.3 on Justice, 16.7 on Inclusion and 16.10 on Freedoms. This report from a conference held 28-29 January 2016 in Oslo applauds the efforts of the IAEG, but notes that the indicators on Goal 16 do not adequately cover the SDG’s ambition. The meeting’s conveners, and many participants, felt that where applicable, survey-based evidence should also be taken into account in tandem with administratively based indicators. The document goes on to outline indicator proposals, their relevance and justification for inclusion.
- 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.
- ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016. This session was held 22-24 February 2016 at UN headquarters in New York. A write-up by IISD with links to further coverage is also available, here.
- Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary. The Platform’s Plenary (IPBES-4) was held 22-28 February 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The meeting discussed the Platform’s first full assessments on: pollination and pollinators associated with food production; and a methodological assessment of scenarios and models of biodiversity and ecosystem services. A write-up on Third World Network is available here.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- UNEP with a YouTube video, featuring WRI’s CEO Andrew Steer, among others. “It’s your world. It’s your UN Environment Assembly. Have your say.”
- Åsa Persson (SEI) on IRF2015.org. “Make sure the SDGs are about action, not just words.”
- Belinda Goldsmith (Thomson Reuters Foundation) on EcoBusiness. “Why selling the SDGs isn’t as easy as ABC.”
- Isabella Lövin (Sweden) Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (Fiji) and Trevor Manuel (South Africa; Global Ocean Commission) on Project Syndicate. “A Year of Ocean Regeneration.”
- Fatima Arkin on SciDev. “UNDP upping ante on SDG campaign in Asia-Pacific.”
- Molly Anders on Devex. “ODA redefined: What you need to know.”
- Sam Jones in the Guardian. “Redefining aid could undermine fragile nations, says UN development chief.”
- Jeroen Kwakkenbos and Jesse Griffiths on Eurodad. “Will reporting rule changes agreed by OECD committee undermine the credibility of aid?”
- Antonia Jennings with Thomas Gass (UNDESA) on the Climate Group (video). “Private sector plays ‘crucial role’ in creating a low carbon future: Thomas Gass, United Nations.”
- Velislava Ivanova and Carter Ingram (Ernst & Young) on GreenBiz. “Is this the year to start valuing natural capital?”
- Aldo Caliari on Righting Finance. “Financial sector voluntary reporting initiatives not enough, report claims.”
- Alex Johnson on Transparency International’s blog. “End corruption for a sustainable future.”
- UN News Centre. “UN adviser cites mobile industry's critical role in advancing Sustainable Development Goals.”
- Nisha Agrawal (Oxfam India) on Business World (India). “SDGs and Inequality.”
- Sarah Dayringer on Global Policy Watch. “What can we expect from the 47th Session of the UN Statistical Commission?”
- Center for Economic and Social Rights blog. “Indicators of success: how best to measure Agenda 2030.”
- IISD News. “ECOSOC Sets Themes for HLPF, Integration Segment.
- Simon Wright on Save the Children’s blog. “Insurance is no assurance: why the SDG indicators need rescuing.”
- Charlie Ensor in the Guardian. “Biometrics in aid and development: game-changer or trouble-maker?”
- Mark Halle on All Africa. “Crossroads for UN Environmental Body That Helped Put Climate Change on Global Agenda.”
· Press Release on All Africa. “Strengthened Integration Needed for Effective Action On Air Pollution, Sustainable Consumption, Green Economy.”
- Virginia Wiseman with a policy update on IISD. “The UNFCCC National Adaptation Planning Model: A foundation for fulfilling post-2015 commitments?
- New Era (Namibia). “Climate change undermines poverty eradication efforts.
- Friedrich von Kirchbach (1% for Development Fund) in the Essential Edge. “Overcoming extreme poverty by 2030 – what can you do?
- Helen Clark (UNDP) in IPS News. “UNDP at 50 Seeks Broad Coalition Targeting Sustainable Development.
- IISD News. “Ministers Call on UNDP to be “SDGs Accelerator”.”
- Thalif Deen in IPS News. “UNDP Pledges to Help Eradicate Poverty, Hunger By 2030.”
- GhanaWeb. “Prez Mahama launches Sustainable Development Goals.”
- Yara al-Wazir (The Green Initiative) on Al Arabiya English. “How will the youth of today fare in 2030?”
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