3 Oct 2016 – this week’s SDG Delivery Update compiles news, opinions, reports, and events related to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including details this week of the African Union report on an integrated and coherent approach to sustainable development in Africa.
- Eliza Northrop, Hana Biru, Sylvia Lima, Mathilde Bouyé and Ranping Song (World Resources Institute): Examining the Alignment between the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals. This new working paper explores the extensive alignment between the INDCs and SDGs. The paper demonstrates that climate actions communicated in the INDCs have the potential to generate mutual benefits with at least 154 of the 169 SDG targets. It also contains in-depth case studies for Uganda and Colombia. This paper’s global analysis provides a useful reference tool for people looking to enhance the reach and value-add of their work on implementation of the SDGs and INDCs.
- African Union, Economic Commission for Africa, African Development Bank and UNDP: MDGs to Agenda 2063/SDGs: Transition Report 2016: Towards an integrated and coherent approach to sustainable development in Africa. This report takes stock of Africa’s performance on the eight MDGs and reflects on the opportunities and challenges associated with transitioning to and implementing both Agenda 2063 and the SDGs. It underscores the importance of institutions in implementing all frameworks, noting that the interrelatedness of the goals/targets and their cross-sectoral attributes call for a governance architecture that can leverage multi-disciplinary synergies to enhance policy coherence. However, the report notes that data deficits undermine country capacities to establish baselines, track performance indicators and reinforce evidence-based policy-making. A comprehensive executive summary is available here, while a write-up in All Africa is here.
John Elkington, Jacqueline Lim and Lorraine Smith (Volans): Breakthrough Business Models: Exponentially more social, lean, integrated and circular. This paper, produced for the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, highlights shifts in thinking needed to achieve an inclusive, net-zero emissions economy. It notes a need to realize exponential, rather than incremental, change, and for businesses to go from ‘doing less bad’ to ‘doing more good.’ A press release on the Commission’s website is also available, here.
- Jeni Klugman (ICTSD): The 2030 Agenda and the Potential Contribution of Trade to Gender Equality. This thinkpiece is part of a series that analyzes the contribution trade and trade policy could make to achieving SDG 5 and the broader 2030 Agenda. It reviews inequalities between women’s and men’s participation in economic life, making the argument that improving women’s economic opportunities is a significant challenge for both developed and developing countries. The paper articulates specific policy challenges facing governments that want to use international trade to support women’s empowerment as employees, entrepreneur and cross-border traders, and outlines trade policy options that could help to meet these challenges.
- Save the Children: EU Health Cheque: A review of the European Commission’s support to health MDGs. This report reviews the EC’s contributions as a donor to achieving the health MDGs, and assesses the impact of its official development assistance (ODA) and development policies. The review finds that EU health aid is low and that contributions do not match economic capacity; that there are transparency issues, discrepancies and anomalies in reporting of aid; that there is a need for more predictable disbursements; and that better data on health ODA is critical. Save the Children identifies five areas to improve the effectiveness, and offers 10 concrete recommendations for action. A summary blog post on Save the Children’s website is also available, here.
- Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015. This study published in The Lancet applies statistical methods to systematically compiled data to estimate the performance of 33 health-related SDG indicators from 1990 to 2015. The authors rescaled each indicator on a scale from 0 (worst observed value between 1990 and 2015) to 100 (best observed), finding a median health-related SDG index of 59.3 in 2015, but noting wide variations across countries. Since 2000, pronounced progress occurred for indicators such as met need with modern contraception, under-5 mortality, and neonatal mortality, as well as the indicator for universal health coverage tracer interventions. Moderate improvements were found for indicators such as HIV and tuberculosis incidence, minimal changes for hepatitis B incidence took place, and childhood overweight considerably worsened.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- 71st General Debate of UN General Assembly. UNGA71 wrapped up this past week in New York. An IISD summary of concluding remarks is available here, while further coverage is available at the above link.
- 7th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This conference of parties is taking place from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Further information is available at the above link, while daily coverage by IISD is available here.
- Seed Africa Symposium 2016. This annual international forum was held 28-29 September 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, on the topic ‘From Innovation to Imitation,’ examining replication of business models that successfully contribute to sustainable development in Africa.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Eliza Northrop, Hana Biru and Mathilde Bouyé on WRI’s Insights blog. “2 Birds, 1 Stone: Achieving the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals Together.”
- Paula Caballero and Manish Bapna on WRI’s Insights blog. “5 Big Outcomes from Climate Week and the UN General Assembly.”
- Katharine Earley in the Guardian. “More than half of all businesses ignore UN's sustainable development goals.”
- Friends of Europe with a compilation of videos. “How can we finance the Sustainable Development Goals?”
- Saadia Madsbjerg on the Rockefeller Foundation’s blog. “Innovative Finance is Key to Affording the Global Goals.”
- Four selected pieces from a series in the Huffington Post:
- Johannes Jutting (PARIS21) and Shaida Badiee (Open Data Watch) in the Huffington Post. “Financing The SDG Data Needs: What Does It Cost?”
- Jodi Nelson (International Rescue Committee) in the Huffington Post. “The Sustainable Development Goals will not be Achieved if the Humanitarian Community Fails Refugees and Internally Displaced People.”
- Francois Girard (International Women’s Health Coalition) in the Huffington Post. “One Year After Landmark UN Agreement, Are We on the Path to Gender Equality?”
- Gerda Verburg (United Nations) in the Huffington Post. “People, Productivity and Potential: Nutrition as a cornerstone of the SDGs.”
- Frazer Goodwin (Save the Children) on EurActiv. “Health SDGs need to learn lessons of MDGs.”
- Roger-Mark De Souza (Wilson Center) and Sono Aibe (Pathfinder International) on IPS News. “Making the Goals: Why Sustainable Development Must Be Integrated Development.”
- Julia Leininger and Kai Striebinger on DIE’s Current Column. “Dealing with autocracies: do sustainable development goals help?”
- Anne Field in Forbes. “Experiential Learning Focused On The UN's Sustainable Development Goals.”
- The Nation (Pakistan). “Education has huge potential to facilitate progress towards SDGs: GEM Report 2016.”
- Rezaul Haque in the Daily Star. “Can the 'Global Goals' be achieved in a peace-deficit world?”
- Laté Lawson-Lartego (CARE USA) on Devex. “Ending hunger and malnutrition: How to leverage partnerships that work.”
- Cecile Fruman on the World Bank’s Trade Post blog. “Exploring links between trade, standards, and the sustainable development goals.”
- Lyndal Rowlands on IPS News. “What Does Leaving No One Behind Really Mean?”
- Nigeria Today. “SDGs in 365 Days: How Has Nigeria Fared?”
- Mohamed Said Saadi (Arab NGO Network (ANND)) on Social Watch. “Morocco National Report: Challenges of inclusiveness and participation.”
- Select coverage of member state leaders’ addresses at the UN:
- UN News Centre. “Achieving 2030 Agenda will require overcoming rising ‘feeling of chaos,’ Belarus tells UN Assembly.”
- UN News Centre. “Achieving Global Goals ‘not about ticking boxes,’ Dominica tells UN, urging action on climate, environment.”
- UN News Centre. “Onus is on 'us' to ensure implementation of 2030 Agenda, Tanzanian Minister tells UN.”
- UN News Centre. “Palau has already made the choice for a better future, Permanent Representative tells UN debate.”
- UN News Centre. “Caribbean leaders, at UN Assembly, decry new financial rules; stress UN role in development.”
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