31st October – this week’s SDG Delivery Update compiles news, opinions, reports, and events related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including details of a new report from ODI on energy and poverty, and the damage caused by coal.
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- lmi Granoff, James Ryan Hogarth, Sarah Wykes and Alison Doig: Scaling up clean energy to fight global poverty. This position paper released by ODI, with contributions from numerous authors and institutes, is centered around four key messages: 1) more coal will not end energy poverty; 2) coal is given too much credit for the reduction of extreme poverty; 3) better energy options exist to lift people out of income poverty; and 4) more coal will entrench poverty. It features analyses and statistics behind each of the messages, concluding with six recommendations for action. Related articles on Public Finance International and Reuters, by Mark Smulian and Laurie Goering respectively, are here and here.
- Paula Lucci, Dina Mansour-Ille, Evan Easton-Calabria and Clare Cummings: Sustainable Cities: Internal migration, jobs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This briefing from ODI presents an overview of how rural to urban (internal) migration impacts on the achievement of the SDGs, in particular Goals 8 and 11. It notes that despite their potential, internal migrants are often neglected in government policies and lack access to adequate social protection or basic services. The authors also find that urban migrants often work in the informal sector which is poorly regulated in many cities, and call for policies to support decent job creation and entrepreneurship, improve work standards, and to strengthen the opportunities available to new arrivals.
- Thomas Schwandt, Zenda Ofir, Stefano D’Errico, Kassem El-Saddik and Dorothy Lucks: Realising the SDGs by reflecting on the way(s) we reason, plan and act: the importance of evaluative thinking. This short briefing paper released by IIED defines evaluative thinking, describes what it requires to thrive and what stifles or inhibits it, then explains how it is intimately connected to adaptive management. It notes the differences between evaluation and evaluative thinking, the needs for intentionality, leadership, and an enabling environment, and offers guiding questions for planning, design, implementation and evaluation processes.
- UNRISD: Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This 2016 Flagship Report by the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) highlights the importance of addressing the root causes of problems and shows how some governments are leading the way through inclusive processes, partnerships and news ways of approaching governance. It examines innovations in social policy, the potential of care policies, the rise of the social and solidarity economy (SSE), and sustainable development in the context of climate change, amongst other topics.
- Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development: Analysis and Policy Recommendations from the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport. This report, launched 28 October 2016 at UN Headquarters, summarizes global trends and challenges of sustainable transport, outlines the ‘avoid-shift-improve’ approach, and offers ten overarching suggestions on how to make transport sustainable through three lenses: 1) policy development and implementation; 2) financing; and 3) technological innovation. It features a range of short case studies from members of the High-Level Advisory Group and their respective organizations.
- Max-Otto Baumann (DIE): An executive authority for the UN Development System: why this is necessary and how it could work. This briefing paper suggests that, instead of adding new structures to the UN system, the existing coordination forum of the UN Development Group (UNDG) should be separated out from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and re-organized as the executive authority. The paper argues that such an authority would enhance performance whilst compensating initial costs of action through increased efficiency.
- OECD Development Co-operation Directore: Dispelling the myths of triangular co-operation – Evidence from the 2015 OECD survey on triangular co-operation. This recently released report presents the results from a survey of triangular co-operation conducted by the OECD in 2015. It summarizes and analyzes the responses provided, covering over 400 triangular co-operation projects and activities. It dispels three common “myths” on triangular co-operation: 1) that triangular co-operation is scattered; 2) that it has no clear value-add in comparison to bilateral or regional cooperation; and 3) that projects do not follow clear planning or implementation mechanisms.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- Asia-Pacific Knowledge Exchange: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This exchange, held 24-25 October 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, convened regional delegates and experts from 36 countries to share expertise and ideas on how to integrate the SDGs into national plans and budgets. It is part of the week-long Regional SDG Forum hosted by UNDP 21-27 October. An IISD write-up of the Exchange by Nathalie Risse is here.
- 51st GEF Council Meeting. This meeting was held 24-27 October 2016 in Washington, DC. A range of background documents, including a joint summary of the chairs, is available at the above link.
- 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development. This meeting was held 24-28 October 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. Conference documents and the agenda are available via the above link.
- UNEP Finance Initiative Global Roundtable 2016. This roundtable was held 25-26 October 2016, in Dubai, UAE. The agenda and speakers list is at the link above, while summary news and updates from the events are available at UNEP FI’s website, here.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Alyssa Fischer and Holger Dalkmann on WRI’s Insights blog. “Habitat III: Milestone for the World’s Cities or Business as Usual?”
- Giulia Christianson and Aniruddha Dasgupta on WRI’s Insights blog. “Development Finance Institutions Have a Role to Play in Creating Sustainable Cities.”
- Mark Koenig on the Asia Foundation’s blog. “5 Takeaways from Quito and the New Urban Agenda.”
- Gregory Scruggs and Carey L. Biron on Citiscope. “Nations adopt global strategy on sustainable cities, capping two-year process.”
- Alexei Trundle, André Stephan, Hayley Henderson, Hesam Kamalipour and Melanie Lowe on The Wire. “Habitat III Is Over, But Will Its New Urban Agenda Transform the World’s Cities?”
- Katarlah Taylor with Katrina Kosec and Tewodaj Mogues on IFPRI’s blog. “Making politics work to meet the SDGs.”
- Mahmoud Mohieldin (World Bank Group) on Eco-Business. “Reaping demographic dividends to achieve the SDGs.”
- Hilary Collins on George Washington University’s International Affairs Review. “The Danger of Development Labels.”
- Alejandro Litovsky (Earth Security Group) on GreenBiz. “Don't downplay the SDGs: The risky business of license to operate.”
- UN News Centre. “Global Goals can 'propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet,' Ban says on UN Day.”
- Jared Kalow, Ben Leo and Todd Moss on CGDev’s blog. “How Transparent Are Development Finance Institutions?”
- Bob Deacon (University of York) on UNRISD’s blog. “Blind Spots in Agenda 2030: What Happened to Improving Global Social Governance?”
- Séverine Deneulin (University of Bath) and Augusto Zampini-Davies (CAFOD) on LSE’s blog. “How the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can engage with religion.”
- Multiple articles and news pieces on IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub:
- Timo Mahn (DIE) and Andreas Grantner (Vienna University) with a guest article. “From QCPR to Corporate Strategy? The 2030 Agenda and the UN Development System
- Ana Maria Lebada with two contributions. “Second Committee Addresses FfD Follow-up” and “UN, IFI’s Introduce Platform for Tax Collaboration.”
- Catherine Benson. “UNFPA Report: 10-Year-Olds are SDG test.”
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