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SDG update - 31 October

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.

Photo shows a coal miner in South Africa

More coal will entrench poverty, according to a new report, photo: Jan Truter via flickr.com, creative commons licence.


  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.


- 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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