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SDG update - 5 September

http://connect.wri.org/l/120942/2015-11-10/2pvl7z/120942/107917/spacer.gif5 Sept 2016 – this week’s SDG Delivery Update compiles news, opinions, reports, and information on events related to the Sustainable Development Goals and their implementation, including details this week of a report looking at domestic resource mobilisation in Africa, and a call for increased investment in women’s economic empowerment. 

A new report argues that women's economic empowerment is necessary for poverty eradication, photo by Steve Evans via flickr.com, creative commons licence.


  • UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) and IUCN: Protected Planet Report 2016.This report, launched at the World Conservation Congress, assesses how protected areas contribute to the achievement of 15 of the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets and relevant targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It underscores the importance of protected areas in sustaining the functions and values of natural ecosystems as well as the needs of human society, highlighting nature-based solutions. The report concludes that the SDGs and Aichi targets are complementary and mutually-supportive, noting that national and regional development strategies should consider these interlinkages in order to enhance implementation. Additional data, maps and figures are available here.
  • UNDESA: Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Taking stock of side events and voluntary commitments and initiatives. This compilation document just released by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) provides a comprehensive summary of the 182 side events held during FFD3 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 13-16 July 2015. It also lists the commitments announced over the course of the summit, to enhance stakeholder accountability. The document is intended to serve as an input and resource for the Financing for Development follow-up process, particularly the annual ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development follow-up and the work of the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development.
  • Abigail Hunt and Emma Samman (ODI): Women’s economic empowerment: Navigating enablers and constraints. This report details how gender equality, poverty eradication and human development require increased investment in women’s economic empowerment. It brings together new and existing evidence to propose a set of core building blocks for the complex process of women's economic empowerment. The authors note that no single intervention or actor can address all of its aspects, but identify 10 key factors that can enable or constrain women’s economic empowerment, and make policy and practice recommendations for each. A related blog on Development Progress by Abigail Hunt can be accessed here.
  • Mark Elder and Eric Zusman (IGES): Strengthening The Linkages Between Air Pollution And The Sustainable Development Goals. This policy brief argues that although air pollution is responsible for seven million premature deaths per year, the subject was not well emphasized in the SDGs, suggesting that the goal framework is not as comprehensive as one might otherwise believe. However, the authors conclude that there is still room to incorporate air pollution more concretely and systematically in the SDG implementation process. The policy brief aims to promote a better understanding of the SDGs within the air pollution community, and better understanding of air pollution by the SDG community.
  • Rajib Shaw, Prabhakar Sivapuram and Yohei Chiba (IGES): SDGs, DRR And CCA: Potential For Strengthening Inter-Linkages. This policy brief identifies approaches that could help achieve better synergies in implementing three major global frameworks mentioned in the title (2030 Agenda; Sendai Framework; and climate change – particularly adaptation). The authors find that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is weakly linked to the Paris Agreement, but that there is strong convergence of all three frameworks at local level, which should spur greater collaboration amongst related stakeholders.



  • International Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics. This conference organized by CSO Ireland and the UN Statistics Division was held 30 August to 1 September in Dublin. Among other aims of the conference, and in line with the priorities of official statistics and with the urgent needs for support of SDG indicators, the meeting aimed to take the next steps in the utilization of non-traditional data sources. The concept note is available here.
  • IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016. IUCN’s meeting kicked off 1 September 2016 in Hawaii, and will run through 10 September. The Forum is being held 2-5 September, while the Members’ Assembly goes from the 6th to 10th. Further information, including webstreams, the program and speakers list, is available at the above link. Daily coverage by IISD Reporting Services is also available, here.



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