5 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.
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- 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.
- Landry Signé (OCP Policy Center): How to Implement Domestic Resource Mobilization (DRM) Successfully for Effective Delivery of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa: Illustrative Actionable Solutions for Policy Leaders. This policy brief is the second part in a series that presents an analytical and predictive model that explains the key factors that have led to failure or success of domestic resource mobilization (DRM) strategies in Africa. Part II provides concrete illustrations of actionable solutions, in order to help policy leaders implement DRM successfully. It puts forward a matrix of options, identifying low vs high ambiguity, and low conflict vs high conflict strategies. Part I is available here.
- James Leigland, Sophie Trémolet, and John Ikeda (World Bank Group): Achieving Universal Access to Water and Sanitation by 2030: The role of blended finance. This discussion paper prepared by the World Bank’s Water Supply and Sanitation Global Solutions Group identifies sources of finance for the achievement of SDG 6, noting that the water sector is very capital intensive. The paper notes constraints that limit private financing, recommending blended options tailored to development contexts. The authors list six situations where blended finance can work, going on to offer recommendations on how to scale up blended finance approaches.
- Mohammad Razzaque, Brendan Vickers and Poorvi Goel (Commonwealth Secretariat): Global Trade Slowdown, Brexit and SDGs: Issues and the way forward. This issue of Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics offers perspectives on how today’s global economic environment, including the recent Brexit vote, may bear upon the effectiveness of trade in achieving the SDGs. The document identifies trade-related targets of the 2030 Agenda, offers estimates on recent trends in global trade volumes, and looks at how the UK’s vote to leave the EU may impact global trade, noting ways forward.
- 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.
- Ann Tutwiler and Laura Frigenti (Aspen Institute): International Food Security Coordination in Support of Human Security and the SDGs. This report summarizes the International Forum on Food Security Coordination, hosted by the Aspen Institute’s Energy and Environment Program in May 2016 in Rome, where participants discussed the new context affecting food security and strategies for improving international alignment and financing of humanitarian aid. The report identifies seven priorities for increased alignment and coordination on food security. A brief summary of the report is also available, here.
- Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES): International Forum For Sustainable Asia And The Pacific (ISAP2016) Summary Report. This report recalls the ISAP2016 conference held 12-13 July 2016 in Yokohama, Japan, which looked how to ensure effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement at international, national and local/community levels. Held under the theme of “Translating Knowledge into Actions towards 2030 and beyond,” the Forum was attended by 1,100 participants, including high-level officials from governments, the UN system, and the private sector.
- 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.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- 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.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Two pieces on IISD News in advance of UNGA-71. “UNGA Releases Documents on Poverty Eradication, Literacy, Marine Biological Diversity, Others” and “UNGA Releases Documents on Support to SIDS, Human Rights.”
- Felix Dodds (Global Research Institute; UNC; Tellus Institute) on IPS News. “Revisiting the Journey to the Sustainable Development Goals.”
- Lyndal Rowlands on IPS News. “Rich Countries Should Take Development Goals Seriously Too.”
- CIVICUS, Development Initiatives and Project Everyone with a release on Deliver 2030. “Leave No One Behind Online Consultation.”
- Max-Otto Baumann and Andreas Grantner (DIE) on Deliver 2030. “UN Development System reform: an unnecessary setback.”
- Letty Reimerink on Citiscope. “First step for cities on the Sustainable Development Goals: making people aware of them.”
- Wudeitu Eshete on All Africa. “Ethiopia: The Road to 2030 - 'Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production'.”
- Emmanuel Agyemfra Boateng on News Ghana. “How Illegal Mining Will Cost Ghana in Achieving SDG Goal 6.”
- Stockholm International Water Institute with a release on PR Newswire. “World Water Week Closes: Water Has a Central Role in Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
- Joel Kolker and Sophie Tremolet on the World Bank’s Water Blog. “Achieving universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 – how can blended finance help?”
- SIDS Action Platform. “SIDS Times August 2016 Newsletter (Volume 1, Issue 2).”
- Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) on Social Watch. “Syria National Report: Global crisis in implementing the 2030 Agenda.”
- Verónica Serafini Geoghegan (DECIDAMOS, Campaña por la expresión ciudadana) on Social Watch. “Paraguay National Report: The limits of the economic model to meet the 2030 Agenda.”
- John Gibson (University of Waikato) on VOX EU. “Measuring global hunger: The importance of variances.”
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