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SDG update - 7 March

7 March 2016 – this week’s SDG Delivery Update (formerly the Post-2015 Digest) provides a compilation of news, opinions, reports, and events on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and issues related to implementation. 

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Ahead of International Women's Day, Mary Robinson argues that empowering women will be essential for realising the SDGs, photo: Bryan_T via flickr.com, creative commons licence


  • PBL: Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands – building blocks for environmental policy for 2030. In this report PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency analyses the implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for environmental policy in the Netherlands. It examines to what extent 41 SDG targets that directly or indirectly relate to the physical environment are covered by existing Dutch policy targets and to what extent current and planned policy efforts are sufficient for achieving these policy targets. Furthermore, it addresses a number of challenges for national implementation and discusses how to provide for systemic follow-up and review through a national monitoring report.
  • Birgitte Feiring and Adrian Hassler (Danish Institute for Human Rights): Human Rights in the Follow-up and Review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This paper argues that incorporating human rights principles and mechanisms into the Follow-up and Review of the 2030 Agenda will be crucial to realize the Goals and countries’ commitment to ‘leave no one behind’. The authors give an overview of the institutional arrangements and ideas that have emerged since the 2030 Agenda’s adoption, and combine this with lessons learned from human rights monitoring. The paper is structured in five thematic sections that can be read independently: 1) the purpose and the guiding principles of the follow-up and review mechanism; 2) the mechanism’s three-tiered architecture; 3) the contribution and role of human rights monitoring mechanisms; 4) opportunities and limitations related to indicators and the collection of disaggregated data; and 5) the private sector’s contribution.
  • AtKisson Group: The SDG Indicators: What are we measuring? This paper (accessible via a download link in the above) frames the current discussions on global indicators to measure the Sustainable Development Goals, and categorizes the indicators into five categories: 1) people, 2) money, 3) plans and polities, 4) production and consumption, and 5) planet. The paper summarizes the results of an analysis conducted, viewing the indicators through the perspective of a green economy, noting those most closely associated. The paper concludes that people are central, with money following closely behind, among other results.
  • Open Society Justice Initiative and World Bank: Public access to effective and just dispute resolution: An additional indicator to measure Sustainable Development Goal 16.3. This technical brief provides a rationale and country examples towards an additional indicator for 16.3 that captures the breadth and ambition of the target and goal. It notes that numerous national statistical offices, United Nations agencies, the World Bank and a diverse coalition of civil society groups all recommend a survey-based indicator focused on strengthening public access to effective and just dispute resolution: “Proportion of those who have experienced a dispute in the past 12 months who have accessed a formal, informal, alternative or traditional dispute resolution mechanism and who feel the process was effective and just.” A related blog Peter Chapman (Open Society Justice Initiative) on Deliver2030.org is available here.



  • SDSN Symposium  and Workshop on Global and National Perspectives on Implementation of the SDGs. These events were hosted by SDSN Malaysia Chapter, SDSN Japan and UNU-IAS from 29 February to 1 March 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They discussed national SDG implementation; the role of science, technology and innovation (STI) in meeting the Goals; mapping of national preparedness for SDG delivery; stakeholder contributions; the role of science in follow-up and review; and linkages between the national, regional and global levels of implementation. A meeting summary by IISD is here.




This briefing is compiled by WRI, a member of IRF — a collaboration of 10 international research institutions providing critical thinking, integrated analysis and awareness raising for a post-2015 development agenda. Further work can be found on www.IRForum.org and all 10 partner websites.

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