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.
REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
- Gordon McGranahan (IIED), Daniel Schensul (UNFPA) and Gayatri Singh (World Bank): Inclusive urbanization: Can the 2030 Agenda be delivered without it? This paper in Environment & Urbanization redefines “inclusion,” moving beyond a focus on identity-based disadvantage, to frame the term as a counter to both overt discrimination and structurally-created disadvantage. It explores three levels of inclusive urbanization: 1) eliminating discriminatory exclusion; 2) giving the disadvantaged a bigger voice in existing institutions; and 3) guaranteeing human rights. It then examines how more inclusive urbanization relates to the SDGs. A related blog by Gordon McGranahan on IIED’s website is available here.
- 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.
- Christine Hackenesch, Adolf Kloke-Leschm, Svea Koch, Ingeborg Niestroy, and Imme Scholz (DIE): Towards a “Sustainable Development Union”: Why the EU Must Do More to Implement the 2030 Agenda. This briefing paper links ongoing EU strategy processes to the SDGs, outlining how doing so can address frictions and trade-offs between individual policy fields. The authors recommend that EU heads of state and government jointly commit to implementing the 2030 Agenda across internal and external fields of action before the HLPF, and that the New Approach beyond 2020 and the EU Global Strategy serve as umbrella documents for implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
- Adam Moe Fejerskov, Mikkel Funder, Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Yang Jiang, Helle Munk Ravnborg & Neil Anthony Webster (Danish Institute for International Studies): Financing Sustainable Development – Actors, Interests, Politics. This report consists of six sections addressing what financing for development may look like in the future, providing insights regarding stakeholder perspectives and how their roles may shift to meet the challenging, complex agenda ahead. Issues addressed include relations between new and traditional actors; private investments and their relationships to the global sustainable development agenda; domestic politics behind government positions; and the “repackaging” of old relationships between governments and donors.
- 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.
- Nancy Steinback, Viveka Palm and Sebastian Constantino (Statistics Sweden), and Rodrigo Pizarro Gariazzo (Ministry of Environment, Chile): Monitoring the Shift to Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns in the context of the SDGs. This advance copy report for the 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Secretariat constitutes an initial proposal to support the monitoring of SCP-related targets under the SDGs, using a System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) framework. The authors suggest a need for common statistical standards that connect to each other, highlighting aligning datasets.
- 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.
- Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and ENERGIA: Ensuring the Inclusion of Clean Cooking in the SDG Indicator Framework. This position paper makes recommendations for indicators under SDG targets 3.9, 5.4, and 7.1. The authors support the indicators on air pollution, unpaid work, and clean cooking previously categorized as “green” in the draft framework, noting it is crucial that these indicators remain in the SDG measurement framework, and that expanding energy access and reducing air pollution remain priorities throughout implementation.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) 2016: Follow-up and review of migration in the SDGs. This workshop hosted by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was held 29 February to 1 March 2016 at UN Headquarters in New York. A write-up by IISD and link to the agenda and other materials is available above.
- 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.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- Tom Bigg on IIED’s blog. “Does "leave no-one behind" risk too narrow a focus?”
- Mary Robinson (Former President of Ireland) in IPS News. “The Empowerment of Women Will Be Central to Realising Sustainable Global Development.”
- Margaret Mwantok in All Africa. “How Gender Inequality Impedes Development.”
- Virginia Wiseman with Part II of a policy update on IISD. “The UNFCCC National Adaptation Planning Model: A Foundation for Fulfilling Post-2015 Commitments?”
- Kelli Rogers on Devex. “Is UNDP the 'SDG accelerator'?”
- IISD News. “World Bank Outlines Plans for First Infrastructure Forum.”
- Lean Alfred Santos on Devex. “The potential for inclusive businesses gains attention in SDG era.”
- Sarah Dalrymple on Development Initiatives’ blog. “New aid rules allow for the inclusion of a wider set of peace and security activities.”
- Habib Mayar (G7+ Secretariat) on Devex. “Equip fragile and conflict-affected states to harness their tax potential.”
- Eliza Anyangwe in the Guardian. “New deal, old mess? Making the global goals work for the most fragile countries.”
- Two articles on monitoring in IISD News. “CSOs Address ‘No One Left Behind’, Follow-Up and Review, Development Financing” and “New Data and Policy Tools to Support Implementation of Soil- and Land-related SDGs.
- UNDESA Voice, March 2016. “SDG Indicators: The last missing piece of the 2030 Agenda.”
- David Durand-Delacre and Guido Schmidt-Traub (SDSN) on Medical Xpress. “Using data to assess progress of sustainable development goals.”
- SciDev Podcast. “End age discrimination in the SDGs.”
- Kanaga Raja on Social Watch. “Inequality may contribute to financial crises, says UN expert.”
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