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SDG Update - 8 Feb

8 February 2016 – this week’s SDG Delivery Update includes news, opinions, reports, and events on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), related processes and issues pertaining to SDG implementation.

A new report looks at market performance for voluntary sustainability initiatives for different commodities, including cocoa, photo: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade via flickr.com, creative commons licence 


  • Debapriya Bhattacharya: Regional Monitoring and Review Mechanism for Effective Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This paper for Southern Voice, originally produced as an official note to facilitate discussion at UN ESCAP’s Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development in May 2015, follows three analytical approaches to address questions on how regional monitoring and review processes need to improve to meet the demands of the 2030 Agenda. First, it reviews global-level inputs and teases out implications of the new agenda for a Regional Monitoring and Review Mechanism (RMRM). Second, it highlights the strengths and weaknesses of regional mechanisms’ varying approaches and instruments. Third, the paper identifies critical attributes of the institutional structure and modalities that have to characterize such a mechanism in the new context. The paper underscores a need to bolster regional statistical capacity, particularly on regional public goods and proposed regional SDG indicators.
  • Southern Voice: Towards a New Research Agenda for South-South and Triangular Cooperation. This paper follows up on a meeting held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in October 2015 to discuss methodologies for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSC and TrC). It presents a summary report of each meeting session, along with a compilation of the complementary briefing notes that fed into the convening. Topics include emerging SSC and TrC trends, a review of analytical and quantitative techniques, data challenges and other leading issues.



  • Expert Meeting on Measuring SDG 16 Targets on Peace, Inclusion and Freedom. This expert meeting was convened by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and UNDP 28-29 January in Oslo. It provided an opportunity for representatives from National Statistical Offices, UN agencies, research, policy and other civil society organizations to consider the feasibility of different indicators under consideration for these SDGs 16.1, 16.3, 16.7 and 16.10, including possible empirical bases for choices, as well as the implications for the development of national and sub-national level indicators within planning frameworks.
  • Beyond SDG Indicators Part 1: Exploring the role of integrated assessment in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. This webinar organized 2 February by The Integrated Assessment Society addressed where needs for assessment and strategic analysis in the different stages of SDG implementation may arise, how they can build on the indicators process, and related institutional and capacity issues. WRI’s David O’Connor was a panelist. The program and presentations are available at the above link.
  • Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum. This forum, held 1-2 February at UN Headquarters in New York, took place under the theme “Youth Taking Action to Implement the 2030 Agenda.” Helen Clark (UNDP) gave closing remarks, the text of which is available here.
  • 54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development. CSocD54 is taking place 3-12 February at UN Headquarters in New York on the theme “Rethinking and strengthening social development in the contemporary world.” A write-up on the opening session in UN News Centre is available here, and further documentation is available at the above link.



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