Genuine aid: EU pushes commitment up to 2052 – CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017

With only genuine aid being accounted, it would take the EU and its Member States another 30 years to reach their commitment on Aid, shows CONCORD report. Brussels, 17 October 2017 – The EU could take a generation to meet the 0.7%ODA/GNI target at the current rate of growth, reveals the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017.… Read More Genuine aid: EU pushes commitment up to 2052 – CONCORD AidWatch Report 2017

Sluggish SME development hurts jobs and the economy, ILO says

Investing in workers and innovation, and boosting trade and social dialogue are key to stemming rising global unemployment, the latest edition of the ILO’s flagship report shows. GENEVA (ILO News) – With more than 201 million workers unemployed in 2017 – an increase of 3.4 million compared to 2016 – enterprises, particularly small and medium-sized… Read More Sluggish SME development hurts jobs and the economy, ILO says

UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2017 begins in Bonn

The UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2017 commenced today at the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, Bonn. Twenty two mid-to-senior level TVET leaders from around the world, including those from UNEVOC Centres, will be trained for two weeks to hone their skills for transformational leadership in TVET. The inaugural session of the UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme included the… Read More UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme 2017 begins in Bonn

A structured form of dialogue with organised civil society is essential for successful negotiations, says the EESC

Political leaders in the EU and Latin America and the Caribbean should appreciate the value of civil society  Europe and its Member States are the main investor in Latin American and Caribbean countries and their most significant cooperation partner. In fact, the countries of Latin America and Caribbean are the EU’s second largest trading partner… Read More A structured form of dialogue with organised civil society is essential for successful negotiations, says the EESC

Recent Research on Women’s Economic Empowerment | Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED

The DCED is a forum for learning about the most effective ways to fulfil the SDGs – based on practical experience in Private Sector Development (PSD). The September 2017 update brings together key findings from recent original studies on constraints and solutions to women’s economic empowerment (WEE), as well as the social and economic benefits… Read More Recent Research on Women’s Economic Empowerment | Donor Committee for Enterprise Development DCED

Protection of human rights from the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises — Treaty Alliance

Karsten Weitzenegger signed the common statements of the Treaty Alliance. The UN Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group (OEIGWG) on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Respect to Human Rights will be holding its third session October 23-27, 2017. With two successful sessions behind it, negotiations will now begin on the basis of a draft presented… Read More Protection of human rights from the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises — Treaty Alliance

Civil society & the SDGs – notes & next steps from #HLPF

At last month´s UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, over 2,500 representatives from civil society joined governments to review implementation efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals. The global forum resulted in a Ministerial Declaration, which Action for Sustainable Development produced a response. 5 key points from our statement: The Leave No One Behind… Read More Civil society & the SDGs – notes & next steps from #HLPF

Guest Article: Enabling Development for All: New Report on Access to Information and the UN 2030 Agenda | IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

UN Member States made access to information a target under SDG 16, and argued it was a cornerstone of the whole architecture of the 2030 Agenda. IFLA’s Development and Access to Information 2017 report, developed by IFLA in partnership with the Technology and Social Change Group at the University of Washington, stresses how access to… Read More Guest Article: Enabling Development for All: New Report on Access to Information and the UN 2030 Agenda | IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

Where to start with the SDGs?

Originally posted on Development Matters:
By Simon Scott, Counsellor, Statistics Directorate, OECD; Jeff Leitner, Fellow, New America and Managing Director, GreenHouse; and William Hynes, Co-ordinator, New Approaches to Economic Challenges programme, OECD “The SDGs as a network of targets,” from David Le Blanc, “Towards integration at last?”, DESA Working Paper No. 141 ST/ESA/2015/DWP/141 The upside…

“We don’t need ‘trillions’ to achieve the SDGs” #SpotlightSDGs at #HLPF

Civil Society activists critique first week of deliberations at High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development New York City, 14 July 2017: With the first week of deliberations at the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development coming to a close this Friday at the UN in New York, civil society activists are criticizing a piecemeal… Read More “We don’t need ‘trillions’ to achieve the SDGs” #SpotlightSDGs at #HLPF

Did the G20 Hamburg Summit advance 2030 Agenda implementation? – T20

One major goal of the German G20 Presidency was to promote the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are essential to addressing the challenges faced by the world.  The outcome of the 2017 Hamburg Summit is not a breakthrough for sustainable development, but it does… Read More Did the G20 Hamburg Summit advance 2030 Agenda implementation? – T20

Means of implementation or means of appropriation? #SpotlightSDGs

Global spotlight report challenges the notion that “trillions of private finance” are needed to advance SDG implementation and  highlights the centrality of public policies and investments, pointing out how developed countries’ refusal to any meaningful democratization of global economic governance remains the key obstacle to unlocking the necessary means of implementation  New York 13 July… Read More Means of implementation or means of appropriation? #SpotlightSDGs

WTO Global Review 2017 to examine how Aid for Trade promotes connectivity and inclusion

Under the theme “Promoting Trade, Inclusiveness and Connectivity for Sustainable Development”, the Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 will be held from 11 to 13 July at the WTO’s headquarters in Geneva. Here is how to participate: WTO | 2017 News items – Global Review 2017 to examine how Aid for Trade promotes connectivity and… Read More WTO Global Review 2017 to examine how Aid for Trade promotes connectivity and inclusion

The G20 »Compact with Africa« – Unsuitable for African Low-Income Countries

Originally posted on Grænsen Grenzen:
Study Robert Kappel and Helmut Reisen The G20 »Compact with Africa« – Unsuitable for African Low-Income Countries Download here: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/iez/13441.pdf DIGBIB-Permalink: http://www.fes.de/cgi-bin/gbv.cgi?id=13441&ty=pdf The »Compact with Africa« (CWA)—an initiative within the G20’s finance track—is a key pillar of the G20 Africa Partnership. In its resolution—adopted by G20 finance ministers and…

A blessing in disguise? Why Trump’s pull-out of the Paris Agreement may open up a window of opportunity

Originally posted on SUSTAINABILITY GOVERNANCE:
Following his campaign promise and a period of intense speculation, on Thursday June 1, the President of the United States announced his intention to withdraw from the 2015 Climate Accord previously ratified by his predecessor, Barack Obama, claiming it undermines U.S. competitiveness and jobs, and would have a negligible impact…

Oxfam rethinking the role of business in the SDGs

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives business a significant role to play in efforts to achieve the SDGs, based on its ability to invest and innovate. However, for companies to truly contribute, they must move beyond current forms of engagement. A recent Oxfam paper argues that meaningful engagement by business with the SDGs consists… Read More Oxfam rethinking the role of business in the SDGs

European Development Days #EDD17 start in Brussels

On 7-8 June, Europe’s leading forum on international cooperation and development will launch its eleventh edition, which will include 21 high level panels, 55 lab debates, 32 project/report labs, 16 brainstorming sessions, 76 “Global Village” stands, 16 Young Leaders (six creative youth activities) and special events. A large and influential group of speakers, stakeholders and… Read More European Development Days #EDD17 start in Brussels

New Paper: Refocusing ecosystem services towards sustainability

Originally posted on Ideas for Sustainability:
BY DAVE ABSON The ecosystem services concept has evolved considerably over its 30 odd year history. Its earliest incarnation was as an eye opening heuristic for thinking about sustainability and the interdependence of human well-being and conservation of the environment (see for example, the wonderful “Rivet Poppers” metaphor by…

Coherent G20 policies towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – G20 Insights

Policy coherence is essential to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. The T20 Think Tanks recommend that the G20 (a) puts policy coherence for sustainable development (PCSD) to the forefront of its actions and (b) focuses on policy areas, where coherent actions can make a difference. Priority should be given… Read More Coherent G20 policies towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – G20 Insights

How many international #migrants, how many #refugees? It’s (not that) complicated…

Originally posted on The GFMD, Migration, Development and Human Rights:
..but how many forced migrants? That’s more complicated. There are 2 numbers everybody has in mind when talking about migrants and refugees: 244 million international migrants, and 65 million refugees and other “forcibly displaced persons”. But how do these numbers relate to each other, how…

Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation 2016 DAC Review

http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/embed-oecd/development/evaluation-systems-in-development-co-operation_9789264262065-en OECD DOI:10.1787/9789264262065-en Evaluation is widely recognised as an important component for learning and improving development effectiveness. Evaluation responds to public and taxpayer demands for credible information and independent assessment of development co-operation activities. The 2016 review of evaluation systems in development co-operation looks at the changes and trends in evaluation systems over the last… Read More Evaluation Systems in Development Co-operation 2016 DAC Review