Demystifying the #SDGs: The world’s science academies launch a guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

How can academics support implementation of the SDGs? This short guide is a product of an InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) project (2016-2019) on global policy making. Representing some of the best scientific minds in their countries, the merit-based academies are an important source of expertise, but according to a member survey conducted this year by the… Read More Demystifying the #SDGs: The world’s science academies launch a guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

Schellnhuber presents “10 Must-Knows on Climate” at #COP23

“Collision course” with Earth’s climatic tipping points avoidable but political will to act missing, warn scientists BONN, Nov 13 – As global temperatures climb higher, Earth is approaching tipping points that threaten human security, warn scientists in a new statement to national representatives meeting in Bonn for the annual climate talks. Their warning comes as… Read More Schellnhuber presents “10 Must-Knows on Climate” at #COP23

Germany supports developing countries in climate change adaptation #COP23

UN Climate Change Conference #COP23 begins Bonn: The German government opened the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn by announcing an additional 100 million euros to support developing countries in climate change adaptation. The Federal Environment Ministry has pledged 50 million euros to the Adaptation Fund and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development… Read More Germany supports developing countries in climate change adaptation #COP23

International experts at #CrossroadsBonn present ten points on tackling climate change ahead of UN Climate Change Conference #COP23

10 Cornerstones of the Great Transformation towards Sustainability In preparation for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), which begins today in Bonn, some 300 experts from the spheres of research, politics, civil society, business and the media including climate negotiators met on the weekend to discuss the future of global cooperation and options for decarbonising… Read More International experts at #CrossroadsBonn present ten points on tackling climate change ahead of UN Climate Change Conference #COP23

Don’t bend the aid rules: work with others to reform the aid system | ODI

ODI’s Catherine Blampied looks at the upcoming OECD DAC meeting: The DAC’s approach of simply lifting countries out of ODA eligibility after they have exceeded the high-income threshold for three consecutive years can certainly be improved. The questions of which countries are eligible to receive official aid, on what terms, and why, are critical. Institutions… Read More Don’t bend the aid rules: work with others to reform the aid system | ODI

Greenhouse gas concentrations surge to new record | World Meteorological Organization

The last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of CO2  was 3-5 million years ago, the temperature was 2-3°C warmer and sea level was 10-20 meters higher than now. Population growth, intensified agricultural practices, increases in land use and deforestation, industrialization and associated energy use from fossil fuel sources have all contributed to increases… Read More Greenhouse gas concentrations surge to new record | World Meteorological Organization

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development raised the bar – Business as usual is not an option

MC11 offers WTO members a fresh opportunity to revive the multilateral trading system and get trade working better for people and planet alike. The expected broad-based contribution of trade to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – of which the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the core – requires policies supporting a positive interface between… Read More The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development raised the bar – Business as usual is not an option

Don’t just blame the teacher when the system is at fault, says UNESCO #CountOnMe #GEM2017

Paris 24 October – UNESCO’s 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report highlights the responsibility of governments to provide universal quality education and stresses that accountability is indispensable in achieving this goal. The Report, released today, warns that disproportionate blame on any one actor for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, widening inequality… Read More Don’t just blame the teacher when the system is at fault, says UNESCO #CountOnMe #GEM2017

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

Development in transition

Originally posted on Development Matters:
By Alicia Barcena, Stefano Manservisi and Mario Pezzini Understanding and supporting the development trajectories of countries have long been the driving force behind all of our careers. If we, as a global community, are serious now about ensuring prosperity for all through the universal and comprehensive 2030 Agenda and its…

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…