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

2017 WISE Summit: “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”

The 2017 WISE Summit will convene November 14-16 2017, in Doha, Qatar. This year’s theme, Co-exist, Co-create: Learning to Live and Work Together reflects the commitment of WISE to address important education challenges in times of disruption and economic uncertainty stemming from conflict, mass migration, growing inequality, on-going, rapid technological change and other forces. You… Read More 2017 WISE Summit: “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together”

SID’ journal features rural and industrial transformation

Two new issues of SID quarterly journal Development have been just released: Volume 58.2/3 on Rural Transformations and Volume 58.4 on Sustainable Industrial Transformation. Rural and industrial transformation are both considered crucial steps for many countries and as such have been captured by the Agenda 2030 to narrow the development gap. Source: Development features rural… Read More SID’ journal features rural and industrial transformation

Urbanization is changing food systems, health, and development

Out Today: IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report 2017 IFPRI released today the 2017 Global Food Policy Report, an evidence-based analysis of the latest developments in food policy across the developing world. With rapid urbanization dramatically shifting demographics in the developing countries in recent years, this year’s report examines how urbanization is changing food systems, health,… Read More Urbanization is changing food systems, health, and development

Evaluation of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) drafted

Draft Evaluation Report on External Financing Instruments – 11th European Development Fund (EDF), download from https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/draft-evaluation-report-external-financing-instruments-11th-european-development-fund-edf_en A Consortium led by DAI carried out an external performance review of the European Development Fund (EDF). It examines the fitness for purpose of EDF11 as an instrument for development cooperation. The EDF focuses on economic, social and human… Read More Evaluation of the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) drafted

World Bank Launches Financial Instrument to Expand Funding for Sustainable Development Goals

Washington, DC, March 9, 2017 –The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD) has issued bonds that for the first time directly link returns to the performance of companies advancing global development priorities set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality, health and sustainable infrastructure. The equity-index linked bonds raised a… Read More World Bank Launches Financial Instrument to Expand Funding for Sustainable Development Goals