Institutional Framework for SD

UNCTAD Highlights Protection Needs in Digital Revolution [viewed]

UNCTAD15 January 2016: A policy brief from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) cautions that the large-scale replacement of jobs by robots may cause substantial losses to governments' fiscal revenue, which could challenge their ability to fund social protection, especially at a time when more people may require such schemes.

read more »

Symposium Calls on Japan to Foster G7 Discussion of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

unuias_japan_post201515 January 2016: Participants at a symposium in Tokyo recommended that Japan, during its Presidency of the Group of seven (G7), foster discussion of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development so as to promote national implementation. The symposium, titled 'The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Transforming Japan and the World,' was organized by Keio University and the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).

read more »

Event: UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

An event to mark the 50th anniversary of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) founding will bring together ministers from around the world and UN partners to discuss how to translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into concrete actions and results. The event will include plenary and thematic sessions on: eradicating poverty and leaving no one behind; protecting the planet and sustainable development; ending violence and building peace; and managing risk and building resilience to climate change. Participating ministers will share their vision for how UNDP can contribute to countries' efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event is expected to identify key roles for UNDP to assist countries in implementation and monitoring. UNDP will use the meeting recommendations to guide its future work.  

read more »

Event: 17th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty [viewed]

The 2016 edition of this annual conference will convene under the theme, 'Scaling Up Responsible Land Governance' and pay special attention to working at scale, mainstreaming innovations and sustaining investments for greater impact. The main conference will run from 15-17 March and will comprise policy sessions and round-tables on core conference themes. Other key activities will include a pre-conference workshop on innovations in land governance research and monitoring, and a post-conference learning day offering masterclasses to familiarize participants with cutting edge tools and techniques for policy makers. An innovation fair exploring how technology and open data can help improve land governance at scale will also take place.  

read more »

UN Secretary-General Issues Report on 2030 Follow-Up and Review [viewed]

transforming_world21 January 2016: In an advance unedited report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon provides proposals on a global follow-up and review system applicable to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Drawing from questionnaire responses from 119 Member States and from views provided by UN system organizations, Major Groups and other stakeholders, the report suggests ways to "fully use the potential" of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) "as the central follow-up and review platform."

read more »

On 70th Anniversary, ECOSOC Considers Ways to Deliver 2030 Agenda [viewed]

ECOSOC22 January 2016: A Special High-level Meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), held on the Council's 70th anniversary, discussed how it can improve its work and support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Almost all speakers in the High-level Meeting highlighted the importance of the 2030 Agenda in paving the way forward. Karel Kovanda, who served as ECOSOC President from 1997 to 1998 (Czech Republic), said sustainable development is on “everyone's lips” and is key to ensure “maintenance of the state of humankind as we know it.”

read more »

Switzerland Announces National, International Implementation of 2030 Agenda [viewed]

swiss_develpment_cooperation22 January 2016: During the Annual Conference of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Didier Burkhalter, announced that Switzerland will implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at two levels: at the national level as part of the Sustainable Development Strategy 2016-2019; and at the international level based on the Federal Council Dispatch on International Cooperation 2017-2020, which will be debated in Parliament in 2016.

read more »

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week Highlights Government and Business Action [viewed]

abudhabi201621 January 2016: The 2016 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) focused on stimulating international dialogue and action on sustainable energy, water, waste, cities, women in sustainability, climate change and sustainable development. The week, which included a series of events, conferences and exhibitions, brought together thousands of delegates from government, industry and civil society with the aim of addressing challenges and opportunities in policy, finance, investment, and technology and innovation.

read more »

UN-HABITAT Refines Roadmap on Women, Construction and Sustainable Housing [viewed]

UN-HABITAT21 January 2016: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) held an expert meeting to help develop a programme on sustainable construction and decent jobs for women's empowerment. Experts discussed ways to mainstream gender equality in sustainable construction and urbanization, agreed to develop indicators to monitor progress, and identified possible partners and funders for the programme.

read more »

g7+ Selects 20 Indicators for Data Collection [viewed]

G7Plus12 January 2016: Members of the g7+ group of fragile states have agreed to jointly monitor 20 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators to ensure that fragile and conflict-afflicted countries are not left behind in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A recent World Bank blog post reflects on a g7+ meeting that identified common strengths and challenges in implementing and monitoring the SDGs in fragile or conflict-affected states, particularly SDG 16 on peace and justice.

read more »