Stakeholder Participation

Guest Article #59: Teaching Silos to Dance: A Condition to Implement the SDGs [viewed]

"Breaking down the silos" has become again a vivid call, even a mantra, in debates on governance for sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in recognition of its comprehensive, holistic and systemic approach. A workshop on leadership organized by SITRA (Finland) in June, a blog post by Asa Persson (Stockholm Environment Institute) and sessions at the HLPF in July 2016 are just a few of the recent fora where silo-breaking has been addressed. But what is actually meant by it? What do people imagine when they call for breaking down the silos? Now that the HLPF has ended, it is useful to consider possible answers, to inform ongoing and future work on the ground.

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Natural Capital Protocol Launched [viewed]

natural_capital_coalition13 July 2016: Representatives from over 160 organizations launched the Natural Capital Protocol, which harmonizes existing work on natural capital into a standardized framework to support businesses' ability to identify, measure and value their impacts and dependencies on natural capital.

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Policy Update #27: The New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: Synergies and Challenges Ahead [viewed]

un_headquartersPopulation growth and urbanization are projected to add 2.5 billion people to the world's urban population by 2050, with nearly 90% of the increase coming in Asia and Africa. This trend illustrates why cities have become one of the most challenging and important areas in which to implement sustainable development policies. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “our struggle for global sustainability will be won or lost in cities.” The New Urban Agenda, a document currently under negotiation as part of the upcoming UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), will provide key guidance in planning for sustainable development in cities worldwide.

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HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs [viewed]

hlpf_ban_ki_moon19 July 2016: Thirteen governments gave the first-ever Voluntary National Reviews, reporting on efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in their countries. The VNR presentations began on the second day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Ministerial Segment. The reports - provided by Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Norway, Madagascar, Georgia, Turkey, Finland, Samoa, Uganda and Germany - emphasized the need to: modify existing national economic and development planning processes; engage different government departments and broader technical expertise; develop indicators and collect data; and ensure high-level leadership.

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Governments, Local Authorities, Stakeholders Discuss National SDG Planning [viewed]

hlpf15 July 2016: Representatives of national and local governments and stakeholders discussed concrete challenges, opportunities and efforts at the local level for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, titled 'How can national-level strategic planning ensure that no one is left behind,' took place on the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was organized by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Independent Research Forum and the Government of Sweden.

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World Bank Report Highlights Urban Renewal Needs, Tools [viewed]

world_bank_ppiaf13 July 2016: Private sector participation is the most critical component in “rejuvenating decaying urban areas,” according to a report published by the World Bank and the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF). The report, titled 'Regenerating Urban Land: A Practitioner's Guide to Leveraging Private Investment,' points to the need for “massive” financial resources for cities' rejuvenation that the public sector alone cannot provide. It also explains that while every city has areas of underused or distressed land as a result of changes in urban growth and productivity patterns, the issue is most prominent in developing countries, where decaying inner cities marginalize and exclude residents.

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Co-Facilitators Release Final Draft of HLPF Ministerial Declaration [viewed]

hlpf18 July 2016: The co-facilitators of the informal consultations on the outcome of the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and of the High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) have issued a final draft Ministerial Declaration. In their letter accompanying the revised draft, co-facilitators Gillian Bird, Permanent Representative of Australia, and Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru, note that the text is under "silence procedure" until 6:00 pm EST on Monday, 18 July.

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OECD Report Promotes SDGs as Business Opportunities [viewed]

OECD_NEW18 July 2016: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched its annual Development Co-operation Report, which makes a case for businesses to invest in sustainable development and inclusive growth. The report, titled 'Development Co-operation Report 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities,' provides examples of how OECD is promoting collaboration among the stakeholders involved in sustainable development, and emphasizes that “business thrives when the world thrives.”

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Local Governments, UN Agencies Launch Roadmap for Localizing SDGs [viewed]

ucgl_undp_habitat_nrgsd15 July 2016: Representatives of local and regional governments and UN agencies discussed the role played by local governance stakeholders in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ensuring that no one is left behind, during the launch event of a 'Roadmap for Localizing the SDGs: Implementation at the Subnational Level.' The roadmap was launched by the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments, through United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD); the UN Development Programme (UNDP); and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT).

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Stakeholders Launch SDG 16 Data Initiative [viewed]

sdg16_data_initiative14 July 2016: At a side event to the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a group of stakeholders launched the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16 Data Initiative, which will compile and publish statistical indicators for SDG 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels). The initiative aims to complement the work of the UN Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) to develop an official indicator framework for monitoring the SDGs.

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