IMF, World Bank, OECD Release Economic Growth Forecasts

11 January 2018: The latest World Economic Update by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) finds that global economic activity continues to strengthen, with global output estimated to have grown by 3.7% in 2017, or 0.1% faster than projected. The World Bank published its report on ‘Global Economic Prospects,’ showing an upswing that could contribute to … Continue reading IMF, World Bank, OECD Release Economic Growth Forecasts

SDSN Switzerland Launches, Identifying SDG Catalysts

15 February 2018: The 25th Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has been launched. SDSN Switzerland is based in Bern, and co-hosted by the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Bern, and Biovision – Foundation for Ecological Development. SDSN Switzerland aims to provide an environment to discuss challenges faced by Switzerland in the … Continue reading SDSN Switzerland Launches, Identifying SDG Catalysts

UK, Israel Reduce Plastic Pollution, the Theme of World Environment Day

19 February: As the UN Environment Programme (UNEP, or UN Environment) announced that the theme for World Environment Day will be ‘Beat Plastic Pollution,’ the UK and Israel have taken steps to reduce their country’s use of plastic and fight pollution in the world’s oceans. Recent actions include banning microbeads, phasing out the use of … Continue reading UK, Israel Reduce Plastic Pollution, the Theme of World Environment Day

WUF9 Promotes Implementation of New Urban Agenda, SDG 11

13 February 2018: The World Urban Forum (WUF) convened for the first time since countries adopted the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016. WUF’s ninth session (WUF), which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, focused on approaches and examples of good practice toward sustainability and inclusivity, under its overarching theme of ‘Cities … Continue reading WUF9 Promotes Implementation of New Urban Agenda, SDG 11

Member States Consult on Repositioning of Development System

16 February 2018: Governments are holding consultations on repositioning the UN development system to respond to the requirements of the 2030 Agenda, following the release of reform proposals by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in December 2017. The upcoming ECOSOC Segment on Operational Activities for Development (OAS) will serve as the first official platform for Member … Continue reading Member States Consult on Repositioning of Development System

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Tax, Official Development Assistance and Urban Finance

Last week’s SDG Knowledge Weekly brief looked at blended finance and the private sector actions as means for achieving the SDGs. This week, we explore the role of public finance for the SDGs, review events convened by the international community on tax collaboration and urban financing issues, and look ahead to this week’s meeting on the follow-up … Continue reading SDG Knowledge Weekly: Tax, Official Development Assistance and Urban Finance

World Bank, OECD Advance Financing Initiatives for SDGs, Paris Agreement

January 2018: The international community is taking steps to gear financial markets towards the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Initiatives by the World Bank, OECD and others address sustainability financing while reinforcing gender equality, environmental goals, and transparency. The World Bank issued a Sustainable Development Bond to raise awareness … Continue reading World Bank, OECD Advance Financing Initiatives for SDGs, Paris Agreement