Four Steps to Build the SDGs into the Green Climate Fund

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) aims to promote the paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways, in the context of sustainable development, according to GCF’s “Governing Instrument,” its founding document. Such a commitment should be welcome news for the SDGs, and discussions on funding the Goals often point to the GCF’s potential. But has the … Continue reading Four Steps to Build the SDGs into the Green Climate Fund

Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

January 2018: The International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities for Sustainable Development found substantial variation in the inclusion of disability in Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) presented at the 2017 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The groups released a report that present 13 case … Continue reading Advocates Find Varying Inclusiveness of Persons with Disabilities in VNRs

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