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

Health, Gender, and Blockchain for Financial Inclusion

Researchers from The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (US) have examined environmental conditions at healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The study notes an information gap on safe environmental conditions, and that baseline data for healthcare facilities (HCFs) “have yet to be formed” for issues that correspond to the SDGs. … Continue reading Health, Gender, and Blockchain for Financial Inclusion