Governments Consult with ECOSOC and UNSG on UN Development Reforms

20 February 2018: UN Member States concluded their informal interactions with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) secretariat and the team of the UN Secretary-General on proposals for the repositioning of the UN development system in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. At the two final meetings, governments received additional information on … Continue reading Governments Consult with ECOSOC and UNSG on UN Development Reforms

Stakeholders Launch Project to Implement SDGs in US States

26 February 2018: Future Now and SDG USA have launched ‘America’s Goals for 2030,’ a collaborative initiative to adapt the SDGs to the US context, and to offer a “non-partisan framework for progress.” The project includes seven goals accompanied by targets, adapted from the SDGs. The project’s goals are: good jobs (goal 1); affordable quality … Continue reading Stakeholders Launch Project to Implement SDGs in US States

SDG Knowledge Weekly: Local Collaboration, Innovative Policies and Partnerships

26/2/2018: Recent SDG Knowledge Weekly briefs have covered private and public options for financing the SDGs, as well as efforts to localize the Goals. This week’s column turns towards other innovative ways of delivering the Goals, looking at literature and news announcements covering public-private partnerships (PPPs), policy options such as special economic zones (SEZs), and country … Continue reading SDG Knowledge Weekly: Local Collaboration, Innovative Policies and Partnerships

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

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