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

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

Global Water Partnership Maps Project Outcomes

16 February 2018: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has launched an interactive map depicting its project outcomes around the world. The projects can be viewed by region, country, and year of completion. GWP projects address integrated water resource management (IWRM) in terms of actions to create or provide an enabling environment; financing; institutions and participation; … Continue reading Global Water Partnership Maps Project Outcomes

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