Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
5th OWG co-chair summary and concluding remarks
The fifth session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was held last week. The co-chairs issued concluding remarks and a bullet-point summary of the meeting. Their remarks underlined the need to improve the inclusion of the economic and environmental components of the SDGs. The co-chairs also noted the calls for ‘equalising growth’, sustained by economic diversity, better infrastructure and industrialisation and productivity gains. Turning to macroeconomic issues, the need for an international enabling environment was highlighted, alongside the desirability of greater international policy coherence – notably in trade and finance. Following the session on energy, the co-chairs considered a proposed goal on “securing sustainable energy for all”, reflecting the importance of reliable, safe and affordable energy.
This article by Nicole Leotaud and Anna Cadiz (Caribbean Natural Resources Institute), appearing in the Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy, sketches a vision and suggestions for sustainable development issues ahead of the Small Island Development States (SIDS) conference in 2014, and in anticipation of the post-2015 agenda. It underlines the necessity of transformative economic development, which is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive, reliant on specifically small and medium enterprises. It also notes the centrality of partnerships with civil society to develop local solutions, with local know-how, for local-problems.
In a recent briefing, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) delves into discussions on energy access, recommending that the post-2015 agenda should go beyond minimal energy needs, but also include aspects on affordability and reliability to genuinely have an impact on poverty. It highlights the importance of increasing access in rural areas where bottom-up approaches may have the greatest chance of success, while being integrated with other development priorities. It further suggests that a global energy goal could help catalyse and channel finance resources on the topic.
UNCTAD Policy Briefs #1 and #2
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released two policy briefs. The first explores UNCTAD’s key role in the post-2015 process, deriving from its position at the heart of international trade and economic conversations. The second examines inequality levels, with a particular focus on the role of Chinese growth in reducing poverty when compared with the rest of the world. It warns that without a change of trajectory, extreme poverty will continue in South Asia ad Sub-Saharan Africa. It goes on to suggest that well-being may be more adequately captured when looking at a $5 a day poverty line, and when taking jobs and wages into consideration. The brief ends by acknowledging that a goal on inequalities would be difficult to outline, but suggests that it could potentially be measured as a share of wages in national income.
The United Nations University, UN Office for Sustainable Development, and Stockholm Environment Institute have released a new report setting out options for including water in post-2015. Taking into account the experience of the MDGs and looking ahead at SDG expectations, it sets out principles for the inclusion of water in goals, compares existing proposals versus principles, suggests a framework and looks at what needs to be done for implementation. The proposed framework suggests framing water SDG targets in the context of water for growth, social development and environmental management. The report also calls for a substantial shift towards an integrated and universal international policy approach to help implement the necessary changes.
Prompted by the 20th anniversary of the 1993 World Development Report, aLancet Commission revisited the case for investment in health and developed a new investment framework to achieve dramatic health gains by 2035. The report has four key messages, each accompanied by opportunities for action by national governments of low-income and middle-income countries and by the international community [behind pay-wall / institutional access barrier].