Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
The seventh session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is underway – having started on the 6th of January 2014, it finishes today. OWG 7 covers: Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste); and climate change and disaster risk reduction. Click on the link above to access IISD’s daily coverage and summaries of the proceedings. Click here to access the full set of issue briefs relating to the OWG on SDGs.
Stakeholder Forum has published a new analysis of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposals in its SDGs e-inventory, in order to inform the deliberations of the 7th Session of the OWG on SDGs. The analysis relates to the thematic areas of the OWG meeting mentioned above. Click on the link above to access the full document. Click here to access Stakeholder Forum’s previous analyses for earlier OWG sessions.
Southern Voice on post-MDGs update
Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals (SV) has released an activity update of its network members during the month of November, 2013. Amongst other things, it looks at the CEPA symposium on “Making Sustainability the next metric”, reviews the role of SV at the International Parliamentary Conference on post-2015 in London and shares new studies from SV partners.
The German Development Institute (DIE) has released a new discussion paper entitled “Common goals and differential commitments: the role of emerging economies in global development”. The paper explores the debate around ‘common goals and differential commitments’ in international development cooperation. It tries to capture the views and positions of the middle-income countries on their role and contribution to global development and the post-2015 agenda. It explains the divergence between North-South and South-South cooperation with regard to their historical narratives, conceptual paradigms, delivery approaches, functions and capacity. It highlights the importance of standard-setting, monitoring, accountability and peer-review but it also explains the technical challenges and political tensions in bringing the ‘Southern providers’ into the regimes and systems led by the OECD-DAC and the current post-Busan Global Partnership. The paper explains the challenges of categorising the new development partners, and defining and measuring the quantum, quality and effectiveness of their development cooperation activities. It stresses the importance of developing a framework for monitoring and evaluating South-South cooperation and the identification of appropriate institutional platforms for such discussions to take place.
The UN Development Group has released a “People’s voice – issue brief” related to the themes of OWG 7. It seeks to convey the views of experts and stakeholders that contributed to the Global Post-2015 Conversation so far via national, regional, thematic consultations and the MY World survey. The brief finds that there is concern about unsustainable consumption and production patterns fuelling environmental instability, highlighting the need to go beyond traditional poverty reduction and environmental management approaches to achieve sustainable development.
The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has released a policy brief on the themes of OWG 7. Entitled “Recommendations on Sustainable Consumption and Production and Climate Change Mitigation”, its suggestions have been compiled from four civil society consultations conducted by UN-NGLS from 2012-2013. The brief makes general recommendations for addressing climate change mitigation in the SDGs; looks specifically at ways to transform and regulate the energy industry to mitigate climate change; and at ways to establish sustainable consumption and production practices.
This article, featured in the Sustainability journal, discusses how biodiversity and ecosystem services can be integrated into a broad set of post-2015 goals and targets, and concludes with relevant target areas and means of implementation for which specific targets need to be defined. Furthermore, it responds to the call of the CBD to consider the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and the related Aichi biodiversity targets in the post-2015 development agenda. The paper’s analysis identifies three overlapping but also supplemental ways to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services in the post-2015 agenda: integrated goals, goals addressing earth system functioning and goals addressing environmental limits. It further concludes seven target areas to be included under the goals to address biodiversity and ecosystem services in the context of food and agriculture: access to food, demand for agricultural products, sustainable intensification, ecosystem fragmentation, protected areas, essential ecosystem services and genetic diversity.
The Global Dialogue on Rule of Law and the Post-2015 Development Agenda was held from the 26-27 September 2013 in New York. The Dialogue brought together practitioners, thinkers and policy makers, primarily from the Global South, to explore the role of rule of law in the post-2015 development agenda. It also aimed to build on the ongoing expert discussions on measuring development goals and identifying rule of law targets and indicators that could be incorporated within the development framework following 2015. This report provides a summary of the proceedings and outcomes, including annexes of all statements and background materials.
SloCat (partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport) have released a draft SDG on Sustainable Transport to coincide with OWG 7. Its targets include: urban access- secure universal access by sustainable transport for urban populations by 2030; rural access- secure universal access by sustainable transport for rural populations by 2030; road safety- halve the burden of global road traffic crashes by 2030 compared to 2010; air pollution and human health – halve years lost due to premature death and years lived with disability from transport-related air pollution by 2030 compared to 2010; greenhouse gas emissions – realise at least 1.6 to 2.5 GtCO2e reductions by 2020. These five targets represent collectively the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable land transport and aim to achieve structural transformation of the land transport sector by 2030.
This paper uses the High-Level Panel report released in May 2013 as the starting point for thinking more carefully about the key post-2015 areas of economic and social policies for African governments. In reflecting on some of the main contributions, suggestions and criticisms of the HLP report, a range of important topics and existing gaps have emerged for future policy-relevant research in Africa. For African development, moving forward in 2014 and beyond includes reflection on some of these major themes as well as an elaboration on how African countries and the world plan to address the next set of goals.