The International Institute for Sustainable Development tracks discussions of the ninth session of the OWG of the UNGA in New York on Sustainable Development Goals from March 3rd-5th. Click the link above to read the daily highlights of the event.
The African continent is in the midst of simultaneously unfolding and significant demographic, economic, technological, environmental, urban and socio-political transitions. Africa’s economic performance is promising, with booming cities supporting growing middle classes and creating sizable consumer markets. But despite overall growth, not all of Africa performs well. The continent continues to suffer under rapid urban growth accompanied by massive urban poverty and other social problems, suggesting it may not be able to deliver on aspirations of broad based human development. This report argues for a bold re-imagining of prevailing models to steer the ongoing transitions towards greater sustainability, particularly since the already daunting urban challenges are being exacerbated by the vulnerabilities associated with climate and environmental change. Click the link above to see the whole UN-Habitat report.
Prepared by Christian Aid, this report investigates the issue of income inequality in eight sub-Saharan African countries (Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe). It seeks to look at whether income inequality is, in fact, rising and in what context this is occurring. In particular, this report seeks to locate an analysis of tax systems in sub-Saharan Africa in the context of these economic inequalities, given the primary importance of national tax systems in redistributing wealth. The report looks at national taxation systems and international taxation issues – and, critically, the relationship between them. In this way it reveals how the enabling environment for tax dodging impacts on national tax systems in sub-Saharan Africa. It has a special focus on the experiences of two countries – Kenya and South Africa – which have two of the stronger tax systems in sub-Saharan Africa but which also have extensive shortcomings in the area of tax equity. Click the link above to read the full report.
This report has been prepared by Womankind Worldwide, Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya, Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) and Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF) Ghana. This position paper is a part of their joint campaign for women’s rights to be at the heart of the Post-2015 Development Framework and sets out a shared vision for a framework with the potential to transform the lives of women and girls. Central to this is a standalone goal on women’s rights and gender equality, and transformative targets and indicators which mainstream gender equality throughout all goals. Click the link above to read the paper.
A statement by Beyond 2015 Africa, a consortium of civil society organisations across Africa, which is a branch of the global Beyond 2015 campaign pushing for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals. This statement welcomes the ambitious report on the post-2015 development agenda and call for Africa’s voice to be fully integrated into this new global framework, outlining specific focus areas. Click the link above to read the statement.
Prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Secretariat, this note summarizes suggestions for framing Sustainable Development Goals as well as their Targets and Indicators. These principles are derived from two reports prepared by the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN): The Action Agenda for Sustainable Development and Draft Indicators for Sustainable Development Goals. Click the link above to read the full briefing.
The Center for Economic and Social Rights, an international NGO working to ensure human rights are properly integrated into the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, has prepared a statement in response to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. The statement includes specific recommendations to integrate human rights in the agenda. Click the link above to read the full statement.