Post-2015 resources round-up

Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection.


Shock Waves : Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty – Ending poverty and stabilizing climate change will be two unprecedented global achievements and two major steps toward sustainable development. But the two objectives cannot be considered in isolation: they need to be jointly tackled through an integrated strategy. This World Bank report brings together those two objectives and explores how they can more easily be achieved if considered together. It examines the potential impact of climate change and climate policies on poverty reduction. It also provides guidance on how to create a “win-win” situation so that climate change policies contribute to poverty reduction and poverty-reduction policies contribute to climate change mitigation and resilience building. The key finding of the report is that climate change represents a significant obstacle to the sustained eradication of poverty, but future impacts on poverty are determined by policy choices: rapid, inclusive, and climate-informed development can prevent most short-term impacts whereas immediate pro-poor, emissions-reduction policies can drastically limit long-term ones.

Investment Needs to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals: Understanding the Billions and Trillions – This SDSN paper proposes an analytical framework for SDG needs assessments that translates the 17 SDGs into eight investment areas and integrates climate change adaptation and mitigation. It reviews available needs assessments to provide a first, preliminary estimate of incremental public and private investment needs to meet the goals. The paper also presents a financing analysis and discusses major gaps in our understanding of how the SDGs can be financed.

The Role of Trade and Trade Policy in Advancing the 2030 Development Agenda – The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, recently adopted by the UN Assembly as part of the new 2030 Development Agenda, establish a set of highly ambitious goals and targets touching upon a broad range of issues from poverty alleviation and food security to natural resources and clean energy. Taken together, these universal and multilaterally endorsed goals provide a critical framework for policy orientation for the next 15 years. In the absence of new international financial commitments, trade—and, more broadly, policies that affect trade flows—will have a significant role to play in the implementation process. Based on a review of recent evolutions in the global trade policy landscape, this article explores possible avenues for harnessing the potential of trade policies to achieve these goals and targets. In doing so, it focuses on three areas where trade’s contribution will be particularly critical—namely, food security, sustainable energy, and oceans. In those areas, it highlights existing shortcomings in international trade governance frameworks and assesses possible avenues for addressing them through multilateral negotiations and plurilateral or regional agreements.

Business and the United Nations: Working together towards the Sustainable Development Goals: A Framework for Action – This report published in conjunction with Harvard’s Kennedy School and Business Fights Poverty outlines the business and development case for increased UN business engagement as well as recommendations on the ways that the UN can work more effectively on this shared imperative. There is a renewed emphasis across the United Nations on partnering with responsible businesses to deliver sustainable development on the ground. This report offers fresh perspectives on a variety of topics including improving the climate for partnership design, co-creation, combining complementary skills, and developing solutions to harness the full potential of what business can bring to the development table. This publication focuses on insight and best practices culled from interviews with business leaders which are designed to help both the private sector, the UN, and other practitioners learn from each other. These business leaders represent a selected group of companies from several regions of the world and a variety of industries that are part of the SDG Fund Private Sector Advisory Group.

For a list of meetings, news and blogs relating to the post2015 agenda, visit www.irf2015.org

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