SDGs resources round-up

  • Elizabeth Stuart, Stephen Gelb, Paula Lucci, Andrew Scott and Carolin Williams (ODI): Business and the SDGs – a baseline. This ODI paper commissioned by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission takes stock of how the world has progressed on sustainable development. It looks at why and how business did – and did not – contribute to advances in the MDG era. It then assesses, on current trajectories, where business as usual will take us on the SDGs that are arguably most relevant to all types of private sector entities, from single traders to multinational enterprises. The authors find that, among these, the heaviest lifting will be in the areas of inequality, industrialization and climate change, and go on to set out some of the ways in which business can bend the curve to deliver improved outcomes in these areas.
  • Ingeborg Niestroy (IISD): How are we getting ready? The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the EU and its Member States: analysis and action so far. This discussion paper published by DIE takes stock of the activities undertaken so far in the EU, and through an examination of existing ‘gap analyses’, points to areas in which the EU and its Member States are facing specific challenges, where the need for action is comparably large in domestic and external policies and/or where there are significant knock-on effects. The paper argues that the translation of the universal SDGs into a national and regional/EU context should be pursued in three parallel tracks: domestic (domestic policies with domestic impacts); domestic-external (domestic policies with external impacts); external (external policies with external impacts), taking into account feedback loops and impacts of global megatrends.
  • Report of the UN Secretary-General: Regional cooperation in the economic, social and related fields. This unedited advance report provides regional perspectives on two aspects of the global agenda: efforts supporting implementation and follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda, and support for enhancing means of implementation. The SG finds that the Regional Commissions have “institutionalized, deepened and broadened their partnerships” in support of country-level implementation of the 2030 Agenda. An addendum to the report is here, while a detailed summary write-up by IISD is also available, here.
  • UNICEF: The State of the World’s Children 2016: A fair chance for every child. This report argues that progress for the most disadvantaged children is not only a moral, but also a strategic imperative. Stakeholders have a clear choice to make: invest in accelerated progress for the children being left behind, or face the consequences of a far more divided world by 2030. The report concludes with a set of recommendations to help chart the course towards a more equitable world and advance the new global sustainable development agenda.

    Compiled by Adam Fishman for WRI, a member of the Independent Research Forum. For more news and events on the SDGs, visit or subscribe to the weekly SDG Delivery Update here

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