- Tetsuya Ishii, Kentaro Tamura, Naoki Mori, Eric Zusman and Mark Elder (IGES): Implications Of The G20 Summit In Hangzhou, China For Climate Change, Green Finance And Sustainable Development Goals. This briefing note, in addition to considering the G20’s implications on the titular subjects, reviews the overall context of holding the meeting in China for the first time, also noting the timing of the US-China joint announcement on climate change. The note identifies the ‘steps forward’ and ‘steps back’ made at the Summit, and examines the resultant Communique, comparing the document to discussions held and speeches made, finding that it places comparatively more emphasis on traditional growth priorities.
- Gregory Adams and Daniela Rosche (Oxfam International): Accountability and Ownership: The role of aid in a post-2015 world. In this paper, Oxfam presents its vision for aid in a post-2015 era, which focuses on four key pillars: 1) Aid that helps countries mobilize and sustain financing for their own development priorities; 2) Aid that helps countries deliver the development results their citizens demand; 3) Aid that helps citizens demand the investments and outcomes they need; and 4) Aid that helps people escape poverty sustainably. According to Oxfam, the central role of aid in a post-2015 world is to support the citizen-state compact. A related blog on The Politics of Poverty, by Heather Schommer, is available here, and an Oxfam press release is here.
- UNCTAD: Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative: 2016 Report on Progress. This biennial report prepared by the organizers of the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative provides a periodic picture of sustainability initiatives implemented by stock exchanges and regulatory bodies around the world. The report also seeks to highlight current good practices, trends, opportunities and challenges in order to foster the sharing of lessons learned between stock exchanges, securities regulators, policymakers, companies and investors. In particular, the report looks at how stock exchanges can accelerate progress on SDGs 5, 8, 12, 13 and 13, dedicated a section to each. Further information on the SSE and SDGs is here and a press release is here.
- Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland: Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for water and beyond. This discussion paper from the Water for Equity and Wellbeing Initiative was developed to consider Australia’s efforts to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Australia, and within the broader Asia-Pacific region. It aims to identify the most effective and efficient starting points for governments to begin implementation of the SDGs; and identify which government portfolios and supporting governance arrangements could usefully be implemented across each particular SDG, and across the suite of SDGs. A related blog by three of the authors, posted on The Conversation, is available here.
- Diplomatic Courier: 2016 Global Action Report. This report features a compilation of articles and perspectives on food, health and prosperity, previewing the Global Action Summit to be held 14-15 November 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to the above thematic content, the report includes interviews with and thinkpieces by those close to the SDGs process, including Thomas Gass of UNDESA.
Compiled by Adam Fishman for WRI, a member of the Independent Research Forum. For more news and events on the SDGs, visit www.irf2015.org or subscribe to the weekly SDG Delivery Update here