Pillar 3: People-centred development

Who should measure the Sustainable Development Goals?

Amid conversations about indicators for measuring progress on the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, Saferworld’s Thomas Wheeler explores the question of who should be producing the data that these global indicators will rely on. He explores the benefits of using national statistical systems to measure progress, but also makes the case for third parties playing a significant role.

World Health Statistics reports on global health goals for 194 countries

2015 is the final year for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – goals set by governments in 2000 to guide global efforts to end poverty. This year’s "World Health Statistics" – published by the WHO – assesses progress towards the health-related goals in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The results are mixed.

Forum on the Participation of NGOs: thematic resolutions

Thematic resolutions adopted at the Forum on the Participation of NGOs in the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples's Rights and the 30th African Human Rights Book Fair, 17-19 April 2015, Kairaba Beach Hotel, Banjul, The Gambia


Africa takes the lead in fighting hunger and poverty

Johannesburg: Africa, widely believed to rely on aid and donations from the developed world, is leading the fight against hunger and poverty on the continent. This emerged at a high-level meeting co-hosted by The Hunger Project and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg yesterday.

Addis Ababa high-level meeting endorses Dakar recommendations on social protection for sustainable development

As a result of the efforts made by UNDP through the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) and the Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA), the Brazilian Government, the Lula Institute and the African Union (AU), the recommendations agreed at the International Seminar on Social Protection in Africa held in Dakar on 8-9 April were endorsed recently by roughly 70 Ministers of African countries at a high-level meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 20-24 April.

Palitha Kohona: Cooperation vital for sustainable development

Addis Ababa: Sustainable development is central to a range of key discussions at the United Nations and elsewhere at the moment. The role of South-South cooperation in the context of sustainable development deserves greater recognition as significant numbers of developing countries begin to ascend the development ladder in a sustainable manner, causing fundamental changes to the development infrastructure the world has known up to now.

Follow-up and review of the Post-2015 Development Agenda: discussion document

This discussion paper, dated 12 May 2015, outlines some key elements on follow-up and review which have emerged from the intergovernmental negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda thus far, particularly the Stocktaking session in January. It also presents a number of questions which member states may wish to consider in preparation for the IGN session from 18-22 May. The paper opens with a section on possible general principles for a follow-up and review framework before moving on to options for the levels at which this framework might operate.

Tony Elumelu: Entrepreneur-led development - a new model for Africa

Washington: I accepted this invitation to speak to you because as the future foreign services officers and business leaders of America, your perspective on development will influence US policy and investments in Africa. I am honoured to speak in this prestigious institution, founded on Catholic principles including solidarity, care for the poor, the dignity of work and working for the common good. These principles can also be found at the heart of the international development agenda.

I will start by stating the obvious.

‘Missing millions’ could impair SDG monitoring efforts

London: Too many people are missing from data sets used for international development to correctly shape policies relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a report warns. The report, by UK think-tank the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), says millions of people are excluded from statistics in poorer countries due to insufficient data collection efforts.

Ebola: expert panel urges ‘unified entity’ within UN health agency for emergency response

New York: Independent experts tasked to assess the World Health Organization’s (WHO) response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa today said “at present, WHO does not have the operational capacity or culture to deliver a full emergency public health response” and urged investments by its member States to make it fit for purpose.


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