Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

A call for comments: SDG business monitoring framework

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the UN Global Compact, and the Global Reporting Initiative are developing a business monitoring framework for the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  The second draft of SDG Compass is released for public consultation, and we very much welcome your feedback. 

At high-level forum, UN official calls for final push towards new sustainability agenda

New York: The international community stands on the cusp of eradicating extreme poverty and reaching the world's most vulnerable people with “a chance to live a life of dignity,” the Vice-President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) declared today, as he appealed to delegates to strengthen the platforms for implementing the new development agenda that will be adopted in September.

UNCTAD's proposal for a post-2015 sustainable development review process

Geneva: UNCTAD is proposing a framework that will help countries to deliver the post-2015 development agenda. This is timely in light of ongoing discussions in the lead up to the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (13-16 July 2015) and the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda (25-27 Sep 2015).

AU Summit: Decision on the High Level Committee on the post-2015 Development Agenda

The Assembly:

1. TAKES NOTE of the progress made by the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) in New York;

2. EMPHASIZES that the post-2015 development agenda must be ambitious with adequate, predictable and timely means of implementation to respond to the level of ambition in achieving all the SDGs;

3. CALLS UPON the HLC to remain engaged in the intergovernmental negotiation processes, through the AGN, until their completion in September 2015;

The Gaborone Declaration: local government vision 2030

For local government to play its full role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, it needs to be empowered, capacities need to be reinforced, governance strengthened and citizens should be more engaged in the democratic process, according to delegates at the 2015 Commonwealth Local Government Conference.  Delegates called on the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) to develop a 15 year strategy for local government focusing on supporting its members in developing and implementing modalities to localise the SDGs.

African leaders must show commitment to achieve targets - Ogbonna

National Coordinator of the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), Hilary Ogbonna, in this interview with Business Editor, Sylvester Enoghase, insists that to achieve the 2015 MDGs target, significant efforts will be needed to reduce large numbers of the working poor, to increase employment rates for women, youth and people with disabilities, to promote formalisation and close the gender gap,  Excerpts:

The year 2015 is decisive for Africa’s sustainable development plans

Addis Ababa:  “This is a momentous opportunity that the Africa region must seize to pave the way for its meaningful participation in the global institutional architecture for sustainable development,” declared Mr. Abdalla Hamdok, ECA’s Deputy Executive Secretary as he opened the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development conference in Addis Ababa.

African leaders pledge to end open defecation by 2030 at Dakar conference

WaterAid today welcomed the pledges of African leaders to eliminate inequalities and end open defecation in their countries by 2030, and to work towards giving every person access to safe sanitation and good hygiene.

Shaping the Global Development Agenda after the MDGs and what it means for Africa, Rwanda

Kigali:  As the twilight rapidly sets in on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with their end-2015 deadline fast approaching, the efforts that have already been underway for at least two years now for ushering in another new dawn for a global development compact are also at full speed.

Ban rallies support for 'once-in-a-generation' UN sustainability agenda

Bonn: The world has before it a unique opportunity to build a better future for all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared in Bonn, Germany, where he urged broad support for a trio of course-correcting United Nations events in 2015 that aim to lock down agreements on protecting the planet, ensuring sustainable development and unleashing the finances and technology to ensure these vital goals are achieved.


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