Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Making the next 15 years count with the sustainable development goals

Nairobi: Africa faces two key challenges to achieving its full potential. The remarkable economic progress of the past 15 years must be sustained.  And, this progress must be broadened to include the many millions of people who have yet to benefit from the continent’s rising prosperity. The good news is that we have learnt a great deal over the past decade about what works.

ECA Committee on Sustainable Development

Addis Ababa: The next High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council) will be held in New York from 26 June to 8 July 2015, under the theme “Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development after 2015”, which the agenda will mirror.

Roadmap urged for development beyond 2015

Islamabad: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has strongly urged the regional countries to formulate a roadmap to support the implementation of the development agenda beyond 2015.

Innovation as a driver for sustainable development

New York: The UNDP’s Innovation Facility has launched its Annual Review for 2014, showing why innovation is becoming increasingly important in international development and for UNDP itself. It describes UNDP’s approach to innovation, highlights innovative practices and spotlights all 49 initiatives funded by the Innovation Facility across 54 countries.

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.

China's Position Paper on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Preface: The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), formulated on the basis of the Millennium Declaration during the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, are the most comprehensive, authoritative, and systematic international development goals to date. Since the establishment of the MDGs 15 years ago, the international community has seen much positive progress in implementing the Goals.

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.

‘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.

Jeffrey Sachs: How the data revolution will boost development

New York:  The data revolution is rapidly transforming every part of society. Elections are managed with biometrics, forests are monitored by satellite imagery, banking has migrated from branch offices to smartphones, and medical x-rays are examined halfway around the world.

Gender diversity in STEM key to achieving SDGs

Organisations involved in funding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Africa should improve gender diversity in the programmes they support, experts say. By promoting and rewarding the inclusion of diversity and gender analysis in research, collaborating institutions can be agents of change and help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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