Agenda 2030

 

Deliberation on Sustainable Development Goals

 

icon-20140705Deliberation on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda are taking shape and the negotiations on scope and financing of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are becoming more concrete and contentious at the same time. Sustainability has been a concern for several decades and has gained greater importance in light of increasing climate warming and continued instabilities of the social and economic sectors at global levels. Two separate UN processes are underway to determine the SDG framework namely the HLPF (High Level Political Forum) and the OWG (Open Working Group) both working on defining and negotiating the world's Sustainable Development Goals. In addition,various stakeholder groups (NGOs, Business, Civil Society, Academic Institutions) and International Organisations have started their own discussions on what issues and priorities should be core features of the coming SDGs.

To be able to agree on a single integrated framework is critical to ensure successful progress towards the definition and implementation of the SDGs. Concrete goals need to be set at national, regional and global levels and concrete financial resources need to be committed for SDG implementation. The issues and themes that will have been identified as being top priorities will set the stage for policy choices concerning sustainable development goals and determine the world's progress.

CSEND, a think tank focusing on the development nexus of trade, poverty, employment and social equity, is contributing to these deliberation through its engagement in both the global, national and regional levels.

 

Open call expressing profound concern at the inadequacy of measures currently under discussion at the global level (UN-HLPF-ECOSOC) regarding implementation of the SDGs and calls for immediate remedial action to ensure “coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and reviews” of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

Looking at the Bright Side

Raymond Saner & Lichia Yiu, EFMD Global Focus, Issue 2, Vol. 10, 2016.

Greening the World Trade Organisation is an imperative to accompany the implementation of the Paris Agreement adopted during the COP 21 in December 2015.

“Yet, there is no place for complacency. Time is running out, and unless decisive steps are taken to speedily walk the talk and translate ambitious global commitments into concrete actions at global, regional, national and local levels, the Paris Agreement will fail to deliver and sufficiently reduce climate change” (ECPDM editorial, May/June 2016).

A UN Library Talks Geneva event organised by the United Nations Office Geneva in collaboration with CSEND on Wednesday 15 June 2016. This Library event aims to debate the philosophical, economic, social, and pedagogical aspect of education in the context of achieving SDG Goal 4, “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

CSEND management team participated in the 2016 UNECE conference on PPP and SDGs. Particularly, Raymond Saner developed an evaluation grid to assess PPP case examples which were discussed during the morning session of the 3-day conference. 

Monitoring of SDG Implementation: Call for Action. 

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