Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

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Part I – Overview
Redefining policies for sustainable development
Jens Martens, Global Policy Forum
on behalf of the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 
Box 0.1: The world needs to revamp international tax cooperation
By José Antonio Ocampo, Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT)
Alternative national reports throw light on inequalities
Roberto Bissio, Social Watch
Box 0.2: Claim of ‘leave no one behind’ must include indigenous peoples
By Joshua Cooper, University of Hawai’i
Box 0.3: How to leave no one behind in statistics?
By Xavier Godinot, International Movement ATD Fourth World
Part II – Cross-cutting policy areas
1. The increasing concentration of wealth and economic power as an obstacle to sustainable development – and what to do about it
By Kate Donald, Center for Economic and Social Rights, and Jens Martens, Global Policy Forum
Box 1.1: De-financialization requires global economic governance reform
By Jesse Griffiths, Eurodad
2. Policies that strengthen the nexus between food, health, ecology, livelihoods and identities
By Stefano Prato, Society for International Development, Elenita Daño and Trudi Zundel, ETC Group, Lim Li Ching and Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network
Box 2.1: The food-health-environment nexus: addressing environmental and human health risks simultaneously
By the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)
3. Vector of hope, source of fear
By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch
Box 3.1: Half of humanity is NOT online
Box 3.2: Data sovereignty
By IT for Change
Box 3.3: Machines (algorithms) are already deciding our future
By Prabir Purkayastha
4. Care systems and SDGs: reclaiming policies for life sustainability
By Corina Rodríguez Enríquez, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
Box 4.1: The National Care System in Uruguay
5. Quest for sustainable peace and development under militarized security approaches
By Ziad Abdel Samad and Bihter Moschini, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)
Part III – Spotlights on the SDGs
SDG 1. Mobilize the financial means for social protection systems for all
By the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors
SDG 2. Approaching SDG 2 through the Right to Food and Nutrition
By Emily Mattheisen, FIAN International
SDG 3. The need to strengthen public funding for the WHO
By K M Gopakumar, Third World Network (TWN)
SDG 4. The quest for public funding for education and SDG 4
By Antonia Wulff, Education International
SDG 5. Women, macroeconomic policies and the SDGs
By Crystal Simeoni, Femnet and Stephanie Muchai, Hivos
SDG 6. (Re)municipalization of water – the right way towards achieving SDG 6
By Meera Karunananthan, Blue Planet Project, and Satoko Kishimoto, Transnational Institute
SDG 7. Power for the people? The chimera of pro-poor energy solutions
By Arthur Muliro Wapakala, Society for International Development (SID)
SDG 8. What policies are needed to achieve Goal 8? The trade union recipe for SDG implementation
By Paola Simonetti, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
SDG 9. Alternatives to PPPs – growing instances of de-privatization
By Public Services International (PSI)
SDG 10. Invoking extraterritorial human rights obligations to confront extreme inequalities between countries
By Kate Donald, Center for Economic and Social Rights
SDG 11. To ensure sustainable waste services, we must value waste workers and make sure they are in decent jobs
By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International (PSI)
SDG 12. Curbing the consumption of ultra-processed foods and beverages critical to achieving SDG 12
By Marisa Macari, Alejandro Calvillo and Fiorella Espinosa, El Poder del Consumidor
SDG 13. Climate Justice - How climate change battles are increasingly being fought, and won, in court
By Tessa Khan, Climate Litigation Network
SDG 14. Sustainable fishery or Blue Economy?
By Francisco J. Marí, Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service
SDG 15. The 30-year search for biodiversity gold: history repeats itself?
By Jessica Dempsey, University of British Columbia
SDG 16. Policies to address the gender dimension of Illicit Financial Flows
By Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
SDG 17. Trading away the SDGs?
By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch
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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018
Exploring new policy pathways
How to overcome obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Report by the Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Published by:
Social Watch, Third World Network (TWN), Global Policy Forum (GPF), Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Society for International Development (SID), Public Services International (PSI), Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

ISBN 978-3-943126-40-2
Beirut / Bonn / Ferney-Voltaire / Montevideo / New York / Penang / Rome / Suva, July 2018

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