Echoes in the press

La quema de la Amazonía, el "pulmón del planeta”, especialmente en Brasil, llegó esta semana a un largo y apasionado debate en el pleno de la Eurocámara.

La preocupación común no se traduce, no obstante,  en una visión compartida de en dónde buscar tanto culpas como soluciones. Con todo, el acuerdo de la UE con los países del MERCOSUR,  logrado en junio de 2018, es el principal sospechoso de la quema de bosque para ganar tierra agroganadera.

At the International Statistics Institute World Congress, in Kuala Lumpur, Steve MacFeely, Head of Statistics at UNCTAD, presented a new paper on the opportunities and risks associated with using unofficial statistics to compile SDG indicators.

By Margaret O'Dwyer, DC
(With information from the Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development)

The High Level Political Forum, which is taking place now through July 18 at UN Headquarters in New York, typically involves countries reporting on their progress in achieving the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.   It is usually civil society, however, which points out the gaps. One means of doing so is through the Spotlight Report, which has just been released.  The report calls for stronger commitments in realizing human rights and a shift in how and where power is vested.

La ONU advierte que la desigualdad así como las discriminaciones que sufren mujeres, minorías étnicas, el colectivo LGTBI y la población rural impedirán que se logren los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible en 2030.

Der Nachhaltigkeitsindex der Bertelsmann-Stiftung soll Aufschluss darüber geben, wie einzelne Länder bei der Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 vorankommen. Doch die hohen Kosten des westlichen Entwicklungsmodells gehen dabei unter.

Several reports launched in June and July 2019 call for “transformations” or “transitions”—of economies, of energy systems, of skills and jobs, of health care—in order to achieve the SDGs and ensure that no one is left behind. This SDG Knowledge Weekly brief reviews a selection those reports, with a focus on those that have made waves prior to, or relate their recommendations back to, the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

BONN, Jul 8 2019 (IPS) - When UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs in September 2015, they signalled with the title Transforming our World that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option and fundamental changes in politics and society are necessary.

Four years later they have to admit that they are off-track to achieve the SDGs. The global civil society report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2019 shows that in many areas there is no progress at all, and in some even regression.

Denmark, Sweden and Finland are the top ranking countries in terms of sustainable development, while Niger, Chad and the Central African Republic are the worse performers, according to the recently launched Sustainable Development Report 2019, by the Bertelsmann Foundation of Germany and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, based in New York and Paris.*

The Bertelsmann-SDSN report includes 17 “dashboards” with indicators selected by the authors for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and a Global SDG Index that summarizes them in a single number and allows for the ranking of the 162 countries for which enough data are available.

The 2030 Agenda is an unprecedented piece of global development policy, in its origins, objectives and structure. But with 12 years left on the clock, how is it performing? FES takes a peek into the upcoming Spotlight Report to find out.

The United Nations, in a new report to be released next month, has warned “there is no escaping the fact that the global landscape for the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has generally deteriorated since 2015, hindering the efforts of governments and other partners”

And the commitment to multilateral cooperation, so central to implementing major global agreements, is now under pressure, says the 35-page report, due to be released ahead of the upcoming high-level political forum (HLPF) of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), July 9-18.

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