Critical thinking, integrated analysis and awareness raising on Sustainable Development Goals and a post-2015 development agenda
  • Image from COP20 in Lima showing arrows pointing in opposite directions

    As climate negotiations draw to a close in Lima, Jonathan Reeves reflects on the UN Secretary General's synthesis report on the post-2015 agenda and asks whether the "road to dignity" will take us to the right destination.

  • image shows man with bicycle

    The UN Secretary-General's synthesis report provides a compelling narrative and vision, IRF partner, WRI argues, but the lack of specificity in the proposals pose a challenge to member states as they enter into negotiations.   

  • Image shows a woman with maize, Zambia, photo: Alex Berger

    While Zambia’s is undergoing rapid development, it still faces food security challenges, but a joint research project is looking at how these can be tackled, looking forward to how countries in southern Africa can achieve sustainable forms of development, as envisaged by the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

  • Burning fossil fuels is contributing to climate change

    As climate talks get underway in Lima, Peru, IRF partner, Development Alternatives asks whether countries will rise to the twin challenges of reducing emissions and supporting a shift to sustainable development.

  • A woman using treated urine for fertilizer to grow vegetables

    Wednesday 19 November 2014 is World Toilet Day but the target to halve the number of people without access to basic sanitation has not been met. Can the SDGs improve the situation?

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Peter Hazlewood and Sonya Suter
21 Aug 2014

The Open Working Group has proposed a comprehensive and potentially transformative set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Some issues remain unresolved, though, giving rise to five key questions.