9 March, 2015 – This week’s Post-2015 Digest provides a compilation of news, opinion, reports, and events on the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, including proposals for SDG indicators and a call for an ambitious agenda for gender equality.
REPORTS AND GOAL PROPOSALS
- List of proposed preliminary indicators for the post-2015 agenda. This document contains a compilation of the OWG goals and targets, listing proposed indicators for each, as formulated by policy experts and specialized agencies. A background note accompanying the indicators is also available.
- Background information on list of proposed preliminary indicators. This reference document contains detailed information on the SDG indicators proposed by policy and statistical experts, based on the current OWG goals and targets. The document shows an average of two indicators per target, noting the sources of each proposed indicator, along with comments on further development, strengths, shortcomings, reliability and other possible implementation/monitoring issues.
- Anna Knoll, Sebastian Grosse-Puppendahl, and James Mackie (ECDPM): Universality and Differentiation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This paper examines the conceptual elements of differentiation and universality for post-2015 and lessons from other differentiated international regimes. The authors present options for how targets could be adapted to the national level, how responsibilities could be differentiated, and how these could be reflected in a global monitoring and accountability system.
- Markus Loewe and Nicolle Rippin (eds.) (GDI-DIE): The Sustainable Development Goals of the Post-2015 Agenda: Comments on the OWG and SDSN Proposals. This compilation of inputs from experts at the German Development Institute offers detailed comments on each of the goals and targets suggested by the OWG as well as indicators suggested by SDSN. It also features notes on a post-2015 agenda that is fit for purpose, and on follow-up and review mechanisms that will comprise the SDG accountability framework.
- Christian Aid and Center for Economic and Social Rights: Illustrative Indicators for a Post-2015 Fiscal Revolution. This working paper responds to the UN Statistical Division's proposed indicators for OWG goals 10, 16 and 17. The paper draws on findings from an earlier publication, "A Post-2015 Fiscal Revolution," assesses each indicator, proposes modifications or additional indicators, and gives examples of possible methodologies and data sources.
- Barbara Adams and Gretchen Luchsinger: The 2015 Declaration: Meeting great expecations (maybe). This note looks at the recent Post-2015 negotiations held 17-20 February 2015. It covers the beginning of the discussion on data and indicators, remarks on the Declaration, ideas for moving forward, and what has been left out of the agenda thus fair. Questions raised include: whether the role of the declaration is primarily political or to inspire the public, how common-but-differentiated-responsibilities is handled, and the full meaning of 'leave no one behind.'
- OECD DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET): From commitment to action: Financing gender equality and women’s rights in the implementation of the SDGs. This issue brief calls for an ambitious agenda for achieving gender equality and women's rights that is matched by ambitious resources. It presents evidence on the link between international public finance and meeting gender objectives, and calls for reversing trends in underinvestment in gender equality. It notes also that the current strong focus of economic development in the SDGs provides an opportunity to empower women.
- DESA News: Volume 19, No. 03 – March 2015. DESA's newsletter includes, among other items: 1) an interview with the recently-appointed Secretary-General for Economic Development in UN DESA, Mr. Lenni Montiel; 2) an article on the data revolution, the monitoring of the Post-2015 agenda, and the UN Statistical Commission's meeting held this past week; and 3) a preview of upcoming events for training and capacity building related to understanding the post-2015 agenda.
- Martin Ostermeier, Sarah Linde, Jann Lay and Sebastian Prediger: SMARTer Indicators for Decent Work in a Post-2015 Development Agenda: A Discussion and a Proposal. This paper proposes indicators to monitor employment. It analyzes current MDG employment indicators, finding measurement problems, ambiguity, and assumptions that may not hold true in developing countries, among other shortcomings. Based on the critique, the authors present a new set of four indicators, demonstrated using country case studies in Uganda and Peru. These are (i) the growth of labor value added per worker, (ii) the working poverty rate, (iii) (a) the share of workers receiving less than an absolute labor income and (b) the share of workers receiving less than 60 percent of the median labor income.
- Anna Knoll, Sebastian Grosse-Puppendahl and James Mackie (ECDPM): Universality and Differentiation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This discussion paper presents four key messages: 1) that translating universal post-2015 goals into national actions is a major challenge, as all actions should add up to global objectives and ambitions in order to collectively achieve sustainable development; 2) the need for a pragmatic and flexible differentiation system that should remain open to change and adaptation over time to ensure commitments are commensurate with national circumstances; 3) that there should be common rules and incentives which leave room for self-determination; and 4) that little discussion within the EU has taken place on what implementation of the OWG goals and targets concretely means.
RECENT CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
- 46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission. The 46th session of the UN Statistics Commission took place March 3 - 6 in New York. Documents presented for the meeting area available here.
- UNGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The thematic debate took place on March 6 in New York. Documents from the meeting, including participant statements are available at the link above. A President's summary will be circulated soon.
NEWS AND BLOGS
- IRF2015. "Sixth IRF2015 Retreat - Feb 2015."
- Homi Kharas on Brookings’s Future Development blog. "Why we need to think about implementing the Sustainable Development Goals."
- Felix Dodds on his blog. "The role of Multi-stakeholder Partnerships in Implementing the SDGs."
- Edward Carr (University of South Carolina) in Open the Echo Chamber (personal blog). "SDGs in need of rescue: so, what do we do?"
- Zahid Torres-Rahman in Business Fights Poverty. "A milestone year for development."
- Christian Aid and Center for Economic and Social Rights on Global Policy Watch. "Indicators for a post-2015 ‘fiscal revolution’."
- Nish Acharya (Northeastern University and Center for American Progress) in Forbes. "How the UN plans to use innovation and entrepreneurship for sustainable development."
- Claire Luke and Michael Igoe in Devex. "Bill Easterly's take on the SDGs."
- Shanta Devarajan (Brookings) on Future Development. "Shame on me: Why it was wrong to cost the Millennium Developmen Goals."
- Nick Galasso (Oxfam) and Marjorie Wood (Institute for Policy Studies) on inequality.org. "Eight Ways To Reduce Global Inequality."
- Paloma Duran (Director, SDG Fund) on IPS News. "Bridging the Gap – How the SDG Fund is Paving the Way for a Post-2015 Agenda." "
- Eliza Anyangwe with a Q&A featuring development professionals in the Guardian. "13 steps towards ending poverty and climate change."
- Karlee Johnson (Stockholm Environment Institute) in IRF2015.org. "The post-2015 agenda: transforming DRR to reduce vulnerability."
- Fernando Florez on Economia. "Are there better ways to solve global poverty than aid?"
- Kanaga Raja on Global Policy Watch. "Development: South needs policy space to meet post-2015 agenda."
- Ranja Sengupta and Mirza Alas (Third World Network) on the TWN Info Service. "Post-2015 Development Agenda Declaration: one step forward, two steps backward? (Part 1)."
- Marianela Jarroud on IPS News. "Women Leaders Call for Mainstreaming Gender Equality in Post-2015 Agenda."
- Ann Starrs (Guttmacher Institute) in Thompson Reuters. "#MakeItHappen: Let evidence, not ideology, be the basis of the new Sustainable Development Goals."
- Henrietta Miers (WISE Development) on All Africa. "Focus on Gender: SDG targets are no such thing."
- Keiko Nowacka (OECD Development Centre) in the Guardian. "Sustainable development goals must fulfil Beijing's vision for women."
- Ieva Vilimaviciute (Sedex) on Supply Management. "Why we must empower women in global supply chains."
- Bjorn Lomborg on Skoll World Forum. "Economics Can Make A World of Difference on SDGs."
- Francesca Wakefield in the Guardian. "Growth Stunting: the tip of the iceberg."
- Devika Rai on the UNFPA’s website. "Transitioning from MDGs to SDGs: My experience at ECOSOC Youth Forum 2015."
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