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A dispassionate look at the Sustainable Development Goals

This post is written by Jan Vandemoortele, PhD, formerly with the UN, co-architect of the MDGs and a critical friend of the SDGs Almost two years in the making, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) were agreed in early August. By late September, they will be formally adopted by member states at a UN summit in New … Continue reading

5 things needed to turn the SDGs into reality

This post is written by Elizabeth Stuart, Research Fellow and Team Leader, Sustainable Development Goals, ODI, and originally appeared on Devex Now that the sustainable development goals are — in the main — agreed, what needs to happen to turn this global manifesto into a national policy agenda? The clock to SDG attainment will start ticking … Continue reading

Can sport make a valuable contribution to the post-2015 agenda?

This post is written by Oliver Dudfield, Head of Sport for Development and Peace, Commonwealth Secretariat, and appears on Peace and Sport Watch The post-2015 development agenda will set out a new plan for global development with the ambition to ‘transform our world by 2030’. Through the post-2015 process the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Sport for Development and … Continue reading

For the SDGs, let’s pay attention to country starting points

This piece is written by Emma Samman, Research Fellow for ODI’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme, and Elizabeth Stuart, Sustainable Development Goals Team Leader in ODI’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme and initially appeared on the Development Progress blog. Call it what you like (differentiation, common but differentiated responsibility (CBDR), special and differential treatment – each … Continue reading

Financing the data revolution: is anyone up for the challenge?

This post is written by Bill Anderson, Data and Information Architect at Development Initiatives If you manage to read down to the last ten paragraphs of the draft outcome document for the Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa this week you will find a section on Data. It contains firm commitments for implementing a data … Continue reading

Implementing the SDGs: learning the why, as well as the how

This post is written by Moizza Sarwar, Research Officer at ODI’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme. The verdict on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) came out this week in the shape of the United Nation’s final report on worldwide progress on the eight development goals established in 2000. Ban Ki-Moon has called it ‘the most … Continue reading

Reactions to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals 2015 report

Post2015.org is collating responses to the UN’s final MDG report ahead of the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals later this year. Please check back for updates Ben Phillips, ActionAid International Campaigns and Policy Director “World leaders cannot fulfil their pledge to end poverty unless they tackle the crisis of the widening gap in wealth … Continue reading

Can the SDGs Really ‘Leave No One Behind’?

This post is written by Casey Dunning, Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Global Development, and Molly Elgin-Cossart, Senior Fellow at American Progress and former chief of staff to the U.N. Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. It originally appeared on the Center for Global Development blog. What does ‘Leave No One Behind’ … Continue reading

Will the post-2015 agenda support country ownership of sustainable development processes?

This post is written by Luca De Fraia, ActionAid Italy Deputy Secretary General,  and originally appeared on the ActionAid blog. Will the post-2015 agenda support country ownership of sustainable development processes? This questions has been of central concern to me as I’ve worked to keep abreast of the fast-paced post-2015 negotiations. Having followed the aid effectiveness … Continue reading

Post-2015 Zero Draft: Where Does CIVICUS Stand on Citizen-Generated Data?

This post is written by Jack Cornforth, Senior Project Officer and Kate Higgins, Manager, DataShift, CIVICUS, and appears on the CIVICUS DataShift blog After years of preparatory consultations and months of negotiations, the zero draft of the Post-2015 Summit outcome document was published earlier this month. There has been some useful commentary on where the draft does … Continue reading

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