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We leave Sendai with a new global deal on disaster risk, but does it go far enough?

Written by Dr Emily Wilkinson, Research Fellow in the Climate and Environment Programme at the Overseas Development Institute. No one going into the Sendai negotiations this week was in any doubt that there would be sticking points. But on the final day of the UN conference on disaster risk reduction, having stayed up all night, delegates … Continue reading

Open for business: the sustainable development goals need money—the right kind of money

Written by Allan Lerberg Jørgensen, Director of Human Rights and Development at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Everyone agrees that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda needs investment by businesses to succeed. Here are two recommendations to ensure that it attracts the right kind of investment. UN member states are in the process of finalising a new … Continue reading

Leaving no one behind – how to make it come to life

Written by Elizabeth Stuart, Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute In the negotiating uncertainties of the Post-2015 agenda, there is one issue that seems to have substantial – I hesitate to say – universal, agreement: that the SDGs must not miss the opportunity to improve the lives of the most marginalized. Although the Open … Continue reading

Proposed SDG Governance Indicators: Rule of Law or Simply Rule?

Written by Martin Edwards, Associate Professor and Director at the Center for UN and Global Governance Studies in the Permanent Observer blog As work moves forward to complete the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, a working list of preliminary indicators for each of the goals recently circulated online. This list of indicators was developed by the … Continue reading

ODI and World Bank report finds that managing disaster risks can bring other benefits, even if catastrophe never strikes

Written by Thomas Tanner, Research Fellow at Overseas Development Institute This week, the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan kicks off a pivotal year for disasters, climate and development. 2015 is playing host to an exciting mix of ideas, politics and pragmatism as new global deals are also struck on development … Continue reading

Failure to link up with other global agreements in 2015 could spell disaster for Sendai deal

Written by Tom Mitchell, Head of the Climate and Environment programme at the Overseas Development Institute in London. Every ten years Japan plays host to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The third such event, which kick offs this week in Sendai, will have particular resonance for local residents. Four years ago today, the most … Continue reading

Paraguay’s new National Development Plan targets Social Progress

By Jose R. Molinas Vega, Ph.D, Minister-Secretary of Planning for Economic and Social Development. Republic of Paraguay Last December the Paraguayan Government agreed on a national development plan, Paraguay 2030, outlining concrete steps and objectives to drive our country’s economic, social and international policy. A key feature that makes our ambitious plan for widespread reform … Continue reading

Financing the Post-2015 education agenda – how to ensure there are enough resources to get all children in school and learning?

Written by Rob Doble, Education Adviser in Save the Children’s policy and advocacy division and Yousra Semmache Education Policy & Advocacy Assistant, Save the Children UK An ambitious new Post-2015 education agenda As the deadline for the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, it seems very unlikely that these current education goals will … Continue reading

A proposal for better measuring decent work in a post-2015 development agenda

Written by Martin Ostermeier, Sarah Linde, Jann Lay and Sebastian Prediger, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies. In recognition of the fact that decent and productive work is central to human and economic development, the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals has included the goal to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic … Continue reading

Ensuring the SDGs are relevant for high income countries

Written by Shannon Kindornay, an Adjunct Research Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. She is also member of the Post-2015 Data Test team. As part of the Post-2015 Data Test initiative, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the Centre for the Study of Living Standards launched the Canada case study report, Canada 2030: An Agenda for Sustainable Development, … Continue reading

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