Africa Regional Forum On Sustainable Development

Addis Ababa — The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) will in May convene the second session of the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD 2016) in Cairo, Egypt, to discuss Africa’s development, integration and transformation, among other issues.

The ARFSD 2016, which would be held from 17-19 May, will be held under the theme; “Ensuring Inclusive and Integrated Implementation and Follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063”.

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La maîtrise des dépenses publiques

A new generation of action promises to open up government contracting in Africa

I have worked on public procurement and governance for most of my life. But I have never been more excited to finally have a solution at hand that has potential to change the legacy of opaqueness, fraud and lack of effectiveness in public contracting in many African countries.

Africa still need billions in investments to build infrastructure and provide quality services to its citizens, many of them vital: health care centers, food for school children, water services and road to help farmers market their produce. Investments as part of the Sustainable Development Goals in infrastructure alone carries a price tag nearly $100 billion a year. Unfortunately, like in many countries around the world, public contracting in Africa has been characterized by poor planning, corruption in picking contractors and suppliers and contracts are poorly managed.

Lutte contre la pauvreté : coût social ou investissement ?AAPAM calls for environment friendly manufacturing practices

ThE African Association of Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) has advised countries with intentions of creating multi-facility economic zones to put in place effective monitoring and regulatory measures that will help protect the environment from bad manufacturing practices.
AAPAM is an international professional organisation that promotes best practice, excellence and professionalism in public administration and management in Africa through research and publications, among others.

Asia & the Pacific

Standing together will ensure we score in Sustainable Development Goals – Policy Forum

For the Sustainable Development Goals to make a difference, the region needs to take a more integrated approach, Shamshad Akhtar writes.

The Asia and the Pacific region is recognised for its leadership in global output, trade and development. The region has a new opportunity to lead on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a multidimensional, multisectoral and multiagency undertaking.

In 2016, the first year of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our region faces significant challenges: prioritising SDG implementation; pace and sequencing; meeting the massive data and statistics requirements; as well mobilising the necessary means of implementation.

Sustainable Government Indicators

Why do most states fail to deliver sustainable governance? In our globalizing world, increasingly complex challenges – from shifting economic power and social inequalities to aging societies and depleting resources – are placing governments under intensifying pressure. Now more than ever, governments must rapidly adapt and deploy policies to meet these challenges. When confronting these challenges, most OECD and EU governments continue to struggle with implementing sustainable policies. All too often, ad-hoc measures rule the day. Mounting debts shift unfair burdens to future generations. The lack of equal opportunities in labor markets, education and health care put the future viability of entire societies at risk. And most countries fail to prioritize the efficient use of natural resources for long-term sustainability. In order to ensure quality of life for present and future generations, stakeholders throughout society must pursue and demand more long-term thinking. And doing so requires more innovation in governance – in making policies work for us all, now and in the future. How does the SGI address these needs? We believe good governance and sustainable development go hand-in-hand. We also believe in mutual learning. As a cross-national comparative survey designed to identify and foster successes in effective policymaking, […]


Learning from our International Counterparts – OPM Innovation LabUK: Sustainable Development Goals examined with Oliver Letwin

Office Minister Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP on how the Government plans to respond to the sustainable development goals at home and overseas and how it will engage different government departments to ensure policy coherence for sustainable development.


Latin America & the Carribean

CEPAL: SDGs Are Destined to Change the Conversation between Companies and Governments, Says Alicia Bárcena

Speaking today in New York, Alicia Bárcena (Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean – ECLAC) said that, against the global backdrop of economic stagnation, rising inequality and environmental destruction, there was an urgent need to change the conversation between the business world and governments to achieve sustainable development.

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Thirty-sixth session of ECLAC

The session is the most important event of each biennium for ECLAC. It provides a forum for the consideration of issues of importance for the economic and social development of the countries of the region and an opportunity to review the progress of the Commission’s activities and oversee its work. The ECLAC secretariat will present the position document Horizons 2030: equality at the centre of sustainable development , which will be examined in depth by ministers, the heads of international organizations, experts and other stakeholders from Latin America and the Caribbean, at a high-level seminar to be held on 26 and 27 May. On the basis of the Sustainable Development Goals and in the light of global economic trends, the document examines the policies and partnerships that the region will need in order to move towards a development path capable of ensuring greater equality and environmental sustainability.

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CEPAL : Senior Government Officials Address Sustainable Development Priorities of the Caribbean

“The challenge facing the Caribbean is to identify paths to development that emphasize macroeconomic stability with growth, equity, and environmental sustainability. This will provide a bulwark against external shocks and the protection necessary for those that are most vulnerable”, Mr. Antonio Prado, Deputy Executive Secretary of ECLAC, said during the opening of the 26th session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), held in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis on 22 April 2016.

CAF and New Development Bank Establish Strategic Alliance | CAF

The CEO of CAF -development bank of Latin America-, Enrique García, and the president of the New Development Bank (NDB), K. V. Kamath, met over the weekend in Washington, accompanied by their management teams, to establish a strategic alliance to explore new avenues for cooperation.

North of America

Acclimatization of public policies on climate change (L’acclimatation des politiques publiques aux changements climatiques)

Professor Moktar Lamari signs – with Johann Jacob Line Poulin-Larivière and Jessica Bouchard – a report entitled “Adapting to climate change, acclimatization of public policies: Measures and excesses of climate change adaptation in coastal areas in major OECD countries “, presented to Natural Resources Canada and the Consortium on regional climatology and adaptation to climate change, “Ouranos”.

This report deals successively woth each country through fact sheets: Australia, Canada, USA, France, New Zealand, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

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Canada’s strategy for sustainable development

The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is the government’s plan and vision for a more sustainable Canada. A draft 2016–2019 strategy was released for consultation in February 2016.

The new strategy outlines how 37 federal government departments and agencies are working to create a sustainable economy and protect the environment for the next three years. The strategy also outlines the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability contributions to the 2030 Agenda, a set of global sustainable development goals.

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United Nations and UN Agencies

Global Sustainable Development Report

The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is a United Nations publication aiming to strengthen the science-policy interface at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, which replaced the Commission on Sustainable Development after Rio+20 as the main United Nations platform providing political leadership and guidance on sustainable development issues at the international level. In September 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which gives the GSDR a role in the follow-up and review of the new Agenda (paragraph 83): The high-level political forum will also be informed by the Global Sustainable Development Report, which shall strengthen the science-policy interface and could provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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UN Habitat:  Preparatory Committee III (PrepCom3)

PrepCom3 was held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from Monday, 25 July to Wednesday, 27 July 2016 at the Convention and Exhibition Hall Grand City Convex Surabaya.

The United Nations General Assembly, in Resolution 67/216, decided to establish a preparatory committee to carry out the preparations for the conference open to all Member States of the United Nations and members of specialized agencies and of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom), following the same resolution, will have had three meetings (PrepCom1, PrepCom2, and PrepCom3) before the opening of the conference.

Preparatory meeting for the Habitat 3 Conference, which will be held in Quito in October 2016.

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International Environmental Governance – I 16 | UNITAR

Multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) are the predominant legal method for addressing transboundary environmental problems. Nowadays States, particularly least developed countries and developing countries, face the challenge of implementing over 300 MEAs with limited technical, financial and human resource capabilities. Several countries need to develop their capacities for the better implementation of environmental obligations at the national level in order to ensure adequate application and compliance of MEAs.

The overall goal of this course is to provide participants with a comprehensive knowledge of the role of the main actors involved in the development of international environmental law who formulate policy instruments and negotiate and conclude MEAs. This knowledge is necessary to identify the shortcomings of the current international environmental governance regime.

The course is composed of four interactive modules.

Module 1: General Introduction

Module 2: Elements of IEG

Module 3: Regional Environmental Governance

Module 4: Reform of IEG

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Promoting Job Rich and Sustainable Growth in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan

Almaty 23 June 2016 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), together with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Government of Finland, today launched a conference on Employment, Trade, and Sustainable Development in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The participants of the forum include government, private sector, and civil society representatives from the 5 countries, together with UNDP, ILO, and EBRD staff as well as other national and international partners.

All the countries represented at the conference are facing challenges of diversifying their economies and generating decent jobs. They have seen that economic growth which relies overly on one or two exports – or on remittances – is vulnerable to shocks, and is not resilient. While employment levels are relatively high in the region, many people work in jobs that are low-wage, informal, and insecure. Many face high risks of poverty and exclusion – of being “left behind”. Likewise, in line with the climate change commitments made by all of the countries at Paris COP 21 last December, the countries of the sub-region need to ensure that growth and job creation are compatible with environmental sustainability.

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Inputs to the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

This online review platform is dedicated to compiling voluntary inputs from countries participating in the national voluntary reviews of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, as well other voluntary governmental inputs, and inputs from ECOSOC functional commissions and other intergovernmental bodies and forums. The platform also includes inputs from major groups and other stakeholders, as well contributions from multi-stakeholder partnerships and voluntary commitments.

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Is Good Governance Key To Eliminating Poverty?

Jomo Kwame Sundaram was UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development. Anis Chowdhury held senior positions in the United Nations Secretariat in New York and Bangkok.

But the disappointing results of SAPs had to be explained away, and blaming poor or bad governance provided a convenient explanation which did not challenge the economic rationale for the SAPs. Bad governance was also convenient to blame to excuse poor aid effectiveness.

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Like Nothing Before: How Millennials Will Change the Face of GovernanceUN Updates Synthesis Report of National Climate Plans

The UN Climate Change Secretariat has published an update to its synthesis report on the collective impact of national climate action plans (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs), submitted by governments as contributions to global climate action under the Paris Agreement.

Since the publication last October of the first synthesis report prepared ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference, 42 additional countries submitted their INDCs. The updated report now captures the overall impact of 161 national climate plans covering 189 countries and covering 95.7% of total global emissions. (The European Union and its 28 member States submit a joint INDC.)

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15th UN-CEPA Session

The Committee of Experts on Public Administration held its fifteenth session at the United Nations in New York from 18 to 22 April 2016. The main subject of discussion was transforming public institutions for integrated and inclusive policy making and review of the SDGs. The Committee decided to firmly place the SDGs at the centre of its work, with particular attention to Goal 16. The Committee observed that the SDGs give renewed urgency to addressing some intractable challenges of public administration. Among them is realizing the core principle of leaving no one behind. The principle is closely connected to efforts to promote diversity and non-discrimination, as well the rights of access to public service on general terms of equality and participation in the public affairs of one’s country. The Committee agreed to convey an input on this topic to the thematic review of the 2016 High-Level Political Forum. In addition to its contribution to the HLPF, the Committee prepared a draft resolution for ECOSOC on the report of the fifteenth session. The Committee noted that there should be a clear framework for sharing responsibilities between national and local government – the local level has a major role in implementation […]

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Like Nothing Before: How Millennials Will Change the Face of GovernanceUN-Department of Economic and Social Affairs

“We have to remember that we are citizens of a country but also citizens of the world. […] What affects other people in the world also affects us,” said SDG Advocate and Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker, during a discussion with Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs in UN DESA, which took place in the Digital Media Zone at the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 21 April.

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UN urges action on sustainable development to create pathways for global ‘transformation’

21 April 2016 – The President of the United Nations General Assembly today called on the international community to take action on the new UN sustainable development agenda in order to begin a transformation for the benefit of all people and the planet, or risk failure that will be felt for generations to come.

“The choice is yours,” said General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft as he opened the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at UN Headquarters in New York, which takes place as world leaders are also gathering ahead of tomorrow’s signing of the Paris climate accord.

The General Assembly President said that together, the two agreements deliver a clear message to the world: that a transformation has begun which will ensure both shared prosperity and the vitality of our planet.


Experts from 21 countries gathered in New York to discuss how to transform and equip public institutions to play their critical role in the implementation and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), during the 15th session of the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA), from 18 to 22 April 2016. The Session was opened by H. E. Amb. Sven Jürgenson, Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. “The theme of the session is timely and important”, Mr. Wu noted, underscoring that the Committee met against the “backdrop of the milestone adoption of the SDGs” in September last year.

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Other International Institutions

Measuring Distance to the SDGs Targets: a pilot assessment of where OECD countries stand

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by world leaders at the United Nations on 25 September 2015, sets out an ambitious plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with the overarching objective of leaving no one behind. At its core are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comprising 169 targets. The Study, Measuring the Distance to the SDGs Targets , piloted on selected OECD countries, leverages on the OECD work on well-being and the wealth of its data, and is a first attempt at estimating the distance that OECD countries have to travel to achieve the target levels set for 2030. Based on an innovative methodology, the Study aims at helping OECD countries establish their priorities and design the policies they will need to bridge the gaps in order to achieve the SDGs.

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Development Co-operation Report 2016

The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities The face of development has changed, with diverse stakeholders involved – and implicated – in what are more and more seen as global and interlinked concerns. At the same time, there is an urgent need to mobilise unprecedented resources to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals …

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Better Policies for 2030: An OECD Action Plan on the Sustainable Development Goals

The world has seen significant advances in human development since the turn of the century. Extreme poverty has been halved, youth literacy has reached a record high, and child mortality continues to decline. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) supported an unparalleled mobilisation effort.

Despite these achievements and many others, significant challenges remain. More needs to be done to eradicate poverty in all its forms, and to deliver on the unfinished business of the MDGs.

The OECD has a long history of engagement with major United Nations (UN) processes on human development and well-being, financing for development, environmental sustainability and climate change. It has contributed to shaping the 2030 Agenda, and is committed to leveraging its capacity and expertise to support the achievement of this vision.

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OECD: The Governance of Inclusive Growth

This report considers looks at which public governance principles, tools and arrangements countries can use to enable a whole-of-government shift towards inclusive growth.

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World Bank: Public-private partnerships and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals presents an immediate challenge. In particular, the financing required for new infrastructure (including clean water, healthcare, and access to energy for all) is huge–amounting to about $5 trillion per year globally. Given limited government resources, a considerable amount of private finance will be required to fill this gap, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been seen as a possible modality through which to attract these additional resources.

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Sustainability DaySustainability Day

Sustainability Day 26th May 2016. (Thursday) L udovika campus – 1083 Budapest, Ludovika sqr. 2. “Reflections on the Paris Agreement, the current state of climate science and policy plans, and next steps toward a more sustainable future” The National University of Public Service is proud to host this national and international scientific conference focused on topics of climate change resilience and adaptation through the lens of natural and social sciences. The conference will serve as a bridge to reflect on the outcomes of the Paris Agreement reached at COP21 in December 2ö15 and the forthcoming COP22 summit. We cordially invite researchers, scientists and experts who have innovative and original scientific results, purposes, or solutions to share and discuss their thoughts regarding the social, environmental and economic issues in the topic anthropogenic change of climate. For more information see the University’s website or please contact the email address:


The President of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, hosted a briefing at 10:00am on Thursday, 28 January, 2016 on the global SDG indicator framework. Mr. John Pullinger, Chair of the UN Statistical Commission, Mr. Enrique Ordaz, Co-chair of the IAEG-SDGs, and Mr. Stefan Schweinfest and Ms. Francesca Perucci, Director and Assistant Director of the UN Statistical Division, participated in the briefing.

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