News Selection – Sustainable Development Goals
Recent news chosen to update Tread Softly briefings on the Sustainable Development Goals.
We Have to Redefine Policies for Sustainable Development
9/7/2018: The civil society report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018 shows that policies in a growing number of countries are seriously undermining the goals of the 2030 Agenda. What is to be done? Source: Inter Press Service
Tread Softly Comment: A thoughtful analysis by the Director of Global Policy Forum. He believes that our contemporary economic model featuring an impoverished public sector, a satiated but unequal private sector, pressure to increase military spending and continued tolerance of environmental flummery - together ignore the SDG principle to "leave no one behind". Relevant Briefing: Globalisation Winners and Losers
The challenge of leaving no one behind
5/6/2018: The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ in pursuit of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals is inspiring but immensely challenging. The necessary acceleration in social convergence will require an unrelenting focus on the most disadvantaged.
Forget GDP: it’s time for a wellbeing economy
18/3/2018: Recognition of the limits of GDP as a measure of progress is nothing new. What is needed now is an indicator that reflects wellbeing for people and planet.
Is the good life possible with sustainable development?
21/2/2018: A UK research project concludes that environmental resource use would need to decline by a factor of two to six times for all the world’s people to live well within planetary boundaries. Is this too much to ask?
International community must get real on SDGs
5/12/2017: The secretary general of Civicus describes the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015 as too "warm and cuddly." Lacking formal accountability, the focus on human rights is fading.
What does Artificial Intelligence mean for development of poor countries?
22/9/2017: The recognised path to industrialisation of low income countries features the availability of low wage workers for mass production of global goods. Artificial Intelligence may undermine this model.
Hurricane Irma and capitalism
13/9/2017: The most powerful hurricane on record demonstrates the dysfunctional relationship between the natural world and the capitalist model of economics. George Monbiot warns that markets are flawed.
UN progress review calls for more commitment to the SDGs
17/7/2017: Greater efforts are needed to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, according to a review of the first two years of their implementation, prepared by the UN Statistics Division.
Report on repositioning UN System to tackle SDGs
30/6/2017: The UN Secretary-General has published a report on the repositioning of the UN development system to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Some of the SDGs are inadequately covered by UN agencies and vice versa.
National SDG plans reinforce climate action
12/7/2017: The Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development were both adopted in 2015. The two are closely linked, since climate mitigation and adaptation are essential to eradicate poverty and sustain the environment.