There are a growing number of excellent resources around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, many of which can be used in the classroom and to inspire activities or partnerships within University and Business School campuses. Here are a range of different international resources that can be used to engage in, and raise awareness of the 17 SDGs. Part 1 featured resources for Goals 1-9 and part 2 features resources for Goals 10 through to 17. If you are developing your own resources and would like to share these more broadly please share them here.
SDG 10: This past month the UN briefing on migration explored how stereotypes around migrants as troublemakers need to change to properly recognise their important role as contributors. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 150 million migrant workers worldwide and that they contribute around 6.7 trillion to the global economy, significant in particular because they account for only 3.4% of the world population. This will be further discussed at the upcoming Meeting on International Migration, the United Nation Forum on Population and through the Global Compact for Safe and Orderly Migration which is currently in development.
SDG 11: C40 Cities is a group of 90 of the world’s greatest cities focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing he health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.. Their Finance Facility is sharing a number of best practice reports about cities around the world and their efforts towards reaching the SDGs. The most recently is around how to finance sustainable urban infrastructure and another looks at Bogota’s Quinto Centenario Project which has been part of the cities transformation into a cycling paradise.
SDG 12: As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to “conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven”. These national reviews are expected to serve as a basis for the regular reviews by the high-level political forum (HLPF). The voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and to mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. VNRs can be accessed online here.
SDG 13: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) was established by 194 governments to support actions on limiting or reducing greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, and to help adapt vulnerable societies to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. Working within the framework of UNFCCC, the Fund is a central mechanism for catalyzing climate finance at international and national levels. It intends to raise $100 billion per year by 2020.
SDG 14: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) was established on the eve of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to help tackle our planet’s most pressing environmental problems. Since then, the GEF has provided $17 billion in grants and mobilized $88 billion in additional financing for more than 4,000 projects. The GEF has become an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations, and private sector to address global environmental issues.
SDG 15: For International Day of Forests on March 21st, a special short documentary film called TARA Alpinia nigra was released which looks closely at how India’s non timber forest products and its access rights by indigenous peoples and other traditional forest-dwelling marginal groups. The film looks at 10 tribal villages , capturing the voices of vulnerable tribal groups dependent on forested landscapes for livelihoods. The film had support from the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation. The UN Forum on Forests will hold its 13th session at the UN in New York on 7-11 May.
SDG 16: UN Environment just launched a global report called “Making Waves: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development”. The report is a culmination of four years of research and insights. It summarises progress made in aligning the financial system with sustainable development and reflects on the lessons that can be learned from their approach and what still needs to be done. The report is in English but executive summaries are available in a number of other languages.
SDG 17: This year’s edition of the UN Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study, the world’s largest program of CEO research on sustainability, focuses on transforming partnerships for the SDGs. The report incorporates insights from interviews with UN leaders and their private sector counterparts, survey of UN agency heads, and data gathering from across more than 35 entities across the UN system. Among these, 85% believe that cross-sector partnerships are critical to enable business to help achieve the SDGs.