As we enter year 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (which are set to be reached by 2030), organisations have had the time to do further research and publish findings relating to specific targets within each goal, shedding more light on the challenges and opportunities relating to each one. However the number of reports being launched daily can be a bit overwhelming, especially given that a lot of it is useful and interesting. In the next two posts I will share several of the reports that I have found strong lately as well as some websites with further resources on the SDGs.
Using the most recent data available, the annual Sustainable Development Goals Report provides an overview of the world’s implementation efforts to date, highlighting areas of progress and areas where more action needs to be taken to ensure no one is left behind. This year’s report finds that while progress has been made over the past decade across all areas of development, the pace of progress has been insufficient and advancements have been uneven to fully meet the implementation of the SDGs. The 2018 version of the report should be coming out shortly. It is a quick read (there is even an executive summary that provides an even quicker read) but it gives a good overview of the issues.
This guide published by the International Council for Science, one of the coordinating bodies of the Science and Technology major group, explores the nature of interlinkages between the SDGs. It is based on the premise that a science-informed analysis of interactions across SDG domains – which is currently lacking – can support more coherent and effective decision making, and better facilitate follow-up and monitoring of progress. Understanding possible trade-offs as well as synergistic relations between the different SDGs is crucial for achieving long-lasting sustainable development outcomes.
This synthesis report is the first publication showing the progress, challenges and opportunities of global monitoring of SDG 11 which is focused on Sustainable Cities and Communities. The report was developed under the coordination of UN-Habitat, a focal point for sustainable urbanization and human settlements, but represents a joint position from the UN family on the global urban status of the Goal and other urban related global agendas such as the New Urban Agenda, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework etc. It also looks at the linkages between SDG 11 and others targets.
The Youth Solutions Report features 50 game-changing projects led by young people, allowing them to showcase their work, and presenting them with opportunities to draw interest from potential supporters. This is the second report published by Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth, the last Youth Solution Report was published in 2017. However this one also has a section with key recommendations for policies and action to support young people in particular in relation to entrepreneurship, intrapraneurship and finding jobs.
Published by the UNEP on an annual basis, this report addresses a range of emerging issues facing the planet. It asks questions such as: How does our careless disposal of antimicrobial drugs produce bacteria that can resist them? Why are Marine Protected Areas vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? Can off-grid solar plug the energy gap for cities in the developing world?
This report, published by the International Telecommunication Union, was written as a collaborative effort between 29 UN programmes as well as a number of NGOs This excellent report (one of my favourites) offers insights into the risks and opportunities in using information and Communication Technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.It is organised around each of the 17 SDGs and outlines how the use of big data is improving the design of policy and decision-making, the difference a mobile phone can make in the lives of humans and has a range of links to interesting initiatives around the globe.
The World in 2050 (TWI2050) is a global multi-year, multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary research initiative designed to provide a science-based, integrative approach to address all 17 SDGs. The new report brings together the work of more than 60 authors from 20 organizations involved in the initiative. The report explores six transformations and pathways that take a comprehensive approach to attaining the 17 SDGs. O
ne of the novel and defining features of the TWI2050 report is that it links integrated assessment modeling, with social science concepts to better reflect societal dynamics in the six transformations. After all, it is humans, and therefore society, who will make the economic, political, technological and cultural choices that determine the outcomes.