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African Climate Change Summit 2019

Women - 16. Oktober 2019 - 8:04
African Climate Change Summit 2019

Call for proposals for the Climate Change Summit – Africa, Accra – 16-17-18 October 2019!

Since the Climate urgency is more pressing than ever and that the States pledges are insufficient, it is absolutely necessary to raise ambition and accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement, by bringing together a large network of Subnational Governments and Non-State Actors and by anchoring the implementation of concrete climate actions at the local level. Local authorities, businesses, NGOs, trade unions, scientists, representatives from agricultural, youth, women and indigenous organisations, educators, citizens, you are invited to submit your initiatives to feed the work of the Climate Chance Summit Africa that will take place in October 2019.

We invite you to take part in this call for proposals if you are leading initiatives corresponding to one of the 9 themes:
Access to climate finance in Africa
Developing African cities in a sustainable way
Agriculture, food and reforestation in Africa
Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Africa
Mobility and sustainable transport in Africa
Adaptation and Water in Africa
Sustainable Building and Construction in Africa
Education and Training on Climate Change in Africa
Circular economy in Africa

The selected initiatives will be presented during the thematic workshops at the Climate Chance Summit – Africa taking place in Accra from the 16th to 18th October 2019 and/or will be published on the Cartography for action.

To contribute: Submit your initiatives by May 31st, 2019 ! access here 

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Moving and learning: rethinking education and skills for global migration

ODI - 15. Juli 2019 - 0:00
A high-level discussion on migration and education taking place at the 2019 UN High Level Political Forum.
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Side Event: Ground Level Peoples’ Forum (GLPF)

Women - 14. Juli 2019 - 11:58
Side Event: Ground Level Peoples' Forum (GLPF) Don’t miss this opportunity to envision the world we want with local and international grassroots activists! Join us at the Ground Level Peoples’ Forum (GLPF): a counter-space to the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) that puts forward the peoples’ struggles and resistances for development justice. Date: 14 July 2019 Venue: People’s Forum at 320 W 37th St., New York If you are interested in co-organise, join our event and mobilization, please RSVP to rina@apwld.org and ahc27hk@gmail.com
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Explaining a career gap

Devex - vor 9 Stunden 15 Minuten
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On the Task Force Rural Africa — With Christine Wieck

SNRD Africa - vor 10 Stunden 20 Minuten
What does the work entail?
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On the Task Force Rural Africa — With Albert Engel

SNRD Africa - vor 11 Stunden 11 Minuten
Where is Task Force Rural Africa heading now?
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Behind the numbers: Joint Research Centre Audit of the SDG Index and Dashboards

UN SDSN - vor 14 Stunden 12 Minuten

By Eleni Papadimitriou, Ana Rita Neves and William Becker, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

Indexes are powerful policy, advocacy and formulation tools. Where multidimensional concepts such as sustainable development cannot be captured by a single indicator alone, an index is able to synthesise large and complex data sets into a single measure. It can provide a big picture view and be an effective means to stimulate public debate and policy discussions.

However, the process of building an index is not straightforward, and faces many conceptual and methodological challenges. In order to help index developers in improving the reliability and transparency of their indexes, the European Commission’s Competence Centre on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards (COIN) at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Italy, carries out statistical audits of indexes upon request of international organisations and other European Commission services. To date, over 100 indexes, in a variety of policy domains, have received tailored recommendations from our research team at the JRC.

In 2018, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) reached out to the JRC to assess and audit the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index. The SDSN team wanted to ensure that the index is technically sound, in order to derive accurate and meaningful results for policymakers and advocates. After several of rounds of discussion, with suggestions for improvements in terms of data characteristics, structure and methods used, the index was launched.

The JRC statistical audit of the 2019 edition of the SDG Index focused on two main issues: the statistical coherence of the structure of indicators and the impact of key modelling assumptions on the SDG Index ranking.

The uncertainty and sensitivity analyses carried out confirm that the uncertainty is manageable and allows meaningful conclusions to be drawn from the SDG Index. Nevertheless, both the aggregation method and the set of indicators do cause a modest contribution to the uncertainty. A suggestion would be to guide the conclusions that can be drawn from the SDG Index using the following information: differences of two or three places between countries cannot be taken as “significant”, whereas differences of 10 places can show a meaningful difference.

The audit identified that the main challenge on the construction of the SDG Index lays on the inverse relationship between socio-economic and environmental goals, in particular SDG12 (responsible consumption and production) and SDG13 (climate action). Also, SDG14 (life below water) and SDG15 (life on land) show no significant association with the SDG Index, meaning that the SDG index scores are not generally representative of these two goals. The negative relationship between goals is a sign of a trade-off, whereby some countries that have poor performance on SDG12 and SDG13 have good performance on all the other goals, and vice-versa. This suggests that an analysis of the underlying goals, which can reveal these trade-offs, should complement the overall index scores.

Plotting the environmental SDGs (12, 13, 14 and 15), which present a negative or insignificant association with the overall index against all the other SDGs, shows that the top five countries of the SDG Index are actually ranked well below many other countries with lower performance on the SDG Index. Sweden, which tops the list on the SDG Index, is in 138th position for SDG12. In the other direction, the Central African Republic, which is at the bottom of the SDG Index, holds the second best position on SDG13.

The SDG Index is a noteworthy and much-needed tool which synthesises the 17 adopted SDGs into a single measure. Overall, the ranks of the SDG Index are fairly robust. The index rigorously follows the same structure of 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The fact that the goals are universal and highly diverse in nature makes the work of aggregating into a single number quite challenging from a statistical point of view. However, the index is complemented by dashboards, which are a very communicative and neat way to show the performance of countries at individual goal level, and help to convey the information that is left out of the overall index.

The SDG Index proposes a first-of-its-kind composite measure to track progress on SDGs at national and global level, but it is fundamental that communication of its results is accompanied by a deep understanding of its underlying components and the relationships between them.

We expect the SDG Index to be an inspirational tool for action and to contribute to the growing momentum towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

Are you interested to deepen your knowledge on composite indicators and scoreboards? Then join the JRC team in the Lake Maggiore area, Italy, from 4 to 8 November 2019 for the JRC Week on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards.

Contact: JRC-COIN@ec.europa.eu

About JRC: The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. The JRC provides European Union and national authorities with solid facts and independent support to help tackle the big challenges facing our societies today. The JRC creates, manages and makes sense of knowledge, delivering the best scientific evidence and innovative tools for the policies that matter to citizens, businesses and governments. Twitter: @EU_ScienceHub

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New Report Shows Major Long-Term Transformations are Necessary for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDSN - vor 14 Stunden 13 Minuten

Press releases: Australia | Canada | EspañaItaly | La France | USA

In September 2019, Heads of State and Governments will convene for the first time in person at the United Nations in New York to review progress on their promises made after four years of working on Agenda 2030. While some countries are slowly moving forward with SDG-focused policies, they are not undergoing the major transformative change that is necessary to successfully achieve the goals by 2030.

“The Sustainable Development Report 2019 calls for six major transformations in every country to address skills and jobs, health, clean energy, biodiversity and land use, cities, and digital technology. All countries have a big job ahead to create SDG roadmaps and strategies for success.” Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the SDSN.

“There is not much left of the historic promises made four years ago. We have to breathe life into the UN goals and transpose them into concrete measures. Poverty and unjust educational opportunities do not disappear by lip service, but only by action.” Aart De Geus, CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Paris/New York, 19 June 2019 – Today, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Bertelsmann Stiftung published the Sustainable Development Report 2019 including the SDG Index and Dashboards. The report details progress by countries on their achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While not an official monitoring tool, the Sustainable Development Report is complementary to efforts conducted by National Statistical Offices and international organizations to collect and standardize indicators to monitor the SDGs.

Since its launch in 2016, the annual report has provided the most up-to-date data from official sources (including the World Bank, World Health Organization, and International Labor Organization) and non-official data sources (such as research centers and non-governmental organizations). The revised title reflects the inclusion, along with the index and dashboards, of recommended implementation strategies.

Achieving the SDGs requires major long-term transformations

The concept of “transformative change” is gaining momentum in the research, business, and policy communities due to alarming trends in climate change and biodiversity protection that may soon become irreversible. Rising income and wealth inequalities and unequal access to key services, such as health and education, within countries also call for deep transformations of social, territorial, and fiscal policies. Designing the right mix of transformative policies and balancing short-term and long-term considerations requires the integrated efforts of scientists, engineers, and policy specialists. Broad public support and buy-in are also needed.

Key findings of the Sustainable Development Report 2019 | Presentation

World nations obtain their worst performance on SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). No country obtains a “green rating” (the report’s indicator for the achievement of an SDG) on SDG 14 (Life Below Water). The authors conclude that sustainable land use and healthy diets require integrated agriculture, climate, and health policy interventions. New indicators on nations’ trophic level and yield gap closure highlight where energy and agricultural efficiency can be strengthened to support sustainable food supply while addressing negative environmental, biodiversity, and health impacts of diets.

High-income countries generate high environmental and socioeconomic spillover effects such as deforestation as a result of palm oil and other fuel commodity demands, tax havens and banking secrecy that undermine a country’s ability to raise public revenues, and tolerance for poor labor standards in international supply chains that harm the poor and women in particular.

Conflicts in many parts of the world continue to lead to reversals in SDG progress. Modern slavery and the share of waiting detainees in prison remain high, particularly in low-income countries. Trends in corruption and freedom of press are worsening in more than 50 countries covered in the report, including several middle income and high-income countries. Eradicating extreme poverty remains a global challenge with half of the world nations not on track for achieving SDG 1 (No Poverty). In middle- and high-income countries, rising income inequalities and persisting gaps in access to services and opportunities by income or territorial area remain important policy issues.

The 2019 SDG Index and Dashboards

The SDG Index and Dashboards summarizes countries’ current performance and trends on the 17 SDGs. This year’s index is topped by Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, whereas the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, and the Central African Republic rank last among the 162 countries assessed. Since the indicators, data, and methodology have been revised for the 2019 Index, the rankings and scores are not comparable with the 2018, 2017, and 2016 editions. Therefore, a change in a country’s ranking does not necessarily signify a change in its SDG performance. The overall SDG Index score and ranking is sensitive to methodological choices including method of aggregation and weighting. Readers are encouraged to read beyond the summary SDG Index and look at comparative performances at the goal and indicator levels.

More tools to view this report can be found at www.sustainabledevelopment.report.

Contacts

Dr. Christian Kroll | christian.kroll@bertelsmann-stiftung.de
Senior Expert
Bertelsmann Stiftung

Dr. Guido Schmidt-Traub | guido.schmidt-traub@unsdsn.org
Executive Director
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

About SDSN
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2012 to mobilize scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector to support practical problem solving for sustainable development at local, national, and global scales. SDSN operates national and regional networks of knowledge institutions, solution-focused thematic networks, and is building the SDG Academy, an online university for sustainable development.

About Bertelsmann Stiftung
The Bertelsmann Stiftung is one of the largest foundations in Germany. It works to promote social inclusion and is committed to advancing this goal through programs that improve education, shape democracy, advance society, promote health, vitalize culture and strengthen economies. The Bertelsmann Stiftung is a non-partisan, private operating foundation.

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Uganda: Equality before the law – and in practice

GIZ Germany - vor 19 Stunden 59 Minuten
: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 HH:mm:ss
‘Addressing inequalities’ is the motto of this year’s European Development Days in Brussels. This approach has many facets, as a project for sexual minorities in Uganda shows.
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Support for the relatives

GIZ Germany - vor 19 Stunden 59 Minuten
: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 HH:mm:ss
Money transfers from family members abroad are an important economic factor in developing countries. Digital solutions now reduce the costs and make the transfers easier.
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Training and reconciliation – New prospects for young people in Sri Lanka

GIZ Germany - vor 19 Stunden 59 Minuten
: Wed, 31 Oct 2018 HH:mm:ss
Hands-on vocational training is improving the employment prospects of many young people in the country. At the same time, it promotes dialogue and reconciliation between those on opposing sides in the former civil war.
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[Excerpt] Inside the Ebola response

Devex - 18. Juni 2019 - 21:37
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UN health agency steps up fight against ‘invisible pandemic’ of antimicrobial resistance

UN #SDG News - 18. Juni 2019 - 17:54
As resistance to antibiotics grows, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the latest stage of its campaign to fight this deadly health risk – likened by the agency to an “invisible pandemic”– with the launch of a new online tool for health professionals on Tuesday.
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Bright Simons, President and Founder, mPedigree

Devex - 18. Juni 2019 - 16:46
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Civic space is shrinking, yet civil society is not the enemy

OECD - 18. Juni 2019 - 16:38
By Lysa John, Secretary-General, CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation 1 Global collaboration is new. It is also under threat. That puts our greatest chance at working together to protect people and planet – as encompassed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – in jeopardy. This blog marks Civil Society Days hosted by the OECD Development … Continue reading Civic space is shrinking, yet civil society is not the enemy
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The Most (and Least) Peaceful Countries in the World, Ranked

UN Dispatch - 18. Juni 2019 - 16:34

Afghanistan is now the least peaceful country in the world, replacing Syria, according to the latest Global Peace Index published Wednesday. Meanwhile, Iceland is retaining its position as the most peaceful country since 2008.

The index from the Institute for Economics & Peace also reveals that for the first time in five years, there is a slight improvement in global peacefulness. On average, country scores improved 0.09 percent, as 86 countries recorded more peacefulness and 76 countries showed deterioration.

However, even as some crises and conflicts of the last decade finally begin to subside, the report found that the world is notably less peaceful than 10 years ago. Compared to 2008, the average level of peacefulness is 3.78 percent lower. Only three times in the last decade has the index recorded any overall improvement.

Specifically, Bhutan has shown the most relative improvement over the last 12 years, jumping 43 places. Georgia also gets the distinction of being the only country to become over 20 percent more peaceful from 2008 to now. But this year, the five countries that improved the most in ranking were Rwanda (which rose 24 places to secure no. 79), North Macedonia (23 places to share no. 65 with Greece), Egypt (seven places to no. 136), Sudan (three places to no. 151) and Ukraine (two places to no. 150).

Sharing the top of the index with Iceland are New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, Denmark and Canada. As a region, Europe remains the most peaceful, while the Middle East and North Africa are still the least peaceful. Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan and Syria join Afghanistan at the bottom of the index.

According to the report, this is actually the first time that Yemen has been listed among the five least peaceful countries. This comes as observers concede that the December 13 “Stockholm agreement” signed by the country’s warring parties is all but dead.

Despite the Middle East and North Africa’s poor showing again on this year’s index, the region as a whole has actually become more peaceful in the last year. The only region to improve more was Russia and Eurasia. The report attributes these improvements to a de-escalation of violence in Ukraine and Syria resulting in fewer deaths from conflict. This has also led to fewer deaths from terrorism.

The Asia-Pacific and Europe also became more peaceful over the past year, but all three regions in the Americas have deteriorated. Central America and the Caribbean declined the most, followed by South America, then North America. Here, political instability has been the main opposition to peace, with violent unrest in Nicaragua and Venezuela, for example, and increasing political division in the U.S. and Brazil.

What Makes for a “Peaceful” Country?

To arrive at these findings, the Institute for Economics & Peace ranked 163 countries and territories (representing 99.7 percent of the world population) according to indicators that measure levels of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict and the degree of militarization.

Since 2008, 17 of the 23 indicators have recorded less peacefulness on average, with the “ongoing conflict” category worsening the most – nearly 9 percent – and “safety and security” deteriorating more than 4 percent. This has mostly been the result of internal conflict and 104 countries recording increased terrorist activity. Only 38 countries have improved on this front over the last decade.

However, militarization has improved 2.6 percent in that time as well, with both military expenditure (as a percentage of GDP) and number of personnel (per 100,000 people) dropping in 98 countries and 117 countries respectively.

While the Global Peace Index measures “the absence of violence or fear of violence” (called negative peace), this year’s report also acknowledges that positive peace – “the attitudes, institutions & structures that create and sustain peaceful societies” – is vitally important. Without strong positive peace, countries that currently rank highly on the Global Peace Index may crumble into violence when a shock – such as a political conflict, climate disaster or economic downturn – occurs.

That’s why Sustainable Development Goal 16 isn’t just about reducing conflict. Instead, it aims to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” Otherwise, the slight improvement the world saw this year will remain just that – a blip of good news on a landscape of bad.

The Institute for Economics & Peace also produces an index on terrorism around the world. Daniel Hyslop, research director at the Institute for Economics and Peace, came on the podcast to discuss what big data can teach us about terrorism around the world.

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Julie Cordua, CEO of Thorn

Devex - 18. Juni 2019 - 16:29
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Gregory Rockson, founder, mPharma

Devex - 18. Juni 2019 - 16:23
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