Presentation on the UNECE Principles for PPPs

This is my presentation to the UNECE First session of the Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships on their draft paper on Principles for PPPs
I wanted to start by thanking UNECE for the opportunity to share my thoughts on this important work they have undertaken. My engagement in the Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) discussion has been mostly through the Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships (MSP) window. There has been some confusion between the role that MSPs might play, PPPs should play and Voluntary Initiatives (VI) might contribute to the delivery of the SDGs. My work on MSPs has been since their initial inception through the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002. I would share with you that the same conversation around the need for Principles and Guidelines is happening around the MSP discussions in New York as it is here in Geneva on PPPs. The recent academic research on the MSPs that were launched at WSSD or just afterwards is that around 70% of them failed eithe…

UN Habitat short list for Executive Director

So there are rumors are New York on who has actually applied for the head of UN Habitat so I thought I would share them and also suggest that a new name i haven't heard but which would definitively be worth interviewing.

So as I mentioned in the lats blog  the Czech Republic Minister Ms Karla Slechtova has applied and as noted in the comment section of the last blog so has Prof Oyeyinka Oyebanji from Nigeria who is a former UN-Habitat staff. There is from India  the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri. There is also a candidate from China and another from the Republic of Korea. If anyone knows the names please put in the comment slot below.

There is an excellent planner from South Africa Christine Platt and I’d like to throw in, though it is possibly too late,  a new name the former Director General of the South African Department of Environment and Tourism Chippy Olver. Why? Because he would completely shake up the organization and knows how to run a bureaucracy. H…

Nexus Conference - focusing on looking at the Nexus through an Urban Lens announces first speakers and there is still time to submit an abstract

The deadline for abstract submissions has been extended until November 15, 2017.

Registration is now open, with "early bird" discounts available until November 15, 2017. Confirmed speakers include: •Elliott Harris: UN Assistant Secretary-General UNEP •Liz Thompson: former Energy and Environment Minister Barbados •Pauliina Murphy: Head of International Government Engagement at Aviva •Maruxa Cardama: Special Advisor Cities Alliance •Jeb Brugmann: Director of Solutions Development and Innovation 100 Resilient Cities •Dr Claudia Ringler: Chair of the FE2W Network •Louise Karlberg: Director of Stockholm Environment Institute USA •Naiara Costa: Head of the Secretariat for Together 2030 •Louise Baker: Coordinator External Relations, Policy and Advocacy UN  Convention to Combat Desertification •Jamie Bartram: Director of The Water Institute at UNC.

Guest blog: Open for Applications! Join the Research-2-Practice Forum 2018: Energy, Water Security and Climate Change in Africa (16-18 April)

Guest blog by Margaret Koli of UNU
Open for Applications! Join the Research-2-Practice Forum 2018:
Energy, Water Security and Climate Change in Africa (16-18 April)
The Research-2-Practice Forum aims to provide a platform for experts active in applied and practice-oriented research in the areas of renewable energy, water and climate security to engage in an active exchange and to build strategic partnerships. It will take place in April 2018, in Tlemcen, Algeria. Applications can be submitted until 8th January 2018 and applications and are expected to be within the following areas: -Research / Scientific Contributions; Contributions from researchers, academia and scientists in line with the priority areas of the call.
-Research-2-Practice Contributions: Contributions to showcase existing collaborations between practitioners with academic, scientific or research institutions.
-Practice & Non-Scientific Contributions: Contributions to showcase practice, applied-oriented approaches and in…

Guest blog: Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility brings SDGs to cities

Monika Zimmermann is Deputy Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and has led the preparation and adoption of the Kaoshiung Strategies which shall guide ICLEI Members towards the future of urban mobility

The brand new Kaohsiung Strategies shall inspire local governments to transform their transportation systems and mobility patterns to become more sustainable, low-carbon and people-centered and less automobile dependent. They also present ICLEI’s call to apply the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda to local mobility policies.
Traffic and related impacts are one of the biggest problem for all cities, in all parts of the world: Air pollution, reduction of public space, accidents, congestions, cars “taking over”, we can see these developments in cities of all sizes. GHG emissions from the transport sector grow, and even the most ambitious cities – they often grow in population – realize their transport related emissions bring t…

Draft Paper on How to Address the 2020-2025 Targets of the Sustainable Development Goals

Paper 1: Suggestions for how to approach SDG targets that fall between 2020 and 2025 Introduction By Felix Dodds - comments to To many people the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets are focused on 2030 as the completion date. For 23 targets that is not the date of completion. For twenty it is 2020 and for the remaining three it is 2025. The agreement on the SDGs and their targets was a long process starting in 2011 when Colombia put the idea on the table. It also aimed to recognize and honor other processes that were either happening: ·parallel to the SDG negotiations such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030; ·or had already happen such as the setting of the Biodiversity targets by the CBD or the SAICM target set at the 2002 Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). This brings into question should something be done to updatethe targets for these 23 to bring them in line with the 2030 timeline or not? One of the impor…