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Guest blog: SDG 5 and the HLPF process - just singing and dancing in circles or actually moving?

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Guest blog from Gabriele Köhler, independent researcher, UNRISD senior research associate and board member, Women Engage for a Common Future. The HLPF process has come under critique for being an insiders’ airbrushing exercise. So the question is: what is the normative role and impact of the 2030 Agenda? Is there any real pressure from a UN document which after all is now a few years old now, was elaborated by more progressive governments, does not get ratified in parliaments, and is not binding? Is it all just fancy but futile song and dance? Well, a number of countries have actually used the 2030 Agenda and its more narrow set of SDGs to influence their domestic policy frameworks. One intriguing case in point is Germany – one of the GDP-richest economies in the world and, for this year and next, in a rotating seat at the Security Council, with an internationally-projected positive image as the country of the Energiewende (energy shift to renewables), and one of the protagonists of fem…

The ECOSOC President just published the summary of the HLPF…this is the VNR stuff

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The ECOSOC President's Summary from the July HLPF can be found here. This blog focuses on the section on Voluntary National Reports (VNRs).
Before listing the summary let me make a few comments. It seems to me that
How many countries actually have a sustainable development strategy that has been developed with stakeholders AFTER the agreement on te 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Agreement?No one has put together an analysis of sustainable development strategies and what role they should and are taking. This is important because VNRs should be reporting based on their SD Strategies and MOST countries did not redo their strategies after 2015 and don’t have a coherent one. There are a few I know that do those being Germany and  Colombia. Germany having just completed its independent review under Helen Clark's chairship.Now is the time to look at the framework for reporting and come forward with ideas for improvement.Where there is no multi…

Book launch: Negotiating at the United Nations: A Practitioner's Guide Tuesday 17 September

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MEET THE AUTHORS "Negotiating at the United Nations: A Practitioner's Guide" Prepare for the GA by honing your negotiation skills! Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 PM United Nations Bookshop, GA Building, Visitors’ Concourse
Rebecca E. Webber GaudiosiJimena Leiva-RoeschYe-Min Wu
This tool for negotiators at any level will help you explore the dynamics of relationships and alliances, the art of chairing a negotiation, and the importance of balancing power asymmetries among many other practical aspects of negotiation at the UN. The authors also focus on
the impact of information technologies and on what it means to be a woman negotiating at the UN. (Routledge)

Rebecca E. Webber Gaudiosi represented the United States at the UN from 2006–14, focusing on the environment and sustainable development.
Jimena Leiva-Roesch was a Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Guatemala to the UN, from 2009-15. She was the lead negotiator on the SDGs and climate change negotiations.
Ye-Min…

New film out: Crimes Against The Future

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Free Speech TV is Proud to Announce the Network Premiere of Melli Productions’ Crimes Against The Future Crimes Against The Future, a wide-ranging environmental documentary, will have its U.S. national broadcast premiere on Wednesday, September 4th, at 7 p.m. EST, on Free Speech TV. There will also be a global streaming simulcast on www.freespeech.org  

Directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Frank Melli and host Karl Grossman (Environmental Close Up), Crimes Against The Future investigates the environmental and human rights crimes currently being committed, and putting it into perspective for what it means for future generations.
“We are proud to be airing this urgent and powerful call to action, produced and hosted by long-time leaders in environmental journalism,” said Ron Williams, Executive Director of Free Speech TV.

Ranging from climate change to the dangers of nuclear power, this documentary methodically and expertly defines our moral imperative to respond. With special …

Guest blog: Accelerating Impact Requires Trust. Here’s How to Scale It.

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Guest blog by Dominic Wilhelm: Dominic works with leaders to shape better futures. He has worked with the largest business networks in the world and is currently working on an intuitive to “scale trust, accelerate impact toward 2030” globally. Recent conversations I had with changemakers including UN Ambassador Marc-Andre BlanchardMinh-Thu PhamSimon Preston and Brian Brault drove home the point that trust is essential for progress toward impact. And by 'impact', we mean those actions that take us closer to better social, environmental and economic futures as captivatingly outlined by the UN's 2030 Agenda; "We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind." Agenda 2030. If trust i…

Foundation consortium acquires historic African American photographic archive

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A consortium of foundations – the Ford Foundation, The J. Paul Getty Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – today acquired the archive of Johnson Publishing Company (JPC), publisher of the iconic Ebony and Jet magazines. The archive includes more than 4 million prints and negatives comprising the most significant collection of photographs cataloguing African American life in the 20th century. The archive was acquired for $30 million as part of an auction of the assets of JPC in connection with its Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing and approved by the bankruptcy court. The foundation consortium will donate the archives to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Getty Research Institute, and other leading cultural institutions for the public benefit to ensure the broadest access for the general public and use by scholars, researchers, journalists and other interested parties. Speaking after the sale…

Guest blog: Climate Consciousness Artist Kito Mbiango on the Power of Art to Drive Action on Climate Change

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Guest blog by Jill Van den Brule who is a humanitarian and social entrepreneur named 40 over 40 by Forbes. She co-founded a B Corps that makes solar lanterns and helped launch the UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocates. Originally published in the Solutions Journal here. 

We have a climate emergency. Regardless of where one stands on this issue – this is our ‘inconvenient truth’. Yet the power to reach people has never been greater. Close to 3.2 Billion people today are online, about 2 Billion are from developing countries and over 89 million from least developed countries.1 Our currency today lies is in our culture, our capacity for mass mobilization and in the immense untapped power of our global neural network. We can literally put our heads and hearts together on this one! Yet, why do the majority seem paralyzed by the daunting challenge of tackling climate change? How do we move humanity beyond the denial and doom? How do we begin making changes in our daily lives to help us…