Food for Thought : Two Elephants in the room - 25 th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development

The UNGA on the 28th of June has agreed that there will be to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development at a half-day, a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly during its seventy-third session, in the afternoon session of 16 July, to be held in the General Assembly Hall. The event will happen at the beginning of the High-level Segment of the High-Level Political Forum.

The President of the General Assembly, in a timely manner, to draw up a list of other representatives of relevant non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector who may attend the high-level plenary meeting, taking into account the principles of
transparency and of equitable geographical representation, and with due regard to the meaningful participation of women, and to submit the list to Member States for their consideration on a non-objection basis.

The announcement reminded me of an article I…

(HLPF Side Event) Working livestock: How they contribute to the SDGs

Organized by Permanent Mission of Senegal to the UN &  the International Coalition of Working Equids (ICWE)

Date: Friday, July 12, 2019

Time:6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Location Trusteeship Council Chamber
United Nations Headquarters

This HLPF side event will shed light on the role that working livestock play in helping deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.

About this Event
The Permanent Mission of Senegal to the UN and the International Coalition of Working Equids (ICWE) have the pleasure to invite you to our HLPF side event on ‘Working livestock: How they contribute to the SDGs and to national economies through partnership’.

In every low and middle-income country, you will see animals at work. Over one hundred million of these animals plough the fields, transport water and carry produce to market. Around 600 million people rely on the income their animals earn to pay for daily essentials such as school fees and healthcare costs. In the rural areas we work in, improving the health and welf…

How the United Nations is quietly being turned into a public-private partnership

Guest blog by Harris Gleckmanis Senior Fellow at the Center for Governance and Sustainability, UMass-Boston and Director of Benchmark Environmental Consulting.
 He is the former Chief of the NY Office of UNCTAD, Senior Officer for the first Financing for Development Conference, and Chief of the Environmental Unit of the Centre on Transnational Corporations. Over a period of 30 years, he undertook policy oriented research on multinational corporations, global environmental management, financing for development, global governance institutions, and the economics of climate change.  Dr Gleckman’s latest study: Multistakeholder Governance and Democracy: A Global Challenge was published by Routledge on Oct 2018. This was originally published in Open Democracy here.

A new agreement with the World Economic Forum gives multinational corporations influence over matters of global governance. A new corporate and government marriage quietly took place last week when the leadership of the World Econ…

HLPF will show Global goals projected on the film screen and other key events on foundations, Chef Sustainability Officers, High Education, local government and capacity building

As someone who LOVES to go to film festivals I really like this project that UNDESA has undertakenStorytelling can go a long way in capturing people’s imagination, and what’s more, inspire the kind of action that lasts. Showcasing stories that illustrate people and organizations working to build a better world and realize the Sustainable Development Goals is at the heart of the SDG Film Festival The event, to be held outdoors on the North Lawn of UN Headquarters on the evening of 11 July, is the culmination of a global contest asking for short film submissions showing action on the 17 global goals. Nearly 1,000 films were submitted during an open call this spring, and six winning filmmakers from Brazil, Italy, Kenya, the Philippines, Portugal, and Trinidad and Tobago will present their short films to the public on the sidelines of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. In addition to the SDGs in Action Film Festival, this year’s special events organized by UN DESA i…

Huge announcement: The seventh biggest US insurer Chubb cuts coal insurance exposure due to climate change

In an important development in the financial markets, Chubb becomes the first major US insurer to cut its exposure to the coal industry. Its Chairman Even G. Greenberg gave as the reason that the company accepts "the reality of climate change". they follow leads by Allianz, Hannover and Lloyds Group who have already scaled back the coal insurance they offer. Another insurer Zurich announced last week that it is going to increase its restrictions on underwriting and investing in fossil fuels.

For Chubb this isn't unsubstantial something like 30% of their revenue comes from underwriting the building or operating of new coal-fired plants. Chairman Greenberg said in a statement that, "Making the transition to a low carbon economy involves planning and action by policymakers, investors, businesses and citizens alike."

Chubbs general counsel Joseph Wayland went further in his explanation:
“As a global insurer we are impacted by climate change, in everything from inc…

SDG Progress Reports 2019: Are we on track to achieve the global goals?

SDG Progress Reports 2019: Are we on track to achieve the global goals?
The year 2019 will close the first cycle of the 2030 Agenda implementation. In July, the High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) will have reviewed global progress on the last remaining set of SDGs and 142 countries will have presented their Voluntary National Reviews. Two SDG progress reports will try to shed light on the progress the world is making to achieve the SDGs and highlight the areas that need our most urgent attention.

Both reports show that despite progress in a number of areas over the past four years, on some of the Goals, progress has been slow or even reversed. The most vulnerable people and countries continue to suffer the most and the global response has not been ambitious enough.

For instance, extreme poverty has reached the lowest point since its tracking began. And yet, at the current pace, we are still not on track to end poverty by 2030. Similarly, many countries are …