Invitation to participate in the 2016 ECOSOC E-Discussion
Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
We are pleased
to invite you to participate in an electronic discussion (e-Discussion)
to be held from 29 February to 25 March 2016, coordinated and organized
by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The purpose of
the e-Discussion is to engage stakeholder groups, experts,
practitioners and policy-makers from various regions in a global
dialogue on specific aspects of the 2016 ECOSOC theme of Implementing
the post-2015 development agenda: moving from commitments to
e-Discussion is expected to provide the Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC) with suggestions and recommendations on how to best address
implementation challenges of the new Agenda, with a special focus on
the national level. The discussion will focus on the scope and
implications of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, national
implementation and follow-up and review.
provides a unique opportunity for the wider development community to
formulate critical policy messages and recommendations for ECOSOC.
Contributions made by e-Discussion participants will be included in a
summary of the e-Discussion posted on the ECOSOC website. The
contributions will also be channeled through the report of the Secretary-General
on the ECOSOC theme in support of the Council's deliberations on the
theme during its high-level segment in July, leading to the adoption of
the Council's 2016 Ministerial Declaration.
We hope you will
join us for the e-Discussion and encourage you to forward this
invitation to colleagues and your networks.
Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations Secretariat
Bureau for Policy and Programme Support
United Nations Development Programme
Guest Blog by Mike Barry: Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks and Spencer
that time of year, publication of our annual sustainability (Plan A) report.
After the harum scarum dash to gather, collate, assure, sign-off and publish a
wealth of data we can breathe (for a moment!) and reflect on what it all means. Here
are some quick insights into what we’ve learnt at M&S in the last 12 months
on our Plan A journey. 1. Succession – Nine years is a
long time in the world of sustainable business. How many corporate plans have
come and gone since we launched Plan A in 2007? Too many! The continuity
offered by having a single multi-year plan has been incredibly important. It’s
allowed us to take long term decisions in a very short term turbulent retail
marketplace. It’s allowed us to build the skills and capabilities in our
business units to integrate Plan A into their ways of working. It’s allowed us
to pick our battles, knowing that occasionally we’ve just got to let a
Photo by IISD/ENB
It is with deep sadness that I heard of the passing of Tania Valerie Raguz.
Many of us will have worked with her at United Nations meetings over the past ten years when she was the First Secretary of the Mission of Croatia to the UN.
Tania Valerie Raguz was on the Bureau for Rio+20 and a Vice-Chair Of the Bureau of the seventeenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and most recently she had joined the world of NGOs working as the Public Affairs Advisor for the World Animal Protection previously know as World Society for the Protection of Animals. WAP had been very active around Rio+20 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and she helped their work particularly around the SDGs.
Tania played her role in helping to frame the agenda that we are all committed to delivering on. CSD17 was one of the more successful CSD and without Rio+20 there would be no Sustainable Development Goals.
Interview Felix Dodds on Five Years of Nexus
Felix Dodds is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute and a Senior Affiliate at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. He was the co-director of the 2014 Nexus Conference on Water, Food, Energy and Climate and has become a leading voice for the Nexus. Felix makes the start for a new series of Nexus interviews.First published on the NEXUS PLATFORM NEXUS Platform: The Nexus approach was very much created at the Bonn 2011 Nexus Conference and sharpened in Chapel Hill 2014. After now five years of Nexus: did the initial idea – increase the understanding of the interdependencies across water, energy, food and other policies such as climate and biodiversity – start to work out and why? Felix Dodds: There is no question in my mind that the Nexus approach was one of the important differences between the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. Al…