Showing posts from September, 2018

Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development Workshop on the Lessons Learnt from the 1st cycle of the HLPF

On the 10th and 11th of September at the UN the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development in cooperation with UN-DESA Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development  held an expert meeting for reviewing how to improve the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). attending were governments, UN, Major Groups and Other Stakeholders.

The title of the workshop was:
 "Advancing the 2030 Agenda: Lessons learnt from the first cycle of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)– how far can we go?" 
The power points as PDFs can be viewed on the Friends web site here. Papers based on the presentations will be available at the end of October for groups to use to have their own internal discussions on the key subjects.

1. Rethinking the UN intergovernmental bodies after the creation of the HLPF: the roles of the General Assembly, ECOSOC and HLPF
In 2019, the High-Level Political Forum will complete its first cycle. The HLPF, an o…

Register for G-STIC NOW - Technological Solutions for the SDGs: Brussels 28-30 November 2018

The integrated technological solutions targeted by G-STIC need the attention and efforts of the entire community of SDG stakeholders, whether they come from the private sector, technological research institutes, socio-economic organisations, governments or intergovernmental organisations.
G-STIC 2018 presents a golden opportunity to work together to discover new integrated tech routes to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),to help define and deploy the technologies of the futureand to help shape new markets and opportunities. Selected examples of strategic technological challenges, gaps and opportunities to advance the achievement of the SDGs will be discussed at G-STIC 2018.
We invite you to seize this opportunity. Read this newsletter to discover the programme for some of the G-STIC 2018 themes, and join the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

The programme can be found here. Agroecology for sustainable food systems The high-level dialogue on policy actio…

United Nations system: private sector partnerships arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The UN Joint Inspection Unit has completed its report on the United Nations system: private sector partnerships arrangements in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It clearly does not go far enough in the due diligence recommendations. It does suggest a role for rating systems of companies as an outside commentary on companies which the UN could use. "Organizations also note there are obvious benefits stemming from external due diligence assessments, and that the United Nations system should continue to engage private sector companies that specialize in rating the sustainability of prospective United Nations partner companies based on their environmental, corporate and social performance (including on human rights)." This could be very important if the organization uses the Corporate Benchmark on Human Rights and the work of the World Benchmarking Alliance. I share the recommendations as a whole below and the full report can be read here.