Showing posts from October, 2018

Principles of Multi Stakeholder Partnership Charter second draft available for comment

The UN General Assembly will be debating the biannual Partnership Resolution in the next few weeks. You may want to share with your government this draft of the Principles of MSPs for Sustainable Development. it can be found on the MSP website We are soliciting comments by the 7th of November pleas send any input to Principles of Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships for Sustainable Development2ndDraft, as of October 20, 2018 The common challenge of sustainable development requires the joint commitment of all stakeholders. Multi-stakeholder partnerships are a way of joining forces, to build on the strengths of each partner, and to complement governmental and stakeholder capacities and capabilities for the benefit of all. We strive for true transformation towards realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in a joint effort to leave no one behind.We will do our utmost to adhere to the following principle…

Palestine elected to Chair the Group of 77 for 2019

The developing countries have chosen their Chair for 2019 which is Palestine. This will be in some circles controversial but it does perhaps bring to a head the issue of needing to find a solution. The selection of Palestine will have been done by the Arab regional group and then endorsed by the developing countries as a whole - 136 countries.

Martin Khor, an advisor to the Malaysia-based Third World Network, told Inter Press Service: “I think it will be a historic and a significant development-first for the G77 countries to elect Palestine as its chair, and thereby affirm their confidence in its leadership.”

Palestine is not yet a full member of the UN - it has the status of "non-member observer status". I am not sure that there will therefore not need to be a UN General Resolution to enable them to speak on behalf of G77. This could be a very interesting time int he UNGA this autumn.

Palestine will take over from Egypt who has done an excellent job and will be difficult t…

Guest Blog from Katerva: Embracing the challenge of feeding the world

Feeding 9 Billion People will challenge us to embrace agricultural practices that can produce enough food without creating too much harm for the planet. The challenges associated with producing a high enough quantity of quality food is outlined in the second Sustainable Development Goal put forth by the United Nations: Zero Hunger. Image Source:
If the large consultancies start picking up on a topic you know it is being taken seriously by the business world - recent reports include “Tackling the 1.6-billion-ton food loss and waste crisis” by the Boston Consulting Group and “From liability to opportunity: How to build food security and nourish growth” by McKinsey. So it is no surprise that one of Katerva’s 10 awards categories focuses exclusively on Food. Our aim is to accelerate advances in food security, production, and more sustainable resource use in the agricultural sector. A growing human population is placing increas…

What can you expect from G-STIC 2018? Have you registered yet?

Integrated technological solutions that are good for the planet, for the people and for the economy Brussels 28-30 November  G-STICis a series of conferences that aim to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technological innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). G-STIC is focused on building knowledge bases and global expert networks to support the technological transitions that are needed for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

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