Volume 6 of The Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development now available - Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Addressing Key Climate and Environmental Issues


Volume 6: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Addressing Key Climate and Environmental Issues is produced by the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development. The coordinators of the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development are the governments of Germany, Morocco, Nigeria, Republic of Korea and Romania. The book is available free on line from the Friends web site here. It is also available for print to order on amazon which can be found here.

The Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development was originally set up in 2010 to help Member States prepare for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
The Friends group was re-established during the Open Working Group for the Post 2015 Development Agenda in 2014. The group is coordinated by the governments of Germany, Morocco, Nigeria, Romania, and the Republic of Korea, with technical support from the Tellus Institute and ARTICLE 19 serving as the secretariat. The group aims to create an informal space for Member States to discuss governance-related issues.

The Friends group has continued to host workshops on governance-related issues pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Friends group recognises that the 2030 Agenda represents one of the most important sets of Global Goals that the international community has committed to up to this point. It is an unprecedented effort that embodies universal aspirations for achieving a more just, equitable, peaceful and sustainable future. It is a prime example of successful multilateralism that builds on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and serves as a major action plan to help deliver the Paris Climate Agreement.

This ambitious and unique exercise represents a paradigm shift in policymaking for sustainable development. It gives a roadmap by which the United Nations, governments, and stakeholders can work together to address the most pressing global challenges. In this context, the rule of law, as well as effective, robust, participatory and accountable institutions, are of the utmost importance in delivering the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets.

This is the sixth book that the Friends group has published, and its chapters are based on some of the presentations made at the three workshops hosted by the Friends group in 2021.

In 2021, during the second year of the pandemic, the Friends group convened UN officials, experts, and representatives from governments worldwide at three participatory workshops on relevant governance issues.

The workshops were organized in partnership with the UN-DESA Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development and focused on providing open space for Member States to discuss issues they would be addressing in 2021 and 2022. Having the opportunity to hear what experts think is useful for governments dealing with these pressing issues. We hope this publication will serve as useful input for the ongoing discussions about the institutional architecture for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The first workshop looked at ways to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

The second workshop looked at SDG 16 as a cross-cutting goal addressing health, climate change, energy, and food security. 

The third workshop looked at the issues in front of the United Nations Environment Assembly 5.2 and a review of the outcomes from the Glasgow Climate Change Summit.

In 2022 the Friends group will continue to be a place for discussions of the institutional architecture for the 2030 Agenda’s implementation, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the Paris Climate Agreement, and each agreement’s respective follow-up and review.

We know that sustainable development will only become a reality if we have an environment that enables it to happen. Good governance will be pivotal in implementing, reviewing, and improving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We hope this publication contributes to addressing the challenges we will be facing over the coming years to 2030.

The chapters of the book are:
  • São Paulo’s Step-By-Step to Sustainable Development Governance – Ana Paula Fava de Moraes 
  • Taking CEPA Principles for Effective Governance of SDGs into Actions in Africa – Sara Hamouda 
  • VNRs & Transparency in the Era of COVID-19: Lessons Learned from the First Cycle of HLPF Reporting – Oli Henman 
  • Turning the Global Momentum on Sustainability into Practical Local Action – Jessica Lobo 
  • Voluntary Local Review Experience in Ngora District, Uganda – Priscilla Margrey 
  • Finland’s Whole of Society Approach to the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda – Sami Pirkkala 
  • Lessons from the REN21 Global Renewable Energy Community of Actors from Science, Governments, NGOs, and Industry – Lea Ranalder 
  • How Africa is Addressing Climate Change, the Green Energy Transition, and Governance – Albert Butare, Ph.D. 
  • Did COP 26 Save the World? An Assessment of the Outcomes of the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Ambassador Franz Xaver Perrez 
  • Outcomes from the Glasgow Climate Summit – Felix Dodds 
  • Global Agreement on Plastic Pollution: On the Road to UNEA 5.2 – Damaris Carnal 
  • The Challenges That a Plastic Convention Should Address – Tim Grabiel 
  • UN Food Systems Summit: How Transforming Global Food Systems Can Help Deliver the 2030 Agenda – Zak Bleicher 


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