Guest Blog: Silos to Systems: The Next Generation of Sustainability Measurement and Reporting

Guest blog by Allen L. White: Global sustainability research, advocacy and institution-building. This is from the Keynote Address Measuring and Reporting Sustainability Performance: Are Corporations and SSE Organizations Meeting the SDG Challenge at United Nations Research in Social Development (UNRISD)

It is a great pleasure to share a few perspectives with this distinguished group of thought leaders in the field of sustainability measurement and reporting. My appreciation to UNRISD, Il Cheong, and his team for the kind invitation.

This convening comes at a critical moment for all those concerned about securing a just, thriving future. The daily newsfeed depicts alarming, concurrent threats to realizing such a vision. Some are existential, such as nuclear conflict, climate disruption, and species extinction. Others pertain to issues of economic and social justice, such as wealth disparities, human trafficking, employment insecurity, and privacy.

Collectively, these conditions consti…

Voices from the Mine - Tuesday 18th June 3-5:30pm UN New York


High-Level Review of SAMOA Pathway: Special Accreditation process now open for relevant major groups organizations 27th September

Dear colleagues,
On 27 September 2019, the General Assembly will hold a one-day high-level review of the progress made in addressing the priorities of small island developing States (SIDS) through the implementation of the SAMOA Pathway. The General Assembly has decided that the high-level review will result in a concise action-oriented and inter-governmentally agreed political declaration. 
In accordance with General Assembly resolution 72/307, interested relevant major groups organizations that are not currently accredited by ECOSOC or that have not been accredited to participate in the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development; the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development; the previous United Nations conferences on the sustainable development of SIDS, held in Barbados in 1994, in Mauritius in 2005, and in Samoa in 2014; or the 2017 High-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conservation and sustainably…

SDG 9: Alternatives to PPPs – growing instances of de-privatization

Guest blog: Public Services International (PSI) - originally published here.  Download this chapter in pdf format here. Quality public services are the foundation of a fair society and a strong economy. Such services make our communities and economies more equitable, resilient to downturn and disaster, and protect the youngest, sick, unemployed, disabled, aged and vulnerable. Quality public services are among the State’s primary mechanisms for fulfilling its obligations for the realization of human rights, gender equality and social justice. They are key to the implementation of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, including SDG 9 on building resilient infrastructure. Quality public services also support the economy by providing public infrastructure, research and innovation, a healthy and skilled workforce, and strong and stable justice and regulatory institutions. To be universally available and accessible, quality public services must provide guaranteed access for all, free fr…

C20 - Civil Society Communique and Declaration on Peace, Human Rights and Democratic Governance: Towards Improvement of Civic Space for the SDG 16+

Fundamental transformation is needed to make the world more equal, democratic, peaceful, and sustainable. Almost 10 years to go to 2030 and with the current model of economic development already identified as unsustainable, our world is facing a critical implementation gap between promises and actions and tremendous challenges that stand in the way of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The problems are so grave that multilateralism and democratic pluralism are in danger. The environmental crisis has sharply accelerated and economic development is not happening for too many people while inequality has reached dramatic levels, putting basic human rights at threat. With a handful of individual billionaires as wealthy as half of humanity, the growing imbalance exacerbates key issues such as corruption and illicit financial flows, unsustainable debt levels, high risks towards another financial crisis, lack of access to basic infrastructure, goods and services, unfair labour prac…

Reports from the 2019 Planetary Security Conference

For the fourth time, The Hague has hosted from 19-20 February 2019 the Planetary Security Conference. This year, the conference’s motto was #doable. Implementation of measures to tackle climate security risks were on the table, and the conference was transformed into a platform for sharing experiences and lessons learned on preventative action.
We have compiled a series of expert interviews on key issues and regions.
*BEST OF Planetary Security Conference 2019*:
Climate policy as an approach for security – Interview with Susanne Dröge, SWP Berlin: One of the biggest political challenges today is to close the gap between climate action and security objectives. Susanne Dröge argues that the debate on climate security is expected to become more prominent and dynamic in the near future.
Making cities livable through nature-based solutions – Interview with Luc Bas, IUCN: Can climate change be better addr…

Briefing on Private Sector Participation in the UN Climate Summit