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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Guest Blog: Are Big Companies Walking Their Talk on the SDGs? New report digs into the evidence

Guest Blog originally published here. byNamit AgrawalUwe Gneiting and Ruth Mhlanga  who introduce a new Oxfam report on business and the SDGs Business has become a fixture in discussions around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  This week in New York we will see the familiar picture of executives of the world’s largest corporations convening around the UN’s General Assembly week for a series of high-profile events and conferences to discuss their contributions to the SDGs. If the past couple of years are any indication, we already know what we can expect – a presentation of accomplishments and high-flying rhetoric on business’s willingness and ability to help tackle the world’s most urgent challenges. But is it true? This year’s discussions will be accompanied by more somber undertones around the limited SDG progress to date (see here and here). Even voices close to the called for a reality check on whether business engagement in the SDGs to date is sufficient. Three years int…

Launching of the World Benchmarking Alliance September 24th New York

Today the World Benchmarking Alliance will be launching in and around the UN General Assembly

One year ago, the New York Public Library provided a beautiful backdrop for the start of the WBA’s global consultations during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. Today, the library will act as the platform from which we take the next step. Over the past 12 months, we have seen first-hand that together we are greater than the sum of our parts. From New York to Nairobi, Buenos Aires to Bonn, we have listened to and worked with a wide-reaching network of individuals to mobilise a global community of over 10,000 advocates and supporters, including over 70 Allies. While this is a good start, we know that the real work is just beginning, as we strive to scale our efforts and deepen our impact.

The Alliance brings together a broad, balanced group of stakeholders with SDG 17 (Partnership for the Goals) at its core. Allies represent a large mix of voices aligned with the universality of the SDGs.…

Secretary Generals Sustainable Development Finance Summit - Launches Strategy for Financing the SDGs

Monday the 24th of September sees the High Level Meeting on Financign the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent tremendous investment opportunities, in the order of trillions of dollars. Yet, despite growing momentum for investments in sustainable development, the financing gap is significant.  A major challenge in financing the 2030 Agenda will be attracting and directing public and private investments to areas that support the achievement of the SDGs.  Financing for sustainable development, guided by the SDGs, including SDG 17, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda will require action by diverse actors – Governments fostering enabling environments for financing and investment; the private sector mobilizing for long-term investment; and champions of innovation developing new solutions for financing the SDGs.  More information about financing for sustainable development can be found here.

The Secretary-General’s High-level Meeting on F…