February Newletter: Sustainable Development Goals


 31 January, 2013
Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group

The United Nations General Assembly has established an Open Working Group (OWG) that will focus on the design of a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection. The group will develop modalities to ensure the full involvement of relevant stakeholders and expertise from civil society and the United Nations System in its work.
Analysis of the UNDESA Survey on the Sustainable Development Goals
Stakeholder Forum has produced a synthesis report of a survey of UN country missions on key principles and criteria for developing a proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals. Read More…
Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group Proposal
The Nine Major Groups provide their recommendations on how to ensure that the deliberations of the SDG OWG will draw on broad multi-stakeholder input and expertise, thus ensuring that the SDG processes and decisions are inclusive and transparent. Read More…
Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory: Coming soon
In the next couple of weeks Stakeholder Forum will launch an e-Inventory of Sustainable Development Goals proposals. This tool will enable organisations and stakeholders to share and publish their ideas and proposals to feed into the Sustainable Development Goals process.
Stakeholder Engagement for the Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group
“Stakeholder Forum welcomes the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Open Working  Group (OWG), and the fact that it will begin its work imminently. The SDGs are a key opportunity to actualise high priority action to achieve sustainable development through a performance management framework that is both global in nature and universal in scope. Given the monumental nature of the task to set global goals in order to put humanity on a more sustainable footing while eradicating poverty, there is not a moment to lose. 

Despite the urgency, it is vital that governments ensure stakeholders are fully involved throughout the process to design the SDGs. Stakeholder participation, input and ideas will create better, more sustainable goals as well as ensure legitimacy of the final decisions. Formal mechanisms must be established by the SDGs OWG for stakeholder engagement, and proposals by stakeholders on the SDGs must be given due consideration.”

-Farooq Ullah, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
The Global Network of NCSDs: Supporting the implementation of sustainable development at the national level
Stakeholder Forum and partners are continuing our efforts to strengthen a Global Network of National Councils of Sustainable Development (NCSDs). The Network aims to support and enhance the work of these national level bodies through providing a platform for the share of information, best practice and collaboration. A new website for the Global Network has now been launched, with features including an interactive NCSDs map, resources library and discussion board. Visit site.
Outreach Magazine from the International Renewable energy Agency’s (IRENA) Third Assembly 
Earlier this month Stakeholder Forum published three online editions of Outreach magazine  at the third session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly from 13-14 January and the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) from 15-17 January. Each edition contained articles from a diverse range of stakeholders, all of which focuesed on renewable energy and associated themes. Read More…
Event: February 7 – Can the Law Save the Environment
Farooq Ullah, Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum, will be participating in a panel session titled “Can the Law save the environment: what next after Rio and Doha?” at an event organised by the Coalition for an International Court for the Environment. RSVP here.
MY World 2015 Campaign 
The United Nations and partners want to hear from YOU! MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world. Results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda.Join the campaign here.
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