July newsletter: Convergence of post-MDG and SDG processes



 July 10, 2013
Convergence of post-Millenium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals processes
Reconciling human development and environmental protection is a challenge that humanity has been struggling with for over 40 years (and much before). The 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm formally started the dialogue, but we still have not managed to achieve such reconciliation in policy and decision-making on a mass basis.The convergence of development and environment is essentially sustainable development; something with both people and planet need urgently.
The post-MDG development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) processes offer a monumental opportunity to bring together the development and environment communities to make universally applicable decisions to achieve a world that is fair and prosperous for all, which exists within environmental limits and is realised through systems of governance that are inclusive, transparent and accountable.
Farooq Ullah, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
This paper has been produced by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and CAFOD as part of their work on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The objective of this paper is to inform the debate about the need for convergence and coherence between the two primary processes which together constitute the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Stakeholder Forum has produced an initial stocktaking analysis of the future goals proposals housed within the Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory. The analysis provides a breakdown of the thematic areas that the proposals address, as well as a snapshot of the individuals and organisations that have put forward recommendations for global goals.

Stakeholder Forum has welcomed the Secretary General’s High Level Panel report: ‘A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development’ and its central message that an integrated approach to sustainable development is the way forward to end poverty within our generation. While praising the work of the Panel, the response also highlights the need for stronger leadership on the convergence of the sustainable development goals and post-MDG processes, and the creation of a single set of global goals that holistically address all three dimensions of sustainable development.
Corporate Sustainability Reporting News
Carrots and Sticks
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has published ‘Carrots and Sticks’, a report launched during its annual conference last May. The report provides an important overview of global developments in policy and regulation for sustainability and CSR reporting. It emphasizes the role of governments in advancing this agenda; and highlights, among other issues, the role of civil society as a driver for corporate transparency and accountability. Stakeholder Forum’s Jeannet Lingán participated as member of the steering committee for this report, as part of Stakeholder Forum’s work on corporate transparency and accountability.

Paragraph 47
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) published ‘Paragraph 47, international perspectives one year on’, the report assembles the results of consultations organised in 6 countries on sustainability reporting and paragraph 47. Stakeholder Forum has contributed to these consultations by bringing a firsthand account of the negotiation process for paragraph 47 during the Rio+20 summit.
 Additional Updates
The purpose of this role is to act as the focal point for Stakeholder Forum and its work in New York and at the UN Headquarters, including liaising with UN Missions and governments, UN staff and stakeholders. This role is vital in ensuring we have strong and active relationships with key actors in international sustainable development, and includes leading our engagement with the various UN processes agreed at Rio+20, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the post-2015 Development Agenda.
The multi-language feature enables users to both search for and submit proposals for a post-2015 global goals framework in either English, French or Spanish, thereby increasing the number of stakeholders able to use the tool.
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