SDG Update – 10 May 2018

“Ethical Markets helps promote the UN SDGs and covers the growth of private green investing using SDG criteria in our new Green Transition Scoreboard 2018 finding $ 9.3 trillion invested in green sectors worldwide since 2007.  ~Hazel Henderson, Editor”

POLICY BRIEFS A Short Guide to HLPF 2018 Preparations, Inputs and Agenda

Faye Leone, Content Editor, SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

SDG 17, on the means of implementation for the 2030 Agenda and partnership for sustainable development, will be the subject of an expert meeting recently announced as preparation for the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Many other activities are underway as well, including additional expert group meetings and the preparation of 47 voluntary national reviews of SDG implementation.


Youth Initiatives Foster SDG Implementation, Peace and Security Nathalie Risse, Ph.D., Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Canada)

May 2018: In Sri Lanka, a campaign is mobilizing and funding youth-action on SDG implementation. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council held its first open debate and considered a report on youth, peace and security – steps towards finalizing the UN Strategy on Youth and fostering the engagement of young people in the 2030 Agenda. In addition, under the umbrella of SDG 16 (peace, security and strong institutions), the UN-Habitat Urban Peace Labs programme is promoting behavioral change among youth to prevent conflict and violence and to create livelihood opportunities.


Africa Regional Forum Agrees on Over 50 Messages for HLPF

6 May 2018: The fourth Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development agreed on key messages to the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The meeting report includes over 50 key messages pertaining to SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals).

SDG 12 Experts Focus on Food Waste, Plastic-clogged Ocean

4 May 2018: Experts in sustainable consumption and production (SCP) have taken stock of progress toward SDG 12 and brainstormed levers for faster change, in the lead up to the July 2018 session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The two-day expert group meeting, convened by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), featured in-depth discussions on climate action, ocean action, plastic pollution in the ocean, food loss and waste, and sustainable transport as they relate to SCP.

Guide Highlights Role of Management Accountants in Implementing SDGs

8 May 2018: A guide to help management accountants and their organizations achieve the SDGs has been published by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). The guide titled, ‘Creating a Sustainable Future: The Role of the Accountant in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals,’ details how businesses and management accountants can benefit from SDG-related opportunities, and how finance professionals can help achieve an organization’s social and socio-economic objectives.