SDG Update – 11 December 2018

GUEST ARTICLES German Government Follows Up on Peers‘ Recommendations

Verónica Tomei, German Council for Sustainable Development

On 7 November 2018, the German Government adopted an update of the national sustainable development strategy. The strategy is Germany’s main framework for implementing the 2030 Agenda.


SDG Knowledge Weekly: Connecting Climate Change to Food Security, Sustainability and Nutrition

Adam Fishman, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

With the international community’s eyes on Poland for the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC, this issue of the SDG Knowledge Weekly links climate reports launched in the margins of COP 24 to issues of food security and sustainability, nutrition and energy.

A Shark Tale: Growing Conservation Infrastructure for Pelagic Species

Lauren Anderson, Content Editor, Biodiversity, Forests, Land and Water (US)

Globally, shark populations are threatened by a long and difficult list of challenges. They include over-fishing, fisheries by-catch, illegal trade, habitat destruction, depletion of prey, pollution, boat strikes and climate change – according to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). These obstacles – formidable on their own – are compounded by the pelagic nature of many sharks. They range beyond any one country’s borders or jurisdiction.


Why a Business School Should Want to be a Force for Positive Change

Rob van Tulder, Professor of International Business, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University; and Eva Rood, Eva Rood, Director, Positive Change Initiative, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

In 2017, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) adopted a new mission: We are a force for positive change in the world. This mission represents a shift from the more common previous mission, which was something like “we provide excellent and responsible education and base our teaching on our sound and world-leading research.” As a reference framework as to what positive change exactly should focus on, RSM has chosen for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which provide a common language and common aims for government, business and civil society organisations up to 2030.


UN Member States Adopt Migration Compact, Prepare to Implement 23 Objectives

11 December 2018: The global compact on migration was adopted at an intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco by 164 UN Member States. The UN also launched the Migration Network to support the compact’s implementation at country level.

DESA, UNFCCC Announce 2019 Global Conference on SDGs and Paris Agreement

5 December 2018: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UNFCCC have announced the first global conference on synergies between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The conference – convening in Copenhagen, Denmark, in March 2019 – will be one of several events on climate and sustainable development taking place in 2019.

Africa Report Finds Slow Progress on Clean Water, Energy, Urbanization

4 December 2018: The 2018 Africa Sustainable Development Report highlights the region’s progress on the SDGs and shares lessons learned in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Africa’s Agenda 2063. The 2018 report focuses on five Goals, aligned with the focus of the 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF): SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation); SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy); SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities); SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production); and SDG 15 (life on land).

ADB Highlights 50 Climate Solutions in China’s Cities

4 December 2018: A report launched by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) outlines 50 “climate solutions” in a range of cities throughout China. The solutions – each described in the report by a short case study – span areas of energy, land use and resilience, waste, climate action and mobility.