Geert Bouckaert, Professor, Public Governance Institute, KU Leuven University and President of International Institute of Administrative Sciences; CEPA Member; and Upma Chawdhry, Director, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration at Mussoorie, India; CEPA Member; and Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, Chancellor, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa; CEPA Member; and Louis Meuleman, Member, UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA); Leuven University, Wageningen University & Research, University of Massachusetts Boston; and Moni Pizani, Head, Andean Office, Ibero-American General Secretariat; CEPA Member
The full realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and other internationally agreed development objectives strongly depends on a common understanding of the basic principles of effective governance for sustainable development. On 2 July 2018, the UN Economic and Social Committee endorsed a set of 11 principles prepared by the UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) and UN DESA. This is an important starting point: without such guiding principles, implementation of the SDGs risks being inconsistent and ineffective.
In the wake of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), a number of reports and articles have continued to surface on how governments can finance and implement the SDGs in collaboration with the private sector. These include engaging businesses to align their operations and investments with the SDGs as well as using tools to ensure good governance and policy coherence, both in-country and through development cooperation.
1 August 2018: The UNFCCC Adaptation Committee convened an expert meeting on the theme, ‘National Adaptation Goals/Indicators and Their Relationship with the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.’ The meeting sought to provide guidance to Parties on the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of adaptation actions and mobilizing knowledge and experience for adaptation planning and implementation in the context of relevant international frameworks.
1 August 2018: The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) has announced 22 “Climate Trailblazers:” individuals from around the world representing both emerging and established voices on climate change action, activism and ambition. The Trailblazers, who show through action that “everyday people can do extraordinary things,” will raise awareness regarding the Summit’s goals within their own networks and specific climate arenas in the lead up to the GCAS.
1 August 2018: The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) has announced Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, as its sixth Co-Chair. She joins five other GCAS Co-Chairs: Governor of California Jerry Brown, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, Mahindra Group Chair Anand Mahindra and Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, China.
August 2018: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the two-day Suva Expert Dialogue on Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts, which sought to enable open and interactive exchanges between technical and policy experts and the co-creation of comprehensive risk management solutions.
August 2018: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have released a report that analyzes the direct and indirect interlinkages between migration, agriculture, food security and rural development. The report highlights the role of agriculture and rural development in addressing the adverse drivers of migration.
26 July 2018: The incoming President of the UN Social and Economic Council (ECOSOC), Inga Rhonda King, identified as her main priorities delivering a successful High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and reviving ECOSOC, especially with regards to its deliberative function. She also stressed her intention to highlight the actions that can be taken to help countries manage climate change and become more resilient.