Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017

Reclaiming policies for the public

Privatization, partnerships, corporate capture, and their impact on sustainability and inequality - assessments and alternatives

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01.01 – Reclaiming the public (policy) space for the SDGs

By Jens Martens, Global Policy Forum, on behalf of the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


01.02 – Stalled implementation at national level

By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch


01.03 – Implementing the 2030 Agenda requires acknowledging extraterritorial obligations

By Barbara Adams and Karen Judd, Global Policy Forum


Spotlights on the SDGs

02.01 – Pro-poor or pro-corporations?

By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

02.01.01 – Measuring extreme poverty: who decides what?

By Xavier Godinot, International Movement ATD Fourth World


02.02 – Facilitating corporate capture or investing in small-scale sustainable agriculture and agroecology?

By Stefano Prato, Society for International Development

02.02.01 – Agribusiness mega-mergers expose need for UN Competition Convention

By ETC Group


02.03 – Corporate influence on the global health agenda

By K M Gopakumar, Third World Network (TWN)

02.03.01 – Healthcare is not a commodity but a public good

By Sandra Vermuyten, Public Services International (PSI)


02.04 – Cashing in on SDG 4

By Antonia Wulff, Education International (EI)

02.04.01 – The primary education conundrum in Africa: between corporate capture and public challenges

By Aidan Eyakuze, Twaweza East Africa


02.05 – Corporate power: a risky threat looming over the fulfilment of women‘s human rights

By Corina Rodríguez Enríquez, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)


02.06 - Ensuring just and sustainable water infrastructure

By Meera Karunananthan, Blue Planet Project and Susan Sponk, University of Ottawa

02.06.01 – Water in the MENA region: privatization amid scarcity

By Housing and Land Rights Network – Habitat International Coalition (Cairo)

02.06.02 – Remunicipalization: putting water back into public hands

By Satoko Kishimoto


02.07 – Peoples’ power or how to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

By Hans JH Verolme, Climate Advisers Network


02.08 – Decent work requires decent public policies

By Sandra Massiah and Sandra Vermuyten, Public Services International (PSI)


02.09 – Industrialization, inequality and sustainability: what kind of industry policy do we need?

By Manuel F. Montes, South Centre

02.09.01 - The new generation of PPPs in infrastructure – meeting the needs of institutional investors

By David Boys, Public Service International


02.10 – Squeezing the State: corporate influence over tax policy and the repercussions for national and global inequality

By Kate Donald, Center for Economic and Social Rights

02.10.01 – Consolidating misery or catalyzing opportunity? The political economy of inequalities in East Africa

By Arthur Muliro Wapakala, Deputy Managing Director, Society for International Development


02.11 – Commodification over community: financialization of the housing sector and its threat to SDG 11 and the right to housing

By Leilani Farha, Canada Without Poverty, and Bruce Porter, Social Rights Advocacy Centre

02.11.01 - Reclaiming OUR public transport

By Alana Dave, International Transport Federation (ITF)

02.11.02 - Four critical steps to operationalize the New Urban Agenda’s transformative commitment to decent work and inclusive and sustainable cities (SDG 11)

By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International (PSI)

02.11.03 – The “Aerotropolis” phenomenon – high risk development thwarting SDGs

By Anita Pleumarom, Tourism Investigation and Monitoring Team


02.12 - Binding rules on business and human rights – a critical prerequisite to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

By Jens Martens and Karolin Seitz, Global Policy Forum

02.12.01 – Can the (interlinked) SDGs curtail the extractive industries?

By Volker Lehmann and Lennart Inklaar, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office


02.13 – The pivot point: realizing Sustainable Development Goals by ending corporate capture of climate policy

By Tamar Lawrence-Samuel with Rachel Rose Jackson, Corporate Accountability International, and Nathan Thanki, Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice


02.14 - The role of transnational corporations and extractive industries in seabed mining, and the impacts on oceans health and food security

By Maureen Penjueli, Pacific Network on Globalization


02.15 - Trends in the privatization and corporate capture of biodiversity

By Simone Lovera, Global Forest Coalition and Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, University of Amsterdam

02.15.01 - Corporate capture of agricultural biodiversity threatens the future we want

By Lim Li Ching, Third World Network (TWN)


02.16. – Progressive implementation of the 2030 Agenda depends on achieving sustainable peace

By Ziad Abdel Samad, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND)

02.16.01 – Private Military and Security Companies – obstacle to the realization of SDG 16

By Lou Pingeot, Global Policy Forum

02.16.02 – Whistleblower protection – how serious are governments to address corruption

By Camilo Rubiano, Public Services International (PSI)


02.17 - Means of implementation or means of appropriation?

By Stefano Prato, Society for International Development

02.17.01 – Leveraging corruption: how World Bank funds ended up destabilizing young democracies in Latin America

By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch


National Civil Society Reports (coming soon)