Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2018

Exploring new policy pathways

How to overcome obstacles and contradictions in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda

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Redefining policies for sustainable development

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

Box – The world needs to revamp international tax cooperation

By José Antonio Ocampo, Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT)

Alternative national reports throw light on inequalities

By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

Box – Claim of ‘leave no one behind’ must include indigenous peoples

By Joshua Cooper, University of Hawai’i

Box – How to leave no one behind in statistics?

By Xavier Godinot, International Movement ATD Fourth World

Cross-cutting policy areas

1 – The increasing concentration of wealth and economic power as an obstacle to sustainable development – and what to do about it

By Kate Donald, Center for Economic and Social Rights, and Jens Martens, Global Policy Forum

Box – De-financialization requires global economic governance reform

By Jesse Griffiths, Eurodad

2 – Policies that strengthen the nexus between food, health, ecology, livelihoods and identities

By Stefano Prato, Society for International Development, Elenita Daño and Trudi Zundel, ETC Group, Lim Li Ching and Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network

Box – The food-health-environment nexus: addressing environmental and human health risks simultaneously

By the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food)

3 – Vector of hope, source of fear

By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

Box – Half of humanity is NOT online

Box – Data sovereignty

By IT for Change

Box – Machines (algorithms) are already deciding our future

By Prabir Purkayastha

– Care systems and SDGs: reclaiming policies for life sustainability

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

Box – The National Care System in Uruguay

– Quest for sustainable peace and development under militarized security approaches

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

Spotlights on the SDGs

SDG 1 – Mobilize the financial means for social protection systems for all

By the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors 

SDG 2 – Approaching SDG 2 through the Right to Food and Nutrition

By Emily Mattheisen, FIAN International

SDG 3 – The need to strengthen public funding for the WHO

By K M Gopakumar, Third World Network (TWN)

SDG 4 – The quest for public funding for education and SDG 4

By Antonia Wulff, Education International

SDG 5 – Women, macroeconomic policies and the SDGs

By Crystal Simeoni, Femnet and Stephanie Muchai, Hivos

SDG 6 – (Re)municipalization of water – the right way towards achieving SDG 6

By Meera Karunananthan, Blue Planet Project, and Satoko Kishimoto, Transnational Institute

SDG 7 – Power for the people? The chimera of pro-poor energy solutions

By Arthur Muliro Wapakala, Society for International Development (SID)

SDG 8 – What policies are needed to achieve Goal 8? The trade union recipe for SDG implementation

By Paola Simonetti, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

SDG 9 – Alternatives to PPPs – growing instances of de-privatization

By Public Services International (PSI)

SDG 10 – Invoking extraterritorial human rights obligations to confront extreme inequalities between countries

By Kate Donald, Center for Economic and Social Rights

SDG 11 – To ensure sustainable waste services, we must value waste workers and make sure they are in decent jobs

By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International (PSI)

SDG 12 – Curbing the consumption of ultra-processed foods and beverages critical to achieving SDG 12

By Marisa Macari, Alejandro Calvillo and Fiorella Espinosa, El Poder del Consumidor

SDG 13 – Climate Justice - How climate change battles are increasingly being fought, and won, in court

By Tessa Khan, Climate Litigation Network

SDG 14 – Sustainable fishery or Blue Economy?

By Francisco J. Marí, Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service

SDG 15 – The 30-year search for biodiversity gold: history repeats itself?

By Jessica Dempsey, University of British Columbia

SDG 16 – Policies to address the gender dimension of Illicit Financial Flows

By Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)

SDG 17 – Trading away the SDGs?

By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch