Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2019

Reshaping governance for sustainability

Transforming institutions – shifting power – strengthening rights

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Revisiting the hardware of sustainable development

By Jens Martens, Global Policy Forum

Civil society reports show conflicting priorities and trade-offs in SDG implementation

By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

Special Contribution 0.1: Unveiling the hidden dimensions of poverty

By Xavier Godinot, International Movement ATD Fourth World

Special Contribution 0.2: CONSEA under threat: challenges for engagement in defense of real food and realization of rights

By Elisabetta Recine, University of Brasilia, Maria Emilia Pacheco, Federation of Organizations for Social and Educational Assistance, Renato Sergio Maluf, Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Francisco Menezes, Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses

Cross-cutting policy areas

Democratic global governance: if it doesn’t challenge power it isn’t democratic

By Barbara Adams, Global Policy Forum

Special Contribution I.1: Human Rights in the 2030 Agenda: putting justice and accountability at the core of sustainable development governance

By Ignacio Saiz, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

Club governance: Can the world still be run by gentlemen's agreements?

By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

Special Contribution II.1: Feminist mobilization and multi-stakeholder governance structures: insights from WTO and G20 experiences

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

Preventing the next financial crisis while financing sustainable development: Three propositions

By Kavaljit Singh, Madhyam, with the support of Stefano Prato, Society for International Development (SID)

Sustainable development: First, do no harm

By Marina Lent, Global Policy Forum

Governance of data and artificial intelligence

By Cecilia Alemany, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and Anita Gurumurthy, IT for Change (ITfC).

Spotlights on the SDGs

SDG 1 – Applying human rights standards for the governance of social protection will unleash its transformative potential

By Sylvia Beales and Nicola Wiebe, Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors

SDG 2 – Human rights risks of multi-stakeholder partnerships: the Scaling Up Nutrition Initiative

By Laura Michéle, FIAN International, Kavya Chowdhry, FIAN International, Patti Rundall, IBFAN and Stefano Prato, SID 

SDG 3 – Philanthrocapitalism in global health and nutrition: analysis and implications

By Nicoletta Dentico, Health Innovation in Practice and Karolin Seitz, Global Policy Forum

SDG 4 – The ideological battle over SDG 4

By Antonia Wulff, Education International

SDG 5 – Advancing women’s rights and strengthening global governance: the synergies

By Cecilia Alemany and Gita Sen, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)

SDG 6 – Transforming institutional dynamics of power and governance to enable universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH)

By Kathryn Tobin, WaterAid

SDG 7 – Governing the path towards Sustainable Energy for All

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

SDG 8 – Reclaiming the socio-economic transformation space for realizing SDG 8 in Africa

By Trywell Kalusopa, Africa Labour Research Network (ALRN), ITUC-Africa

SDG 9 – Towards a new approach to public infrastructure provision

By David Boys, Public Services International (PSI)

SDG 10 – The IMF’s role in economic governance: conducive to reducing inequalities within and among countries?

By Kate Donald, CESR, Grazielle David, University of Campinas and Mahinour El-Badrawi, CESR

SDG 11 – Tackling the challenges of global urbanization: flagship local government initiatives to meet the SDGs

By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International (PSI) and Andrea Ciambra, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

SDG 12 – Initiatives to reduce the production and consumption of plastics

By Larissa Copello de Souza, Zero Waste Europe

SDG 13 – Climate finance support to developing countries imperative for ambitious climate action

By Indrajit Bose, Third World Network (TWN)

SDG 14 – Ocean governance for sustainability

By Maureen Penjueli, Pacific Network on Globalization (PANG)

SDG 15 – Cornerstones of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework

By Lim Li Ching and Lim Li Lin, Third World Network (TWN)

SDG 16  Governing for gender equality and peace? Or perpetual violence and conflict?

By Abigail Ruane, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

SDG 17 – Can the Technology Facilitation Mechanism help deliver the SDGs in the era of rapid technological change?

By Neth Daño, ETC Group