Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2016

Report by the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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I.1 The 2030 Agenda – a new start towards global sustainability?
By Jens Martens on behalf of the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

I.2 Reports from the bottom up: “The road is hazy and full of obstacles”
By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

Spotlights on the SDGs

II.1 The new goal on poverty: A welcome paradigm shift
By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

II.1.1 Leaving no one behind calls for far-reaching changes in the way development agencies operate
By Xavier Godinot, International Movement ATD Fourth World

II.2 Towards the transformation of our agricultural and food systems
By Lim Li Ching, Third World Network

II.3 The “Health SDG”: Some progress, but critical concerns remain
By Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)

II.4 Access to quality education, the new paradigm
By Jorge Osorio-Vargas, Professor at the Escuela de Psicología, Universidad de Valparaíso (Chile)

II.5 Overcoming Global Structural Obstacles and Preventing Negative Spill-over Effects for Realizing Women’s Human Rights
By Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)

II.6 Whose rights to water will the 2030 Agenda promote?
By Meera Karunananthan, Council of Canadians, in collaboration with Devin Tellatin and the NGO Mining Working Group

II.7 Energy at a crossroad
By Niclas Hällström, What Next Forum

II.8 Decent work for all by 2030: taking on the private sector
By Matt Simonds with substantial inputs from Paola Simonetti, Yorgos Altintzis, and Theo Morrissey, ITUC

II.9 Industrialization, infrastructure and clean technology: at the heart of structural transformation but blocked by binding constraints in the international free trade regime
By Bhumika Muchhala, Third World Network

II.10 Will inequality get left behind in the 2030 Agenda?
By Kate Donald, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

II.11 Towards a New Urban Agenda
By Daria Cibrario, Public Services International

II.12 Corporate capture subverts production and consumption transformation
By Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network

II.12.1 Tinkering with “sustainable or eco tourism” hides the real face of tourism
By Anita Pleumarom (Tourism Investigation and Monitoring Team) and Chee Yoke Ling (Third World Network)

II.13 The climate change battle in Paris: putting equity into action
By Meenakshi Raman and Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network

II.14 Policy choices for helping or hindering the poor
By Christine von Weizsäcker, Ecoropa

II.15 “There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development”
By Robert Zuber, Global Action to Prevent War

II.15.1 Implementation of SDG 16 vital for the Middle East and North Africa
By Ziad Abdel Samad, Arab NGO Network for Development

II.16 Beyond the current means of implementation
By Stefano Prato, Society for International Development

II.16.1 Domestic Resource Mobilization and Illicit Financial Flows
By Dereje Alemayehu, Global Alliance for Tax Justice

II.16.2 Multi-stakeholder STI Mechanisms at the UN: Fad or Trap?
By Neth Daño, ETC Group

II.17 International Trade and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
By Ranja Sengupta, Third World Network

II.17.1 TTIP – a threat for the 2030 Agenda
By Hubert René Schillinger, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Geneva

Measures and indicators

III.1 Measuring Accountability: The politics of indicators
By Barbara Adams, Roberto Bissio and Karen Judd

III.2 Towards a 2030 Agenda Dashboard
By Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

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