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World leaders are meeting to agree the Sustainable Development Goals that will replace the the Millennium Development Goals and shape the next 15 years of international development. But how much change is required to achieve the ambitious SDG agenda by 2030? Which goals are most off-track and will need to be prioritised? And what are the particular challenges that will face different regions?
We should celebrate the grand ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals, but keep the focus on the real prize: action.
ODI Research Officer Paula Lucci writes for the New Statesman's CityMetric blog on recent Development Progress research on improvements to living conditions in slums in Peru, Thailand and India.
Great progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which will expire this year. However some targets are so far off track that their replacement, the Sustainable Development Goals, will expire in 2030 before the orginal targets will be achieved. Overseas Development Institute Research Officer Chris Hoy writes on some of the successes and 'unfinished business' of the MDGs.
The final text of the Sustainable Development Goals has been agreed by UN countries and will be adopted in September. Abigail Hunt, Womankind Worldwide, and Maria Vlahakis, VSO, write on the risk of implementation not matching up to the ambition of Target 5.5: to 'ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life'.
Following Development Progress research into urban poverty, Ingeborg Denissen, Policy Adviser to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, writes on the steps needed to create inclusive and safe cities.
To complement a new research note released today, Elizabeth Stuart and Emma Samman outline the importance of using a country-lens to measure SDG progress. Different countries are at different stages of development, and unless this is taken into account in setting targets and assessing progress, we risk creating a set of perverse incentives.
Low-middle income countries emerging from extreme poverty lose out as aid and official loans are falling faster than national tax revenues, leaving a 'missing middle' in development finance. This blog explores the basic rationale for using loans (on any terms) to fund health investments.
Following the publication of three Development Progress case studies on urban poverty, ODI Research Fellow and co-author of two of the reports, Paula Lucci, writes on the practical insights they provide, which could help to tackle many of the serious challenges facing the world’s growing number of slum dwellers.
'Achieving zero poverty zero emissions will only be possible if we can improve urban resilience', writes Kirsty Gray. With two thirds of the world's population predicted to live in cities by 2050, we need to put urban issues at the centre of debates on climate and poverty.