Tagged on: Sustainable Development Goals

Reports and Books
The global innovative index 2016: Winning with global innovation
Johnson Cornell University

Innovation is now widely recognized as a central driver of economic growth and development. The Global Innovation Index (GII) aims to capture the multi-dimensional facets of innovation by providing a rich database of detailed metrics for 128 economies, which represent 92.8% of the world’s population and 97.9% of global GDP. As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted at the UN Economic and Social Council in 2013, the GII is a ‘unique tool for refining innovation policies… for providing an accurate picture on the role of science, technology and innovation in sustainable development’. Since the first edition of the GII, science and innovation have become more open, collaborative, and geographically dispersed. As the quest for innovative solutions expands, the likelihood of technological breakthroughs or affordable innovations—in areas as varied as health and the environment—increases. Yet innovation has sometimes not been portrayed as a global win-win proposition. On the contrary, most metrics and policies are designed at and for the national level. The analysis in this year’s edition, The Global Innovation Index 2016: Winning with Global Innovation, is dedicated to this theme, paving the way for improved policy making that takes into account today’s potential for collaborative global innovation.


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2016
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The state of the world fisheries and aquaculture: Contributing to food security and nutrition for all
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Fisheries and aquaculture remain important sources of food, nutrition, income and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people around the world. World per capita fish supply reached a new record high of 20 kg in 2014, thanks to vigorous growth in aquaculture, which now provides half of all fish for human consumption, and to a slight improvement in the state of certain fish stocks due to improved fisheries management. Moreover, fish continues to be one of the most-traded food commodities worldwide with more than half of fish exports by value originating in developing countries. Recent reports by high-level experts, international organizations, industry and civil society representatives all highlight the tremendous potential of the oceans and inland waters now, and even more so in the future, to contribute significantly to food security and adequate nutrition for a global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. It is in this context and with this high expectation that the 2016 edition of The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture is being launched. Several recent major international developments will further strengthen its key function as a provider of informed, balanced and comprehensive analysis of global fisheries and aquaculture data and related issues.


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2016
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Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Natural Resource Perspective
United Nations Environment Programme

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim, by 2030, to end human deprivation worldwide. They represent a coherent, collective vision of a better future for all and provide a framework by which progress towards this vision may be monitored. One of the great strengths of the SDG framework in its current formulation is its recognition of the intimate links between human well-being, economic prosperity and a healthy environment. In its adoption, it must send out a clear message that restoring and maintaining the health of the natural resource base is a necessary condition for eradicating poverty and sustaining economic progress for all.


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2015
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A common approach for developing SDG integrated indicators
United Nations Environment Programme
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2015
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India health report: Nutrition 2015
Public Health Foundation of India

India is on the move. The past two decades have seen significant improvements in household incomes, agricultural productivity and child survival. Between 1990 and 2014, as the income of the average Indian rose by an average annual rate of 4.7 percent (in constant 2005 USD), crop yields (kilograms/hectare) of all food grains rose by an average annual rate of about 2.3 percent fewer children died in the first five years of their life on average annually.


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2015
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Sustainable consumption and production indicators for the future SDGs : UNEP discussion paper, March 2015
United Nations Environment Programme

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to the development of an integrated, science-­‐based set of indicators to monitor progress towards SCP patterns which supports the achievement of the SDGs. An effort is made to identify indicators which can be applied to measure more than one target, and which contribute to making them transformative by building inter-­‐linkages and complementarities between the targets and the goals which they underpin. The report also attempts to show that the use of positive indicators can help illustrate the return on investment in SCP. Wherever possible, positive indicators were selected in preference to others, to highlight benefits from SCP and to show that such progress could be the starter of virtuous circles of action.


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2015
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Sustainable trade and investment : Achieving the sustainable development goals
United Nations Environment Programme
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2015
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The world's women 2015: Trends and statistics
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

At the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, Governments adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which seeks to promote and protect the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of all women throughout their life cycle. Guided by these principles, the World’s Women 2015: Trends and Statistics presents the latest statistics and analyses of the status of women and men in areas of concern identified by the Platform for Action. It also reviews progress towards gender equality over the past 20 years. The Publication is the sixth edition in a series.


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2015
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The legatum prosperity index 2015
Legatum Institute

The Prosperity Index tells us that the story of human progress goes beyond economics. It tells us that for nations to flourish they must provide opportunity and freedom to their citizens. It shows how access to quality healthcare and education provide the foundations on which nations can grow. It proves that effective and transparent government empowers citizens to take control of their lives. And it shows that protection from violence and oppression, as well as strong social bonds, are crucial to a thriving society. The 2015 Prosperity Index highlights the continued rise of many South East Asian economies-with Singapore climbing to first place in the Economy sub-index. Indonesia stands out as the top performer overall, having climbed 21 places in the global rankings in the last seven years. This has been driven by big improvements in the Economy and Entrepreneurship & Opportunity sub-indices. While many developed economies, particularly those in Europe, remain in the doldrums, there is further evidence that some countries are escaping the worst of the financial crisis. Since 2013, the UK has improved the most economically of any major EU economy. This is partly because full time employment amongst the poorest has risen from being the second lowest of any major developed economy in 2009, to the highest of any major economy in the EU


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2015
Serials
Universality in the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda : UNEP Post 2015 Note 9
United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Human Rights

The UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were amongst the first international agreements to frame the notion of \"universality\". Since then the term has been used in various fora and processes, for example in the context of common principles and standards, of global public goods, and in the notion of leaving no one behind. Sustainable development is a universal aspiration, requiring international cooperation and joint responsibility for a greater common good.


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2015