Reporting progress on the 2030 Agenda: Navigating through the maze of the 17 goals

19 Jul 2017 by Eunice Kamwendo, Strategic Advisor, UNDP Africa

As countries implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, they face competing demands. There is the desire to embrace the entire framework as a whole on one hand, and the need to be practical and focused to achieve each goal, on the other. As UNDP supports SDG reporting at the country level as well as in the global arena, part of our role is to help countries tackle this and other challenges along the way. The global, regional and country reporting that was largely adopted for the Millennium Development Goals was goal-by-goal reporting. This might have worked well with fewer goals, but it also served to reinforce the sectoral approach to development. There is a need to think through options for reporting the SDGs in ways that would enhance integration effects and synergies, as well reduce the burden of reporting on all goals at the same time without taking our eyes off the objectives of the entire agenda. The annual High Level Political Forum (HLPF) offers a model that could be instructive. Held under the theme “eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, the 2017 HLPF was convened this week and last at the UN Headquarters. This is a great platform for tracking progress on … Read more

Revamped APRM is now tracking African Union Governance commitments. Should it still be voluntary?

05 Jul 2017 by David Omozuafoh, Programme Advisor, APRM and Governance Assessment, UNDP Africa

Guinea citizens line up to vote during the presidential elections. Aspiration 3 of the AU Agenda 2063 calls for an Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and the rule of law. UNDP Photo
The APRM was set up in 2003 by African Union Member States as a voluntary tool to assess political, economic and corporate governance, and socio-economic development in countries, and ensure policy conformity. 36 of the AU’s 55 members have acceded to the APRM, and 21 have been peer-reviewed at the Head of State and Government level. … Read more

Confronting climate change in South Sudan

30 Jun 2017 by Jean-Luc Stalon, Deputy Country Director & Biplove Choudhary, Team Leader, Human Development and Inclusive Growth, UNDP South Sudan

Up to 95 percent of the people of South Sudan, or more than 11 million people, depend on climate sensitive sectors, including agriculture, forestry resources and fisheries. Photo: Albert Gonzalez Farran, UNDP
According to the Climate Change Vulnerability Index 2017, South Sudan is ranked amongst the five worst performing in the world alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Haiti and Liberia. Projections indicate that in South Sudan, global warming will be felt 2 ½ times more than the global average. … Read more

Setting sail to achieve SDG 14 – Life below Water – in Africa

29 Jun 2017 by Saskia Marijnissen, Regional Technical Adviser - Ecosystems & Biodiversity, and Akiko Yamamoto, Regional Technical Adviser - Water and Ocean Governance, UNDP Africa

Fishermen offloading tunas at the industrial fish port of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Photo: FAO/Sia Kambou
For Africa’s coastal and island states, proximity to the sea offers vast opportunities. Blue economy sectors such as fisheries, maritime transport, renewable energy, and tourism can boost employment, food security and trade, leading to economic growth. However, these sectors will only be sustainable if accompanied by efforts to restore and sustain ocean health. … Read more

Can the SDG target to industrialise be achieved in resource-rich Africa countries?

19 Jun 2017 by Degol Hailu and Chinpihoi Kipgen

To see how far this SDG target will be achieved, we have analysed the performance of seven resource-dependent countries in sub-Saharan African (SSA) that have prioritized diversification and industrialisation in their national development plans and strategies. … Read more

Land degradation and Migration: will restoring degraded lands keep people at home?

15 Jun 2017 by Phemo Kgomotso

‘Would forced migration end, if people knew that they could thrive and survive in their homeland’? The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) asks this pertinent question as we observe World Day to Combat Desertification, on 17 June, focused on examining the important link between land degradation and migration. … Read more