Agenda 2030


Deliberation on Sustainable Development Goals


icon-20140705Deliberation on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda are taking shape and the negotiations on scope and financing of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are becoming more concrete and contentious at the same time. Sustainability has been a concern for several decades and has gained greater importance in light of increasing climate warming and continued instabilities of the social and economic sectors at global levels. Two separate UN processes are underway to determine the SDG framework namely the HLPF (High Level Political Forum) and the OWG (Open Working Group) both working on defining and negotiating the world's Sustainable Development Goals. In addition,various stakeholder groups (NGOs, Business, Civil Society, Academic Institutions) and International Organisations have started their own discussions on what issues and priorities should be core features of the coming SDGs.

To be able to agree on a single integrated framework is critical to ensure successful progress towards the definition and implementation of the SDGs. Concrete goals need to be set at national, regional and global levels and concrete financial resources need to be committed for SDG implementation. The issues and themes that will have been identified as being top priorities will set the stage for policy choices concerning sustainable development goals and determine the world's progress.

CSEND, a think tank focusing on the development nexus of trade, poverty, employment and social equity, is contributing to these deliberation through its engagement in both the global, national and regional levels.




The United Nations (UN), in association with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) Mona, The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT), Jamaica hosted a regional conference under the theme: “Caribbean Development – The 2030 Agenda in Perspective” at the Jamaica Conference Centre, June 28-30, 2017.

Thought piece for the Think 20 Dialogue as a contribution to the G20 Germany 2017 process on “The 2030 Agenda: No Poverty Reduction without Policy Coherence” by Raymond Saner & Lichia Yiu.

EADI conference on Globalisation at the Cross-Roads: Rethinking Inequalities and Boundaries, Bergen, Norway, 20-23 August 2017

CSEND Round Table “Policy Oriented Round Table on the Need for Better Policy Coherence and Policy Coordination for SDG Implementation amongst International Organisations

Open call expressing profound concern at the inadequacy of measures currently under discussion at the global level (UN-HLPF-ECOSOC) regarding implementation of the SDGs and calls for immediate remedial action to ensure “coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up and reviews” of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

Looking at the Bright Side

Raymond Saner & Lichia Yiu, EFMD Global Focus, Issue 2, Vol. 10, 2016.

Monitoring of SDG Implementation: Call for Action. 

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