Welcome, IDPA class of 2016. Since there are a few news items this week that we didn’t get to share in class, I decided to revive the class blog.
Here are this week’s items:
- Habemus SG proposal: the (somewhat surprising) Security Council -backed candidate for the next SG of the UN is neither a woman nor Eastern European, but António Guterres, a former prime minister of Portugal and former head of UNHCR.
- We didn’t talk enough about inequality and the SDG in the respective session so far, but here is an interesting discussion of SDG 10. By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 percent of the population at a rate higher than the national average. (h/t Ruslan)
- If you want to look at the current proposals for indicators for “your” SDG target or others, you can find them in the Report of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators and the document on Provisional Proposed Tiers for Global SDG Indicators as of March 24, 2016 (dig deep). The UN also has SDG Indicators Global Database. (CGD has more on data availability and methodology).
UPDATE: and in anticipation of next week’s topic, here is an article in the Washington Post about the NKOTB when it comes to mega-foundations: the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). More global health than global development, but raises some interesting questions about what and how foundations can contribute to global public goods.