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  30 May 2014
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Sustainable Development Goals: Tools for input and accountability
 

 
Stakeholders have two key roles in helping shape the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 1) offering expert input on the substance of the goals; and 2) holding governments to account for the commitments made at Rio+20 and related negotiations. The tools featured in this newsletter seek to empower stakeholders to carry out these vitally important roles. The SDGs must fulfil the ambitions set out in Rio, and this will require both innovation and vigilance from all actors.
 
Farooq Ullah, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
 
Stakeholder Forum and partners have developed a new tool to help governments and other stakeholders create and choose ambitious and effective Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, which fulfil the commitments made by world leaders at Rio+20. We hope these tests will strengthen and consolidate the work currently underway in the Open Working Group on SDGs and contribute to the establishment of a truly progressive, integrated and ambitious set of goals.
Advocacy Toolkit: Influencing the Post-2015 Development Agenda
 
Stakeholder Forum and CIVICUS have produced a toolkit for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that wish to influence the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including the design of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It equips users with relevant information and tools to enable them to develop and implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy.
Supplementary to the advocacy toolkit, 'Engaging with the Media' provides a guide to the strategic use of the media and social media in the context of post-2015 advocacy.  The media guide provides advice and guidance on how to target messages for traditional and new media; identify and build relationships with journalists; conduct interviews and hold press conferences, in order to deliver your post-2015 advocacy messages to a wider audience.
Online Resources
 
Sustaineo 2030 Book Reviews
 
The future-based scenario for sustainable development governance has received high praise from leaders in the field.  Jonathon Poritt, Founder and Director of Forum for the Future and Dominic White, Head of International Development for WWF-UK have provided reviews of the publication and its relevance to the post-2015 development agenda.
 
Video Conversation with Maurice Strong
 
For more than half a century Maurice Strong, as more than anyone else, has been the torchbearer for the cause of sustainable development – as a visionary, humanist, teacher, businessman and diplomat, as well as a global thought and action leader. This video conversation shows the measure of the man and the enduring, innovative thinking, action and teaching.
 
 
In the coming years the food we eat will change. What we are able to feed our children and grandchildren will depend on what we do about climate change, hunger and equality now. What is on our plates and how we grow it will depend, to a large part, on the outcomes of the two big UN agreements in 2015.
 

Stakeholder Forum is a partner of the Measure What Matters Initiative, which aims to bring greater alignment between corporate, national and global actors as to how to better measure progress, using the health of our planet and the wellbeing of our communities as our yardstick rather than profit alone.
 
Announcements
 
 
On 17 June, Stakeholder Forum and partners are hosting a webinar on the role and remit of the recently established United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). The online event will inform stakeholders about the significance of the new body and its relationship with UNEP and the wider UN system.
 
 
Stakeholder Forum helped to bring together national level sustainable development practioners and bodies through a regional workshop series and the global UN Sustainable Development Transition Forum, where the first Annual General Meeting of the Global Network of NCSDs and Similar Bodies also took place to chart the way forward for the project. 
 
 
Stakeholder Forum is delighted to announce the appointment of our new UN Representative, John Romano, who is based in New York. His appointment is effective immediately. While one purpose of John’s role is to enhance Stakeholder Forum’s presence in New York, he is also a resource for both stakeholders and government.
 
 
Earlier this year, Stakeholder Forum and 11 European partners launched the Insight_E project, which provides the European Commission and other energy stakeholders with advice on policy options and assesses their potential impact. One of the project's first outputs provides an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Union's security of energy supply. In addition, an informative brochure has been produced to explain the purpose and scope of work for the think tank.
 
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