Members of the Oslo SDG Initiative attended the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development that was held at UN headquarters in New York under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the period 9-18 July 2019.
Together with the Norwegian Consulate General in Mumbai, the National Foundation for India and Samhita Social Ventures, we recently organized a forum in Mumbai on the role of business in promoting sustainable development in an Indian context.
Malawi has been consistently democratic since 1994, when it re-introduced a multiparty democratic system of governance after several decades of dictatorship. But what has been the democratic dividend in terms of economic development?
Together with the University of Calcutta, the Oslo SDG Initiative recently organized a workshop in Kolkata, India, aiming to provide a better understanding of the role of human agency and feedbacks to behaviors, values and norms that affect the functioning of Earth Systems.
To what extent is the Indian government promoting and institutionalising the SDGs within a broader policy framework? And how is the 2030 Agenda being integrated in state planning, budgeting, monitoring and financing for SDGs? The Oslo SDG Initiative was represented by Professor Dan Banik and Professor Sidsel Roalkvam in the second National Conclave on Institutionalizing SDGs in New Delhi on 4th and 5th February 2019.
Special Issue of Global Policy, 2019, edited by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr & Desmond McNeill.
Prof. Dan Banik has begun writing a new weekly column on poverty reduction and sustainable development in Malawi's biggest national newspaper, The Nation.
A delegation from the Oslo SDG Initiative recently visited Beijing to interact with various stakeholders on sustainable development and the national follow-up of the SDGs in China. In addition to dialogue with several think tanks and organisations, Prof. Dan Banik also gave guest lectures at UNDP China and the CPC Central Party School.
2018 has been an eventful year for the Oslo SDG Initiative! We would like to thank all of our supporters and collaborators, and look forward to continuing our work in 2019.
The Oslo SDG Initiative recently organized several events with Indian partner institutions in New Delhi and Kolkata.
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed recently visited the University of Oslo to address the current achievements and challenges of the 2030 Agenda, in a public lecture jointly organized by the Oslo SDG Initiative and UNDP Norway.
A delegation from the Oslo SDG Initiative spent a week in New York in early July interacting with various UN offices and the permanent missions of several countries to the UN.
SUM Blog: - Researchers who want to engage with policy-makers may have to resist the attraction of complexity, while still displaying their valuable constructive and critical faculties, writes Desmond McNeill on the SUM Blog.
Vårt Land: Undernutrition in some form affects one third of the world's population, writes Kari Helene Partapuoli and Dan Banik in Vårt Land.
Vårt Land: Only 1/10 Norwegians believe that poverty can be eliminated by 2030. - Success will also depend on how we deal with factors such as war and conflict, environmental disasters, food production and job creation, argues Dan Banik.
Full interview here (Behind paywall. NB! In Norwegian)
Dagens Næringsliv: Private sector efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals must not end in failure. That will require division of responsibility and long-term dedication, argue Benedicte Bull and Dan Banik.
Full text here (Behind paywall. NB! In Norwegian)
What Works: The idea of “sustainable development” has witnessed a resurrection in the past couple of years following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and its accompanying 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 193 heads of state in 2015. Since its inception in the international development discourse in the late 1980s, sustainable development has acquired new layers of meaning and been celebrated for its rhetorical appeal to political correctness. But is it a useful tool for global development?
Full text here.
Vårt Land: "We obviously face great challenges, but we have also accomplished a lot, something we tend to ignore" says Dan Banik. He is now offering the course «What Works: Promising Practices in International Development» for the 3rd time.
Full text here (Behind paywall. NB! In Norwegian)
Bistandsaktuelt: It has been two years since the SDGs were put on the international development agenda. Dan Banik reflects on what the world has achieved so far, who have shown the greatest interest for the new agenda and, not least, where the challenges lie ahead. Full text here (NB! In Norwegian)
Global Policy: Dan Banik and Jason Miklian show how and why the private sector's role in sustainable development has become a $2 trillion shadow industry, and ask what this change means for the future of development and even the liberal international order itself. You can read the full article here.