Melissa Blackerby from the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors writes about the event SDG Philanthropy Platform hosted during the Opening Week of UNGA to facilitate multi-sector partnerships Making connections and sharing knowledge are key if we are to achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. At the opening week of the United Nations General…
Adam Pickering, International Policy Manager at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) represented WINGS at the SDG Transformation Forum, a side event of Transformations 2017 in Dundee, Scotland on the 2nd of September. The purpose of the event was to bring a diverse range of experts from different fields to support collaborative action to attempt to…
This article was first published on the Graduate Union of the University of Melbourne website. Since their adoption in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals have meant that each country has a social and civic responsibility to ensure protection of the planet, an end to poverty and prosperity for all. It’s about equality. It’s about justice, and…
Considering the relevance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, GIFE held a meeting in São Paulo in August with leaders from institutes, foundations and businesses for a debate on how the SGDs connect with private social investment.
Brad Smith (Foundation Center): “Inequality is an inescapable fact of our world: while extreme poverty in many regions of the globe may be declining, recent research suggests that the gap between rich and poor is fast becoming a growing threat to peace, economic prosperity, the environment, public health, democracy and just about any other major challenge you can name. Indeed, one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals developed by seventy nations (with the direct participation of 7.5 million people around the world) is to ‘reduce inequality within and among nations.’ So, why don’t more foundations embrace the term?”
Chris Delatorre (WINGS) reports on the International Conference on Social Media for Good, linking the Post-2015 Agenda and the concept of diffuse collaboration to a new framework for distributed social networking. “If diffuse reciprocity represents the exchange of items of nonequivalent value, then distributed social technology is the best substrate for realizing a system in which every contribution, large and small, is recognized within a greater ecosystem of social reality and practice, and met with gratitude.”
The topic of this year’s World Bicycle Forum, “Cities for All”, placed the bicycle as a social transformation tool and a solution to deep issues like inequality, urban mobility and gender. Celebrated annually, the forum is the largest global event promoting the bicycle in all its forms, and completely organized by civil society for citizens.
Sunday’s historic People’s Climate March was a testament to the growing power and visibility of a global people’s movement for peace, justice and democracy, under the banner of climate change and sustainable and equitable development. Mafruza Khan reports.
In joining the push for meaningful Sustainable Development Goals, foundations need to prepare for a long-term give-and-take approach. In her latest for Stanford Social Innovation Review, Heather Grady (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors) points to challenges for collaboration on global development goals, adding that now is the time for interested parties to join the fold. “If you want to try new approaches to collaboration on the Sustainable Development Goals and put diffuse reciprocity in action by putting some skin in the game, get in touch as our circle widens.”
One of the best-attended sessions at the Council on Foundations conference this week was on foundation involvement in the global development agenda for the period 2015-30. The standing room only crowd was urged by panellists from the Hilton and Rockefeller Foundations, the Foundation Center and the World Bank to get involved both in the framing of the goals and in their execution over the coming decade and a half. Article by Peter Laugharn.