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This Is It on Migration at Addis?

Lant recently blogged on the weak language on migration in the draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  If we want a just, equitable, and inclusive world, the most powerful tool at our disposal is migration. And yet the best the SDGs can do is call for countries to “facilitate orderly, safe, regular, and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies.” 

Labor Mobility and Migration: The Missing Heart of the Sustainable Development Goals

Imagine you are a Guatemalan living and working in the United States without the proper documents.  Almost certainly (because it is legally required) there is a poster in the place where you work—most likely in English and Spanish—that “Equal Opportunity is the Law” and that you are protected from discrimination “on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), or national origin.”  

SDG Fifteen: Four Observations on Forests

This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets.

Poor Goal 15.  Forced to accommodate terrestrial ecosystems, forests, desertification, land degradation, and biodiversity, it has the longest title among the SDGs. It is one of the only goals that is too long to tweet. 

SDG Thirteen: A Pound of Cure, Sure, But Where’s the Ounce of Prevention?

Expanding economic prosperity while avoiding dangerous climate change is perhaps the defining challenge of the 21st century.  So I’m glad to see that the draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include a goal for climate.  But I’m puzzled by a pretty fundamental omission. While the draft SDGs list targets for adapting to climate change, and educating people about climate change, and even mobilizing serious money in response to climate change, there’s not actually a target for, ahem, preventing climate change.

SDG Nine: Strengthening Roads and Research

This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets

Target 9.1 discusses reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on access. It may be a good target to include specific mention of an under-addressed infrastructure need: roads.   While access to transport is addressed in general terms in Goal 11, there is no specific mention of road access (as compared to other infrastructure including water, sanitation, electricity and telecommunications). 

SDG Eight: Sharpening the Target on Economic Growth

This is one of a series of CGD blogs on tweaks to the SDG targets. 

Target 8.1 calls for rapid per capita economic growth.  As this is a vital element of sustained progress on development, it is absolutely right that a comprehensive set of development goals include a growth target. 

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