Utrecht: A Global Goals City

City of Utrecht (2018) This publication describes Utrecht's approach to localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) outlined in the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The aim is to share Utrecht's experiences with others working to achieve the SDGs at local, national and international levels, as a means of knowledge-sharing and cooperation. The municipality's top priorities are to increase awareness of the SDGs amongst Utrecht's residents and businesses, and to stimulate them to take supportive and (where possible) crosssectional action.

2018 SDG Index and Dashboard Report

Bertelsmann Stiftung and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (2018) The SDG Index and Dashboards Report provides a report card for country performance on the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The annual report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important reforms. It is produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. In order to achieve the ambitious goals, immediate and comprehensive action is needed.

Leaving no one behind: Some conceptional and empirical issues

UN (2018) This paper provides an overview of the conceptual and empirical issues involved in the overarching goal of 'leaving no one behind' (LNOB). After reviewing some existing documents on the topic, it proposes ways to operationalise LNOB, discusses whether to take a country-focused or person-focused approach, examines various (multidimensional) ways to measure those who are left behind, argues for grounding LNOB on intrinsic and instrumental reasons, suggests ways to identify those at risk of being left behind, and discusses difficult trade-offs with other SDGs for an agenda focused on LNOB.

'Leaving no one behind' through enabling climate-resilient economic development in dryland regions

PRISE (2018) 'Leave no one behind' is a principle central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This policy briefing, based on five years' research by the PRISE project, puts forward the view that governments, development partners and investors must prioritise investments to tackle poverty and climate vulnerability in dryland areas to ensure that no one is left behind and achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals.

'Leave no one behind' index 2018

ODI (2018) This index by ODI reviews the readiness of 86 countries to 'leave no one behind', monitoring the extent to which government systems are set up and ready to meet their leave no one behind commitment. Building on ODI's 2017 'leave no one behind' index, this year's index adds an additional policy indicator on resilience. It also includes a new 'leave no one behind' outcome score for each country that captures the extent to which real-world outcomes on leaving no one behind are improving. The index measures governments' readiness in the areas of data, policy, and finance.

A Foreign Policy Perspective On The Sustainable Development Goals

Adelphi (2018) This paper by Adelphi maps out the relevance of the SDGs to foreign policy. Taking the six SDGs under review at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2018 as entry points, Adelphi analyses how progress on specific SDGs may support or undermine progress on foreign policy priorities, especially SDG 16: peace.

Towards the localisation of the SDGs

The Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments & UCLG (2018) This report presents evidence of the involvement of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) in the 'localisation' of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It complements the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) and 'Main Messages' submitted by 103 countries to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2016, 2017 and 2018. It delivers first-hand information from LRGs in 61 different countries.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018

UN (2018) The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 reviews progress in the third year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This overview presents highlights of progress and remaining gaps for all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on the latest available data, and examines some of the interconnections across goals and targets.

Adolescentes with disabilities: enhancing resilience and delivering inclusive development

ODI (2018) This report takes stock of the knowledge about adolescents with disabilities living in the global South. It draws on interviews with 600 adolescent girls and boys with physical, visual, hearing or intellectual impairments, as well as interviews with their parents, teachers and other service providers. This report focuses, for the first time, on the intersection of age and disability – specifically the unique needs of adolescents with disabilities – and the gender dynamics that shape girls' and boys' lives. Alongside this, it also looks at the particular experiences of adolescents with disabilities who grow up in rural areas and conflict-affected contexts.

Sustainable Development Goals: How Europe’s towns and regions are taking the lead

PLATFORMA & the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), 2018 This study highlights the main challenges identified by associations of towns and regions, the top three being the lack of financial resources, the lack of data available at the local level and the lack of training. The study also collects good practices taken by associations and makes concrete recommendations on how to monitor the implementation of the SDGs at domestic and international level. This includes the nomination of local SDG ambassadors, the setting of indicators or awareness raising campaigns.