CMMD Geneva Observer — The SDGs Are Taking Root

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28 December 2017 | Weekly Newsletter from Geneva, Switzerland |

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Commentary by Katherine Hagen, Executive Director of the CMMD

We wish you a very happy and productive new year with this final issue of CMMD Geneva Observer. It has been a pleasure serving your information needs through this newsletter. With this issue we  are discontinuing our subscription services. Note that the articles presented in this issue are not password protected. Future commentaries will be available on

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was the pivotal event of 2015, a year advertised for its transformational summits – on disaster relief in Sendai, on financing for development in Addis Ababa and on climate change in Paris. One might have assumed that the euphoria of the 2030 Agenda would translate directly into implementation strategies in 2016. While one could argue that it was premature to expect such an immediate shift to the new ways of thinking that the 2030 Agenda called for, 2016 also proved to be the year for catastrophic political events which effectively slowed down any hints of first steps.Read more here.

We have long been a fan of the Internet Governance Forum as a leading experiment in inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement at the global level. In our last newsletter (11 December 2017), we wrote an anticipatory commentary on the 12th IGF, which was meeting in Geneva from 18 to 21 December 2017. We had the opportunity to mingle with IGF delegates and to attend a few of the over 230 sessions that were held over five days (the official four days but also an extra day “zero” on 17 December to help deal with the overload). As usual, we came away with the impression of multiple voices – or sounds, as it were, like the warming up of an orchestra before the conductor comes on stage.Read more here.


International Organization News

This section provides a selection of recent news items from major International Governmental Organizations.

Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Food Security, Water Scarcity

Finance, Economics, Trade and Development, IP and IT

Health, Human Rights, Labour Issues, Governance and Crime


 Major Upcoming Events

Major events for the coming year are given below.


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