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Incorporating Resilience and Environmental Justice Indicators to SDG 16: Implementing Monitoring Policies

September 26, 2017

The 10th annual GPPN Conference, hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, featured students' solution oriented ideas and prototypes to address public policy challenges identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To participate, each GPPN member school carefully selected up to five student teams to present their projects and compete for the GPPN prize. The result: 32 teams from around the world met in Paris to showcase their ideas on how to solve some of the most pressing global challenges of today. 

 

UN Member States and the UN Statistical Commission are defining a set of parameters and methods to measure progress towards implementing the Sustainable Development goals. However, the indicators proposed to measure the implementation of SDG16 and are not sufficient for accurately assessing whether a country is moving towards a more peaceful and just state. They omit two essential elements: measures of environmental justice and measures of resilience to climate risks. Only by incorporating these elements can we obtain a more holistic view on the progress of the implementation of SDG 16. This study aims at completing the proposed indicators to measure SDG 16 using robust data analysis methods. The improved indicators will provide governments with a more accurate tool to measure the progress towards a peaceful and just society in their countries. In the Annex 1 we include a practical example of how these indicators could be measured in a member state, including the data sources that would be used to measure each of the indicators.

 

Meet the team

 

Lidia Cano is a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she specializes in International Conflict Resolution and how it relates to natural resources and climate change. She currently serves as a Carnegie New Leader and Co-President of the SIPA Conflict Resolution Working Group. Recently she served as a researcher for the RIMISP Latin American Center for Rural Development in Colombia. Before SIPA, she worked on natural rights and environmental conflict at the UNDESA Division for Sustainable Development. Previously she was a researcher at the Research Liaison Unit of the United Nations Operations and Crisis Center, where she carried out conflict analysis of West and Central Africa regions. Lidia received both her Law and Master’s degrees in International Relations and African studies from the Universidad de Autonoma de Madrid, and was an exchange scholar at New York University. Lidia has practiced law as an international legal advisor in both private and public sectors.

 

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