Three years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many Governments, UN entities, international and regional organizations, Major Groups and other Stakeholders, are planning or have initiated evidence-based stock-taking of progress.
What are the inspiring breakthroughs and success stories that are showing results and impacts? What are the good practices that can be replicated and scaled up? What are the gaps and constraints and how should we address them? Looking ahead, what steps should we take to accelerate progress?
To help answer these and other questions, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) had launched a call for submissions of good practices, success stories and lessons learned by all stakeholders in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs and the results are made available in an online database of more than 400 good practices. To search the submissions including by sorting them by individual SDGs, click here and select the "SDG Good Practices" checkbox under the "Action Network & Databases" section in the left column.This year’s submissions to the SDG good practices are still under review. Be sure to check this site regularly as more good practices will be released in the coming weeks.
*Disclaimer: The SDG good practices online registry provides an opportunity to Member States, the UN system and other stakeholders to showcase SDG-related good practices and success stories. Kindly note that the views presented do not represent those of the United Nations and that the United Nations do not endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or outcomes provided by stakeholders to this platform. The United Nations reserves the right to review submissions and delete proposed SDG good practices at any given time if any content/input is perceived as not aligned with the United Nations Charter and/or the principles and purposes of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Over the past 10 year, HelpAge and local partners in response to the need of disadvantage groups in Vietnam has developed and tested the Inter-generational Self-help Clubs (ISHC) development model through the country. The ISHCs have demonstrated that they can serve as a strong mechanism for informal sustainable social protection for vulnerable households which enables higher income, better health and care and can be an effective platform to mobilize collective voice and to negotiate for rights and entitlements of disadvantage groups. The ISHC model has rapid grown to 1,535 ISHCs in 57 out of 63 provinces/cities in the country.
The activities conducted during 2015-2017 in Ilgin Village. With an integrated approach a pilot project designed under GAP Organic Agriculture Cluster Project (This project is implemented by GAP RDA with technical assistance of UNDP Turkey) to contribute sustainable development through increasing the production of value added organic products, prototype models for land and water preservation, raise awareness on gender equality and increase the income of women farmers, build and facilitate cooperation among producers and market opportunities for the farmers.
Sahelian pastoral context began in 2007 Laiterie du Berger (LDB) at Richard-Toll (North Ferlo, Senegal). LDB today collects milk from over 800 families twice a day. The major constraint is its seasonality. In the rainy season, the production is high allowing the collection of up to 6,000 liters per day. However, in the dry season, the volumes of milk can drop to less than 1 000 l/d. LDB also seeks to increase collected volumes during the dry season. To assist in this, LDB has increased the following: the density of its collection network; the number of circuits, and the number of farm suppliers.
In conflict-ridden South Sudan more than half of the population depends on livestock for survival. Public veterinary services infrastructure is dilapidated, access to animal health services severely constrained and endemic diseases of economic importance cause heavy losses to livestock producers. Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (VSF) promotes the Community-based Animal Health Workers (CAHW) model as a cost-efficient and locally available option to offer access to quality animal health services. The practice contributes to protect key livelihood assets and to grant access to food of animal origin, hence improving food, nutrition and income security of vulnerable populations.
The ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme (SDGs-FC) is a new initiative under the ASEAN Working Group on Environmentally Sustainable Cities (AWGESC) funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The programme expects to raise the capacity and profile of 27 (t.b.c.) ASEAN cities, (comprising ‘SDGs Frontrunner Candidate Cities’ and ‘Model Cities’) to develop and scale up multi-dimensional benefit model practices/policies towards clean and green sustainable development. It will also actively catalyse the agenda of SDGs localisation to contribute towards the national voluntary reporting and implementation of the SDGs in ASEAN Member States.
The Indigenous Navigator is a framework and set of tools for and by indigenous peoples to systematically monitor the level of recognition and implementation of their rights. By using the Indigenous Navigator, indigenous organisations and communities, duty bearers, NGOs and journalists access free tools and resources based on community-generated data. The Indigenous Navigator monitors the implementation of: The UNDRIP; relevant International Human Rights conventions, including ILO Convention No. 169; Essential aspects of the SDGs; and Outcomes of the WCIP. The Navigator exposes important links between these frameworks enabling gap analysis by indigenous communities. The project runs from 2017 to 2020.
Gulf of Zeit is the biggest wind complex in MENA region with total installed capacity of 580 MW and about 3 TWh in three years’ production, which saving fossil fuel and reducing GHG emissions. It consists of 3 phases, namely Gulf of Zeit 1, Gulf of Zeit 2 and Gulf of zeit 3 with installed capacity of 240MW, 220MW and 120 MW respectively. The project started in 30th Sep. 2015 and connected to the national grid in November 2018. The wind farm complex applies a shut down on demand approach that provides a safe route for migratory birds.
The 17 Goals Campaign is the first and the biggest national cross-sectoral initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals in Poland. It encourages business to contribute to the realization of the 2030 Agenda. The Campaign brought together a wide range of actors: companies, governmental institutions and NGO’s under the honorary patronage of the Polish Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology. It is an example how the national, cross-sectoral cooperation towards the 2030 Agenda can work. The Campaign mobilizes business community and other stakeholders to take action and create cross-sectoral partnerships for chosen Goals or include them in business models and CSR practices.
Goal Tracker is a ground-breaking digital platform that enables countries and their citizens to visually track implementation of the Global Goals and related national policies. The platform can be tailored to any specific country, translating complex data on development priorities into innovative and accessible information. The first SDG portal which was developed for the Colombian government was launched in March 2018. Similar portals for the governments of South Africa and Tanzania will be launched ahead of HLPF 2019.
In light of the UN SDGs, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the EU’s climate, energy, and environmental policy framework, the current financial system needs to be better aligned with EU policies and foster investments that support the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient, more resource efficient and circular economy, while avoiding further degradation of our natural capital and preserving financial stability. An enormous investment gap needs to be filled, which is beyond the capacity of the public sector alone. The financial sector has a key role to play.
EKOenergy is an international, non-profit ecolabel and a network of environmental NGOs. Initially launched in 2013, we aim to fight climate change, protect the environment and alleviate energy poverty. We chiefly focus on SDGs 7, 12, 13 and 17 but our work often targets other SDGs. We setup the ecolabel in the spirit of ‘Deeds not Words’ to effect immediate and systematic change. The ecolabel is a tool, working within existing market mechanisms, for people to find energy produced through highly sustainable means and contribute to financing renewable energy projects in remote areas of developing nations.
As circular economy is a complex and far-reaching concept, in December 2015 the European Commission has established a unique comprehensive strategy, the Circular Economy Action Plan. The plan aimed to boost jobs, growth and investment while protecting environment and natural capital. It includes 54 actions covering the whole cycle of materials and products – from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. As of January 2019, more than 90% of actions have been delivered. The Commission will reach full implementation within the current College’s mandate, in 2019.
CHI was launched in June 2016 and is a partnership of leading organisations sharing a vision that by 2030 every child should enjoy a safe and healthy journey to school. With a focus on policies for sustainable transportation, road safety, clean fuels and vehicles, and equitable urban development, CHI advocates for and supports practical activities to ensure every child has the right to: 1) use safe roads 2) breathe clean air 3) an education 4) explore in safety 5) protection from violence 6) be heard.
The EU Action Plan for nature, people and the economy was adopted in April 2017 as follow up to an evaluation of the EU Birds and Habitats Directives. It aims to strategically boost their implementation and realise their full potential to achieve healthy ecosystems, whose services benefit people, nature and the economy and improve their coherence with broader socio-economic objectives, thus contributing to SDGs 14 and 15, as well as SDGs 2, 3 and 8.
The SCP is structured in twelve thematic lines that intend to offer knowledge to support policy and decision-making on urban sustainability. The platform offers a set of 260 indicators aligned to the SDG and a database with more than 300 Good Practices, references of successful public policies around the world. This contents are available on a open data portal - Sustainable Cities Platform – in which cities may monitor and compare its development in an integrated way. Monitoring the implementation of SDG at the local level seeks to promote public policies aimed to end inequalities, improve quality of life and well-being.
This practice explored the techniques as to “how can a local community implement the SDGs and what transformation actions can be taken”, which local policy-makers confront when implementing the 2030 Agenda. Taking Deqing County as a pilot area, the practice produced valuable results on SDGs local monitoring, including a data-driven and evidence-supported approach within a geospatial framework, a cooperation network able to focus resources on major tasks, and significant guidance to local development policy-making. It is a proactive response to the United Nations’ call for follow-up and review of the global indicator framework for SDGs at national and local levels.
Yemen was already one of the world’s most energy insecure and water poor countries, with most of the country having lacked sustainable access to energy. The ongoing war has made the situation worse. Energy supply in Yemen for many years has been very limited due weak generation capacity, limited access, high electricity losses from the grid, and increasing demand. The Enhanced Rural Resilience in Yemen (ERRY) project intervention has addressed the above challenges by taking pathways from service delivery to livelihood improvement.
‘Epsilon’ Project, was one of the most prominent LGTBI-led projects in Europe which aimed at improving the lives of LGBTI refugees and migrants. Within this framework, an educational programme was developed, intended for professionals and volunteers working with migrants and refugees across Europe. \r\nEPSILON is the first project in Europe truly led by an independent user advisory group consisting of LGBTI migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and professionals from the UK and Europe. The project seeks to fill the information gap about the situation of LGBTI refugees and asylum seekers in refugee camps, detention centers and the community.
The electronic Personal Health Record (e-PHR) was developed in 2016 to establish a more comprehensive approach to foster health provision for migrants arriving in Europe, and to facilitate follow-up and continuity of care. The product was requested by the European Commission - General Directorate for Health and Food Safety (EC-DG SANTE), in the context of large numbers of new arrivals to the region, challenging domestic health systems and demonstrating the need to expedite implementation of EU directives regarding cross-border care and data sharing. The e-PHR is a resource for Health Professionals aiding health assessments and medical follow ups for new migrants.
Our practice supports HIV+ single mothers raising AIDS orphans in Uganda and Kenya by offering two programs: the income generating program and life planning program. There are 12.2 million AIDS orphans worldwide, 83% of whom are in Sub-Sahara Africa. Although antiretroviral drugs have reduced AIDS-related deaths, HIV+ single mothers who have lost their spouses tend to live in poverty, which creates a cycle of poverty for their children, who often fail to complete compulsory education, attain life skills and cultivate careers. We have been tackling these issues by providing our programs to 1,906 children in 235 households since 2016.
In 2017, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) launched the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC), the world’s first multi-stakeholder public data portal on human trafficking. CTDC is a complex, innovative project leveraging technology to bring sensitive data into the public domain for the first time. It has been developed successfully with buy-in and support from leading anti-trafficking actors. IOM is scaling up the project to expand the number of contributors and data available, transform the data into evidence and ensure its use to improve policy and programming.
Accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) in children is a major challenge. Most commonly available TB tests are done on sputum, which many children cannot produce; and childhood TB often manifests with very few bacteria, so tests need to be extremely sensitive to detect them. The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), in consultation with the National TB Program (NTP) of India, implemented a unique paediatric initiative in ten major cities in India to improve access to quality diagnosis. This initiative lasted from April 2014 until March 2018, initially focussing on demonstrating the feasibility of implementing upfront molecular diagnostics.
Evidence Based, Low Carbon, Pro-Poor Advocacy on Sustainable Eco-Village Development in Bangladesh, India, Nepal. Sri Lanka in 2015-18. The Project partners tested/demonstrated the concept in 3 villages in the respective countries, and published training manuals, case studies, CO2 mitigation calculation, policy briefs, videos for promote replications, and inclusion the approach in development plans and national guidelines.\\r\\nThe background is that 1.56 billion people in South Asia struggle for access to energy, sanitation, safe drinking water, nutrition, and health services (UNDP, 2014). Climate change makes the situation worse, as by the 2050s it could decrease the cultivation area substantially.
Although a formidable challenge for many countries, achieving SDG 6 by 2030 through successful water and sanitation management will be a foundation to achieve many other SDGs directly or indirectly. Effective planning and policy implementation through strengthening and realigning enabling environments are critical to driving success in the water sector. However, evidence and appropriate data for policymakers and development actors to make this happen is missing, overlapping or even fragmented in many countries. The project “Water in the World We Want” addressed the challenge of producing critical evidence for water-related policies by developing SDG 6 Policy Support System (SDG-PSS).
Developed in a partnership between INMED Brasil, ENGIE Foundation and ENGIE Brasil, the program improved the quality of life of children and their communities through participatory education on preventive health, nutrition and hygiene. It treats children with intestinal parasitic infection and anemia, providing biomedical diagnostics, treatment and training to their teachers and families. 63% of the local population live in rural areas and face social vulnerability. Only 20% have access to tap water and 14% don’t have bathrooms at home. The program takes place during a year but its trainings become a legacy for the region where the activities occur.
To stimulate social practices and promoting greater integration of society, through solidarity and social welfare, the City of Juiz de Fora carries out the "Common Good" project. The project was born in 2013, amid the discredit of the population in the political class and seeks citizen engagement in government practices. On a permanent basis, the initiative seeks partnerships that assist in the execution of social actions in favor of vulnerable population. Over five years, the project has already carried out around 300 actions and benefited thousands of people, with the support of private and public partners.
Every year India loses more than 1.4 lakh people due to road-crashes with more than 60% of them being in the age-group 15-34 years as per Indian Central Govt. As of 2018- WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, Road crashes are the leading cause of death among the youth (5-29 years of age) in the world with India being the table-topper across the globe with more than 3 lakh road crash fatalities. Indian Road Safety Campaign, Solve in India works with a vision to make Indian roads safer via youth-led community driven multi-sectoral initiative.
O Núcleo dos objetivos de desenvolvimento sustentável visa conscientizar e mobilizar as organizações do 1º, 2º e 3º Setor, assim como a comunidade acadêmica e do entorno do campus no desenvolver dos ODS, em especial nos municípios de atuação da Univali. O Núcleo prevê atividades práticas de caráter multidisciplinar, a fim de incluir os alunos no desenvolvimento de assessoria, consultoria, ações instrutiva, executiva e documental relacionada à implementação dos ODS da ONU, junto aos Municípios de abrangência da UNIVALI e com entidades de todos os setores.
The Veeduría Distrital of Bogota is an autonomous preventive control agency that analyses, investigates and seeks to prevent administrative inefficiencies and corruption risks in the City´s governmental agencies. The scope of work of this agency merges an oversight function with the capacities of an ombudsman. Bogotá’s Transparency Index (ITB) is a tool lead by the Veeduria Distrital since 2016 in alliance with the private sector and civil society, which identifies flaws in institutional practices of public authorities that enable corruption risks, and measures such risks but also identifies good practices and actions that will tackle such risks.
This ongoing practice aims to strengthen the implementation of the 17 SDGs by local governments. It was initiated through a collaboration between the UNDP Mexico Office and the Office of the President of Mexico, which, in 2017, set out to promote the localization of the 2030 Agenda by state and municipal governments. Over the course of 2018, the scope of the practice expanded by, for example, including capacity building of local governments in the field of integrating the sustainable development approach into their strategic planning frameworks and instruments.
Q500 is a strategy for the integral and sustainable development of the Municipality of Querétaro planned until 2031, date of the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the city.\\r\\nFrom 2016 to 2018, the Municipal Planning Institute of Querétaro (IMPLAN), in collaboration with UN-Habitat, elaborated the strategy of the criteria of metropolitan and long-term vision and the different exercises of social participation. Thus, the Q500 plotted a route to implement in the territory the Sustainable Development Goals and the principles of the New Urban Agenda, seeking continuity in public activities that contribute to urban prosperity.
Guatemala has 22 departments (states), divided in 340 municipalities, these are autonomous and have multiple functions according to law. The Secretariat of Planning and Programming of Guatemala (Segeplan) has the task of advising and training these local governments so they can create their local development and territorial ordering plans. Therefore, in 2018, Segeplan published the Guidelines for the Formulation of Municipal Development and Territorial Ordering Plans (PDM-OT for its name in Spanish) as a tool for introducing the national development priorities and the SDGs in local government plans.
SUNSHOW GROUP is a small and medium-sized enterprise in the construction industry in Japan. We contribute to the acquisition of housing for people having difficulty in securing a good living environment, and support the creation of good local communities and town development with a high awareness of disaster prevention. We aim to make a satisfying workplace and build a sustainable corporate foundation spreading the idea of diversity within the enterprise. We promote women 's activeness in the workplace so as conduct working-way reform. We share our practical examples to companies and organizations throughout Japan through lectures and consulting
Suzano, world leader in market eucalyptus pulp, has an innovative Restoration Program, which seeks to restore degraded habitat and promote environmental conservation of ecosystems in four out of the six Brazilian biomes (Amazon Rainforest, Atlantic Forest, Cerrado and Caatinga). In nearly a decade, over 10.7 million native seedlings were planted, starting the restoration process for 31,200 hectares. Also, Suzano’s preservation areas encompass over 925,600 hectares, 38% of its total area. As such, Suzano’s sustainable environmental management increases afforestation and reforestation in Brazil, ensures conservation of important habitat including its biodiversity and watersheds, and strengthens Suzano’s adaptive-capacity to climate change.
Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) is a low-cost land restoration technique used to combat poverty and hunger amongst poor subsistence farmers by increasing food and timber production and resilience to climate extremes. Started in 1983 in Niger, FMNR is a form of coppicing and pollarding, drawing on traditional practices and sensitive to local variations. \\r\\nIn FMNR systems, farmers protect and manage the growth of trees and shrubs that regenerate naturally in their fields from root stock or from seeds dispersed through animal manure. FMNR is an easy, low-cost way for farmers to increase the number of trees in the fields.
The project was initiated by a community association of peasant farmers in 2015 in the arid and drought-prone region of Bahia, Brazil. The Municipality of Mairi, just as Brazil as a whole, is characterized by great social inequality and little investment in the countryside. The families involved in the project have little income. Because of remoteness of the community, difficulty of access and lack of job opportunities, youth emigrate to the big cities. The area has an abundance of indigenous tropical fruit trees which tended to be neglected and their food value potential often ignored. Through this initiative the Association is taking full advantage of the indigenous licuri palm and other native plants, and promoting their sustainable cultivation, processing and full utilization.
To solve the complex challenges that Agenda 2030 poses we adopt two important strategies: to bring the 2030 Agenda to the municipalities, and the use of robust data in the monitoring of SDGs. The project aims to territorialize the SDGs in the western region of Paraná through localization and monitoring, focusing on the elaboration and implementation of a Joint Action Agenda for development. The Agendas were constructed in a participatory manner and based on evidence (such as diagnoses of the social, environmental and economic situation, RIAs, data platform and modeling of future scenarios for the state of Paraná).
The program aims to ensure that vulnerable individuals and families have access to basic services (food, housing and utilities). A total of 20% of the Catalan population live at risk of poverty and 30% of minors under the age of 16 live at risk of poverty or social exclusion (Catalan statistics institute, 2017). \r\nThe project was fully implemented from 2016, when it was detected that, due to economic crisis, there had been an increase in requests for the provision of urgent assistance by municipal social services so that families could meet the cost of mortgages or rent, utilities and food.
The measurement of the City Prosperity Index (CPI) in Mexico, carried out between 2015 and 2018, pursued the objective of creating accurate knowledge of the prosperity conditions of Mexican cities, while delivering tools to local governments for analyzing, planning and monitoring urban policies geared towards the implementation of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The project was part of the strategic cooperation between Infonavit and UN-Habitat Mexico Office, comprising two phases: Phase 1: measurement of 153 municipalities Phase 2: measurement of 152 municipalities including the ‘Extended CPI’ versions for the urban agglomerations of Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey.
Since Boko Haram began to extend its reach into Niger in 2014, around 1,600 suspected terrorists were arrested. Facing a high number of cases, the Nigerien justice system and especially the Specialised Judicial Unit in charge of the terrorism cases has been under pressure. In January 2017, UNODC launched a twofold project in Niger. The two main objectives were: (i) to strengthen the capacity of the judicial anti-terrorism unit and specialized anti-terrorism chambers to effectively investigate, prosecute and adjudicate terrorism cases and; (ii) to ensure a facilitated access to justice in the context of the fight against terrorism by providing legal aid to detainees suspected of terrorism awaiting trials in Niger’s prisons.
In many schools around the world, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities and services are inadequate, resulting in preventable diseases such as diarrhoea, acute respiratory diseases, worms and dental caries in children. These common ailments negatively affect children’s ability to learn and reduce their well-being. The Fit for School (FIT) Programme, established in 2011 and running until 11/2021, supports Ministries of Education on national and subnational levels in developing national standards and implementing guidelines for WASH in Schools, based on the basic service level set out in SDGs 6 and 4. The education sector is strengthened in its capacities to take leadership in all aspects related to WASH service provision in schools.
In April 2015, New York City (NYC) committed to the principles of growth, equity, sustainability, and resiliency through its groundbreaking OneNYC strategy. When global leaders committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, NYC recognized the synergies with our local strategy, and established the Global Vision | Urban Action platform to use the SDGs as a common framework to both share our experiences and learn from partners in NYC and worldwide. In July 2018, NYC became the first city in the world to report directly to the United Nations on our local implementation of the SDGs through a Voluntary Local Review (VLR).
As a result of decades of internal conflict, landmine contamination in Colombia has resulted in one of the highest casualty rates in the world, has been an obstacle to rural communities to recover from more than 50 years of internal conflict and to sustainable peace and development. From July 2017 to July 2018, The HALO Trust conducted mine action activities in the municipality of Planadas in Tolima department, releasing land for safe passage and access, and contributing to long-term recovery and development efforts in conflict-affected communities, reducing the risk of violence and casualties in line with SDG 16.
Despite the huge investment in the health sector in the last 2 decades, Nigeria did not achieve the MDGs. At all levels, the Government is working with all stakeholders to implement interventions that will address system bottlenecks and rapidly produce results for women and children. Nigeria will need to increase by 9-fold the current rate of programming to change the trajectory for health indicators towards the achievement of the SDGs. Using data analytics through the AAI approach has galvanized effort and resources to be invested in communities with the greatest need solving problems that have the greatest impact on the health of women and children
Marathwada’s sustained drought has resulted in crop-failure, groundwater level depletion, increased climate-risks, food-insecurity and uncertain cash-flow in absence of diversified-livelihoods. These made farming economically-unviable for small and marginal-farmers. Women farmers face worst repercussions of climate-change. They have no ownership over land which limits access-to resources like finance, market, water and government services. Double burden of risks due to climate-change resulting in food and income insecurity and limited decision-making capacities leads to negative impacts on women’s health. Addressing complex issues of climate-change, gender-roles and impact on health and nutrition, Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP, hereafter) redefined resilience for small and marginal farming-households.
Kitakyushu has priority goals such as Goal 5 (Gender Equality), Goal 6 (Water and Sanitation), Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production) and Goal 17 (partnership) etc., and they are also the strength of the city. In this report, Goal 17 (partnership) among them is focused on, especially "International Environmental Contribution (International Environmental Cooperation and International Environmental Business), that the city has been working since long years ago.