Southern Voice reports at high-level meeting to achieve the 2030 Agenda

July 11, 2019

Southern Voice, a network comprising more than 50 think tanks from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, presented its first research findings on how to improve the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a high-profile event in New York.

Event information

The July 12, 2019 meeting was a side event of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum, held annually to review progress toward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.

Created in 2012 by think tanks that receive core funding from the Think Tank Initiative, Southern Voice contributes knowledge from countries in the Global South to the SDG dialogue. Over the past year, the network has assessed SDG implementation in Bolivia, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Peru, and Sri Lanka, with a focus on quality education, access to decent work, economic growth, and affordable and clean energy.

Supported by the Think Tank Initiative, these case studies provide new analysis and recommendations to improve the delivery of the SDGs. In order to identify effective approaches to SDG implementation, they report on how some of the world’s most vulnerable people are being left behind. They look at global systemic issues requiring a global response, such as trade, climate negotiations, and crime. They also explore how to support synergies (where achieving one SDG helps to fulfill other goals) and limit trade-offs (where achieving some goals hinders the ability to reach others).

Through this research, Southern Voice hopes to move away from the traditional SDG discourse to a more rigorous discussion on many understated issues of SDG delivery. 

Learn more about this research on the Southern Voice website.