Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality

Earlier this year, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), which marked 20 years since the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference on Women, also drew attention to the progresses made in engaging men and boys – a critical element in advancing gender equality. In particular the event highlighted the need for a greater evidence base on this area.

Sustainable Data for Sustainable Development – calls for a data revolution from World Statistics Day

The Royal Statistical Society’s call to champion a data revolution has been backed by 45 signatories. Published on World Statistics Day, on the 20th October 2015, the statement asks for wider recognition of the importance of data for policy making and for accountability in all countries of the world.

The 2015 Scaling Up Nutrition Global Gathering

Scaling Up Nutrition, or SUN, is a unique Movement founded on the principle that all people have a right to food and good nutrition. It unites people—from governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers—in a collective effort to improve nutrition.

What's the future for Open Knowledge?

Eldis is joining partners from the Open Knowledge Hub project to share learning and explore the future role of Open Knowledge approaches in addressing development challenges.Recent years have seen a rapid rise in demand for the adoption of open knowledge approaches by the development community.

SDGs: responses to the zero draft text

The Sustainable Development Summit at the end of Septmeber finally adopted the Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.Since the publication of the zero draft text of the Sustainable Development Goals in June, we've been compiling a series of responses to the text from contributors to the Eldis blog focussing on specific goals or key aspects of the text and process. Contributions so far include:

A post-2015 development agenda that leaves nobody behind must include mental health

The Sustainable Development Goals must not neglect a quarter of the world’s population, argues Nicole Votruba, Co-ordinator of the FundaMentalSDG initiative..

As the official adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) draws closer, Eldis has published another analysis of the Goals. This time Nicole Votruba, Co-ordinator of the FundaMentalSDG initiative, explains why the post-2015 development agenda must include mental health.

The SDGs must leave no one behind

Many of the poorest and most marginalised groups have not benefitted enough from progress on the Millennium Development Goals. In a new blog post, Tanvi Bhatkal explains why a shift in attitude and policy is needed.

The latest in our Sustainable Development Goal blog series comes from Tanvi Bhatkal, a Research Officer at the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) Growth Poverty and Inequality programme.

Breastfeeding and work – Let’s make it work!

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), which runs from 1-7 August, 2015, focuses this year on the importance of supporting women to combine breastfeeding and work. This includes women working in paid employment, self-employment, seasonal and contract work to unpaid home and care work.

Working with global nutrition data

Assessing trends in malnutrition rates and country progress towards global nutrition targets can be tricky. Global numbers often paint a gloomy picture when many countries are making great strides in improving nutrition. National averages mask the granularity that comes with sub-national data at the state and district levels. Aggregating up to the global level is another challenge. The data tell us that childhood malnutrition is decreasing in many countries, but that adult obesity is rising everywhere.

Our common future under climate change

As the scientific community geared up for the 'Our Common Future Under Climate Change' conference in Paris (7-10 July 2015) we presented a series of articles reflecting on some of the key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change.  The Paris conference was seen as a final opportunity before COP21 in December to take stock of existing knowledge, and explore innovative solutions as part of preparing for a post-2015 climate governance structure. The highlighted blogs focus on three complex areas that were discussed at the event and beyond: cross cutting nature of wa

Are the SDGs up to scratch?

Jason Hickel makes the case that in order to solve poverty and ecological crisis we need to tackle endless growth head on.

The international development community has been building up to this moment for years. The final Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post-2015 agenda will be adopted during a United Nations Summit from 25-27 September 2015.

Is it make-or-break time for gender equality?

The Commission on the Status of Women is over for another year and feminists are demanding stronger political commitment.

“The year 2015 is the start of a make-or-break period for gender equality and women’s empowerment. We have to complete the work of the last 20 years. There is a great deal of unfinished business.

These were the words of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59).