Related activities

On 3 September 2015, SEI hosted a well-attended open seminar “The SDGs global indicators: what's happening, and how can we get involved?” The speakers were Viveka Palm of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and Graham Alabaster of the Global Expanded Water Monitoring Initiative (GEMI) - Integrated Monitoring of Water and Sanitation Related SDG Targets. SEI also contributed to the recent IAEG-SDGs open consultation on proposed indicators.

SEI Research Director Måns Nilsson co-authored a chapter looking at the overall framing of the SDGs in a report published by IRF partners ICSU and ISSC in February 2015. Read a Q&A with him about what these findings and a paper in the journal Sustainability could contribute to the framing of the post-2015 political declaration.

SEI is the primary research partner in Measure What Matters, a global initiative that aims to bring greater alignment between corporate, national and global sustainability data frameworks, contributing to the "data revolution" called for in relation to the SDGs. In September 2014 Measure What Matters launched a report and expert consultation on water sustainability indicators, the first of a planned series of such consultations. Read a blog by SEI's Chris West.

The Nexus Approach

An important strand of SEI's work to support the post-2015 process is in showing how a nexus approach can help formulating integrated goals, particular in the areas of water, food and energy. A paper on this topic was published in December 2014 in the peer-reviewed SAIS Review of International Affairs. Read an SEI Discussion Brief on this topic.

One of the article's co-authors, Nina Weitz, gave presentations on applying the nexus approach to the SDGs at World Water Week 2014 and at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) seminar Tackling Trade-offs in the Food-Water-Energy Nexus: Lessons for the SDGs in September 2014. Watch her presentation to ODI on Youtube.