International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
In this issue...responding to Brexit and the SDGs pledge to 'leave no one behind'. 
July 2016
Images of the UK and EU flags

Navigating uncharted waters: the EU referendum, the spirit of Paris, and the SDGs

In his recent blog, IIED's director Andrew Norton argues that a spirit of internationalism must live on in the UK following the seismic shock of Brexit. You can also read the new blog from Clare Shakya, director of our Climate Change research group as she outlines ten ways the UK can maintain international leadership on climate change despite uncertainty posed by Brexit.

News and blogs

Community members in a village in Champasak province Creative Commons, via Flickr)

An urban approach to 'leaving no one behind'

The commitment to 'leave no one behind' is one of the most memorable pledges from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Taking a specifically urban approach can help to put a different perspective on identifying who is at risk of being left behind and the actions required to avoid this.

A series of interviews from the 21st Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP) meeting

Country progress on putting the sustainable development goals into action

Watch a series of short video interviews featuring representatives from six developing country governments – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Mozambique, Nepal and the Philippines – as they share their experiences of the sustainable development agenda in their countries.

Representatives of mountain communities undertook a "walking workshop", visiting water sources, irrigation canals and traditional water management systems (Photo: Irene Song)

Spotlight on...Mountain peoples call for support to protect traditional knowledge

Representatives of mountain communities in five countries have called for support to help them maintain traditional ways of protecting their landscapes and natural resources in the face of climate change. More than 50 indigenous mountain peoples representing mountain communities in China, Nepal, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Peru gathered in the Stone Village, in Yunnan, Southwest China to discuss the impact of climate change on their communities.

At the end of their meeting, they issued the Stone Village Declaration, calling for urgent support for their traditional ways of managing natural resources, and setting out eight actions for the international community.

New publications this month

Cover of IIED backgrounder: Leaving no one behind by 2030
Post 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals have come to define the development agenda. But what does ‘leave no one behind’ (LNB) mean in practice? How will those furthest behind be reached first? And what will it take for LNB to be embedded in institutions and processes at every level, from local to global? Our new background paper, Leaving no one behind by 2030 highlights key statistics, why it is important and what IIED is doing.
Cover of Unlocking climate finance for decentralised energy access
Achieving energy access for everyone requires more and better targeted investment, but what role does climate finance play in filling the funding gaps? Unlocking climate finance for decentralised energy access examines data on the major climate funds to assess what share of international public finance goes toward energy access and compares this to overall finance needs for the sector.
Cover of Gender analysis in building climate resilience in Da Nang
Although the legal framework for gender equality exists in Vietnam, gender mainstreaming in climate change planning and action have not yet been fully realised and addressed by local actors. This new working paper examines the gender issue through the climate resilience lens in Da Nang to see how gender and its link to climate change was locally perceived and at what level(s) gender equality and women’s role were appreciated and incorporated into climate change planning and action.
Cover of Land investments, accountability and the law
Land investments, accountability and the law: Lessons from West Africa draws on comparative socio-legal research in Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal. The report explores how the law enables, or constrains, accountability in investment processes. It also develops a conceptual framework for understanding accountability; assesses how national law in the three countries influences opportunities for accountability; and provides pointers for research and action.

Briefings

Trade winds: is free trade in food bad news for rural areas during rapid urbanisation?

When investors come knocking: ensuring African women have a say

Counting critically: SDG ‘follow-up and review’ needs interlinked indicators, monitoring and evaluation

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Job vacancies

Assistant coordinator
IIED is seeking an enthusiastic assistant coordinator who enjoys providing administrative, finance and communications support. The post holder will work closely with the group and team coordinators in the Natural Resources Group. The role is currently fixed term, but this may be extended.
Closing date: 10am (BST) on Wednesday, 13 July 2016
Senior researcher
The Shaping Sustainable Markets research group at IIED is looking for a highly skilled individual to lead its work in the operation and governance of markets in the food system (from agriculture to trade and consumption) and in the informal economy in the global South.
Closing date: 4pm on Thursday, 14 July 2016
Managing editor (maternity cover)
The Communications Group at IIED is seeking an experienced communications professional to work with researchers, the communications team and partners to write, edit and produce a range of content to target multiple audiences.
Closing date: 10am on Monday, 18 July 2016
Senior researcher (Climate Change)
The Climate Change research group at IIED is looking for a highly skilled individual to manage its climate finance portfolio and carry out action-research on climate finance establishing and managing working relationships with partners.
Closing date: 10am on Thursday, 28 July 2016
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