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Published on the 10th July, the opening day of the High Level Panel on Sustainable Development in New York, USA, “Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017” provides a comprehensive assessment of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The 2030 Agenda contains a commitment by governments to revitalise global partnerships between states and stresses the crucial role of public finance in achieving the SDGs. But the Spotlight Report on Sustainable Development 2017, titled “Reclaiming policies for the public”, maintains that the public sector has in fact been weakened as a provider of essential goods and services by factors such as tax avoidance, corporate lobbying and policies based on a neoliberal ideology. The Spotlight Report is supported by a wide range of civil society organisations and trade unions, and its input has been provided by national and regional groups and coalitions all over the world. The publication, which appears annually, is conceived as a global Shadow Report accompanying the reports presented by governments and international organisations on their implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, and its articles and textboxes cover all the areas that the SDGs refer to, including agriculture and nutrition.

“A battlefield of two opposing worldviews”

Implementing SDG 2, which addresses ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition as well as promoting sustainable agriculture, is taking place in a “battlefield of two opposing worldviews on modernity and food and nutrition, which are supported by two equally distant production, marketing and distribution systems”, according to Stefano Prato of the Society for International Development.

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