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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

SDG Hub - a global SDGs network for innovation and impact

Civil society organization

    In 2018, WWF launched an internal global Hub, SDG Hub, in partnership with HSBC. The Hub promotes the integrated and inclusive implementation of all 17 SDGs through knowledge sharing, collaboration, and innovation on SDGs implementation. The aim of the Hub is to ensure that nature is taken into account in SDG delivery in a way that benefits local communities and the natural environment. As of February 2021, the Hub includes 175 WWF staff spanning 55 countries.

    Implementation of the Project/Activity

    The SDG Hub activities consist of capacity building, financing innovation, and connecting local action with global advocacy. The Hub builds capacity across WWF offices to engage in local and national SDGs implementation. The Hub organises skills training and learning sessions to facilitate learning and knowledge exchange on good practice in SDGs implementation. The Hub also develops tools to help WWF promote the integrated and inclusive implementation of the SDGs. Through this capacity building work, WWF offices offer technical and policy expertise on harnessing nature to deliver the SDGs at local and national levels. They are also able to ensure the inclusion of all stakeholders in SDG decision-making and implementation processes, in particular vulnerable social groups such as people living in rural areas, and people from lower socio-economic communities. The Hub facilitates innovation by supporting the development of new solutions to facilitate SDGs progress. So far, we have financed innovative SDG solutions in Democratic Republic of Congo, Romania, Pakistan and India. We have also supported WWF offices in Nepal, India, Kenya, China and Colombia to develop governance solutions and research that help strengthen the contribution of biodiversity for achieving all 17 SDGs. We also work global advocacy experts to ensure the lessons learned at the local and national level on SDGs feed into global advocacy at key international SDG processes such as HLPF. Through this approach, we facilitate a circular approach between global advocacy and national action making sure our recommendations are informed by active and reflective engagement in SDGs delivery. In total, the project funding allocated is GBP 270,000.


    On our capacity building work, the SDG Hub has: - organised over 40 virtual knowledge exchange sessions on various SDG topics from Voluntary National Reviews to COVID-19 recovery. - a guide for WWF corporate engagement teams on how they can use SDGs to design corporate partnerships that achieve impact and deliver on the SDGs. - created a global monitoring and evaluation framework which allows WWF offices all around the world to assess and monitor their contributions to SDGs up till 2030. Through the SDG Hub, we run an innovation process for WWF colleagues to develop innovative solutions that help facilitate SDGs progress in their countries. Over the past three years, we have financed the following solutions: - In the Democratic Republic of Congo, WWF and the Ministry of Rural Development and Planning have developed a community-based SDGs monitoring tool which is formally recognised by the UN as an example of ‘SDG Good Practice’. - WWF Pakistan is developing a data reporting tool for private sector in Pakistan to track progress on SDG 12 ‘Responsible Production on Consumption’. - WWF Romania is creating an SDG community enterprise model in the south-west Carpathians, working with a local food network to identify and scale sustainable food enterprises that contribute to SDGs. - WWF India is launching a youth leadership programme (Echo-gram) to work with young people to develop solutions contributing to SDG 15 progress in villages across India. We have supported offices to develop governance solutions that promote policy coherence for sustainable development and facilitate the participation of marginalised social groups (Leave No One Behind). - India: WWF has worked with local authorities in the state of Uttar Pradesh to develop and implement a road map for integrating SDGs planning at the district level. - Nepal: WWF is collaborating with local municipalities and civil society organisations to improve the implementation of environmental SDGs at municipal levels. In 2021, WWF launched a guidebook on Effective Youth Engagement for the SDGs in partnership with Nepal Youth Council, Clean Energy Nepal (CEN), and Nepalese Youth for Climate Action (NYCA).

    Enabling factors and constraints

    The following enabling conditions are essential: - At least one dedicated full-time leader to facilitate the community of practice is essential - A funding commitment for at least three years to take the practice from concept to an effective working model - Ensure the community works on a mixture of activities relationship building, learning and action. - Implement participatory and equitable approaches to decision-making and resource allocation. Constraints - Methodologies to measure impact on real world outcomes. A mixture of approaches is being used including qualitative case stories and regular surveys to identify progress and challenges.

    Sustainability and replicability

    The SDG Hub is a community of practice which can be replicated in other organisations to facilitate SDGs implementation. Following the completion of funding for the project in June 2021, a short report will be produced to document lessons learned and recommendations for other organisations and networks on how to create and grow a community of practice for SDGs progress. In terms of sustainability, the SDG Hub has built individual and institutional capabilities over the past three years. Through peer mentoring, skills training and documenting good practice, individuals and offices have increased their knowledge and confidence in engaging with SDGs implementation in their countries, building new partnerships in their countries and testing novel approaches to promote integrated and inclusive SDGs delivery.

    COVID-19 Impact

    WWF offices continue to make the case for investment in biodiversity to build back better and deliver on the SDGs. In July 2020, the SDG Hub launched the Nature in All Goals publication, with case stories of conservation initiatives that contribute to SDGs delivery. These case stories build on the themes addressed in the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report. In January 2021, the Hub invested in three innovation projects in Romania, Pakistan and India to progress biodiversity solutions that deliver on the SDGs. Furthermore, the community of practice is supporting WWF global advocacy to ensure continuous, coherent and ambitious action on the SDG targets with 2020 deadline. 12 of these 2020 targets are linked to the CBD Global Biodiversity Framework which is currently under negotiation.

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    11 March 2018 (start date)
    30 September 2021 (date of completion)
    Other beneficiaries

    The key stakeholders of the SDG Hub are WWF staff across our global network of offices. With the training, knowledge and innovation support accessed through the Hub, WWF colleagues are better equipped to engage in SDGs implementation in their countries, offering evidence-based solutions on how to leverage biodiversity action for SDGs progress.

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    Contact Information

    Marion , SDG Hub Manager