UNEP and the Post-2015 Agenda

Post-2015 Agenda Publications

Outcome of the workshop: Use of the integrated approach for environmental sustainability in Costa Rica’s development planning

The complex global environmental crisis the world now confronts is the result of prioritizing human wellbeing tied to economic growth.


Outcome of the Arab Forum on Sustainable Development

Second Session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development Held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 5–7 May 2015

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Universality in the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda
UNEP Post-2015 Notes #9

The UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights were amongst the first international agreements to frame the notion of "universality". Since then the term has been used in various fora and processes, for example in the context of common principles and standards, of global public goods, and in the notion of leaving no one behind. Sustainable development is a universal aspiration, requiring international cooperation and joint responsibility for a greater common good.


Land Rights Indicators in the Post-2015 SDGs

The success of the Post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) will depend on the adoption of indicators that allow measuring progress towards targets and provide helpful information to policymakers. In preparation for the March 3-6 discussions, the UN Statistical Commission compiled recommendations from the UN system. We applaud the inclusion of land rights indicators to track progress toward targets 1.4 and 5.a. We support the growing consensus on this subject, and we reaffirm the fundamental importance of secure and equitable land rights for the achievement of the SDGs.


Design and development of integrated indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals  

As part of the United Nations support to member countries in the development of the Sustainable Development Goals and following on from UNEA Resolution 1/4, UNEP organized an expert workshop on integrated indicators and the data revolution. The main aim was to develop integrated indicators which could support multiple goals and targets, using semantic networks and ontologies, relevant up-to date information and where needed big data derived from earth observation and mobile platforms.


Our Planet: Time for Global Action

As we move towards the historic post-2015 summit at the 70th UN General Assembly next September, governments will be expected to adopt a transformational sustainable development agenda, including the finalization of the Sustainable Development Goals. This issue of Our Planet emphasizes the importance of an integrated and universal approach to the Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 agenda. The SDGs are based on three principles: 1) leaving no-one behind (in terms of poverty alleviation and development); 2) ensuring equity and dignity for all; 3) achieving prosperity within the Earth's safe and restored operating space. Our Planet also carries articles from leading authors on the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, as well as highlighting relevant work that UNEP has been carrying out in relation to the SDGs.


Sustainable Consumption and Production Iindicators for the Future SDGs

The report highlights the value of a stand-alone goal on ensuring SCP patterns, as well as the importance of having SCP-related targets in other goals, to ensure greater synergies between the goals. The report explores the lack of data availability for measuring progress and the technical and capacity issues faced by many countries with respect to collecting and reporting data necessary to operationalize SCP-related indicators for the SDGs.


Pastoralism and the green economy – a natural nexus?

Pastoralism - extensive livestock production in the rangelands - is one of the most sustainable food systems on the planet. Pastoralists safeguard natural capital in more than a quarter of the world’s land area. Pastoralism is both a livestock management system and a way of life that provides globally important ecosystem services, which are enjoyed far beyond the boundaries of the rangelands.


Environmental Sustainability for Human Well-being in the
Post-2015 Development Agenda

Environmental sustainability is a prerequisite for sustained and irreversible socioeconomic development and poverty eradication. The present information note focuses on the interlinkages between the environmental, social and economic dimensions.

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Integration and universality key to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda
UNEP Post-2015 Notes #8

An unprecedented series of decisions by governments since the 2012 Rio+20 conference has yielded progress towards a universal commitment to achieve sustainable development. The year 2015 will see additional efforts to finalize the global agenda, address its means of implementation, and set up ways to measure and monitor progress

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References of Notes 1-7 (May 2014)
References and summaries of UNEP Post-2015 Notes, from 1 to 7

Environment for Food and Nutrition Security (May 2014)
UNEP Post 2015 Note #7

Profound imbalances are increasing pressures on ecosystems to satisfy a growing demand for quantity, quality and diversity of food. This will require substantial changes in the production, consumption and quality of food. We need to produce more food more efficiently and in a way that preserves the natural resource base to guarantee adequate food supply for now and future generations.

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Eradicating Poverty through an Inclusive Green Economy (May 2014)
UNEP Post 2015 Note #6

Ending poverty can be achieved if sustainable economic growth, social protection, and environmental health and stewardship are considered together. Tracking progress through new indicators should be part of the drive towards eradicating poverty irreversibly through smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

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Sustainable Pastoralism and Post 2015 agenda (May 2014)

Pastoralism (extensive livestock production in the rangelands) is one of the most sustainable food systems on the planet and is practiced by between 200 and 500 million people worldwide, encompassing nomadic communities, transhumant herders, and agro-pastoralists, many of whom are facing similar challenges in both developed and developing countries. Enabling conditions are needed for pastoralism to fulfill its potential in the Post 2015 Agenda.

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Toward a Global Agenda of Sustainability and Equity: Civil Society Engagement (May 2014)

At the Rio+20 Summit the United Nations General Assembly (GA) resolved to put in place a set of Sustainable Development Goals (§ 245-251 of “The Future We Want”).

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Environmental Dimensions of Resilient and Peaceful Societies (April 2014)
UNEP Post 2015 Note #5

At least 40 per cent of all violent conflicts in the last 60 years have been linked to natural resources. Climate change and increasing natural disasters are expected to increase the risk of such conflicts by degrading the available resource base.

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Green and Decent Jobs for Poverty Eradication (April 2014)
UNEP Post 2015 Note #4

Green jobs are not just for high-tech enterprises. Nature-based and other green jobs can create prosperity for all while safeguarding the Earth’s life support systems and the ecological foundation of the economy.

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Human Health and the Environment (April 2014)
UNEP Post 2015 Note #3

Ensuring a clean and healthy environment, through effective environmental management, will provide multiple benefits to society and the economy.

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Sustainable Consumption and Production (March 2014)
UNEP Post 2015 Note #2

Achieving sustainable consumption and production patterns is not just an environmental issue; it is about maintaining the natural capital and hence productivity and capacity of our planet to meet human needs and sustains economic activities.

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Integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development (February 2014)
UNEP Post 2015 Note #1

Growth and prosperity are being achieved at the expense of the planet’s life support systems, and at the expense of greater inequality. Disasters are reversing development gains. The three dimensions of sustainable development are clearly inter-dependent.
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Embedding the Environment in Sustainable Development Goals (November 2013)
UNEP Post-2015 Discussion Paper 1

World leaders at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) reaffirmed their commitment to sustainable development which embraces economic progress, social development, and environmental protection for the benefit of all.

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