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.
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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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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