27 January 2012
SD Quote of the Issue To achieve true sustainability, we must reduce our 'garbage index" - that which we permanently throw away into the environment that will not be naturally recycled for reuse - to near zero. Productive activities must be organized as closed systems. Minerals and other nonbiodegradable resources, once taken from the ground, must become a part of society's permanent capital stock and be recycled in perpetuity. Organic materials may be disposed into the natural ecosystems, but only in ways that assure that they are absorbed back into the natural production system.
- -- David Korten
SD ToolboxSustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
To achieve the goals of Rio +20 in an ambitious, time-bound and accountable manner, civil society organizations (CSOs) from around the world called upon governments in accordance with human rights, the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and respective capabilities to adopt these 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs):
SDG1 Sustainable Consumption and Production
SDG2 Sustainable livelihoods, youth & education
SDG3 Climate sustainability
SDG4 Clean energy
SDG7 Healthy seas and oceans
SDG8 Healthy forests
SDG9 Sustainable agriculture
SDG10 Green cities
SDG11 Subsidies and investment
SDG12 New Indicators of progress
SDG13 Access to information
SDG14 Public participation
SDG15 Access to redress and remedy
SDG16 Environmental justice for the poor and marginalized
SDG17 Basic health
Benefits of SDGs
Rio+20 could serve as a platform for the international community to identify broad sustainable development goals (SDGs) and to begin a process of defining concrete goals. SDGs could assist in focusing the broad international sustainable development agenda at a practical level. They could serve as a tool for countries to measure their progress as well as further cooperation between countries. Moreover, the SDGs approach would generate a series of additional benefits:
- Objectives agreed to internationally could eventually be underpinned by targets – as is the case with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - that reflect the realities and priorities at national levels. They would thus be fully aligned with national contexts and could therefore be a useful tool for guiding public policies.
- The SDGs would play an important role in aiding the structured implementation of the principles and goals that were agreed in Rio in 1992 and in the identification of gaps and needs in countries, for example in terms of means of implementation, institutional strengthening, and capacity building to increase absorptive capacity for new technologies. Defined internationally, like the MDGs, these would serve both for comparing results, furthering opportunities for cooperation, including South-South cooperation.
- The definition of the SDGs would contribute to focusing the preparatory process towards Rio+20, thus achieving more substantive and concrete results.
- A process framed along these lines would build upon the Johannesburg WSSD Plan of Implementation as well as Agenda 21.
- The SDGs would contribute to positioning the three pillars as cross-cutting building blocks for development throughout the UN system.
Green Dreams Campaign
The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has launched an initiative encouraging the public to share "green dreams" on YouTube, as a contribution to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). Launched in the UK, the project invites politicians, sports stars, musicians and celebrities to record their thoughts on sustainability.›› Go to My Green Dream campaign and Submit your Green Dream!Pre-registration and accreditation for participation in Rio+20 and the third session of its Preparatory Committee.by relevant NGOs and other Major Groups is now open - click here.
SD Knowledge Bank
Keeping Track of our Changing Environment
The environmental, economic and social changes that have swept the planet over the last twenty years are spotlighted in a new graphical compilation by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report is entitled “Keeping Track of our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20”.
The report is produced as part of UNEP’s “Global Environmental Outlook-5” (www.unep.org/geo) series, the UN’s authoritative assessment process which reviews the the state, trends and outlook of the global environment. The full GEO-5 report will be launched next May, one month ahead of the Rio+20 Conference taking place in Brazil.
UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, said, “The indicator report gets us all back to basics, underlining the rapid buildup of greenhouse gases to the erosion of biodiversity and the 40 per cent increase in the use of natural resources—faster than global population growth. But the report also underlines how, when the world decides to act it can dramatically alter the trajectory of hazardous trends that threaten human well-being—action to phase-out ozone damaging chemicals being a spirited and powerful example,”.›› Download Keeping Track of our Changing Environment
G20 Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation
The Group of 20 (G20), along with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) are seeking submissions for Challenge on Inclusive Business Innovation, a global search for businesses with innovative, scalable, and commercially viable ways of working with low-income people in developing countries. The Challenge was launched at the G20 Summit in Cannes on 3-4 November 2011. According to the Challenge website, "inclusive businesses" are those that find innovative ways to work with low-income people living at the "base of the pyramid," whether as suppliers, distributors, retailers, or customers. (As defined by IFC, the base of the pyramid (BOP) is the portion of the global population that lives on less than US$8 per day in purchasing power parity (PPP) or lacks access to basic goods, services, and income generation opportunities.)
The Challenge aims to promote the inclusive business model - and the businesses that already employ it - so it can be replicated in new markets. The G20 Challenge provides a global platform to learn from successful leaders in inclusive business, and enables these leaders to come together and develop linkages with other inclusive businesses.
Applications from developing countries are invited until 29 February 2012. Up to 15 winners will be selected, and their innovative business models showcased and recognized at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Mexico, in June 2012, as well as at workshops on inclusive business.›› Go to G20 Challenge
SD e-learning EventGet Rio: SD Basics
20 years after the historic Rio Earth Summit, the world is again coming together to define our path to the future at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Join this inaugural webinar, as we learn and dialogue about the history, relevance, and importance of this global meeting.
When: 31 January 2012, 9 am - 10 am Eastern Standard Time (New York)
RSVP: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and organization, limited to the first 100 respondents.
This webinar will:
-Provide a brief history of Sustainable Development
-Explore Rio's importance in defining the development agenda 20 years ago and today
-Highlight major areas of negotiation and debate for Rio+20
-Describe the critical role of civil society in the process, and elaborate ways to have your voice heard
Participants will be able to dialoge and ask questions in real-time.›› Register at www.wfuna.org