UNEP report: embedding the environment in sustainable development goals

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a discussion paper, entitled Embedding the Environment In Sustainable Development Goals, which proposes an overarching framework on how to embed environment in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read the abstract below:

“An analysis of current environmental goals and targets shows that the successful ones are built on general support form society and a scientific consensus that the problem exists and is urgent. The ones making most progress tend to be embedded in effective governance regimes, and be easier to implement because solutions are readily available. A key to success also seems to be that goals are underpinned by specific and measurable targets.

After considering the above and other lessons from current goals, the following framework is proposed for embedding environment in the SDGs:

  1. A rationale and overarching vision for the SDGs, which is a narrative describing the basis for including environmental sustainability in the SDGs;
  2. An integrated approach for embedding environment in goals and targets which proposes basic characteristics and types of goals and targets to be selected;
  3. A set of six criteria for assessing or proposing goals and targets, and guidance on how to use them. The criteria are: (i)Strong linkage of environment with socio-economic developmental goals; (ii) Decoupling of socio-economic development form escalating resource use and environmental degradation; (iii) Coverage of critical issues of environmental sustainability such as important irreversible changes in the global environment; (iv) Take into account current global environmental goals and targets, (v) Scientifically credible and verifiable; and (vi) Progress must be “trackable”.
  4. A list of best practices for selecting indicators that can effective support targets”

Click here to read the full report.

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