Post2015.org is collating key recent post-2015 resources in a round-up post. Below, read today’s selection:
Remember you can access the concept notes for the forthcoming UN General Assembly post-2015 events on water, sanitation and energy; women, youth and civil society; partnerships; stable and peaceful societies; South-South, North-North and Triangular cooperation and ICTs; and human rights and the rule of law here.
Following the experts workshop on sustainable cities and human settlements in the SDGs held by the Communitas Coalition in December 2013, an outcome document has been released detailing the objectives of the meeting, the challenges brought about by rapid urbanisation and covers the discussions on employment for women and youth, democracy, social services, shelter, WASH and transport held during the workshop.
The UNSDSN has released an issue brief looking at the principles for monitoring sustainable agriculture indicators for post-2015. It points out data gaps, and looks at the prospects for the use of “digital agriculture” drawing on examples such as satellite imagery to monitor crops, or smart phones to diagnose plant diseases.
In this article published in Nature, a grouping of scientists and economists argue that GDP is inadequate for measuring progress, and suggest alternatives, arguing that post-2015 could help transition to new metrics. These could include adjusted economic measures (such as the Genuine Progress Indicator); subjective measures; or weighted composite measures.
This report is built from the outcome of youth consultations run in 12 countries from October 2012 to January 2013, to help understand youth-views on what should come after the MDGs. 346 young people discussed local and global issues which mattered to them, and put forward their views and solutions. Following a youth-led analysis workshop held in February 2013, common themes were identified in these discussions and summarised in this report. 11 principles were identified, including equality & freedom for all; non-violence and respect for diversity; environmental sustainability; right to access basic services; and accountability amongst others.
This paper, written by the German NGO Forum on Environment and Development, considers that the ecological dimensions has largely been overlooked in post-2015 discussions. As a result, it presents a set of ecological sustainability goals to include in the future agenda. It emphasizes that these goals are neither final, nor complete, but seek to focus greater attention on ecological baselines, as well the need for integrating ecology at the heart of the post-2015 agenda. Suggested goal areas include:
- Sustainable use of water
- Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Fisheries
- Preservation and Restoration of Soil Fertility and Access to Land Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use of Forests
- Conservation and Restoration of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
- Halting Climate Change
- Sustainable and Fair Agriculture and Eradication of Hunger
- Sustainable Production and Consumption Patterns
- Sustainable Energy Use