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Laura Hildebrandt
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Environmental Sustainability

About the Global Consultation on Environmental Sustainability

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UNDP and UNEP are pleased to welcome you to the Post-2015 environmental sustainability global consultation.  

The objective of the consultation was to facilitate an open dialogue that brought together a multitude of voices to stimulate creative thinking and  to generate consensus around how best to reflect environmental sustainability in the post-2015 agenda.

It was also an opportunity for taking stock of the progress and shortcomings of MDG 7 on Environmental Sustainability and gauging the opportunities of alternative development paths.

This open, transparent process brought together civil society stakeholders, academia, media, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, governments, the UN system, etc.  

The consultation was divided into two phases as outlined in the concept note .  In order to engage stakeholders early in the process of framing the dialogue, Phase 1 included an open call for discussion notes on topics that stakeholders thought should be a priority for the dialogue on environmental sustainability in the post-2015 agenda.  Participants were encouraged to propose topics that build on MDG7 experiences, in particular in the areas with knowledge gaps, and lessons and/or bring forward new and emerging thinking and experiences related to integrated approaches that link economic, social and environmental sustainability. An initial round of e-discussions was also held to further define the areas to be explored in the consultation. The culmination of this phase was a Leadership Meeting that convened leading thinkers to develop a framework that defined the issues, the questions, and the organizational structure for the broader online consultation of Phase 2. In the second phase, selected participants from the Leadership Meeting acted as facilitators to engage the broadest possible relevant stakeholders on the questions and themes identified in the Leadership Meeting.

The process culminated in a series of discussion on each of the Phase 2 topics as well as a final report that summarizes global viewpoints and stakeholder concerns. This consultaton and final paper are intended to provide inputs to the process to determine the post-2015 development agenda. An inter-governmental debate will be dedicated to this topic during the 2013 UN General Assembly (GA) which will start with a high level summit to review progress on the MDGs.

In addition to this thematic consultation on environmental sustainability there were other opportunities to engage through various global, thematic and national consultation processes. Click on "Consultations" in the menu above to link to other consultations.

Background

In late 2011, the Secretary-General (SG) established a UN System Task Team on the post-2015 development agenda, co-chaired by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and UNDP.  The task team is comprised of senior staff from a wide variety of UN organizations and the Bretton Woods Institutions.  The main output of the task team, delivered to the Secretary-General in June 2012, was a UN system report providing the contours for the post-2015 development agenda. This report will be a basis for the work of the SG’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 Development Agenda, which held its first meeting in September 2012 and is scheduled to present its final report on May 31, 2013. The HLP is to further elaborate on the possible content of the post-2015 development agenda. Its report to the SG will be an input for the inter-governmental debate on this topic during the 2013 UN General Assembly (GA) which will start with a high level summit to review progress on the MDGs.

As a contribution to the processes outlined above, the UN Development Group (UNDG) is organizing a series of national consultations up to 100 developing countries, and eleven global thematic consultations to catalyze inclusive conversations and bottom-up feedback on the post-2015 development agenda.  The aim of these consultations is to bring together a broad range of stakeholders to review progress on the MDGs and to discuss the options for a new framework. The global thematic consultations will be on the following topics:

  • Inequalities;
  • Population Dynamics;
  • Health;
  • Education;
  • Growth & Employment;
  • Conflict & Fragility;
  • Governance;
  • Environmental Sustainability;
  • Water;
  • Energy;
  • Food Security and Nutrition.

Each topic has two or more co-lead UN Organizations to prepare and deliver the process, and a government sponsor.  UNDP and UNEP have agreed to work together on the environmental sustainability consultation.

Read the Concept Note for additional information.

Topics:
Environmental Sustainability, Nutrition, Institutions
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Manager and HR from Fiji
Fri, May 17, 2013 at 01.05 pm
I was struck by the statement from a student in Croatia on her view about ordinary peoples inability to understand chemical hazards. She was so true as this has been my experience, time and time, again and again.

Thank you for this opportunity to make a comment to this very good initiative by the UN on the world we want. Here are my thoughts:

The challenge with "marketing" environmental sustainability and "ensuring change", partly or perhaps greatly, lies in our ability to understand humans and their priorities in life. In this forum, you will notice that every individual who participates here, we all have something in common and that is, we understand what the environment is all about and what it means to us to save it. But what about my neighbor, who is struggling with the heat and installed cheap, energy consuming air-conditioners in their house for relief?. What about the carwash boy who so diligently cleans the cars with large quantities of clean river water only to discharge the waste water back into the river? . Do these people know what it means to sustain their livelihood merely by sustaining the environment?. Probably yes, and probably no. In fact, I would think it is fair to say there is a majority of people out there, who have absolutely no idea what it means to save the environment and even if they did understand a bit of it, they are totally powerless to do something about it. I can do my part, but what about them? - the weak, the poor, the ignorant, the lazy, the greedy and the ambitious; the desperate and the complacent?

Clearly, in order to achieve a sense of environmental sustainability in every individual, in every country, regardless of their background, we need to help those who need help the most and the right kind of help. Therefore, we must endeavor to understand our neighbor, our family and our people. We must understand our citizens first so that we can channel our support to them which is worthwhile.

The world I want to live in is a world where philanthropy is in abundance and the "powerless" can be "empowered". But for that, we need "good" people. We must endeavor to champion our good people so that they can lead by example. We must endeavor to have our societies positive morals and values preserved

Lastly, environmental sustainability is an infinite concept which needs to be passed on from generation to generation. We can only do that if we continue to strategize our communication on this concept and make communication sustainable/ongoing forever. This is the key to long term change

If we can keep these three priorities in sight, I am sure every government will be able to achieve MDG 7. To all those agencies who have successfully found solutions to addressing environmental sustainability, I applaud you all and may you continue to do what you do, and hope that you will always have the funds to do so too.
Kevin Haunui from
Mon, March 18, 2013 at 04.41 am
Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

My worldview of the environment connects all things from the skys above to underneath the ground that we live on. My worldview assigns departmental gods for all natural phenomena like the sky, the winds, the stars and the planets, the oceans and all living things within it, the forests and all living things within it, the domain of man, earthquakes etc. In this way of viewing, man is not necessarily the centre of that environment but a player.

To use the Gods above as a metaphor, who speaks for them and their needs. I get the impression that environmental sustainability from man's selfish needs has centre stage in this forum and tunnel vision is the current result or the perception from what is being communicated.

I believe that there is a need for a better truly global environmental vision. Global consultation is fantastic but the current settings for the consultation excludes different ways of viewing and responding to the question.

Nga mihi.
Daniel Johnson Organizer from Canada
Sun, May 19, 2013 at 05.56 am
This is definitely true. There is a growing spiritual movement, roughly identified under thousands of different names, but with minor differences and the same basic core principles you stated here. There is something to that which needs to be acknowledged, nurtured, an ecologically centered spiritual paradigm would certainly make many problems easier to solve given the resistance to change we face from the old colonial state religions.
David Kettelhut from
Thu, February 21, 2013 at 05.33 am
This is tremendous. I only hope that somehow it does soften my ecological foot print. You know sometimes it is best not to say anything at all. But I think the Earth is crying at this time for some human intervention. I'm not a scientist. I am not an NGO. I am a concerned citizen with an ear in the religion camp. And I see no harm in participating along side scientists, NGO's, etc. The giant or tyranncial stonewalling or damming up of public awareness and knowledge with fear, misinformation, and a lack of readily available, down to earth media coverage leads me to not trust that environmental sustainability is in fact being worked on and that it is indeed for our betterment. Seems strange, but it's true. I am so glad for this forum. Where I come from not only do we feel small when we look to the skies and problems around us, we also do not realize just how blind we really are. I hope this is helpful and can learn in the coming days that progress is being made in the direction of achieving something positive toward environmental health and in educating the public more regarding the lack of environmental sustainability and the effects that population expansion has on the Earth and me personally. Thanks, Mr. David Kettelhut
Randolph Femmer from
Sun, December 9, 2012 at 11.28 am
What exactly is sustainability? And what essential understandings must we have of earth's biospheric life-support machinery (the only such machinery so far known to exist anywhere in the universe) if we want that machinery to continue to function for today's rising generations of Under-20s? And what is earth's sustainable population for a modern industrialized humanity with a high standard of living and prosperity for all?

And what if we dismantle, degrade, eradicate, and destroy ever-greater percentages of earth's life-support machinery (which, among other things, produces the atmospheric oxygen that we breathe every few seconds)? Are there population-environment limits? What are they? And what if our population ends up exceeding the numbers that earth can sustain, or if our wastes, eradications, and destructive behaviors eradicate ever-greater portions of the machinery that supports life as we know it? What core concepts and data sets do policymakers and all of us as citizens need in order to make safe and wise decisions that protect earth's life support machinery for ourselves, future generations, and other forms of life?

Given the importance of such questions, imagine quick and easy open-courseware PowerPoints and PDF resources for policymakers, students, educators, and citizens anywhere in the world (such as, for instance, the examples below):

Biospherics Literacy and Sustainability 101
(Imagine Five PowerPoints / Five Days)
http://www.scribd.com/collections/3705681/Biospherics-Literacy-101-Five-...

Envision, for example, biospheric literacy and sustainability open-courseware resources for workshops, policymakers, distance-learning programs, and first-year undergraduates using freely-downloadable PowerPoints and PDFs which are easily assimilated over a span of one or two weeks, or in comfortable one-day workshops for non-scientists and policymakers. As already-existing examples:

PPT 1 – WORLD POPULATION AND DEMOGRAPHICS
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/18366094?access_key=key-20iiu722r2dhym1...

PPT 2 – ECOLOGICAL SERVICES AND BIOSPHERIC LIFE-SUPPORT MACHINERY
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/30231732?access_key=key-x4cwny8s654eee3...

PPT 3 – REAL-WORLD POPULATION CALAMITIES IN SEEMINGLY EMPTY ENVIRONMENTS?
http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/29284061?access_key=key-1d5uc7f665roaub...

PPT 4 – EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE AND SEAS AS RAZOR-THIN SURFACE FILMS
http://www.scribd.com/full/28709867?access_key=key-2nz7qoeakn2mqnl8h5o5

PPT 5 – EXPONENTIAL AND NON-LINEAR TRAJECTORIES IN POPULATION SYSTEMS
http://www.calameo.com/read/000676519a2f4cec2a088

Are we sure, for example, that citizens and policymakers everywhere fully appreciate the truly immense size of each of humankind's additional billions that we have recently been (and still are) adding to our finite planet every twelve years? Imagine, then, a brief PDF that employs two or three "thought-experiments" that contemplate the question: "How large is a billion?" (Hint: The answer is 38,461 years)

A billion pages of theoretical physics, for example? Or a BILLION additional persons added to our planet every twelve years? Or adding FIVE additional billions (and our impacts) to earth’s biospheric systems just since 1930? Or SEVEN billion now, and we are not yet even all industrialized.? And NINE billion by 2041? And trajectories that may carry us to 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, or 15.8 billion by century’s end?

We submit, for example, that it is far easier for citizens, students, and policymakers, to assess, contemplate, and appreciate the implications of the above numbers if all of us have a relatively universal appreciation of how truly immense each of the above billions actually is - and if open-courseware links such as the one cited above ( http://www.calameo.com/read/000676519a0f5f8d39904 ) are widely available for workshops, educators, students, and policymakers anywhere in the world.
Anonymous from
Thu, November 22, 2012 at 04.29 pm
Dear,
First I would like to apologize for text published in the morning, because I used the Google translator and did not review and came words totally contrary to what I thought as an example write the sentence below:
present our ideas and projects goes totally against the Environmental Sustainability.
The NGO Association and Center for Brazilian Studies and Research Unit - ACEPEUB - Building a Sustainable Future, was founded on May 3, 2003, after a brief presentation, which will be published then we will wait for a response from you on how we can be helpful and how we present our ideas and projects that meet Environmental Sustainability after 2015, but we will not pass on our knowledge and projects without recognition of the organization and financing of our latest projects, governments are unreliable, and absorb our ideas turn them into projects and programs without any gain for the institution, and worse still try to silence us with dictatorial actions forcing us to go to court to prove our innocence and clear our name to continue our work for development Sustainable in Brazil and worldwide.
Sincerely,
Eng Gilberto de Freitas Andrade
Executive Director NGO ACEPEUB
CORPORATE PRESENTATION
The Association Center for Studies and Research in Brazilian Unit (ACEPEUB) is a non-profit NGO, initiated by a group of environmentalists in May 2003. Officially, it was recorded on June 17, 2003 and declared Public Utility (Law No. 504/2005) to the bill approved unanimously by the City Council Ubarana, SP. Focusing on defense, preservation and conservation of the works in ACEPEUB awareness for the conservation and rehabilitation of the region and protect the environment. As an institution of sector 3, continues to be the development of environmental projects, volunteer work and financial contribution of its members, as well as the support and partnership of public and private entities.
Mission: The ACEPEUB - For Brazil Green is a non-governmental organization with a mission to promote harmony between society and its environment. Increasing urbanization and reduction of natural areas of degradation, deforestation and silting of rivers, fires and waste pollution of all kinds are some of the many threats to the region. Focus on Conservation, Protection and Preservation of water resources, forestry and climate ACEPEUB have worked to raise awareness for the conservation and rehabilitation of the region.
Vision: Defender, recover and preserve nature through joint activities between businesses, government and society, within a holistic vision that all human actions affect the quality of human life and the environment.


Principles ACEPEUB
• Respect the democratic values and ethical relationships between people, institutions and environment;
• Apply the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
• Preserve the environment and improve quality of life;
• The defense of the environment and the constant strengthening of the entity;
• Set the resolutions of the entity in the form of consensus or consent;
• Propose solutions to environmental challenges ahead;
• Enhance partnerships in the development of projects;
• multiply the knowledge among organizational members through meetings, newsletters and technical visits;
• Supporting other organizations, initiatives and movements with the same goals ACEPEUB;
• Disseminate environmental information;
• Work in harmony with all segments of the community, municipality and governments;
Organizational Structure
Council: period 3 May 2012 to 03 May 2016.
President: Elisandra Cris Rebeque
Vice Chair: Mauricio Aparecido da Silva Neto
First Secretary: Patricia Karina Seven
Second Secretary: Katia Tatiane da Cunha
First Treasurer: Alexander Sarkis - September 25, 2012
Deputy Treasurer: Camila Jéssika Decândio - September 25, 2012
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Solange Aparecida Guariza
Member of the Supervisory Board: Reginaldo dos Santos Barbosa
Member of the Supervisory Board: Rogério de Oliveira Mendes
Executive Director: Gilberto de Freitas Andrade
International Relations Director: Roberto Fabricio Decândio
Anonymous from
Thu, November 22, 2012 at 01.32 pm
Dear,
The NGO Association and Center for Research and Policy Unit Brasileira - ACEPEUB - Building a Sustainable Future, was founded on May 3, 2003 following a short presentation of sending it and await an answer to how we can be helpful and present our ideas and projects going totally against Environmental Sustainability, but we will not pass on our knowledge and projects without recognition of the organization and financing of our latest projects, no longer trust governments that absorb our ideas and turn them into projects and programs required not speak, and worse still try to silence us with dictatorial actions forcing us to go to court to prove our innocence and clear our name to continue to traballhar towards Sustainable Development in Brazil and worldwide.
 CORPORATE PRESENTATION
The Association Center for Studies and Research in Brazilian Unit (ACEPEUB) is a non-profit NGO, initiated by a group of environmentalists in May 2003. Officially, it was recorded on June 17, 2003 and declared Public Utility (Law No. 504/2005) for draft law approved unanimously by the City Council Ubarana, SP. Focusing on Defense, Preservation and Conservation of the Environment, works on the ACEPEUB awareness for the conservation and rehabilitation of the region and protecting the environment. As an institution of the 3rd sector, remains the development of environmental projects, volunteer work and financial contribution of its members, as well as the support and partnership of public and private entities.

Mission: The ACEPEUB - For the Green Brazil is a Non-Governmental Organization with a mission to promote harmony between society and its environment. Increasing urbanization and reduction of natural areas from deforestation, degradation and siltation of rivers, fires and waste pollution of all kinds are some of the many threats to the region. Focus on Defense, Conservation and Preservation of Water Sources, Forest and the Climate ACEPEUB have worked to raise awareness for the conservation and rehabilitation of the region.

Vision: Defender, recover and preserve nature through joint actions between society, business and government, within a holistic vision that all human actions affect the quality of human life and the environment.

Principles of ACEPEUB
• Respect the ethical and democratic values ​​in the relationships between people, institutions and environment;
• Apply the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
• Preserving the environment and improve quality of life;
• The defense of the environment and the constant strengthening of the entity;
• Set the resolutions of the entity in the form of consensus or consent;
• Propose solutions to environmental challenges ahead;
• Enhance partnerships in the development of projects;
• Multiply the knowledge among the members of the organization through meetings, newsletters and technical visits;
• Supporting other organizations, initiatives and movements with the same goals of ACEPEUB;
• Disseminate environmental information;
• Work in harmony with all segments of the community, municipality and governments;

Organizational Structure
Board: period 3 May 2012 to 03 May 2016.
President: Elisandra Cris Rebeque
Vice Chair: Mauricio Aparecido da Silva Neto
First Secretary: Patricia Karina Seven
Second Secretary: Katia Tatiane da Cunha
First Treasurer: Alexander Sarkis - September 25, 2012
Deputy Treasurer: Camila Jéssika Decândio - September 25, 2012
Chairman of the Supervisory Board: Solange Aparecida Guariza
Member of the Supervisory Board: Reginaldo dos Santos Barbosa
Member of the Supervisory Board: Rogério de Oliveira Mendes
Executive Director: Gilberto de Freitas Andrade
International Relations Director: Roberto Fabricio Decândio
Geoff Holland from
Wed, November 14, 2012 at 01.36 pm
Thankyou to Laura Hildebrandt and other organisers of this Thematic Consultation on Environmental Sustainability vis-a-vis the proposed UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Firstly I would like to see more effort in publicising the forum so that we have a useful number of participants. I would like to see members of the government sector and business sector, as well as members of the High Level Panel, the UN Task Team, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) participate (at least briefly). There is an unsettling feeling in these forums that they have been set up to placate civil society, where it is essentially just civil society (with the occasional academic) talking amongst ourselves.

I realise that the focus of this forum is the 2010 MDG7 report by UNEP, and I am keen to comment more specifically on that during the course of this forum (eg examine the Targets within MDG7).

Right now I would just like to make some brief comments:

1. We do not want a handful of Goals handed down by the UN Secretary General (as was the case with the MDGs), or even a High Level Panel of Eminent persons (co-chaired by UK Prime Minister David Cameron who announced well in advance that he would not be attending Rio +20. It must be noted that most Heads of State of OECD countries shamefully boycotted the Rio+20 Summit, when the Heads of State of so many developing nations made the effort to get there) handing down the SDGs.

Rather we would like a transparent process whereby global civil society has a strong participation in determining the agenda for the SDGs.


2. We do not want a handful of Goals. Rather we would like a Sustainable Development Goal Comprehensive Framework (SDG-CF). It has been suggested that this may include up to 14 Goals each with an average of about 8 Objectives, and each Objective with an average of about 8 Targets - totalling about 900 Targets.

In its GEO-5 Report, UNEP stated that there are approximately 500 internationally agreed to goals relating to the environment alone. For the 90 goals/agreements reviewed, only about 4% had significant progress. Most were off-track (just like MDG7).

We suggest that these 500 previously agreed to international environmental goals be included into the Sustainable Development Goal Comprehensive Framework (SDG-CF).

We can always choose 14 or so "Flagship Goals" (one from each Goal category?) which can given primary attention and promotion so that members of the general public can get a grasp of the 2015-2030 SDG program.

While we understand the argument that governments of small countries have difficulty tracking and implementing 8 MDGs let alone 900 Targets of the SDG program, we feel there are ways to delegate and manage this responsibility.


3. We feel that the 20 Aichi Targets should also be integrated into the UN SDG-CF. While their target dates are 2013-2020, with some 2013-2015, we feel this need not present a problem (just as it is not a problem having different target dates amongst the Aichi Targets, some ending in 2015 and others in 2020).

Also, many of the Aichi Targets could have an extended Target for 2030 (aside from the 2020 target and target date).

I look forward to further discussion in this forum.

Regards,
Geoff Holland
research@globalfuturesresearch.org
Daniel Johnson Organizer from Canada
Sun, May 19, 2013 at 06.02 am
Yes, this is definitely true, we need a new way of establishing goals and the world needs to phase out the hierarchical worldview completely. Too many professionals whose central goal is the expansion of their own function, regardless of whether society needs it or not, too many political ladder climbers and board game players at the top levels controlling the flow of the discussion for their own ends.
Maria Cristina Gallegos from
Wed, November 21, 2012 at 06.51 pm
Dear Geoff Holland,

Thank you for your comments.

You highlight very important points. For this reason, we want to extend an invitation for you to post your opinion under our recently launched discussion initiative:
-Join the conversation: What changes will be necessary to put global development on a path for an environmentally sustainable future? http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/289235

If you have been working on a project or on an idea on how to make this world more sustainable, please feel free to visit and share a description of your project (less than 1500 words):
-Call for discussion notes: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/274168

Your ideas will add great value to the conversation. We look forward in your active participation,
Maria Cristina Gallegos (consultation team admin)
Anonymous from
Tue, November 13, 2012 at 01.52 pm
Deseamos participar como organización
Maria Cristina Gallegos from
Wed, November 21, 2012 at 07.14 pm
Dear Fundacion Habitat Verde:

Please feel free to participate as an individual or as an organization in our recently launched initiatives. If you are currently working on a project or idea, share it with us (less than 1500 words):
-Call for Discussion Notes:http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/274168

Help us spread the word on our thematic consultation with your networks and/or social media channels using #sustainability2015: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/289228

If you have innovative ideas and can answer the question: What changes will be necessary to put global development on a path for an environmentally sustainable future? Post your opinion:
-Join the Conversation: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/289235

Let me know if you have any questions,
Maria Cristina Gallegos (consultation team admin)
Maria Cristina Gallegos from
Wed, November 14, 2012 at 09.02 pm
Welcome!

Feel free to participate as an organization.

We want to invite you to take part in the CALL FOR PAPERS: TOPICS FOR POST-2015 THEMATIC CONSULTATION ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY by submitting your ideas and work, on topics that you think should be a priority for the dialogue on environmental sustainability in the post-2015 agenda.

For more information on how to submit your paper visit: http://www.worldwewant2015.org/node/274168.

We want to hear from your organization.
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