About the Global Consultation on Environmental Sustainability
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.
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:
- Population Dynamics;
- Growth & Employment;
- Conflict & Fragility;
- Environmental Sustainability;
- 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.