UN post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25th 2015,  more than 150 world leaders committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. The new Global Goals for sustainable development could help get these things done. In all countries. For all people.

Since 2009,  Bioregional has played an active role in inter-governmental negotiations at the United Nations about what sustainable development is and how it should be implemented across the planet.

These negotiations led in 2015 to the commitment of UN member states to Agenda 2030: Transforming Our World – otherwise known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We got involved because we believe our practical experience of solutions for sustainable lifestyles and the One Planet Living framework can make a difference globally.

In particular, we worked with international partners and governments to make sure the critical issue of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) was properly recognised in the SDGs. And we succeeded – one of the goals (Goal 12) is devoted to SCP, while several others relate to it.

In both developed and developing countries, there are key choices about how products and services are made and delivered and how these products and services are consumed. These choices will determine whether we can transition to sustainability and live in balance with the resources of our one planet.

We are now entering the next exciting phase of work on the SDGs – practical solutions for implementing these important and universal goals. Our work includes:

UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD)

This is a multi-stakeholder network which aims to implement the SDGs in the UK.  Bioregional co-chairs the Steering Group and supports the strategic development and delivery of the initiative.

In April 2016 we launched UKSSD at a conference with 100 representatives from business, government and civil society in the UK.

UKSSD will bring together multi-disciplinary organisations from all sectors in the UK to support the cooperation and partnerships needed to deliver the goals in the UK.  It  engages with government at all levels and localities to drive an ambitious sustainable development agenda and act as a focal point for sustainable development in the UK.

Transform Together; the 2030 Initiative for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)

Transform Together is a coalition of like-minded organisations working in 15-20 ‘high impact’ countries around the world. These countries, some developed and some representing emerging economies, make the greatest demands on the planet’s resources and climate stability.

The initiative seeks to catalyse and demonstrate the political, business and societal changes needed to address unsustainable patterns of consumption and production in middle and high-income countries. Bioregional co-founded the initiative with Leo Williams, former Director of the Beyond2015 campaign.

Transform Together is under development and was launched at the 2nd United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi in May 2016. UNEA is the primary international United Nations conference on environmental issues, held every two years.

Sustainable Buildings and Construction, 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP

Bioregional has been the NGO Global Focal Point for the UN’s 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production for two years. This led to our involvement with the Sustainable Buildings and Construction Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee, allowing us to share our practical experience of the built environment with international governments and practitioners. We are working with UN Habitat, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Energies2050, a sustainable energy NGO based in France,  to develop a flagship project on sustainable social housing in Africa.

Alongside these initiatives which seek to implement the goals we continue to support policymakers through our work on interlinkages in the SDG targets. You can see the first stage of this work here.

To learn more about these projects and initiatives or to get involved please contact emily.auckland@bioregional.com.