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Lake Victoria Climate Change Readiness Brief No.2 (July 2013) by the EA SusWatch Network on how far how regional block - the East African Community (EAC) has moved to implement its Climate Change Poli...
Lake Victoria Climate Change Readiness Brief No.2 (July 2013) by the EA SusWatch Network on how far how regional block - the East African Community (EAC) has moved to implement its Climate Change Policy with respect to water and sanitation akey challenge in the Lake Victoria basin and the region at large.
The Brief provides recommendations to the regional block, the Lake Victoria Basin commission that oversees sustainable development in the Lake Victoria basin, the 5 EAC Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania Rwanda and Uganda) and non-state actors, to secure that the impact of climate change on water supply and sanitation is addressed at the appropriate levels
Lake Victoria basin is faced with challenges including land use and land degradation due to pressure induced by the fast growing population; water quality decline and pollution due to eutrophication a...
Lake Victoria basin is faced with challenges including land use and land degradation due to pressure induced by the fast growing population; water quality decline and pollution due to eutrophication arising from atmospheric deposition, nutrient runoff from agricultural areas; receding water levels of Lake Victoria; decline in fish catches due to excessive fishing effort and use of destructive fishing gears, destruction of fish breeding and nursery habitats, among others (EAC/ LVBC, 2009).
This has been further aggravated by the impact of climate change with no resilience in place for the majority (poor communities). The result of this is further environmental degradation, conflicts in use of natural resources, lack of access to clean and safe water for millions of people, poor sanitation and hygiene for many people, food insecurity, inequality, and lack of jobs and sources of income
At the onset I would like to agree with current discussion that the definition of sustainable development (as per the 1987 report from the UN World Commission on Environment and Development) be revisited to come to terms with the current global challenges emphasizing the need to ‘safeguard the Earth’s life-support system, on which the welfare of current and future generations depends’ (David Griggs, 2013)
In this respect, for the Lake Victoria basin, the post 2015 development and the SDGs process need to take note of the intricate relationship between ‘cross cutting’ development issues and environmental management in this region, while reflecting on safeguarding this transboundary resource, taking into account the welfare of current 35 million dependants and future generations. In light of this, I would to suggest five entry points.
BERLIN, GERMANY (20 June, 2013)—The implementation of the Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport launched at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, one year ago t...
BERLIN, GERMANY (20 June, 2013)—The implementation of the Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport launched at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, one year ago today, is well on track concluded the report “Creating Universal Access to Safe, Clean and Affordable Transport”, presented today at the Berlin High Level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Transport.
The 17 Voluntary Commitments launched at Rio+20 include activities on knowledge management, capacity building, policy dialog and facilitation as well as financing. The eight largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) last year pledged to invest US$175 billion to finance more sustainable transportation systems over the coming decade.
“Working on transport is part of this moral responsibility we have especially to the cities of today, but also to future generations” commented World Bank President Jim Yong Kim when talking about the World Bank’s role earlier this year at the 10th Annual Transforming Transportation Conference.
The relevance of the Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments and especially the Rio+20 MDB commitment was acknowledged by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in welcome remarks delivered on his behalf at the Berlin meeting “While financing investments in sustainable transport can be challenging, we have a model in the Rio+20 conference, which saw an unprecedented level of voluntary commitments. The eight largest multilateral development banks jointly committed to invest $175 billion over the next ten years in more sustainable transport in developing countries. I commend their initiative”.
“The world is facing an unprecedented process of motorization. In the coming ten years we will add more vehicles than in the last 100 years combined”, says David Ward, Director General FIA Foundation. “The overall costs of congestion, air pollution, and road crashes are close to 10% of GDP in many countries. Road crashes now kill more people than malaria or tuberculosis. These trends are unsustainable and unacceptable”.
The UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda called last month to end extreme poverty in all its forms in the context of sustainable development and to have in place the building blocks of sustained prosperity.
“The Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments can be of great help in improving inclusive access, one of the most important of those building blocks for sustained prosperity”, says Tyrrell Duncan, Transport Practice Leader at the Asian Development Bank and currently the Chair of the MDB Working Group on Sustainable Transport. “The MDBs welcome the High Level Panel report and we believe that the MDB Rio+20 commitment can make a real difference in realizing the call of the High Level Panel for a transformative change in the manner people travel and goods are transported”.
“The Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport entered into at Rio+20 were a game changer”, concludes Cornie Huizenga, Joint Convener of the SLoCaT Partnership and principal author of the report. “Without the Rio+20 commitments on sustainable transport it would be much more difficult for transport to become an integral and important part of the post-2015 goal framework. This underscores the strategic relevance of the commitments, which goes well beyond their direct implementation results”.
Six additional Voluntary Commitments were presented by members of the SLoCaT Partnership as part of the status report. “These new commitments will make it possible for the transport community and other development partners to better observe and track how the sector develops and what the impact of policies and measures will be on the sustainability of the transport sector at the global, national or local level”, says Michael Replogle, Managing Director for Policy and Founder of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.
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The full report can be downloaded from http://slocat.net/rio20-VC
The SLoCaT partnership, a multi-stakeholder partnership of over 80 members, was formed in 2009 to improve the knowledge on sustainable low carbon transport, help develop better policies and catalyze their implementation. It has influenced sustainable transport policies and strategies across a wide range of its member organizations including development banks, international organizations, NGOs, private sector, and research organizations.
For more information:
•Cornie Huizenga, Joint Convener, SLoCaT Partnership and principal author of the report, cornie.huizenga[at]slocatpartnership.org Tel. +86 13901949332 (Thursday 20 June and Friday 21 June in Berlin, Germany).
•Tyrrell Duncan, Director, EATC concurrently Practice Leader (Transport), Asian Development Bank and Chair of the MDB Working Group on Sustainable Transport tduncan[at]adb.org Tel. +63 920 949 6409 (Thursday and Friday in Beijing, China)
• Michael Replogle, Managing Director for Policy and Founder, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy michael.replogle[at]itdp.org Tel. +1 301 529 0351 (Thursday in Mexico City and Friday in Cancun, Mexico)
• David Ward, Director General, Fia Foundation d.ward[at]fiafoundation.org Tel. +44 207 747 5187
This critical analysis by the Women’s Major Group members2 on the High-‐level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons report, released on May 30th with recommendations for the Post 2015 Development Agenda3 , notes the report as a starting point for discussion, but not good enough. The Women’s Major Group is concerned about the narrow set of goals and the predominance given to the corporate/business sector in the “new” development agenda. We look to the world's governments to be far more ambitious and focused on addressing the root causes of inequality, injustice and poverty inherent to the existing economic paradigm, as they negotiate the next sustainable development framework in the Open Working Group on SDGs and the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
• Goals setting; too reductive to allow for sustainable development
• A new 15-‐year time-‐frame; delaying essential human rights even further!
• Contradictions; between goals and business-‐as-‐usual economic model
• Human rights -‐ inconsistent application
• Critical analysis of selected specific Goals and Targets and Means of Implementation
o GOAL 1 End Poverty: too narrow in scope, too one-‐dimensional
o GOAL 2: Empower Girls and Women and achieve Gender Equality: some positive targets,
but lacks women’s rights as underpinning the entire development agenda
o GOAL 3: Provide quality education and life-‐long learning: lacks girls’ priorities
o GOAL 4: Ensure Healthy Lives: some positive targets, but fails to address social and
environmental determinants of health
o GOAL 5 Ensure Food Security and Good Nutrition: should recognize women’s role in food
o GOAL 7: Secure Sustainable Energy: utterly insufficient and likely to have negative impact
on female poverty
o GOAL 8: Create Jobs, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Equitable Growth: Fails to call for
global social protection floor and the right to decent work
GOAL 9: Manage Natural Resource Assets Sustainability: too limiting in defining nature as an asset
o GOAL 12: Global Enabling environment and Catalyse Long-‐Term Finance: entirely insufficient on finance, trade and climate protection
Nothing ‘New’ about proposed Global Governance and Global Partnership for Development
No accountability of corporations
Financing for Gender Equality should be a priority – it is not in the HLP report
• Concluding: This report should not be taken as a basis for development of the Post 2015 agenda
Local and regional authorities consider Water and Sanitation Management as a Global Issue and request that access to water and sanitation be ensured as a basic service, a strong tool to reduce poverty...
Local and regional authorities consider Water and Sanitation Management as a Global Issue and request that access to water and sanitation be ensured as a basic service, a strong tool to reduce poverty and tackle inequalities.
The Post-2015 agenda should address the issue of access to basic services and a special focus should be given to access to water, recognized as an international human right by a resolution of the General Assembly (A/RES/64/292) in July 2010. The resolution is calling on States and international organizations to provide financial resources, build capacity and transfer technology, particularly to developing countries, in scaling up efforts to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all.
Cities and local authorities are key actors in the development and implementation of basic services based on their strong convening power and their potential to develop key partnership with the civil society and private sector. Following the “International guidelines on decentralization and access to basic services for all” adopted by UN Habitat, the Post-2015 agenda should implement an effective decentralization of responsibilities, policy management, decision-making authority and sufficient resources, including revenue collection authority.
We would like to stress the paramount role played by the sub-national level in anticipating crises and concretely improving food security and nutrition. This underscores the need for a global territor...
We would like to stress the paramount role played by the sub-national level in anticipating crises and concretely improving food security and nutrition. This underscores the need for a global territorial approach which takes into account the whole food chain.
Indeed, regions and local Governments are enablers that build partnership relations to act against food insecurity through: support for stakeholders in the development sector; structuring professional organizations; exchanges of know-how and expertise; political involvement and building up capabilities. In addition, there is a wealth of expertise in local and regional governments on land issues, and on access to and competition in the use of farming or urban land.
It has also been demonstrated that setting up short supply chains that encourage local consumption of local products, will act in favour of food self-sufficiency because it will bring down the level of reliance on imports.
The Essential Must Haves are the fruit of a global, open, inclusive and on-going conversation convened by Beyond 2015 on the essential must-haves that would need to be met in order for any new framewo...
The Essential Must Haves are the fruit of a global, open, inclusive and on-going conversation convened by Beyond 2015 on the essential must-haves that would need to be met in order for any new framework to be considered legitimate.
This report has been prepared by the Regional Coordination of the Beyond 2015 / GCAP / IFP project for Latin America and the Caribbean, based on the preliminary and partial reports received to date fr...
This report has been prepared by the Regional Coordination of the Beyond 2015 / GCAP / IFP project for Latin America and the Caribbean, based on the preliminary and partial reports received to date from the national hubs / coalitions undertaking national deliberations in the region.
Since September 2012, Beyond 2015 and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) have been creating a global civil society position on a post-2015 framework. This is happening through a series o...
Since September 2012, Beyond 2015 and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) have been creating a global civil society position on a post-2015 framework. This is happening through a series of national, regional, and community civil society deliberations that are currently ongoing. So far, civil society deliberations are planned in 40 countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In a review of the deliberations that have taken place so far around the world, we have received reports from 22 countries about community, regional and national deliberations. This report is the synthesis of these outcomes.
This paper is the result of more than one year of reflection by and discussion between European Task Force participants, backed up by both desk and field research. Two rounds of consultation and feedb...
This paper is the result of more than one year of reflection by and discussion between European Task Force participants, backed up by both desk and field research. Two rounds of consultation and feedback were held within the ETF specifically on draft versions of this proposal.
For the European Task Force, the purpose of this paper is to stimulate thinking, to show that a more comprehensive approach to sustainable development is not only necessary but eminently possible and to share some innovative ideas on how to construct a post-2015 framework such that it may retain the positive features of the Millennium Development Goals and build upon them, while also overcoming some of their drawbacks.
Local and subnational governments would like to put forward a target for a holistic and ecosystem-based approach for enhancing city-region food systems.
Why the city-region approach? We have heard along the day the need to connect urban and rural realities and challenges around the agriculture and food security topic. The city-region approach represents a tool for interconnecting urban-rural linkages as it allows to organise food systems in a whole territory beyond its administrative boundaries.
Why a holistic and ecosystem-based approach? We are also hearing today the multi-facet reality of the topic we are discussing. This is also true for food and agriculture systems in cities. However, we tend to think only about urban - or at most peri-urban – agriculture, underestimating that the potential for action is much wider. Actually cities working on food system are having to address topics ranging from lessening food crises for poverty alleviation or disaster management; to managing a rise in obesity, and promoting a sustainable diet; whilst also working on waste management and adapting to the changing climate to ensure the resilience of the food supply within their community.
The Food and Agriculture Cluster was formed in New York to support messages from Major Groups and Civil Society before, during and following the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The Clus...
The Food and Agriculture Cluster was formed in New York to support messages from Major Groups and Civil Society before, during and following the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The Cluster continues to coordinate messages for the Post Rio processes and Post 2015 Thematic Consultations on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. As the first thematic discussion of the OWG will be on food security, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, land degradation, desertification, drought and water and sanitation during its third session on 22-24, the Cluster is helping to bring civil society voices into intergovernmental processes in New York at United Nations Headquarters. The Cluster looks forward to working with Member States, the UN System, Major Groups and other stakeholders to ensure that sustainable agriculture and food and nutrition security are prioritized and recognized as critical to achieving sustainable development.
Twelve key priorities for an SDG for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture:
Many of the following points were included in the technical support team (TST) briefs. However, as Major Groups and Civil Society stakeholders, there are important issues our delegations wish to call attention to in considering a goal that links food security, nutrition and agriculture to sustainable development.
1. The progressive realization of the right to food - including equity of access to resources and social inclusion - should be at the foundation of a multi-stakeholder informed SDG for food, nutrition, and agriculture.
2. The SDG must recognize and address the current reasons for food insecurity, malnutrition and unsustainable agriculture. The lack of rights, disempowerment, exclusion and exploitation of the world’s smallholder farmers, pastoralists, forest folk and indigenous peoples, the destruction of their land and ecosystems through land grabbing and unsustainable and inequitable industrial agriculture aided by perverse subsidies and policies and wealth creation for the global minority are amongst the main causes of entrenched hunger, malnutrition, obesity and poverty, as well as the systematic destruction of primary ecosystems, anthropogenic driven climate change, and the loss and degradation of soil, land, biodiversity, water and agricultural genetic resources.
3. Improving the livelihoods of smallholders, pastoralists, forest folk, indigenous peoples, women farmers and youth should be at the forefront in SDG development and implementation including by putting them at the center of decision-making processes, strengthening their rights including to control their own seeds, securing their tenure to their land, access to resources and markets and the provision of training based on their knowledge and technology needs and those of their communities and ecosystems. The vast majority of the world's farmers are smallholder farmers. Smallholder farmers cannot be left behind if we want to arrive at an effective set of post-2015 Goals. We must ensure that all smallholder farmers and other rural communities, in particular women and disadvantaged groups, enjoy a decent livelihood and income, and protect their right to access to productive resources and assets from seed to land and markets, everywhere. Worldwide, 70 per cent of food production stems from 525 million small operations, which collectively cover the cultivation of 40 per cent of the planet's arable land. A reduction in hunger and poverty can only be achieved by empowering smallholder farmers including putting them at the center of decision-making processes related to their livelihoods, land and well-being. Women play a major role all along the food chain from the field to the plate. Their knowledge and needs have to be taken into account on all levels of decision-making regarding agriculture, nutrition and food systems. Globally, women account for nearly half – 43 percent – of the world’s farmers, although their contribution to the agricultural labour force can be much higher – more than 60 percent in some countries. The position of women and especially their access to resources in agriculture and food systems must be improved and their rights as workers within the food system must be safeguarded.
4. A transformation of agriculture and food systems is necessary. A transformative agenda should call for systemic and holistic approaches to diverse, nutritious, sustainable and resilient food consumption and production systems. To be transformative in all three pillars, such approaches must empower inclusive, bottom-up initiatives supported through appropriate enabling policies in science, technology and business directed towards the social and ecofunctional intensification of food and agriculture systems. This means a transformation to sustainable, diverse and resilient agriculture and food systems that conserve natural resources and ecosystems, and result in substantial degraded land restoration. Sustainable agriculture and food systems such as organic agriculture and agro-ecology improve food security, eradicate hunger and are economically viable, while conserving land, water, plant and animal genetic resources, biodiversity and ecosystems and enhancing resilience to climate change and natural disasters. The key characteristics of sustainable, diverse, and resilient agriculture and food systems can be common to all future agriculture and food systems, both large and small.
5. Environmentally and socially destructive forms of agriculture development and agricultural practice must be phased out globally. Unsustainable development based on profit-driven global commodity production, such as palm oil, soy based animal feed, sugar, biomass for biofuel, etc., results in questionable enhancement of food security and nutritional value. Instead, these commodity systems often destroy livelihoods, drive obesity and diet related disease, increase inequality, and destroy ecosystems such as forests and savannahs of both local and global importance. These systems must be phased out and countries need resources and policy support to develop and implement sustainable development alternatives. Pesticides and other agricultural practices that are highly toxic to humans and ecosystem functions such as pollination and clean water provision must be phased out globally. Safe alternatives must be developed in the context of Integrated Pest Management and agro-ecology, including the integration of effective organic and agro-ecological practices such as beneficial insectary plants, crop rotations and participatory plant breeding to minimize the use of toxic inputs.
6. Sustainable and humane livestock systems should be included as key to sustainable agriculture and diets. Livestock plays a central role in food security, providing nutrition and essential services such as draft power, employment and income security. Over one billion of the poorest people on the planet depend on their animals as their main source of livelihood and food security. Sustainable livestock production, of which animal welfare is an integral part, is core to achieving socially and environmentally responsible outcomes on the future of food and farming, poverty eradication and sustainable development, especially in developing countries. Sustainable livestock production systems are those that are ecologically sound, economically viable for farmers and consumers, equitable for rural communities and other stakeholders in society and include appropriate animal care.
7. Support the up-scaling and further development of bio-intensification of food systems, including organic agriculture and agro-ecology production and marketing systems and mainstreaming these approaches into local, national, regional and international public and private sector programs, initiatives and services, not only in food systems, but in terms of climate resilience and greening the economy.
8. Strengthening urban rural linkages and local government planning for a holistic and ecosystem-based approach to enhancing city-region food systems, should be recognized as a key element of the transformation agenda.
9. All dimensions of malnutrition have to be addressed in an integrated manner across health, agriculture and social programs in order to gain access to sufficient, healthy and culturally appropriate food and nutrition for all people. Only integrated approaches that address the whole food environment in urban and rural areas will be successful. In this regard, a well-framed SDG can encourage sustainable diets through integrated action that pays special attention to vulnerable populations such as women and youth, the rural and urban poor, and to nutrition during pregnancy and early childhood.
10. Significantly reducing food loss and food waste which accounts for one third of the total food supply is an enormous opportunity to attain the overall goal, while reducing the pressure to further intensify agricultural output with potentially damaging social and environmental consequences. The interrelated goals of ending poverty and hunger while also addressing the sustainability of food systems, malnutrition, waste and access to good sanitation and water demand more engagement and decision making by local and territorial authorities, linking urban and rural.
11. Re-establishing food security for disaster affected people, landscapes and animals is a necessary post-disaster response but also requires pre-disaster risk mitigation through better planning and investments in preparedness. For the world’s poor, these landscapes are the foundation of dietary and economic resilience and safeguarding these food security assets must be an integral part of any effective disaster response and disaster resilience and preparedness planning at local, national and international levels.
12. Progress on the Post-2015 Goals needs to be measured and monitored in a multi-stakeholder and participatory manner including independent bodies with both local and scientific knowledge, competence and capabilities. The implementation of targets and the transformation needs to be informed by global, regional, and national multi-stakeholder assessments on sustainable agriculture and food systems. In the field of food security and sustainable agriculture, the Committee on World Food Security in Rome, in cooperation with relevant UN bodies, and with the full inclusion of civil society and the private sector, should be the global platform for ongoing assessment of national progress towards a new sustainable development goal for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture.
In conclusion, to strengthen small food producers’ ability to increase food availability for themselves and the worlds growing population in a stable manner in the context of climate change, a major paradigm shift is required. Instead of being neglected and locked-out of development, the worlds small food producers need to be placed at the center of the global sustainable development agenda. Not only must land grabbing end but so must the exclusion of small food producers from research, training and extension services and appropriate support and safety nets. Public funded extension, training, farmer field schools and farmer friendly research programs must be put in place that not only help lift the worlds poor out of hunger and malnutrition but create an enabling environment for existing and new entrants to food production so that they can flourish in terms of productivity, resilience and profitability. To do this farmer and local community friendly institutions must be enabled such as farmer organizations, cooperatives and partnerships between local producers and consumers so that they can be empowered in decision-making processes such as those over land tenure, market development, fair price setting, loss and damage, training and technology transfer. Appropriate support and empowerment of smallholder farmers and small food producers in general both in rural and urban areas must be seen as the key to simultaneously engaging a growing global population in inclusive sustainable development, effectively tackling hunger and malnutrition and eradicating poverty.
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(Statement from the Food and Agriculture Cluster of the NGO Major Group
for the thematic discussion at the third session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York, 22-24 May, 2013)
One of a series of consultation meetings being held in 2013, the Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport was organized around the Regional EST Forum in Asia to engage ministries of environment, health, and transport in considering how sustainable transport can contribute to sustainable development and be best integrated in the post 2015 goal framework associated targets and indicators.
Participants in the 25 April Global Consultation Meeting on Sustainable Transport in the Post-2015 Development Framework:
• Underscored the need for transport to be well represented in the post 2015 goal framework for sustainable development to maintain and build on the Rio+20 momentum on Sustainable Transport
• Agreed on having either a separate SDG on sustainable transport, or a combined one with Energy and Water – Universal Access to Safe, Clean and Affordable Energy, Transport and Water for All
• Supported dedicated focus on sustainable transport through three global targets on: Access, Road Safety and Emissions, which are to be translated into the specific context of individual countries
• Called for development of more detailed indicators to operationalize the three targets
• Emphasized the need to develop appropriate enabling Means of Implementation
• Encouraged a better linkage and integration with other processes at global and regional level
• Acknowledged the important role that regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forums can play in promoting and implementing the integration of EST in the post-2015 goal framework on sustainable development.
Women Major Group Statement,
Follow Up of Rio+20, Regional Implementation Meeting -Asia Pacific,
22-24 April 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
Thank you Chair and member states delegations.
My name is Teresita Vistro representing Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development. I’m speaking today on behalf of the Women's Major Group.
The Asia and Pacific region faces some major challenges to achieving sustainable development. In order to address these challenges, there is an urgent need for clarity on the practices of maldevelopment that must be discontinued in our region, and on transformative development alternatives that will instead positively impact on the lives of people in Asia-Pacific, including women and girls.
We affirm the statements of those governments here, that emphasize the centrality of human rights and gender equality in sustainable development and the Post 2015 development agenda. We also strongly call for more explicit mention of gender equality and women's rights in all national and regional statements, government policies and programmes as we move into these global Open Working Group process, and High Level Political Forum deliberations.
Further, the Women's Major Group demand increased government, UNESCAP and civil society attention to escalating cases of land and ocean grabbing in the region. We further call for strongest attention to the impacts of global warming, climate change, ocean acidification in the region, and globally.
Moreover, we call for an end to government policies that promote rapid and resource intensive practies such as extractive industries, forestry and illegal logging, deep sea mining, and unregulated fishing. These have led to poor men and women in Asia and the Pacific living in the most precarious environments, rendered homeless and also often forcibly evicted from their homes and land. Add to this unsafe household and industrial waste contaminating living environments, waterways and oceanic pollution and it is exceedingly clear that the region must indeed move quickly toward a new kind of sustainable development, and new state responses to poverty eradication.
The Women's Major Group reiterates that Asia and Pacific development has been built on the backs of women, and it is time to end this. Women in our region produce the world´s products at increasingly lower prices; working for below subsistence wages in unbearable conditions. Women workers are denied rights to organise and bargain. Women working as domestic workers, Asia and the Pacific´s most common occupation for women are working 18 hour days, without a day off, nor guaranteed wage. They are separated from family and routinely abused at home and abroad where they also now take on roles in an unregulated and often exploitative global care chain In homes, countries, and the region, women's rights and autonomy over our bodies and life decisions are violated, especially due to the escalating fundamentalism and the politicization of religion. Moreover, Women face sexual and gender based violence, and are forced to work in a globally dysfunctional economic system that further exploits in the name of development. The current development model has clearly failed rural, indigenous, migrant women.
These are the realities of too many women in Asia and the Pacific, and has to be addressed urgently. This is the time for us to be brave and aim for a transformative and redistributive framework that reduce inequalities of wealth, power and resources, and that exacerbates gender, ethnic, class, and many other forms of inequalities.
Concretely, the Women's Major Group recommend the following:
• We call for deep and structural changes in existing global systems of power, resources and decision making. We need new frameworks and institutions designed to be democratic, accountable to all people and particularly those most affected, based on internationally agreed human rights standards and obligations;
• The Post-2015 development agenda framework must be based on existing human rights legal norms, standards and political commitments. International human rights law, including the UDHR, CEDAW, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, ECSR, and ICCPR and their follow-up programmes must form a non-negotiable base;
• There must be clear and time-bound commitments, with targets and indicators measuring quality as well as quantity and aiming to address inter and intra-state inequalities.
• On Means of Implementation, we call for timely collection and disaggregation of data on the basis of all the grounds of discrimination and their intersectionality as essential to identify, visibilise and respond to inequalities and violations of human rights and to increase accountability. Mechanisms for data collection and analysis for monitoring progress must be transparent and inclusive of input from women’s groups; require transparency of information, including budgets, as well as of decision-making processes and mechanisms at all levels and across thematic themes, as a principle to underpin the Post-2015 development framework. We demand it not only from governments, but all other development actors;
• We call on UNESCAP, UNEP and whole UN system to reflect diverse needs of all women in their programs and practices. The UN system is accountable in fully protecting and promoting gender equality and women's rights including urging governments to implement their human rights obligations;We demand the new development framework includes dedicated gender equality goals, as well as specific targets and indicators throughout. It should be an explicit priority of governments and all major groups;
• Finally Member states, We call for your full guarantee of women’s control over resources and sustainable livelihood, the full implementation of decent work and living wage, full, equal and meaningful participation of women in all decision bodies in all levels, elimination of all forms of violence against women, and an environment of peace and security for women to fully realise their rights. Lastly, we urge government to guarantee sexual and reproductive rights and access to quality and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services to women and girls. When women from Asia and the Pacific do not have the ability to make decisions on all aspects of their sexuality and decide the number and spacing of their children, then they cannot participate wholly in any aspects of our lives.
Mr. Chair, Honorable Delegations, Major Groups; we are now have the opportunity to chart a new sustainable development course; one that the vast majority of this world wants. It is indeed one that is based on global equity, sustainability of justice, realisation of univeral human rights , gender equality and dignity for all - including all women and girls in Asia and the PacificThank you.
Over the past decade, Africa has been experiencing tremendous economic dynamism and growth: seven of the world’s ten fastest-growing countries are in Africa; the continent’s economic output has more t...
Over the past decade, Africa has been experiencing tremendous economic dynamism and growth: seven of the world’s ten fastest-growing countries are in Africa; the continent’s economic output has more than tripled; and average economic growth is expected to be 4.8
Transport is a core sector for Africa’s economic development. Growth-inducing, it enables goods to move across regions and within countries. It provides farmers with access to markets and the means to export their products and to fulfill demand in other parts of the continent as well as in Europe and Asia. Transport also enables people to go where jobs and services are.
Choices made today about transport systems and the provision of infrastructure will frame development patterns for the next thirty years and play a defining role in ending poverty. So how transport develops within cities and across the continent is critical for the kind of development that Africa generates and the degree of economic growth it achieves.
The Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) is mounting a new effort to meet with stakeholders across Africa to discuss the concept of sustainable transport, identify innovative solutions, and position transport in the greater sustainability agenda. The continent has a unique opportunity to create environmentally sustainable transport networks as part of its development strategy. In taking the next step forward, SSATP is planning to host in 2014 an Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum for Africa (EST-Africa). This will be the first EST Forum in Africa following the EST forums in Asia and Latin America. This first forum will focus on the challenges facing sustainable development of the transport sector so that it can meet long-term development goals.
EST-Africa will provide an opportunity for regional cooperation and the exchange of best practices. The goal is to increase understanding of the benefits of building sustainable, rather than carbon-hungry, transport networks. EST-Africa will help African governments achieve solid economic growth, increase their capacity to develop sustainable transport systems, and build greater climate resilience.
For more information about the 2014 Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum for Africa, please contact Roger Gorham (email@example.com) or Jean Noel Guillossou (Jguillossou@worldbank.org).
Whereas the Rio+20 Conference laid the foundation and charted the overall course for the desirable and needed policy action towards “The Future We Want”, the challenges ahead lie in rapidly and effect...
Whereas the Rio+20 Conference laid the foundation and charted the overall course for the desirable and needed policy action towards “The Future We Want”, the challenges ahead lie in rapidly and effectively implementing the above mentioned decisions. The Berlin High-level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport will coincide with the first anniversary of the Rio+20 Conference. The Berlin High-level Dialogue will also coincide with the 2013 Global Forum on Human Settlements and Awards Ceremony (GFHS).
The main objectives of the dialogue are to (a) highlight proven sustainable urban planning and transport policies and measures, (b) identify good and best practices in this regard, and (c) facilitate capacity building through national and international exchanges of information and experiences among relevant practitioners, experts and policy makers, in particular from developing countries. Whereas the High-level Dialogue is not a formal inter-governmental meeting, it provides a forum for national, regional and global information exchange and consultations among stakeholders, experts and decision makers.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon recently announced a Five Year Action Plan for his second term in office (2012-2016). Transport was identified as one of the six main building blocks for achieving sustainable development. The Secretary-General announced his intention to “convene aviation, marine, ferry, rail, road and urban public transport providers, along with Governments and investors, to develop and take action on recommendations for more sustainable transport systems that can address rising congestion and pollution worldwide, particularly in urban areas.” The Berlin High-level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport will provide an important contribution to this process.
Date: June 19-21, 2013
Venue: Gasometer EUREF-Campus, Berlin, Germany
The Missions of Thailand, Kenya and the Netherlands, in cooperation with UN-DESA, are organizing the third meeting in a series of lunchtime panel discussions on Sustainable Transport. The topic for th...
The Missions of Thailand, Kenya and the Netherlands, in cooperation with UN-DESA, are organizing the third meeting in a series of lunchtime panel discussions on Sustainable Transport. The topic for the next meeting will be “Road Safety, an integral part of sustainable transport”.
-Ms.Claudia Adriazola-Steil, Director, Health & Road Safety Program of EMBARQ- The World Resources Institute’s (WRI)Center for Sustainable Transport
-Mr.Dmitry Maksimychev, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN
-Mr.Esteban Diez Roux, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Transport Division Infrastructure and Environment Sector
-Mr. Werner Obermeyer, Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), in its capacity as lead in the UN Decade for Action on Road Safety
-Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to United Nations
-Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Thailand to United Nations
-Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to United Nations
Date: April 12, 2013, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Venue:UN Headquarters North Lawn Building New York, United States of America
A brief report. The 10 presentations are linked from the blog post. Most are highly informative. Others raise grave concerns.
The apparent dominant view from the sustainability sciences from #1 still seems to be that "decoupling" is a realistic objective, if we just "innovate". If asking the hard questions suggested by #9 we'd acknowledge "decoupling" is an idea to have ever growing wealth and ever shrinking resource needs as our future plan. One of many unasked questions is whether ever larger and faster changes in how we live would become unmanageable anyway... whether we had the resources or not. http://www.synapse9.com/signals/2013/03/23/sci-for-un-sd-goals/
Two large practical problems with the UN's SD Goals.
1) The SDG's focus on development with seemingly little or no focused attention to rebound effects.
2) Projects that are intended to be sustainable are also widely using ill-defined standard measures that give misleadingly low indications of both present and future impacts.
1- lack of attention to rebound effects
The UN's SDG targets have the effects all development plans have, which is to increase human pressures on natural resources. The big "rebound effect" is the usual one, that "wealth breeds demand" because people using economic success to further invest in greater economic success. It should be but doesn’t seem to be factored into any of the plans, as if "unseen impacts don't count". We know they DO count, though, and are a quite genuine threats to success.
The development stimulus in less developed countries is one of the causes of the food crisis, for example. It both adds to the globally growing demand for resources, pushing up food prices. It also connects productive small farmers with foreign markets so they no longer sell their products in their own regions. There are lots of "back fire" effects like that. They are occurring because the SDG's are framed as development plans first, rather than as sustainability plans first.
The right step for the UN is to adopt The Commons Approach. That focuses everyone's attention on their mutual and common interests, so development avoids adding to the intensity of economic competition over resources that only speculators benefit from. In the present business climate focusing primarily on development interests is leading to plans that tragically backfire.
2 – need for a large change in our measurement methods
People need better measures of the real total effects of their choices. Better measures doesn't guarantee success but protect against failure, steering you to solutions that are much more likely to work and to last.
An unusual flaw was recently found, exposing a major source of misinformation in the design of the most familiar measures of economic impacts, the LCA and Scope 3 GHG measurement methods. Those and many other common methods use "economic accounting" not "environmental systems accounting". The two approaches are *radically different* as ways of counting the same “end product” or “whole business” externalities. The familiar methods count only the “consumption for production” of technology, and ignore the “consumption for production” for the human services needed to operate the technology(!). It's just left out.
It will take a significant effort to understand this new information on how to accurately measure and attribute the impacts of business operations and products, and then integrate it into the various CSR and Sustainability Dashboard models. Given the scale of the error it would help correct it would also seem sure to have significant value, for redirecting our efforts toward more feasible solutions.
Initiative for Equality and 18 partners in Asia, Africa and Europe conducted Equity and Sustainability Field Hearings in to gather voices from poor communities. We spoke with over 2700 people in 34 co...
Initiative for Equality and 18 partners in Asia, Africa and Europe conducted Equity and Sustainability Field Hearings in to gather voices from poor communities. We spoke with over 2700 people in 34 communities, using a questionnaire asking what they experience, want, and are willing to do regarding the transition towards greater equity and ecological sustainability. In June 2012 we published the preliminary results (see uploaded document). We are now expanding the project, seeking additional partners on every continent.
The preliminary results (summarized in chapter two in the report) are highly relevant to establishing goals for sustainable development. Most poor communities reported worsening inequality, income insecurity, social breakdown, environmental degradation, and corruption. They attributed these to the diversion of resources and development assistance to those with wealth and political connections. All expressed extremely modest and sustainable aspirations, hoping for a future in which their basic food, housing, health care, education, and job security needs could be met. Many were eager to work with partners towards these goals.
Stakeholder Forum and partners have launched the Sustainable Development Goals e-Inventory, a new online tool to crowdsource proposals on global goals for the post-2015 period.
The SDGs e-Inventory provides all stakeholders with a platform to outline their vision for post-2015 global goals.
It aims to help stakeholders (including governments and intergovernmental organisations) become better informed about the wide range of proposals, expectations and evidence-based arguments on SDGs and other global goals being proposed for the post-2015 development framework.
It will also provide capacity building resources to help stakeholders fill knowledge gaps around the intergovernmental process, develop their own proposals, build alliances, and develop advocacy strategies.
The e-Inventory will provide stakeholders with the data to undertake analysis to identify trends, commonalities and knowledge/evidence gaps. Stakeholder Forum will also conduct and disseminate regular analysis to inform the intergovernmental process on SDGs.
Overall, the e-Inventory hopes to improve the likelihood of achieving a SDGs framework which fully integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development.
I think the great problem with the SDG's is that they are development goals, not sustainability goals.
We should reverse the priority, to have top priority go to measurable progress toward hard targets for achieving sustainability. It's quite possible scientifically, but we’d need to use “The Commons Approach” organizationally (1). The tragedy now occurring, with the effort having the wrong order of priorities is that the implicit "sustainability goal" naturally becomes to make an effort to slow the rate of growing unsustainabiliy of the economy.
That is being achieved but fails as a way for the economies to become sustainable. It may well be thought of as an important step, but if we face the truth, it’s a total failure as a plan. You see that unfortunate trade-off in most agreements and metrics, a plan to slow the rate of growing impacts…. but it's a disaster for the earth and for the future of our complex societies.
It seems critical that we realize the need for a commons approach and address our true common interests. A profound tragedy of the commons is developing as every country's great desire for growth res...
It seems critical that we realize the need for a commons approach and address our true common interests. A profound tragedy of the commons is developing as every country's great desire for growth results in ever more intense competition over our many kinds of limited and shrinking resources. We're not caring for the earth but fighting over it. Already we see how it creates the world food crisis and keeps us from responding to climate change, among numerous other terrible consequences.