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A challenging and major sustainability year. 2015 is a big year for sustainability. Three international processes are defining the future decades for humanity and the planet. First, in March in Sendai, Japan, the World Conference on Disaster Reduction will set out a blueprint for dealing with disasters. A voluntary agreement amongst countries will define how to create a resilient world. Then, countries will assemble at the United Nations in New York in September to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, again a voluntary agreement. With the current draft at 17 goals listing over 150 targets, the goals cover sectors such as water, food, energy, gender equity, and human rights.

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A challenging and major sustainability year

Published on Saturday, 7th February, 2015 at 00:38 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

2015 is a big year for sustainability. Three international processes are defining the future decades for humanity and the planet.

United Nations Headquarters in New York
Countries will assemble here in September to adopt the voluntary Sustainable Development Goals agreement.United Nations Headquarters in New York
Photo: Ilan Kelman


First, in March in Sendai, Japan, the World Conference on Disaster Reduction will set out a blueprint for dealing with disasters. A voluntary agreement amongst countries will define how to create a resilient world.

Then, countries will assemble at the United Nations in New York in September to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals, again a voluntary agreement. With the current draft at 17 goals listing over 150 targets, the goals cover sectors such as water, food, energy, gender equity, and human rights.

Finally, on the back of these two documents, climate change negotiators will convene in Paris in December. They aim for finalising a legally binding treaty.

One focus is quantitative targets for reduction and uptake of greenhouse gases. Dealing with climate change impacts is also part of the agenda. That includes assisting those most affected by climate change, yet least responsible for the emissions, such as Arctic and tropical island communities.

This trio of agreements converging culminates a generation’s work to seek international diplomatic successes for sustainability.

A UN decade devoted to dealing with disasters started in 1990. The first formal climate change negotiations were in 1992. The Sustainable Development Goals replace the Millennium Development Goals which ran from 2000 to 2015.

In theory, we move forward from 2015 with three 30-year-plus plans. In practice, it is up to the countries to decide. Our future is being decided now.

Ilan Kelman is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London.



Published on Saturday, 7th February, 2015 at 00:38 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

This post has the following tags: co2, climatechange, globalwarming, greenhousegases, environment, paywall.





  
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