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1 The Post-2015 Development Agenda
László Borbély July 8, 2015, Bucharest

2 well-being for today and tomorrow
Since the creation of the United Nations peoples have aspired to make progress on global issues like peace and security, freedom and development, and the environment The term sustainable development rose to significance after it was first used in the Brundtland report in 1987 Three pillars: environmental, economic and social

3 definition The most frequently quoted definition is from Our Common Future (the Brundtland Report, 1987): "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts: the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs.”

4 Millennium Development Goals
September 2000 world leaders adopted the Millennium Declaration committing their nations to a series of time-bound goals and targets the Millennium Development Goals, to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015 Did not succeed 100% but paved the way forward for global sustainable development They are considered the most successful anti-poverty push in history: deadline 2015


6 Sustainable Development Goals
Negotiated right now, to guide global effort of sustainable development balancing its three dimensions: Economic growth Social protection Environmental sustainability They will be adopted in September this year at New York at the General Assembly of the United Nations

7 lessons for the future The SDGs will focus more on sustainable production and consumption patterns 17 goals to unite global actions to fight: Extreme poverty and hunger Improving education Making cities more sustainable Combat climate change Protecting oceans and forests

8 the 17 new goals proposed (a)
End poverty in all its forms everywhere End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

9 the 17 new goals proposed (b)
Reduce inequality within and among countries Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

10 how to measure achievement? goals, targets, indicators
An example from the Independent Research Forum - Definitions and key concepts for the post-2015 development agenda at

11 what can we do? Governments: integration of sustainable development in all public policies, including into the school curricula Parliaments: legal framework, national budgets, review process Civil society: cooperation with the public institutions, education for sustainable living and consumption Business sector: switch to sustainable production patterns, partnership with public institutions

12 why should we? Simple: no other choice if we want to live on this planet Avoid armed conflict for resources, anarchy and famine Create a future we would want for us and the next generations To preserve the well being of mankind on Earth

13 Romania National Sustainable Development Strategy published in 2008
Active role in CSD 19 (before HLPFSD): 10YFP on sustainable production & consumption patterns, input for Rio +20 Conference Parliament, Chamber of Deputies : Regional Seminar on SDGs, June 2015 Sustainable Development Committee

14 Thank you!

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