Post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals: Policy

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Background

In the Build up to Rio+20 the Objectives Task Force of the MGCY (which no longer operates), developed a bases for what we wanted future Sustainable Development Goals to look like. The summary document can be seen in our document here: SDGMGCY.

This work has continued in the framework of our Post2015 and Sustainable Development Policy Task Force.

This Task Force has created the following key messages to guide out work. Download the document here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18drIjaUjLqFwcWIkcaDTT08XJCRJvoBGHMTM3F_7krk/edit?usp=sharing 

Key Messages

  • MGCY supports SDGs with sufficient ambition to meet environmental, economic and social challenges.
  • The new framework should make an explicit commitment to the meaningful inclusion of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.
  • The post 2015 framework must promote synergy with the MDGs.
  • Young people are key partners in the development and implementation of the SDGs.
  • MGCY welcomes the recommendations of the High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda, in particular goals related to youth unemployment, ending child marriage, universal education, universal sexual and reproductive health and rights, increase agriculture productivity, universal access to drinking water and sanitation, doubling energy efficiency, ensuring public participation in political processes, access to media and information, promoting peace and conflict resolution, and ending poverty.

Thematic Proposals for the Post-2015 Framework

A. Promote Gender Equality and Participation (follow-up for MDGs)

  1. Halve gender inequalities in income by promoting equal remuneration, including benefits, and equal treatment in respect of work of equal value in all sectors of employment.
  2. Increase the proportion of seats held by women in national parliament or similar bodies.
  3. End child marriage

B. Decrease Youth Unemployment worldwide through the promotion of decent work and universal education

  1. Increase access to universal primary education regardless of circumstances.
  2. Increase the number of young and adult women and men with the skills, including technical and vocational training.
  3. Eradication of all forms of child labour
  4. Strengthen productive capacity by providing universal access to financial services and technology communication services.

C. Increase access to universal health care

  1. Increase the amount of young people with access to integrated sexual and reproductive health information and services.
  2. Provide universal primary health care systems with special focus on those most marginalized

D. End armed conflict, promote peace and ensure sustainable post-conflict development

  1. Ensure that destruction of the environment is not used as a weapon of war by guaranteeing accountability for environmental degradation caused by armed conflict
  2. Reduce by at least three-quarters the number of nuclear weapons in States’ arsenals by 2020; achieve by 2020 universal anti-personnel landmine and cluster munition clearance and, by 2020, have destroyed all stockpiles and ended all production of anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions.

E. Promote Eco-partnerships for technology development, innovation, and sustainability (follow-up for MDGs)

  1. In cooperation with the private sector, make available benefits of new technologies, especially ICTs.
  2. Increase levels of donor aid to the United Nations target of 0.7% of gross national income.
  3. Increase the adoption of clean technologies in developing countries.
  4. End harmful fossil fuels subsidies

F. Promote public participation in political processes

  1. Incorporate the right to access to information into national legislations.
  2. Establish young people within all national delegations and a role within international negotiations.
  3. Develop offices for Ombudspersons for Future Generations and a High Commissioner for Future Generations.
  4. Establish multi-level mechanism for increasing access to environmental justice through present legal systems.

G. Promote energy access and efficiency

  1. Achieving universal access to affordable and efficient energy services in all countries.
  2. Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy and resource efficiency from 1.2% to 2.4% per annum.
  3. Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global mix from 15% to 30%.

H. Promote water access and cross sectoral efficiency

  1. Increase by 50% the current coverage of waste-water treatment and sanitation systems
  2. Incorporate the human right to water into all national water strategies.
  3. Increase by 50% the amount of subsidies available for the promotion of water-efficient irrigation
  4. Increase water efficiency by tracking water use throughout all productive sectors.

I. Promote sustainable food-systems

  1. Increase by 20% the total food value‐chain efficiency by reducing loss and waste in the production process, through implementing efficient storage, transportation, and water use.
  2. Increase the proportion of overseas development assistance (ODA) focused on sustainable or organic agriculture and rural development to 20%.

J. Protect Forests and Biodiversity

  1. To maintain and enhance ecosystems and their services by establishing green infrastructure and restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems.
  2. Reduce deforestation and increase reforestation

K. Promote sustainable human settlements

  1. Reduce urban waste production by 50%.
  2. Reduce the amount of chemical waste.
  3. Control urban sprawl with the promotion of better land-use policies.

L. Promote Effective International and Local Governance

  1. Promote the adoption of access to information at the national level
  2. Increase transparency of public budgets and ensure open access
  3. Open Budget Index
  4. National Open Access mandate implemented across funding, research and educational institutions
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