Eradicating poverty through environmentally resilient development: the way forward post-2015

Eradicating poverty through environmentally resilient development: the way forward post-2015

Climate change, natural disasters, ecosystem decline and biodiversity loss present huge risks to sustainable development and poverty eradication, especially for the world's poorest who depend on the natural environment for their survival. The UN post-2015 development agenda provides an opportunity to ensure that all countries are set on a development path that guarantees a sustainable future for all.
In this joint paper, written with Christian Aid, Greenpeace, RSPB and WWF under our NGO engagement theme, we set out four tests for environmental resilience, which we believe are essential for the post-2015 development framework to eradicate poverty and deliver long term sustainable development.
They are:
  • Support environmentally resilient poverty reduction, by building national and community capacity to respond to climate impacts and natural resource constraints.
  • Deliver resource efficiency and security, by building good resource management and sustainable resource use into national growth models, as well as increased transparency, access and rights for local communities.
  • Enable access to sustainable, secure, clean energy for all, through economic growth models built on low carbon, renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.
  • Reduce vulnerability to, and the impact of, disasters and, in turn, reduce the need for humanitarian aid, while protecting lives, livelihoods and economic investments.
We argue that this holistic framework must apply to both developed and developing countries, enabling all nations to live within the planetary and social boundaries which are essential to long term global sustainability.
Hannah Kyrke-Smith
Publication Date:
15 March, 2013
NGO engagement

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