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|Dear 2015 GLF participants,
We hope you had a great first day at the Global Landscapes Forum. We were certainly amazed by the turnout – more than double the expected people came from the early morning onwards.
And yet, today was just a teaser. Tomorrow, there will be much more to explore at the Forum. All pavilions will open, more than tripling your space for networking and knowledge sharing.
We’ll also adapt our lunch and coffee breaks to the new numbers.
Please take note of three important program updates:
For all announcements, drop by at the Launchpad (Room 251).
See you in the morning,
Alert: SDG facilitators propose 10 additional years of forest destruction!!!!
sharing with you from Simone of GFC…
We just received the text of the revisions the co-facilitators of the negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals are proposing for the SDGs. While they seem modest, one small revision would imply no less than 10 MORE YEARS OF FOREST DESTRUCTION: to move the deadline to halt deforestation in target 15.2 from 2020 to 2030.
Needless to say, many forests will be lost forever if deforestation is allowed to continue for 10 additional years, with often devastating consequences for the people that depend on these forests.
The ‘technical argument’ for the postponement is that the original text was not “aligned” with the Aichi targets of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD). But there is nothing in the CBD Aichi targets that suggests future agreements could not be more ambitious than these targets. In fact, it would be rather cynical to interpret them like this. It is normal practice in international law that new agreements are more ambitious than older ones – non-alignment would only take place if the newer agreement would be LESS ambitious than the 2010 Aichi targets.
So I strongly call upon all of you, including those at the UN Forum on Forests, to protest against this revision.
One tactful argument might be that if States allow this target to be weakened the other targets are not safe either. Many countries have stated they do not want the SDGs that were proposed in July 2014 to be renegotiated and this would definitely be a renegotiation of this target, not a ‘technical proofing’ (the euphemism of the year).
More proposals for action will follow soon.
WATCH: Live webcast of Global Landscapes Forum 6-7 December, 2014
Dear UN SD Education Caucus Members,
If you have an interest in the Global Landscape Forum this weekend but cannot attend, you can watch through their live webcast, see details below. There are 1500 delegates and 150 on the waiting list to attend. Now you too can participate in this side event.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Delegation Team
SDG’s and forests | Global Landscape Forum session today + two new reports
We are pleased to let you know about two new reports on SDG’s and forests which are now available to download, please see details below.
IIED is also co-hosting a discussion at the Global Landscapes Forum in Lima today on how forest landscapes can score Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). And if you can’t attend the session you can still have your say! Follow coverage of the session via @IIED– and join the global discussion by giving your views on key questions and posing questions of your own.
Sustainable Development Goals and forests: Integrating perspectives, priorities and experience from Africa
The UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) proposed draft sustainable development goals (SDGs) in July 2014.
It is the purpose of this report to integrate the perspectives, priorities and experiences from Africa in helping to ensure that the goals gain the right contribution from forests while optimally fostering their sustainability. The report assesses the OWG zero draft and proposes introducing an approach which, if adopted, could ensure that the goals gain the right contribution from forests while optimally fostering their sustainability.
Sustainable Development Goals and forests: Integrating perspectives, priorities and experience from Latin America and the Caribbean
The UN’s Open Working Group (OWG) proposed draft sustainable development goals (SDGs) in July 2014. It is the purpose of this report to integrate the perspectives, priorities and experiences from Latin America and the Caribbean in helping to ensure that the goals gain the right contribution from forests while optimally fostering their sustainability. The report assesses the OWG zero draft and proposes introducing an approach which, if adopted, could ensure that the goals gain the right contribution from forests while optimally fostering their sustainability.
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