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'Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Natural Resource Perspective' - A UNEP Report


As the world prepares to adopt a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP) cautions that unless prudent natural resources management becomes an integral part of policy packages, the SDGs will not fulfill their fundamental purpose – of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and addressing all aspects of sustainable development.
According to the IRP’s new report, entitled ‘Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals: A Natural Resource Perspective’, sustainable prosperity for current and future generations requires the maintenance and restoration of ecosystem health.
The IRP also cautions that policies to achieve the goals must be designed and implemented in an integrated way to maximize the progress towards all the SDGs and – ultimately – towards the overall goal of ending extreme poverty.
This paper developed with support from Development Alternatives (DA) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), brings forth the need for an understanding of the nexus between components of the natural resource system and the natural and socio-economic ecosystems to identify the environment-development trade-offs envisaged in the implementation of the post-2015 global sustainable development agenda.
The paper advocates that increased efficiencies of resource use in production on systems along with reduction of wastes and unnecessary consumptive patterns (SCP) are necessary for sustainable development.
 

TARAgram Yatra 2012

TARAgram Yatra 2012


The Yatra was designed in a way to bring to the forefront the process and systems required to put women at the centre-stage of the development agenda. It identified the potential of a women biased perspective in economic and social development; the technological know-how and institutional supports and capacities required by women for the same.

This event would not have been possible without the support of our partners – United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the South Asia Women's Network (SWAN). Our sincere thanks to the representatives of both the organizations who participated and shared their experiences with throughout the duration of the Yatra.

Post 2015 South Asia Development Agenda

Post 2015 South Asia Development Agenda


On 26th June 2014 at the First United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the Post 2015 South Asia Development Agenda report was launched by the South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP) in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)...

Building a model Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK)

Building a model Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK)


In VSBK firing system, carbonaceous waste materials (sponge iron
waste – dolochar) have been successfully used as an internal fuel
between 5-7% by weight. Compressive strength measurements have
shown that use of internal fuel does not affect the fired brick quality in
any way. However the processing of the soil has to be improved
compared to the conventional manual mixing process usually followed
in Indian brick industry.



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