'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.