Put nature at the heart of sustainable development goals

27 September 2013 | News story

In a statement made yesterday to the United Nations meeting on the Millennium Development Goals in New York, IUCN's Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre, called for nature to be put at the heart of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight international development goals, to be met by 2015, that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000. They include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and ensuring environmental sustainability.

At last year's Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development it was agreed to start a process to prepare a set of new sustainable development goals (SDGs). There is broad agreement on the need for close links between the two processes to arrive at one global development agenda for the post-2015 period with sustainable development at its centre.

IUCN believes nature conservation should underpin the entire post-2015 development agenda given the importance of biodiversity and healthy ecosystems for human development and well-being.

IUCN also held an event in New York yesterday 'Sustainable Development Goals: Putting Nature at the Heart of Sustainable Socio-Economic Futures' organized jointly with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Governments of Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Switzerland as well as the UN Convention on Biological Diversity Secretariat. The event attracted many participants from governments and civil society.