Political leaders decided to develop the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because they realized that current ambition and action on sustainable development is inadequate to meet the challenges presented by environmental science.
Governments then chose to integrate the development of SDGs with the establishment of a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), recognising that ending the global scandal of poverty and sustainable development must go hand-in-hand to succeed. It seems clear therefore that the litmus test of a credible post-2015 framework will be its ability to simultaneously ensure the needs of the poorest people are met while delivering adequate action to address fundamental environmental crises. To address this, CIDSE has published our Stock-take on the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. The UN OWG meets in its 11th session in New York on May 5-9 2014.
You can read the CIDSE Stock-take here.
You can follow the sessions here.