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Local Action, Innovation, and Empowerment for Environmental Sustainability

by Portal Web Editor last modified May 15, 2013 10:29 PM
While countries around the world strive to meet their Millennium Development Goal targets, the process of developing a new set of goals for beyond 2015 has already begun. Imagine the world you want in 2050. What changes will be necessary to put global development on the path to building a more just, equitable world? The United Nations system is working with governments and civil society to build on the momentum generated by the MDGs, and to design an ambitious post-2015 development agenda that delivers a sustainable future for all. This message comes from FRAMEweb member Eva Gurria of the UNDP Equator Initiative.
When May 13, 2013 12:00 AM to
May 26, 2013 12:00 AM
Where Online E-Discussion
Attendees Eva Gurria
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As part of this work, the Equator Initiative will facilitate an online e-discussion from May 13- 26, 2013, co-hosted by UNDP and UNEP, on the role of local empowerment and environmental sustainability in the post-2015 development agenda. Its objective is to facilitate an open dialogue that brings together a multitude of voices to stimulate creative thinking, and begin to generate consensus around how best to reflect environmental sustainability in the post-2015 agenda.

Given your organizations' current work, and the important role you play in shaping sustainable development around the world, we invite you to participate in this discussion and contribute to it by sharing your personal stories and experience, while explaining how they relate to sustainable development at the local level.

As you well know, local civil society groups can deliver a wide range of benefits for people and nature if empowered to manage ecosystems and natural resources. These benefits include jobs, food security, increased household income, biodiversity conservation, and healthier ecosystems, among others. This discussion will focus on how local groups can best be empowered, supported, and scaled up to effect transformative sustainable development. Some sample questions to guide the discussion are:

  • How can the architecture for a new set of goals incorporate incentives that encourage both capitalizing on the comparative strengths of local ecosystem-based initiatives and providing the support structure that will allow them to flourish?
  • How can we best measure the participation and empowerment of local organizations within sustainable development programming?
  • What might these indicators look like for environmental sustainability goals?
  • How can scaling-up be done more strategically, efficiently, effectively?
  • This is a unique opportunity to make sure that community-based action, innovation and empowerment are at the centre of the development agenda beyond 2015.

Please add your voices and your stories to this global conversation using the following link:

For background information on the environmental sustainability thematic consultation, click the following link:

To see this blog online, make sure you're logged into FRAMEweb and visit Eva's blog, and check out the Spanish version and French version.

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