Successful intervention on SDGs

On the weekend of the 25-27 September, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda comprising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. This brought to a successful conclusion the work by Biovision over the last three years on the drafting of the Agenda. Biovision welcomes the new 2030 Development Agenda with its much greater focus on sustainability.

In particular, Biovision contributed to the wording of Goal 2 of the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”. Under the motto “A future for all, naturally”, this has been the objective of all Biovision projects since the Foundation was established in 1998. In so doing, it has applied a holistic approach that gives equal weight to the health of humans, animals, plants and the environment. The associated information is then disseminated throughout the global South and North.

The drafting of the Sustainable Development Goals was one of the most complex international negotiations in recent years – not least because it adopted a multi-stakeholder approach involving civil society, the private sector, policy makers and the scientific community. The process was launched back in 2012 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Since then, Biovision – thanks to its general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – has participated in local negotiations in New York. Staff working on the Biovision and Millennium Institute project “Changing Course in Global Agriculture” engaged in bilateral discussions with government bodies and used the results from field projects to convince them of the importance of sustainable agriculture. Biovision is the only Swiss NGO with general consultative status of ECOSOC.

We look forward with keen interest to the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda – both globally and in Switzerland. The UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York at the weekend undoubtedly brought to an end the long, broad-based negotiations but even more important is how these goals are now translated into reality; it is the start of a new era in sustainable development in the period until 2030. As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon rightly stressed, “The true test of commitment to Agenda 2030 will be implementation. We need action from everyone, everywhere. Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our guide. They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success. To achieve these new global goals, we will need your high-level political commitment.”