One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development. It was decided to establish an “inclusive and transparent intergovernmental process open to all stakeholders, with a view to developing global sustainable development goals to be agreed by the General Assembly”.
The main process was led by an Open Working Group (OWG) of the UN General Assembly in New York, which consisted of about 70 member states from all the regions. This OWG was tasked with developing a proposal for Sustainable Development Goals by Autumn 2014. From January until August 2015, intergovernmental negotiations took place to elaborate the Agenda 2030, of which the SDGs are an important pillar (besides the declaration, means of implementation and provisions for follow up and review). On the weekend of 25-27 September 2015 at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, Heads of State and Government adopted the final outcome document Transforming our world – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including17 SDGs and 169 targets.
CCGA – a joint venture of Biovision Foundation and the Millennium Institute – was actively involved in the development of the SDGs, in particular SDG2 “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”. CCGA staff engaged in bilateral discussions with government bodies, and used the results from field projects to convince them of the importance of sustainable agriculture. Thanks to the general consultative status at ECOSOC, Biovision and the Millennium Institute had access to most intergovernmental negotiations. .
Now starts a new era of sustainable development in the period until 2030. As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon rightly stresses, “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.”