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Scientists warn UN sustainability goals pose more harm than good for environment

A team of scientists has warned that the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), designed to bring together environmental protection and socioeconomic development, are failing to protect biodiversity. The University of Queensland's Professor James Watson says as currently applied, the SDGs may actually serve as a smokescreen for further environmental destruction in the next decade. "T...
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Eurostat 2020 report on EU progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published the "Sustainable development in the European Union - Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context - 2020 edition". The report provides a statistical overview of progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the EU. Sustainability is an fundamental objective of the European Union and a clea...
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EU publishes Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030

As part of the debate on the future of Europe, launched with the Commission's White Paper of 1 March 2017, the European Commission has published a Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030. Announced as a follow-up to President Juncker's 2017 State of the Union Address, last week's Paper forms part of the EU's firm commitment to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals...
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Can a unified path for development and conservation lead to a better future?

There is an emerging model for cross-sector collaboration that aims to create a world ready for the sustainability challenges ahead. Is this world possible? In The Nature Conservancy's The Science of Sustainability report, the answer is  “Yes”—but it will require new forms of collaboration across traditionally disconnected sectors, and on a near unprecedented scale. Many assume that economic...
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Coalition 2030 report critical of Government commitment to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

A new report from an alliance of over 100 Irish civil society groups has criticised the Irish Government’s commitment to bring policy in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The Coalition 2030 report was released this morning ahead of the Minister for Climate Action, Denis Naughten’s presentation Ireland’s first review on steps the State have taken to implement the SDGs at a high-l...
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The Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018 – 2020

Awareness: raise public awareness of the SDGs; Participation: provide stakeholders opportunities to engage and contribute to follow-up and review processes, and further develop national implementation of the Goals; Support: encourage and support efforts of communities and organisations to contribute towards meeting the SDGs, and foster public participation; and Policy alignment: dev...
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