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EEF 2019 | 15th EEF – European Ecological Federation Congress

Debate

How is Ecology contributing to the accomplishment of the SDGs?

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has been leading the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). These are multiple goals, some of them interconnected that prove the need of a policy expertise as well as an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the different targets. 

UNDP gives support to the developmental plans and policies within countries, but Nature has no boarders, as it is conveyed in world commissions of climate, water, desertification, etc. When we harm Nature we need to expect environmental and social changes. However, people seem more disconnected from nature problems as technology offers more “solutions” and opportunities. Ecologists can help people to perceive that defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. This means that conventional policy tools could not satisfy social SDGs unless at prices that create unsustainable and wasteful natural resources.

Ecologists contribute to filling the knowledge gap with regards to ecosystem complexities. Today, Ecology is providing the knowledge necessary for helping reach the SGDs converted in the so-called Agenda 2030. 

This debate will open the opportunity to discuss present days issues related to strategies to fulfil the Agenda 2030. The two first questions would serve the targeted messages to political leaders. The last two sets out a strategic agenda for ecologists point out their role towards the progress of UN SDGs.

  1. Since the Millennium Development Goals till now, what has been less succeeded?
  2. What are the barriers to face seriously the commitment taken by UNDP?
  3. Until 2030 what are the priorities to be settled?  
  4. Would be advisable to start a perspective for the post-2030?
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