Healthier Planet - Healthier Lives

HealthierPlanetHealthierLives120X170This study provides analysis of the connections between environment and health­ related targets in the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.

The report was produced for the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), which gathered under the theme "Healthy People, Healthy Environment", where ministers and high-level participants worked to identify concrete partnerships, policies and tools in the environmental field that can help  achieve the global health targets identified in the SDGs.

The analysis concentrated on those environment and health related targets that have close connections to each other so as to show the most important links between the two themes.The methodology groups both health related and environmental targets into six distinct clusters, which simplifies the analysis and ensures the avoidance of repetition.

Seeing the Whole: Implementing the SDGs in the an Integrated and Coherent Way

It is widely accepted that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require implementation that is both universal and integrated; every country must pursue policies which coherently span the economic, environmental and social aspects of the sustainable development agenda to ensure the best results.

SeeingTheWhole2This report sheds light for policymakers on how this can be achieved, with the simultaneous focus on the twelfth SDG, Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and its related policies within the EU context.

A joint research piece by Stakeholder Forum, Bioregional and Newcastle University and funded by Government of Finland, the project follows from Stakeholder Forum’s earlier Universality report which identified SCP as the biggest transformational challenge amongst the SDGs for the developed world, and this is why we chose SDG 12 as our focal point in the present work. The EU was selected as the main test bed in the previous report, and has again been the subject of focus in this current one.

Six Financial Tests for Sustainable Development Financing Success


The Sustainable Development Goals represent an ambitious attempt by the global community to establish a comprehensive set of universal medium and long-term goals for the whole world. They will require an equally ambitious plan to harness investment resources if they are to be achieved.

Public investment has an important part to play. But in a free market economy most investment decisions are ultimately taken by businesses and by the various private sector players in the financial and capital markets. Traditionally the overwhelmingly dominant objective criterion for those active in these markets has been the maximization of financial returns, with a strong preference for short term over longer-term returns, and no particular interest in the long term sustainability of the outcomes.

The Implications of the SDGs for Developed Countries

Report cover3 May 2015The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to be universal in the sense of embodying a universally shared common global vision of progress towards a safe, just and sustainable space for all human beings to thrive on the planet. They reflect the moral principles that no-one and no country should be left behind, and that everyone and every country should be regarded as having a common responsibility for playing their part in delivering the global vision. In general terms, all of the goals have therefore been conceived as applying both as ambitions and as challenges to all countries. All of the goals and targets contain important messages and challenges for developed and developing countries alike.

Stakeholder Forum was recently commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to undertake a rapid new study to better understand the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Developed Countries, since this aspect has tended to receive less attention in the international discussions. The report of the study is now published.  

Report: Fulfilling the Rio+20 Promises - Reviewing Progress since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Setting the Stage for a New Global Architecture for Sustainable Development

rio-20-report-thumbThe June 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, also known as Rio+20, brought together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector for the most participatory and socially inclusive U.N. conference to date. Rio+20 built upon the commitments made 20 years ago when world leaders gathered to stimulate political will toward sustainable development at the first Earth Summit, held in Rio in 1992.

Rio+20 resulted in the outcome document "The Future We Want," which laid out a number of negotiated commitments intended to spur action toward sustainable development. In addition, the Rio Summit mobilized more than 700 voluntary commitments with an estimated valuation in excess of USD$500 billion. These commitments have now grown to more than 1,400 with a value greater than USD$600 billion -- or nearly 1 percent of global annual GDP.

Stakeholder Forum and the Natural Resources Defense Council have partnered to conduct an initial review of the progress made on key negotiated and voluntary commitments made at Rio+20. DOWNLOAD REPORT




Post-2015 Development Agenda: Realising the convergence of the Post-MDG and SDG decision-making processes

Cover Post-2015 Development AgendaThis paper has been produced by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and CAFOD as part of their work on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The objective of this paper is to inform the debate about the need for convergence and coherence between the two primary processes which together constitute the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

In sum, this paper proposes to build on the existing political energy and to avoid confusion and duplication of efforts, one process is needed going forward that will create a single post-2015 process and lead to a unified sustainable development framework for poverty eradication, characterised by one set of global goals. This needs to happen from September 2013.


The Nature of Stakeholder Engagement at Rio+20

stakeholder-engagement-paper-cover With more than 10,000 accredited and participating stakeholders, and over 82 million more connected virtually, Rio+20 was seen as a UN summit with one of the largest contingencies of non-state actors present. In principle, and also to a large extent in practice, the Rio+20 has been the most open and interactive in history.

This report explores the nature and impact of the Major Groups and other stakeholders in the Rio+20 process, including their influence on the outcome document. The report also looks at the role of social media in raising awareness of the conference and provides a summary of Stakeholder Forum's capacity building and engagement activities in the lead-up to and at Rio+20.


Civil Society Perspective on Sustainability Reporting and Sustainability Reporting Policies

investoCorporate sustainability reporting has built a lot of momentum in the last few years. Its importance was addressed as part of the Outcome Document of the Rio+20 Conference (paragraph 47) and a governments’ group (Friends of paragraph 47) has been set to identify best practices and open the conversations on how governments can encourage and advance reporting .

Important progress has been made in reporting modalities and the uptake of their use. Some governments and market institutions, such as stock exchanges, are trying to further advance the use of reporting through regulating and promoting its use. The increase in interest and expectation in this area has also led to increased scrutiny of sustainability reports and sustainability reporting policies. This brings new challenges for its application and requires an informed and constructive debate to enable corporate reporting to succeed in aligning companies’ activities with good governance, human rights and environmental protection.


UNEP: Building a New Governance Model for Environmental Sustainability

HundrGovernance modeleds of environment ministers, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders met from 18-22 February 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) first universal session of the Governing Council. The purpose of the Governing Council was to review important and emerging policy issues in the field of the environment and to start implementing the agreements reached at the Rio+20 Conference.

The Paper "Building a New Governance Model for Environmental Sustainability" outlines how the Rio+20 outcome document, UN General Assembly and recent Governing Council has strengthened UNEP.

Jorge Laguna Celis prepared this paper in his personal capacity and the views expressed do not necessairly reflect the views of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations. There is no renumeration or honorarium associated with the preperation or publishing of this paper.


Briefing Note: Building the Architecture of the UN high-level political forum (HLPF)

HLPF-coverStrengthening the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) was one of the two themes of Rio+20. The process and negotiations showed agreement on the need to strengthen IFSD. While several institutional options were discussed during Rio+20, the outcome document stronglyunderlines the importance of good governance and agreement was reached to establish a high-level political forum (HLPF) as the institution for sustainable development within the UN. The ultimate determination of the name, position within the UN hierarchy, mandate and responsibilities of the forum will signal to the world the importance given to sustainable development in global politics.


Analysis of the UNDESA Survey on the Sustainable Development Goals

jreportcover2Stakeholder Forum has produced a synthesis report of national governments suggestions on key principles and criteria for developing a proposal for the Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of the on-going consultations on the SDGs and to feed into the work of the OWG, in October 2012, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the secretariat of the Rio+20 Conference, distributed a questionnaire to national governments to elicit their views and suggestions on some key principles and criteria for developing a proposal for the SDGs. 

This report is a synthesis of the information provided in the submissions and intends to present the findings of the questionnaire in a way that is accessible to all governments and stakeholders. The information has been collated by country type and region with an aim to help identify key priorities. 


The Post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals Processes: A Platform for Action for Responsible Investors

investors-coverThe recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June 2012 was an opportunityfor governments to discuss the global sustainable development agenda and agree on priorities and ways to address the challenges ahead. It was also an opportunity for different stakeholders to input and influence this agenda and pledge for future commitments for action. The Conference was also an important platform for businesses and investors. More than 1800 business leaders attended theConference and related events in Rio and hundreds of voluntary commitments (many measurableand time-bound) outside of the formal negotiating process were announced to support different international initiatives such as ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ or the UN Global Compact Water Mandate.

Sustainable Development Goals: building the foundations fo an inclusive process

Cover bond reportThis report was prepared by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future for BOND-DEG with the objective to synthesise current information and views from a diverse range of stakeholders on key issues around Sustainable Development Goals and their connection with other processes such as the Millennium Development Goals Review and the Post 2015 process. The aim is to inform the discussions around this topic among UK international development organisations and others who are engaging in these processes. DOWNLOAD REPORT.

Review of implementation of Agenda 21 and the Rio Principles

Agenda-21-Rio-principles-Synthesis_Web-125The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), a division of the UN Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has produced a study on the review of the implementation of two of the major outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) held in Rio in 1992; the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21. The study is part of a broader project, Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (SD21), whose objective is to provide a long-term vision for sustainable development based on the development since the Earth Summit.

To read the synthesis, please click here.

To read the full reports, please follow the links below:

Review of Implementation of Agenda 21

Review of Implementation of Rio Principles