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Green and decent jobs for poverty eradication : UNEP Post 2015 Note 4
United Nations Environment Programme

Green jobs are not just for high-tech enterprises. Nature-based and other green jobs can create prosperity for all while safeguarding the Earth’s life support systems and the ecological foundation of the economy.


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Technology and Sustainability: Changing Our Perspective - UNEP Perspectives No. 13
United Nations Environment Programme

From the evidence of our senses to the evidence provided by our science, we know our current global society is unsustainable. We also know that technology is at least partly responsible for our predicament, just as it will be part of whatever future we face. Neither denial nor despair is an appropriate response to the situation. At such a critical juncture, however, we cannot afford to make poor decisions about the technology we develop and use. If we do not understand what has gone wrong and why up to this point, we risk undermining the decisions we make in our attempt to create “the world we want.” We know a sustainable future requires changes in how we all live, regardless of where we are or in whatever circumstance. To make the necessary changes, wisely and in time, however, first requires us to change our perspective on technology itself. This paper outlines that change in perspective and how technology, values and civil society are inevitably intertwined in shaping whatever world in which we will live beyond 2015.


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Environment for food and nutrition security : UNEP Post 2015 Note 7
United Nations Environment Programme

Profound imbalances are increasing pressures on ecosystems to satisfy a growing demand for quantity, quality and diversity of food. This will require substantial changes in the production, consumption and quality of food. We need to produce more food more efficiently and in a way that preserves the natural resource base to guarantee adequate food supply for now and future generations.


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Towards a global agenda of sustainability and equity : civil society engagement for the future We Want - UNEP Perspectives No. 12
United Nations Environment Programme

At the Rio+20 Summit the United Nations General Assembly (GA) resolved to put in place a set of Sustainable Development Goals (§ 245-251 of “The Future We Want”). For this purpose, an Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals was established on 22nd January 2013 by decision 67/555 (see A/67/L.48/rev.1) of the GA. Since that decision, several meetings of the Open Working Group have taken place at which numerous representatives from governments and civil society have expressed the view that the post 2015- and the SDG-framework should be merged into a single process. Although by no means a simple task, the authors of this article are in support of such a merger, arguing it is necessary to fully transform the development agenda, putting environmental sustainability at its core, and avoid the development of “green MDGs” that simply enable business-as-usual.


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2014