Discusant to the UN AMR Prepcom on science and technology
Dear Ambassador, what a rich and interesting contribution to this afternoon’s session.
The role of Science and technology will be increasingly critical to the challenges of today and tomorrow.
I was interested in how the Minister discussed the issue of financing ---
The new Expert Committee on Sustainable development financing needs to be collecting all the ideas on funding SD. Perhaps it should be looking to provide menus of funding options perhaps around the Human Development Index levels of development – clearly ODA will play a continued significant factor for some countries but as Adnan said this morning even this is changing in sub Saharan Africa.
Matching the new development goals and targets with effective and realistic funding to enable a real opportunity for integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions hasn’t been done since 1992 when of course that was not then delivered.
I wanted to ask us to take a step back for a moment.
We know that the global impacts of population change, economics prosperity in emerging economies and an increasing urban world combined with climate change will mean by 2030:
The Nexus approach asks us to look at the inter-linkages between these three critical areas.
We need wins across sectors as well as in sectors – only one development agenda is going to be able to address all of this
The question of course is, can we and if so how?
On Hunters comments on companies there are of course already some very good schemes that help companies such as the natural capital work which Michawl Anderson mentioned in his presentation not only governments but corporations are part of that World Bank Initiatives from Rio+2-0. But also the global reporting initiative.
One of the failures of Rio+20 was that it did not agree a global reporting framework for companies particularly as many were calling for it. The report or explain campaign by some of the major financial companies and supported by NGOs would go a long way to impacting on how companies could operate more sustainably. I hope the work of the government friends group led by South Africa, Brazil, France and Denmark will be able to make this an integral part of the outcome of 2015. Great to hear from Gary about the impact of reporting can have. Gary – honest broker UN//Ecosoc.
There are some interesting solution platforms that are emerging which I think will help us distill good ideas.
In California two towns legislated that all new homes will have to have solar panels. Is the way forward for stronger government intervention but also for more decentralized energy provision as people may individually producing their own energy in the future. I am not sure how that reflects Gary's liberty v communitarinism? It think it was great to hear what Adnan said about the cost of solar prices coming down and also the vital role that targets play…this should give us realistic hope for the implementation of any new sets of goals and targets agreed in 2015
These are all technological changes that will likely have a positive impact for the environment but will have a huge negative impact on jobs. We need to build resilience and a just transition and identify potential surprises and challenges, and develop robust strategies to cope with them.
At WSSD in 2002 we recognized that involving stakeholders in the implementation meant that more of the agreements would be more likely implemented and implemented more effectively.
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