Forests and Sustainable Development: the role of SDG 15 in delivering the 2030 Agenda
There has never been a more globally important set of aims than the ones behind the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted in 2015, the SDGs embody what’s become known as ‘the 2030 Agenda’ – a global commitment to a better, sustainable future for people and planet alike. The High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2018 provides an urgent opportunity for the global community to discuss the details of how we’re going to get to where we need to be in 2020 and 2030, to assess progress against current targets, to set new ones, and to see how the ambition can be enhanced during the next 2-12 years. It’s a critical phase in the lifecycle of the SDGs, as many of the initial targets expire in 2020. Now is the time to redouble collective efforts to hit this first wave, while also looking further into the future and making plans for what comes next. Forests and Sustainable Development: The role of SDG 15 in delivering the 2030 Agenda, a new report by WWF, highlights the importance of forests in achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda, with case studies showcasing real examples from the ground of how SDG 15 links with other SDGs under review at HLPF 2018 – SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and protection) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).