Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda requires us to display ambition and creative thinking to address the complexity of the intertwined issues. We need a highly integrated approach to environmental policy-making, ensuring that connections are made with other development concerns, such as human rights, gender equality, economic growth and employment. As the 2030 Agenda touches on many of UNEP’s areas of focus, we are uniquely placed to help make this approach a reality.
Since many environmental results emerge over a long period of time, UNEP is adopting a results-focused, longer-term planning approach, aligned to the target date for the 2030 Agenda. The organization enjoys a comparative advantage, allowing it to help member states keep the environmental dimension of the SDGs under review.
Central to UNEP’s efforts will be environmental advocacy – based on strengthened links between science and policy – aiming to create or change policies, laws, regulations, resource distribution and other factors that affect people’s lives. Such advocacy is directed at policy-makers, the private sector and civil society. Providing timely scientific and empirical information to policy-makers, in order to support their informed decision-making, lies at the centre of strengthening the science-policy interface.