Environmental sustainability thematic consultation begins

The objective of the UNDP and UNEP environmental sustainability global consultation is to “facilitate an open dialogue that brings together a multitude of voices to stimulate creative thinking and begin to generate consensus around how best to reflect environmental sustainability in the post-2015 agenda.”

In addition it will provide an opportunity to take stock of the progress and shortcomings of MDG 7 on Environmental Sustainability and gauge the opportunities of alternative development paths.

Civil society, together with academia, media, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, governments, the UN system, etc are invited to participate in the two phases of the consultation:

  • Phase 1 (already underway) includes an open call for discussion papers on topics that stakeholders think should be a priority for the dialogue on environmental sustainability in the post-2015 agenda.  This phase will culminate in a Leadership Meeting that will convene leading thinkers to develop a framework that defines the issues, the questions, and the organizational structure for the broader online consultation in Phase 2. 
  • In Phase 2, selected participants from the Leadership Meeting will act as facilitators to engage the broadest possible relevant stakeholders on the questions and themes identified in the Leadership Meeting.

The process will culminate in a series of papers on each of the Phase 2 topics together with a final report that summarizes global viewpoints and stakeholder concerns, which will provide an input to the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP).

For further information regarding the Environmental sustainability thematic consultation please visit:


Call for papers: Topics for post-2015 thematic consultation

For further information, particularly on the Call for papers: Topics for post-2015 thematic consultation on Environmental Sustainability see The deadline for submission of discussion papers is 8 December 2012.

Participants are encouraged to propose topics that 

  • build on MDG7 experiences and lessons; and/or
  • bring forward new and emerging thinking and experiences related to integrated approaches that link economic, social and environmental sustainability and touch on cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, human rights, young people, inequalities and the partnerships necessary to make progress.


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