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SDGs and the role of landscapes post-2015

One of the main outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference was the agreement by member States to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post 2015 development agenda. For this reason an inter-governmental Open Working Group was created. They will submit a report to the 68th session of the General Assembly containing a proposal for sustainable development goals for consideration and appropriate action.

In time for the final meetings of the Open Working Group, the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative has published a policy statement which proposes a an integrated landscape target which should be incorporate it into the development of all related Sustainable Development Goals.The proposed target:

All landscapes are managed by their stakeholders, across sectoral and administrative boundaries, in a way that integrates food security, sustainable production, livelihood development and ecosystem services.

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative stresses that a cross-cutting integrated landscape target offers a mechanism by which the international community can implement interrelated SDGs, because such a target fits well within any number of proposed SDGs. The statement expresses a call for action for individuals, organizations and governments who support this target to sign the statement or advocate for its adoption.