NRDC Releases Architecture for Sustainable Development
March 20, 2014  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) has developed a new international structure to promote action on the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The NRDC, long known for its environmental advocacy and engagement with the international community, entitles its proposal “New Architecture for a New Global Partnership.” The proposal is part of long-term effort the NRDC has undertaken to figure how to best engage sustainable development stakeholders on the local, national, and international levels. Some of the inspiration for the plan came out of the November 2013 conference at Yale University, Rio+20 to 2015: A New Architecture for a Sustainable New World, where our own Maria Ivanova served as a panel moderator.

The NRDC plan, which is linked at the bottom of the page, envisions an architecture in which the forthcoming SDGs sit at the top, informing national governmental action plans. The national action plans should be guided with direct reference to the SDGs, but should also be informed by stakeholder involvement at the national and international levels. The NRDC stresses that NGOs, stakeholder alliances, and other organizations are already hard at work at the topics that will become SDGs. It is therefore important to harness the power, expertise, and reach of existing stakeholder alliances in order to best implement the goals.

To see the full presentation, click here.

About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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