IFOAM - Organics International in New York for the Global Goals

IFOAM – Organics International is in New York to witness the formal adoption of the outcome document on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will be the last milestone in the process to finalize the post-2015 agenda — widely recognized as the most inclusive, transparent and participatory intergovernmental process so far, mobilizing millions of people, organizations, experts, U.N. entities and governments around the world.

The Global Goals, the UN development agenda for the next 15 years, will be key in mobilizing funds from global to local level in the public as well as the private sector to eradicate poverty and hunger, to achieve equitable and sustained economic growth and sustainable development, to protect the environment, and to promote peaceful and inclusive societies where no one is left behind, as outlined in the Addis Ababa Accord, a global framework for financing sustainable development. All of the goals and targets contain important messages and challenges for developed and developing countries.

Organic Agriculture, if implemented in a truly sustainable manner, offers viable solutions to many of the problems the SDGs are meant to tackle, as they have clear links to the 4 Principles of Organic Agriculture: Health, Ecology, Fairness and Care. Investing in organic agriculture can address not only hunger and malnutrition but also other challenges including poverty; water use; climate change; and unsustainable production and consumption.To find out how exactly OA can contribute to achieving Global Goals, download our Factsheet here. Also, watch our short video to learn more about the services organic farmers provide people and the planet

Background Information

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have proved highly successful in rallying public, private and political support for global poverty reduction and provided an effective tool to stimulate the production of new poverty-related data and additional aid commitments. They have also fostered greater coordination of international development efforts between nation states and other development actors.

The MDGs received a remarkable level of political commitment, showing that the format of international goals, targets and indicators can generate action towards a core set of development priorities. The MDGs provided a great precedent for the new set of goals to build on.

While the MDGs primarily focused on the social aspects of development – the Sustainable Development Goals address and incorporate in a balanced way all three dimensions of sustainable development and their inter-linkages. In addition to addressing current challenges, the Goals anticipate future threats to human and environmental wellbeing and will tackle the root causes of poverty and barriers to sustainable development.

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