SDG 15 on life on land, is one of the objectives of the Month in May

Every month, in the context of relevant dates, events and thematic priorities, the United Nations System in Brazil highlights at least one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals for it to be presented to the public in an informative manner, relevant and engaging.

The focus of this action is to provide the company an opportunity to deepen, every month, knowledge about the objectives and goals, agreed by the Member States of the United Nations as part of the Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2030.

In May, the SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 15 were chosen as the "Month Goals".

UNODC will work to counter illegal logging and timber trafficking crime by strenghtning national law enforcement, prosecutorial and judicial capacity, enhancing anti-corruption measures, strenghtening legislation and international cooperation, and supporting timber indentification methods, among other tools. All these impact-based actions contribute to the prevention of forest degradation. Further, the Alternative Development programmes contribute to preservation and sustainable use of natural resources through land stabilization projects and by helping to build resilience in communities affected by climate change.

Wildlife and forest crime has become a low-risk, high profit transantional organized crime, which is overwhelming countries and communities, affecting biodiversity and development. through iths Global Programme for Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime, UNODC will pursue its support at the front with law enforcement, prosecution, judiciary and relevant stakeholders at the national and international level to address this issue. UNODC is leading work on strenghtening national legislative frameworks, law enforcement, prosecutorial and judicial capacity, fostering international cooperation, developing innovative solutions in forensics and conducting research though its global wildlife crime research. Through this global research work, UNODC supports the monitoring of SDG 15, in particular Target 15.7. In the years to come UNODC aims at providing support to cuntries to reach SDG 15 in reducing organized wildlife and forest crime through concrete measurable evidence-based interventions. UNODC is part of the International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), consisting of five global entities working together to deliver multi-agency support to countries affected by illegal trade in animals and plants.

But the SDG 15 teem aim to protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terresres ecosystems sustainably manage the forests, combating desertification, arrest and reverse land degradation and halt the loss of biodiversity. Learn more about the ODS 15 in  the United Nations in Brazil  and  UNDP Brazil  .

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Global Goals, are a universal call to action against poverty, protection of the planet and to ensure that all people have peace and prosperity. These 17 goals were inspired by the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including new issues such as global climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected - the success of an SDG involves answering issues that are associated with other goals.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its goals are global in nature and universally applicable, taking into account different national circumstances, capacities and levels of development, respecting national policies and priorities. The ODS are the result of a transparent, inclusive and participatory process, which lasted three years, involving all stakeholders.

They represent an unprecedented agreement on the sustainable development priorities among the 193 member states of the UN. They have received support from global civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and other stakeholders engaged in the sustainable development agenda. The decision to launch a process for defining a set of SDG was made by the Member States of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20), held in the city of Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

The SDG entered into force on January 1, 2016 and it is expected that their goals are met by December 31, 2030. However, there is the expectation that some goals, based on international agreements, it fulfilled before the deadline.

Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

15.1 By 2020, ensure conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements

15.2 By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests, and increase afforestation and reforestation by x% globally

15.3 By 2020, combat desertification, and restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land-degradation neutral world

15.4 By 2030, ensure the conservation of mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity, to enhance their capacity to provide benefits which are essential for sustainable development

15.5 Take urgent and significant action to reduce degradation of natural habitat, halt the loss of biodiversity, and by 2020 protect and prevent the extinction of threatened species

15.6 Ensure fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources, and promote appropriate access to genetic resources

15.7 Take urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna, and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products

15.8 By 2020, introduce measures to prevent the introduction and significantly reduce the impact of invasive alien species on land and water ecosystems, and control or eradicate the priority species

15.9 By 2020, integrate ecosystems and biodiversity values into national and local planning, development processes and poverty reduction strategies, and accounts

15.a Mobilize and significantly increase from all sources financial resources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems

15.b Mobilize significantly resources from all sources and at all levels to finance sustainable forest management, and provide adequate incentives to developing countries to advance sustainable forest management, including for conservation and reforestation

15.c Enhance global support to efforts to combat poaching and trafficking of protected species, including by increasing the capacity of local communities to pursue sustainable livelihood opportunities



This article is related to the Sustainable Development Goals 15 (Life on Land).

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