Publication: Ten for Thirty – The Moment to Act

By Joel Finkelstein
Sustainable Development, Transformative Analysis

Together with Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children US, and World Wildlife Fund, Climate Advisers is today releasing a list of 10 consensus targets for 2030 that mainstream environmental sustainability.

The list includes greenhouse gas abatement and resilience strategies, across poverty alleviation priorities for the post-2015 global development agenda. The consensus list supported by both environmental and development organizations focuses on sectors that sit at the intersection of human development, environmental sustainability, and climate protection—including ecosystems services, energy, food security, health, governance, and resilience.

We recommend the following ambitious yet achievable targets that aim to integrate environmental sustainability across a wide range of goals to measure progress through 2030:

  • Cut food loss and waste by 50% compared to 2013 levels and eliminate bycatch
  • Provide universal access to affordable, resilient and adequate shelter for the poor and most vulnerable.
  • Protect and restore coastal and marine areas critical to food security and livelihoods (20% of the world’s oceans) through effectively and equitably managed systems of marine protected areas; and reduce by one third non-biodegradable marine waste.
  • Build community resilience and reduce deaths from natural disasters by X% and the number of internally displaced people and refugees from disasters by Y%.
  • Achieve near zero natural forest loss.
  • Provide universal access to secure rights to land property, including communal rights.
  • Ensure the global extinction rate does not exceed ten times the rate of normal or natural pre-human, extinction, meaning that at least 70% of species in any ecosystem be retained.
  • Agree to and mainstream global standard for national accounting of environmental performance with all countries reporting on improvement.
  • Reduce by X% human health impacts due to environmental pollution.
  • Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption and production.

These targets were selected because they are: measurable, ambitious yet diplomatically feasible, have appeal across multiple sectors and constituencies, and could be folded into any number of goals that may emerge out of the ongoing intergovernmental process. While the list is not comprehensive, it goes some way towards forging an important consensus on a number of key issues between development and environment organizations.


Ten for Thirty: The Moment to Act
May 2014
Together with Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children US, and World Wildlife Fund, Climate Advisers Managing Director Abigail Jones released a list of 10 consensus targets for 2030 that mainstream environmental sustainability, including greenhouse gas abatement and resilience strategies, across poverty alleviation priorities for the post-2015 global development agenda.

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