Environmental managers align their efforts to the 2030 Agenda

On September 15th, 2017, Marcio Pontual, Program Specialist of the RIO+ Centre was invited to present the 2030 Agenda to the Association of Environmental Managers of the State of Rio de Janeiro (ANAGEA-RJ in Portuguese) to inform its members in defending the commitments of Brazil to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

As Marcio Pontual pointed out, the 2030 Agenda raised expectations in relation to the Millennium Declaration (2000 – 2015) and managed to guarantee broader participation through an extensive, inclusive and bottom-up process of worldwide public consultation involving all key local stakeholders including public authorities, the private sector and civil society on an equal basis. Today, the matrix of the 17SDGs and their respective targets and indicators call for integrated and multidimensional governance in order to deal with the challenges of sustainable development, such as environmental degradation and the emergence of extreme weather events. But how can we translate these tools into public policy implementation?

As clearly stated in the 2030 Agenda, the achieved consensus on the 17SDGs created a coherent and enabling environment for sustainable development at all levels and by all actors. This framework, according to Marcio Pontual, provide tools for more effective, innovative and consolidated policy planning to ensure systematic monitoring of progress, accountability, and reallocation of the available cross-financing. Yet the processes of developing and facilitating the availability of appropriate knowledge are also critical.

Since 2013, the RIO+ Centre has been committed to reinforcing the capacity of all levels of governance and civil society representation in Rio de Janeiro and globally, on the premise that local action legitimizes and reinforces global goals. Indeed, the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda depends on the strategic agility of these stakeholders at engaging with the international community in efforts for the defense of the three-dimensional (economy-society-environment) sustainable development model. The recent V ECOB-RJ 2017 meeting of local and regional stakeholders related to coastal and inland water bodies of Rio de Janeiro state (see previous article), has also shown that broad participation is a key aspect for the integrated management of natural resources.

In this context, the members of ANAGEA-RJ, are willing to assume their role in promoting the SDGs and to contribute to the dissemination of the 2030 Agenda within the state of Rio de Janeiro. ANAGEA-RJ is already active in distributing educational toolkits for teachers as part of the Environmental Education Program for Sustainability (Programa de Educação Ambiental para Sustentabilidade) for public schools in the network of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro.