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Sustainable Development Goals: From 'silo thinking' towards an integrated approach. Insights from the European Report on Development

Time (GMT +01) 13:30 15:00

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment 
Caroline Spelman, UK Secretary of State, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs- DEFRA

Introduction by ERD Team:
Dirk Willem te Velde, ERD Team Leader, Overseas Development Institute - ODI
Imme Scholz, ERD Core Team, Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik - DIE

Panel followed by debate with the floor:
Andrew Steer, World Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change (tbc)
H.E Gyan Chandra Acharya, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Nepal to the United Nations, Chairperson LDC Group (tbc)

Anya Sitaram, Rockhopper TV


The Rio+20 Conference is leading a new agenda around Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), combining economic, social and environmental targets. Poor countries and the poorest people within them need growth and access to natural resources for human development – which will require socioeconomic targets. Increased pressures on the planet’s natural resources will require environmental targets.

The discussion on the SDGs should provide the opportunity to not only look at each resource individually, but also take account of the extensive linkages among resources such as water, energy and land (the “WEL nexus”).

The new European Report on Development (ERD) "Confronting Scarcity: Managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth" suggests an ambitious integrated approach, which would embrace this nexus, avoiding perverse solutions and stimulating innovation.

The ERD 2012 is an independent report prepared by ODI, DIE-GDI and ECDPM, and supported by the European Commission and seven EU Member States, including the UK. More information about the ERD: http://www.erd-report.eu/

Room T-6