UN-REDD is widely and purposefully contributing to achieving the SDGs, not only the more obvious goals on climate action (SDG 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and sustainable forest management (SDG 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), but also more broadly across the whole spectrum of the SDGs.
The different national strategies, investment plans, NFMS, deforestation-free commodity-chain partnerships and financial arrangements for the sustainable governance of lands and forests that countries develop, adopt and implement, with technical assistance and policy advice from UN-REDD, are allowing countries to address issues pertaining to rural livelihoods (SDG 1 – End poverty in all its forms everywhere), to promote sustainable agriculture (SDG 2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture), to tackle energy issues related to charcoal use and sustainable alternatives (SDG 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), to foster responsible production and trade (SDG 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns) and to build inclusive governance institutions (SDG 16 – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels). In addition, the robust social inclusion approaches that are integrated into UN-REDD support, from stakeholder engagement to gender mainstreaming and to attention to the rights of indigenous peoples, enhance progress at the national level on gender equality (SDG 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and political inclusion (SDG 10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries). Lastly, UN-REDD, which across 2019 has been recognized as the United Nations platform for forest solutions to the climate emergency, is a convener, nurturing innovative and multi-stakeholder partnerships for the sustainable governance of forests (SDG 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development).
In 2019, UN-REDD has been active across diverse fronts that contribute widely to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while fostering inner synergies, including with regard to the following SDG targets: