Beyond Opportunism: The UN Development System’s Response to the Triple Planetary Crisis

Passarelli, David, Denton, Fatima and Day, Adam (2021). Beyond Opportunism: The UN Development System’s Response to the Triple Planetary Crisis. United Nations University.

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    Author Passarelli, David
    Denton, Fatima
    Day, Adam
    Title Beyond Opportunism: The UN Development System’s Response to the Triple Planetary Crisis
    Publication Date 2021-06-07
    Place of Publication New York
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages 21
    Language eng
    Abstract Humanity is facing an existential threat. The interlinked and cascading effects of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution – a Triple Planetary Crisis – are exacting a heavy toll on individuals, communities, and economies and imperilling life on our planet. Although the scientific community has collectively sounded the alarm on the rapid degradation of planetary resources, manifest ecological overload, as well as the erosion of the ecological foundations of our economies, the international community is still not doing enough to mitigate these impacts either as individual or collective threats. Delivering progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and positioning the development system to deliver on prevention was the reason, ambition, and challenge of the 2018 reform of the UN Development System, which resulted in a reconfiguration of the UN presence at the country level. The key question is whether the reforms have improved the UN’s capacity to effectively slow or reverse the environmental damage, which could risk the realization of the Global Goals, and, if not, what more can be done. UNU-CPR and UNU-INRA were commissioned to supply this analysis and have engaged with Resident Coordinators and UN experts to solicit best practices and document the constraints experienced by Resident Coordinators on the ground specifically in relation to the Triple Planetary Crisis. The analysis contained in this report draws on a Resident Coordinator deep dive and in-depth interviews carried out in early 2021. The report provides ten recommendations for transformative change and overarching considerations for the future.
    Keyword United Nations
    United Nations Development System
    Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    Sustainable development
    Climate Action
    Resident Coordinators
    Crisis response
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2021
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280865394
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