An Open Goal: Why Forests and Nature Need to be at the Center of the Sustainable Development Agenda

High altitude Cerrado at Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Brazil.

The United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which will take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), kicked off on Monday at the UN headquarters in New York. It is the principal UN body mandated to review implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGS or the Global Goals. Each year, the HLPF reviews several SDGs and discusses progress towards the 2030 Agenda under an overarching theme. This year, the theme of the HLPF “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” and the SDGs in review are of relevance to migration: SDG 6 (clean water and safe sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (inclusive and sustainable cities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the global goals). The following article by WWF authors argue that nature is central to them all.