Convergence lost and regained – Rediscovering Poverty-Environment Nexus for the Emerging Agenda
The Global Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Conference was held in Bogota, Colombia, from 27 to 28 February 2013. The Conference brought together political and development leaders along with 150 participants from over 40 countries, including lead experts and practitioners from governments, academia, civil society, UNDP and other UN/development agencies from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America.
At the conference, PEI was presented as one of the initiatives that is successfully contributing to the achievement of the MDGs.. While it was recognized that MDG 7 is a silo lacking an overarching framework linked to national development, it was highlighted that sustainability of natural resources for national development can address economic, environment and social issues. PEI was developed with this premise at its core and examples from PEI Malawi, Tajikistan and Tanzania were put forward.
To date PEI has significantly improved the understanding of how sustainability can help achieve development goals; environmental sustainability has been included as an objective in most of the PEI countries national development plans. Further, the normative concept of the poverty-environment nexus has been clarified and developed into an operational model implemented through the most robust example of joint programming between UNDP and UN Environment thus far. In the final session of the conference the P-E approach was singled out as a valid contribution to sustainable development and considered influential for the emerging Post-2015 agenda.