Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Dutch UN youth representative for Sustainable Development contributes to the High Level Political Forum on behalf of the Major Group for Children and Youth

On June 30th the second session of the High Level Political Forum [HLPF] held under the auspices of ECOSOC commenced. The HLPF has been given the mandate to monitor the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ties Mouwen, Dutch UN youth representative for sustainable development delivered the following intervention on behalf of the Major Group for Children and Youth [MGCY] on the topic of sustainable production and consumption.

“Thank you for the floor, 

I will contribute three points that build on what has been brought forward previously in the discussion. First, at the heart of SCP (sustainable production and consumption, red.) lies the concept of absolute and not relative decoupling of ecological footprints , greenhouse gases, and depletion of natural capital from wellbeing and prosperity as measured by Human Development adjusted for Inequality. Targets on this need to be time bound.

Second, and this builds on what has been said by the last lead discussant, thank you for your presentation; in our  effort to create an enabling environment that asks for good governance and accountability and sets the stage for sustainable development, we need to have a comprehensive framework that appropriately attributes and takes into account risks associated with ecological overshoot or ecological deficit. UNEP along with some private sector actors has been developing the E-RISC (ecological risk integration to sovereign credit). This needs to be extended to specific supply chains and transnational corporations.

The last point I would like to address is ‘education for sustainable development’, which was mentioned very briefly. If we want to make a change we have to educate those who are supposed to make that change. So, I would like to emphasise that education should not be skipped over in this discussion and is a fundamental pillar in this discussion.

Thank you.” 

The entire interactive dialogue, with the MGCY intervention starting at minute 59, can be viewed on demand here