Sustainable Development Goals

SDG2 - A comprehensive vision


SDG2 of the July 2014 report of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals offers a comprehensive vision for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, and for the sustainable use and management of natural resources, writes Boubaker Ben-Belhassen, FAO post-2015 focal point and Director of the Trade and Markets Division, in a viewpoint paper published by the Copenhagen Consensus Center.

Contrasting the approach with that taken by the Millennium Development Goals, he highlights SDG2 targets addressing the crucial access dimension of food security, the entire spectrum of malnutrition, the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers, resilience of food production systems and the sustainable use of biodiversity and genetic resources. Various targets under other proposed Goals (1, 6, 12, 14 and 15) complete the picture by addressing rural poverty, land tenure, water resources, governance, food losses and waste, oceans and marine resources, forests, mountains and land and soils.

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