France sets out its progress on sustainable development
Sustainable development – Sustainable Development Goals: Brune Poirson sets out France’s progress report on the implementation of Agenda 2030 – Press communiqué issued by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition
New York, 18 July 2018
From 16 to 18 July 2018, Brune Poirson visited United Nations headquarters in New York for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The Minister of State set out France’s progress report on the implementation of Agenda 2030.
Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations in September 2015, are the key framework for implementing sustainable development in France and around the world. The SDGs are tools, benchmarks and guidelines enabling every stakeholder in the world to bring about an ecological and inclusive transition.
After presenting a voluntary national review of its commitments in 2016, France reports every year at the High-level Political Forums (HLPFs) held in July each year, in progress reports setting out advances in implementation.
In 2018, France’s progress report more specifically concerned “environmental” goals: water management (SDG 6), clean energy (SDG 7), sustainable cities (SDG 11), responsible consumption and production (SDG 12), life on land (SDG 15) and partnerships (SDG 17).
Brune Poirson emphasized that “we must make the Sustainable Development Goals system more accessible and explain it more. They’re a genuinely successful tool for ensuring all nations have the same frame of reference for assessing and comparing their public policies. France actively contributed to their adoption, and our country is mobilizing to ensure they are achieved in all the regions, in both metropolitan and Overseas France.”
Spotlight on Brune Poirson’s progress report in New York:
SDG 6 –Sustainable management of water for all: the government set up consultations on water as part of the major conference on water, to modernize water and sanitation systems in cooperation with local authorities.
SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy: the government put in place multiannual energy programmes aimed at planning effectively for France’s energy transition.
SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities: to ensure everyone has access to safe and affordable homes, the bill on changes in housing, town planning and digital technology – the ELAN bill – proposes concrete, operational solutions based on three key objectives:
1. to build better and more cheaply, particularly by simplifying urban planning standards and procedures and turning offices into homes;
2. to foster social diversity;
3. to improve the physical environment by improving measures to combat substandard housing, increased punishments for slum landlords, new tools to revitalize medium-sized city centres, etc.
SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production: in order to speed up the achievement of SDG 12, the government has created the circular economy road map, presented by Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Brune Poirson, and the national strategy to combat imported deforestation.
SDG 15 – Life on land: the government created the biodiversity strategy – presented by Nicolas Hulot, Ministre d’Etat, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition – to make protecting biodiversity a national priority and contribute to the adoption of a new, ambitious international framework at COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2020./.