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CEPF and the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


"The ecological crisis, and the large-scale destruction of biodiversity, can threaten the very existence of the human species."
   - Pope Francis, speech to the U.N. General Assembly, September 25, 2015


In September 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 goals that will guide global development efforts for the next 15 years. The goals seek to improve human well-being by eradicating economic and social inequalities, improving health and education, supporting a healthy planet, and promoting safe and peaceful societies. These Sustain​able Development Goals (SDGs) will go into effect in January 2016, and follow the Millennium Developm​ent Goals that expire in 2015, and have served as the framework for the global development agenda for the past 15 years.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) supports the SDGs and the U.N.’s recognition that sustaining a healthy environment is vital to the long-term well-being of people. CEPF and its grantees specifically have made and expect to expand on contributions to Goal 15, which focuses on CEPF’s core business—conservation of biodiversity and critical ecosystems:

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Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


Read about some of many grantees and projects CEPF has supported to date that support this goal: 



 
Additionally, through its support to civil society-led projects in the world’s biodiversity hotspots, CEPF also will continue to contribute to Goals 13 and 14: 


Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts​

 
Projects funded by CEPF have secured 1,217,856,039 tonnes of carbon (120.5 tonnes of carbon per hectare) across the globe.

Read about our climate-related projects in the Caribbean Islands biodiversity hotspot.


Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development​

 
CEPF has provided more than $8 million to support conservation of coastal and marine biodiversity and ecosystems.

Watch video about CEPF grantee FoProBiM’s work on coastal and marine areas in Haiti​.

 


Full List of the Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture 
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages 
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all 
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation 
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries 
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss 
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
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