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Localizing MDG 7: A Key to Success

Columbia University Club, 15 West 43rd Street, New York
20 September, 2010

The ambiguous terminology of MDG 7, ┐Ensuring Environmental Sustainability┐, has made progress towards this goal difficult to assess. As the environment directly affects human health and economic wellbeing, the attainment of environmental sustainability is foundational to the success of all the MDGs. Hosted by the Earth Institute, Columbia University, this side event will share several leading organizations┐ experience measuring environmental sustainability. Panelists will outline strategies that link local indicators to MDG7, discuss the contributions that the environment can make towards the other MDGs, and highlight two case studies: the Millennium Village Project┐s (MVP) metrics for evaluating, monitoring, and facilitating success in achieving MDG7 targets, and TransLinks, a USAID funded program supporting income growth of the rural poor through conservation and sustainable use of the local natural resources.
Key lessons learned relate to trade-offs associated with establishing a minimum data set, connecting local indicators to regional targets, alternative activities that support the goal but that are not currently tracked, and the creation of locally relevant metrics for MDG7. This event will provide attendees an opportunity to reflect on the current framework and to reassess targets and indicators that address long-term environmental sustainability at different scales.
The side event will also introduce a policy brief by the MVP outlining strategies for assessing local environmental sustainability using examples from the MVP┐s 5-years of experience and illustrating how these indicators relate to the regional and global targets of MDG7.

The side event will introduce a policy brief outlining strategies for assessing local environmental sustainability using examples from the MVP┐s 5-years of experience and illustrating how these indicators relate to the regional and global targets of MDG7. Additionally, this event will provide attendees an opportunity to reflect on the current framework and to reassess targets and indicators that address long-term environmental sustainability at different scales.

This is a Side Event to MDG Summit 2010 - High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly

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Date 20 September, 2010
Time
Location Columbia University Club, 15 West 43rd Street, New York
Organizer Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) - Columbia University [NGO]
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