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Nature Task Force

Partnership Integrating Nature into the Implementation of all the SDGs and Associated Targets

Description: Overarching goals:

  1. to ensure the well being of all people and nature;
  2. to ensure that nature is integrated into the implementation of the 17 SDGs and the 169 targets by issuing reports with suggestions and lists of best practices on how to do this and making these widely available.


John F. Kennedy University;

The Commons Cluster of the UN NGO Major Group;

The Institute for Planetary Synthesis;

4 other partners are still to be confirmed.

Location: Global we communicate via the Internet.


We work on the 17 the global goals for sustainable development, SDGs and the 169 targets.


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


Our objectives:to ensure that the perspective of Nature is fully taken into account in the implementation of all goals and targets; and implementation centers on the well-being of all people and Nature. Each member develops/gathers best practices and these are assembled in Reports that are made widely available. Because diverse localities require different approaches and no approach is appropriate to all situations, the diversity of the modus operandi and foci of its members is the very strength of this Partnership, including those that are still to be confirmed.

Coordination mechanisms: We are a global partnership and communicate via the Internet. We use a commons approach and make decisions via consensus. We have regular (usually monthly) meetings to decide on our work schedule. These are generally attended by at least one representative of each of the members. Reports are sometimes written collaboratively via the Internet. At other times, members submit individual parts of a report. All share the same overarching values: the well-being of all people and Nature. All work together to ensure that these values are honored. But, because of the diversity of expertise, members are not obliged to sign off on proposals made by other members when these are outside of their specialty.


Coordination takes place via the following steps:

1. Approximately once a month, representatives of each of the members meet via telephone conference to decide on the SDG (with associated targets) that will be the focus of the next report. a work schedule and timelines. Sometimes reports are written collaboratively, sometimes members submit individual parts. Who participates in developing a report can vary each time and depends on people’s expertise, interest and availability.

2. . Participants from each member of our Partnership place ideas/suggestions/best practices under the relevant target of the SDG being dealt with.

3. Once all have placed the desired content on the titan pad, each participant makes editing suggestions.

4. All participants sign those paragraphs they agree with and make alternative suggestions where they don’t.

5. A meeting via telephone conference or via another modality is called to agree on ideas and wording where no full agreement has been reached.

6. A final editor is chosen to create and format the final draft.

7. This is sent out to all members of the Partnership for final agreement and once this has been achieved, it is sent to other associated organizations as appropriate. (For instance the Commons Cluster consists of representatives of mainly ECOSOC accredited organizations and these are given an opportunity to endorse the report.)

8. The Report is then sent to all Heads of State and Government, all NYC-based UN Ambassadors and Ambassadors with whom we have a special working relationship with the request that they send the report to those in their governments (global and local) who can put it to good use. Feedback is also requested so that we can further perfect our modus operandi.

9. Reports are also subsequently used by Partnership members as they see fit, including in preparation of and during relevant UN and other conferences for advocacy purposes.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology. The suggestions for capacity building and technology transfer are communicated via our reports. Since we use a commons approach we tend to focus on technologies that use a commons-based and are examples of the fast growing collaborative economy that is easily accessible through the Internet.

Start date: Each of the partners has already started work in this area. Collaboration begins: first week of May 2016

Date of completion. We aim to put out a report on one SDG per 4-6 weeks. Completion of our work is estimated to be between Oct 2017 and June 2018.

Nature Task Force Docs

Nature Task Force Documents [click to link directly to the documents below] Elements Paper on Follow-up-and-review-19-April-2016 SG on follow up and review 2030 Agenda  

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