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Innovative solutions SDG Policy Brief UN Environment


The Sustainable Development Goals Policy Briefs highlight a hotspot of environmental concern. The evidence provided builds on scientific data and information hosted on the online platform Environment Live and is complemented by stories from around the world. Readers are invited to explore the numerous clickable links throughout the Brief.

The global environmental governance framework is not keeping pace with the rate of change that is driving environmental degradation and climate change. Innovative solutions are required to accelerate the transition towards sustainable societies and achieve the development pathway set out in Agenda 2030. Innovation is required to better monitor the state of the environment and understand the drivers, for improved data collection, sharing, and analysis to assess progress towards the SDGs.

UN Environment is the Custodian Agency for several key indicators related to Innovative Solutions.
12.1.1   Sustainable Consumption and Production Policies
12.4.2   Generation and Treatment of Hazardous Waste
12.5.1   Recycling rates
12.6.1   Corporate Sustainability Reporting
17.7.1   Funding for Environmentally Sound Technologies
17.14.1   Policy coherence mechanisms

It is also providing innovative solutions to data collection for other indicators, such as 6.6.1 and 14.1.1, where satellite imagery is used to monitor change in extent of water-related ecosystems.

Innovative solutions Goal 2 Goal 7 Goal 11 Goal 6 Goal 9 Goal 17
Page two Mitigation and adaptation needs of developing countries 153% increase in total official flows for infrastructure 44% decrease in fossil fuel subsidies 12% increase in research and developpment expenditure 72 countries and the EU in 2018 reported on their sustainable consumption and production policies. 5.8% increase in renewable energy share in total final energy consumption 20% increase in renewable energy share in total energy consumed 21% decrease in energy intensity level of primary energy 89% increase in material footprint 15% increase in domestic material consumption per unit of GDP Development of AI technologies 1738 satellite in orbit 15.4 billion sensors 75 billion by 2025 $503 Billion worth of renewable energy technologies 55% increase in global trade in Environmentally Sound Technology 14% of the world's primary energy supply Increase in world population UN Technology Bank Technology Facilitation Mechanism CTCN UN Innovation Network Eco-Innovation Sustainable Rice Platform One Planet Network Knowledge Hub CTCN Technology