Speaker Bio & Abstract

Leida Rijnhout Member Steering Group
SDG Watch Europe

BiographyLeida Rijnhout is founder and member of the Steering Group of SDG Watch Europe. She is associate of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (UK) and working as independent consultant. Since 2001 she facilitated and coordinated the global NGO community to realise their active engagement in United Nations processes on Sustainable Development and Environment. She was heavily involved at and in the preparations of the Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 (Johannesburg), at Rio+20 in 2012 (Rio de Janeiro), the development of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs) and the UN Environment Assemblies. As representative for SDG Watch Europe she is also member of the EU Multi Stakeholder Platform on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, chaired by EU Vice President Frans Timmermans. AbstractThe need for managing more in detail our natural resources, on the how much and where does it go is crucial for the implementation of the SDGs. It gives a better picture of what our environmental capital is, or where the planetary bounderies are. If we want to achieve a fair share for all of the use of natural resources we should measure, monitor and manage them better. The use of natural resources should have a similar global management and policymaking as CO2 emissions, ending up with national resource budgets. This is crucial for environmental reasons, but also for equity reasons. Better knowledge, measuring can be included throughout the whole production chain, but also in national accounting schemes.