UN-SPIDER Newsletter 2/15: Space-based Information for Post-2015 Sustainable Development

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2015 is a milestone year for the United Nations. Not only is the organization celebrating its 70 years of existence, the year is also the starting point for major agreements and frameworks that will shape global sustainable development in the years to come. Nations worldwide will jointly embark on new paths to end poverty, promote prosperity and well-being for all, protect the environment, address climate change and reduce disaster risks. It is in this context that the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched the “2015: Time for Global Action” campaign. Most notable among the processes to be kicked off in 2015 are these three: The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030); a new global agreement on climate change; and a new set of targets for economic, social and environmental development: the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) which are building on the Millennium Development Goals running out at the end of 2015.