Integrating Environment into Development Policy

Sustainable lifestyles, Kenya.
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Taking forward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Europe

In September 2015, world leaders formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) at UN headquarters in New York. In doing so, they promised that economic growth and development will become sustainable. This new framework will guide billions of dollars of aid and investment to 2030.  

Working together with other NGOs, WWF worked to make sure that the EU was taking a strong stance in the formulation of new Sustainable Development Goals to succeed the Millennium Development Goals.

The SDGs recognise that protecting the environment, eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity and well-being are interlinked. Global development and environmental agendas had never been so close since the original Rio Conference in 1992. 

The post-2015 is a universal agenda: the goals and targets are applicable to all countries. Developed countries will need to implement the goals both in their domestic context and externally. 

WWF calls on the EU and Member States to fully integrate environmental sustainability into future development and poverty reduction objectives, making sure that there is policy coherence for sustainable development.

WWF considers the post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda to be a unique opportunity to better value natural resources and healthy ecosystems as a foundation for poverty eradication, equitable and inclusive growth and well-being.


  • Tatiana Lambin

    Development Policy and Finance Assistant

    WWF European Policy Office,

    +32 2 743 88 00

  • Sally Nicholson

    Head, Development Policy & Finance

    WWF European Policy Office,

    +32 2 740 09 37

Protecting the environment to reduce poverty

WWF is working at many levels globally to integrate conservation and social equity into development policies, especially those related to basic rights, food security, access to energy and resources, and adaptation to climate change.

At the European level WWF works to hold the EU to its commitments on the international stage and in its development cooperation policies in terms of the environment and sustainable development.

We are advocating for an effective strategy for mainstreaming environment and climate change across all external actions and for specific and targeted support for biodiversity, environmental and climate change priorities in the funding instruments for external action. 

We are working with the rest of WWF worldwide to monitor the implementation of EU development cooperation in terms of transparency of decision making and involvement of civil society organisations as well as adherence to environmental commitments.

Securing our future