Pia calls for renewed commitment to UN global goals

“Let us make sustainability an integral part of our national development goals.”

Thus said Senator Pia S. Cayetano, as she called for government’s renewed commitment to fulfill the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Chairperson of the Senate Committee on SDGs, Innovation, and Futures Thinking, Cayetano on Monday (March 2), together with Senate President Vicente Sotto III, led the opening of the Senate exhibit on the SDGs at the Senate legacy hallway.

The exhibit which runs until March 5 aims to promote public awareness on the importance of achieving the 17 SDGs to benefit all Filipinos.

Among those who joined the ribbon cutting ceremony were: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Titon Mitra; National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Secretary Carlos Bernardo Abad Santos; and Senate Deputy Secretary for Administration and Finance Services Atty. Arnel Bañas.

Cayetano stressed that while the country has committed to adopt the global goals, much remains to be done to achieve the various targets by 2030.

“We continue to face issues arising in health, education, agriculture, environment, equality, peace and justice, among others. We need to initiate more reforms to renew our commitment to the SDGs,” stressed the senator, who has filed measures in the Senate towards this cause.

Cayetano filed Senate Resolution No. 308, declaring the 2020s as the “SDGs Decade of Action.” It seeks to mobilize government, private sector, stakeholders, and citizens to work together towards sustainability in the next 10 years leading to 2030.

The senator also filed Senate Bill No. 1362 or the Sustainable Development Framework Act, which mandates NEDA to incorporate the SDGs and their associated targets in its sustainable development policy and programs.

Cayetano’s committee recently conducted a public hearing to discuss these measures with stakeholders from both the government and the private sector. The senator said she hopes to sponsor her proposals in plenary soon.

(L-R): Senate Deputy Secretary for Administration and Finance Services Atty. Arnel Bañas, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Senate Committee on SDGs, Innovation, and Futures Thinking Pia S. Cayetano, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Titon Mitra; and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Secretary Carlos Bernardo Abad Santos.

 

Sen. Pia Cayetano has filed the Sustainable Development Framework Act, which mandates NEDA to incorporate the SDGs and their associated targets in its sustainable development policy and programs.

Private sector participation key to achieving SDGs

“Creating a sustainable future for all is an integrated responsibility. We all need to do things together to achieve our goals.”
Thus said Senator Pia S. Cayetano as she called for stronger public-private partnerships in fulfilling the country’s commitment to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The whole point of the SDGs is to look at it from an integrated point of view. Public-private partnership is so important. It’s important that as we lead, we also follow. As we inspire people, we also aspire to be better,” the senator said in a speech before top executives of the Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI) during their SustainAGIlity Conference on Thursday (February 6).
Cayetano stressed that private companies and corporations also carry the role of educating the public on the 17 Global Goals that the country seeks to achieve by 2030.
“A lot of people still don’t know what SDGs are. So the big challenge we have, and I’m sure all of you are onboard, is to share with everyone what these goals are. Right now, we lack information campaigns on the SDGs, so maybe you can help us share the news,” she said.
The chair of the Senate Committee on SDGs, Innovation, and Futures Thinking, Cayetano recently filed a resolution declaring 2020s as the “SDGs Decade of Action.”
This initiative seeks to encourage participation of experts from both government and the private sector to work towards achieving the SDGs.
“We need people who can take a step back and ensure that we are thinking of the future. Because otherwise, we get stuck in the now. We need to think of this on a national level [and determine] our baselines,” the senator said.
“It’s really necessary for people to be able to think creatively.  Without sustainable plans, well-intended policies may not necessarily give us the outcomes we expect,” she added.
Furthermore, the senator also urged companies to look at the SDGs as a set of intertwined goals, instead of treating each goal separately.
“It is erroneous to think that we have the option to choose just one goal that we want to deal with. It’s not meant to work that way. These goals are all integrated and indivisible,” she emphasized.
“These goals balance the dimensions of sustainable development of the economy, society, and environment. So for any activity, it’s not just about identifying one goal. It’s about tying them all together,” she added.
In particular, Cayetano said private companies can be drivers of SDGs by helping make the country’s cities and communities more sustainable, and by promoting the practice of sustainable consumption and production.
“A lot of these companies are involved in building cities, communities, and places where people live. In a way, they are also planning the lives of these people, as they play a part in deciding how these people manage their families and improve their quality of life. So they need to consider that as they plan for sustainability,” Cayetano said.
“There is also a need for innovation on how they produce their services for everyday life. They need to reinvent our manner of consumption by making sustainable alternatives more available to consumers,” the senator concluded. #
Senator Pia Cayetano was one of the speakers at the SustaiAGIlity forum organized by the Alliance Global Group Inc.(AGI), one of the country’s largest conglomerates.
Senator Pia Cayetano shares the success story of Barangay Fort Bonifacio, Taguig, in setting up a Materials Recovery facility (MRF).
Cayetano: “Without sustainable plans, well-intended policies may not necessarily give us the outcomes we expect.”
Facebook live: Senator Pia Cayetano with Alliance Global Group Inc. CEO Kevin Andrew Tan.

Pia files resolution to declare ‘SDGs decade of action’

Let’s make the 2020s a Decade of Action for Sustainability!

To affirm the country’s commitment to the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Senator Pia S. Cayetano has filed a resolution declaring the year 2020 as the start of the “SDGs Decade of Action.”

The senator filed Senate Resolution No. 308 on Wednesday (January 29), with the goal of ushering in a decade of collective, ambitious action to deliver the country’s sustainable targets by the year 2030.

“Five years since we adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we remain fully committed to integrate the SDGs into our national development plans and policies,” said Cayetano, who chairs the newly created Senate Committee on SDGs, Innovation, and Futures Thinking.

The panel is primarily tasked to monitor and guide government efforts towards attaining the 17 interconnected Global Goals through strategic thinking, multi-disciplinary, and multi-sectoral approach.

“While progress has been achieved in some areas through the efforts of both the government and the private sector, the country still has a long way to go in achieving the SDGs by 2030, given the current issues arising in health, education, agriculture, environment, equality, peace and justice, among others,” Cayetano’s resolution read.

It added that this signals the need to “accelerate sustainable, ambitious and multi-sectoral solutions” towards achieving all the 17 goals by 2030.

“This resolution declaring the 2020s our Decade of Action, along with the collective efforts we have been making and are yet to make towards sustainability, honors the global compact we made five years ago,” Cayetano stressed.

“Our ultimate goal is to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, where nobody is left behind,” she added. #

Our ultimate goal is to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

 

Pia to industries: Make eco-friendly alternatives available to consumers

Senator Pia S. Cayetano today said industries in the country should be persuaded to innovate into producing more eco-friendly products and packaging to encourage sustainable consumption among consumers, and help achieve the country’s zero waste goals.

Such is the main takeaway of Cayetano, chair of the Senate Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Innovation, and Futures Thinking, from the panel’s third public hearing on Wednesday (January 22).

Following through on the committee’s earlier hearing that focused on Goal 12 of the SDGs, Cayetano led another discussion with government agencies and civil society members to track the country’s action plan towards sustainable consumption and production.

Goal 12 of the SDGs calls on nations to ensure sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, particularly through the promotion of consumer information and education for sustainable development and lifestyles.

Also discussed in the hearing were the best practices being implemented towards SCP at the national and the local level.

While stressing the importance of influencing consumer behavior to encourage waste reduction, Cayetano said industry manufacturers carry the bigger responsibility of shifting towards more sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives for their products.

“How do we push producers to innovate? That’s one of the challenges we have. If we want citizens to shift to more sustainable products, how can they [do so] if they are [presented] with [products that] are not sustainable?” she pointed out.

“Many young people are so game to embrace new sustainable practices. But what kind of change will we make if the producers themselves refuse to adjust their mindset,” she added.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) also cited during the hearing that a change in the behavior of both consumers and producers is necessary for sustainable waste reduction. This, according to the agency, can be done by conducting public education campaigns on SCP.

In addition, Cayetano stressed the importance of codifying and harmonizing the best practices towards SCP, following the lead of local communities that are already implementing sound policies on sustainability.

“We have isolated provisions on the efficient use of resources per area of life; but as regulators and lawmakers, we are having difficulty following up and assessing those provisions. It’s difficult to look at the overall picture because [our plans] are not yet harmonized. Hopefully, the cities and communities can help us put it all together,” the senator said.

“I also hope that our committee can make it easy to codify these best practices towards SCP, which other communities can follow and prioritize,” she added, as she expressed support for NEDA’s intention to come up with a budget codification for certain priority SDGs in the next six months.

Furthermore, the concept of zero waste management was also among the highlights of the panels’ discussion on SCP.

Representatives from the Mother Earth Foundation and Ecowaste Coalition particularly stressed that achieving zero waste requires community responsibility – through reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting wastes – as well as industrial responsibility – through re-designing and shifting into alternative, sustainable products.

Cauayan, Isabela Mayor Bernard Dy was also invited as a resource person in the hearing, where he shared the city’s best practices on localizing SDGs through various sustainable initiatives like the Cauayan City Food Bank and the conceptualization of e-vehicles in their community, among others.#

Sen. Pia S. Cayetano leads the Senate Committee on SDGs, Innovation, and Futures Thinking’s third public discussion on the country’s action plan towards sustainable consumption and production, which forms part of the Philippines’ commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Senator Pia S. Cayetano with Mayor Bernard Dy, who has been acknowledged for his innovative efforts to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the programs of the local government of Cauayan City, Isabela.
Senator Pia S. Cayetano receives a copy of ‘The Zero Waste Solution’ book from the author himself, renowned sustainable communities advocate, Prof. Paul Connett.