At the heart of the post-2015 agenda is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), due to be adopted at a UN Summit in September this year. As a new working paper by Global Soil Week hosts the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS Potsdam ) points out, many of the draft SDGs imply competing demands on biomass, which in turn means pressure on soils.

The need for integrated thinking in both setting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in their implementation by governments, businesses and other stakeholders, is the topic of a livestreamed Global Soil Week plenary session , ”Towards an integrated perspective on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on the afternoon of Tuesday 21 April. SEI Executive Director Johan L. Kuylenstierna will offer closing remarks in the plenary. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Soil Forum , which organizes Global Soil Week.

Read more about how Nexus approaches can help in ensuring an integrated post-2015 agenda.

Soil, supply chains and sustainability

SEI’s new Initiative on Producer to Consumer Sustainability (P2CS) will also be present at Global Soil Week 2015, co-hosting a dialogue session entitled ”Tools and approaches to increasing supply-chain sustainability of land-based commodities: what works on paper and what works in practice?” The session will bring together research and practice communities to discuss opportunities for more effective work towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP) of land-based commodities. It will be co-hosted with the Global Footprint Network .

The dialogue session will begin with a panel discussion looking at insights and lessons from supply chain modeling, consumption-based accounting, environmental footprinting and similar, with a focus on the latest advances.

Shifting to the practitioner perspective, the next panel discussion will focus on what has been learned in practice through attempts to improve sustainability in land-based commodity supply chains.

In the third section, moderated by Johan L. Kuylenstierna, leading sustainability thinkers will give critical reactions to the issues raised, leading on to an interactive discussion seeking to close the gap between our more technical understanding of sustainability challenges related to trade, and what it means to deliver on them in practice.

Global Soil Week 2015 runs from 19-23 April, in Berlin. It is hosted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam. Global Soil Week is the flagship tool of the Global Soil Forum .

Read more about SEI’s work on the SDGs .

Read more about the SEI Initiative on Producer to Consumer Sustainability (P2CS).