SDG 12
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Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Agriculture is the biggest user of water worldwide, and irrigation now claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater for human use.

The efficient management of our shared natural resources, and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants, are important targets to achieve this goal. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030.

A large share of the world population is still consuming far too little to meet even their basic needs.  Halving the per capita of global food waste at the retailer and consumer levels is also important for creating more efficient production and supply chains. This can help with food security, and shift us towards a more resource efficient economy. 

Goals in action

UNDP in Maldives

AA Thoddo Watermelon Capital of Maldives

This video is about a Tourism Adaptation Small Grants Project in the island working on showcasing alternative methods which are safer for the environmental and human health. MORE >


FOREST SUPERMARKETS: A source of life under threat in Southern Laos.

The shopping trip has begun. ‘Shopping’, or community harvesting of non-timber forest products in the dry forests of Southern Lao PDR is a natural part of life for rural communities who have been coexisting with these dry forest for hundreds of years. MORE >

UNDP in Papua New Guinea

Be The Change: Ideas for your school

As part of our #BeTheCHange campaign, we are sharing simple tips on how to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals. In this episode we gathered ideas for your school - simple to implement, but with long-lasting results. MORE >

UNDP in Bhutan

Community uses traditional knowledge to nurture modern economy

At first glance, Dzedokha village in south-west Bhutan might not seem all that favorable for a lucrative industry. With 2,672 residents, this mountainous village is off the beaten track and is only accessible via a farm road, that too, mostly impassable during monsoon. MORE >

UNDP in Nepal

From pilots to policies: Improving medical waste management

With support from the GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by UNDP, the Center for Public Health and Environmental Development has launched a project to demonstrate best practices in avoiding waste burning and raising awareness on pollutants MORE >

UNDP in Indonesia


Poisonous chemicals aren’t common tools of the trade in most workplaces. But in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara, where independent gold mining is prevalent, workers are exposed to mercury every day. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia is supporting the elimination of mercury in unregulated mining operations. MORE >

UNDP in India

People and the sea: Finding a sustainable balance 

India is the second-largest producer of fish in the world and is putting a demand on fish supplies that is 2-3 times greater than the oceans can support over time. At this rate, fish catch in tropical areas is expected to decline 40 percent by 2050. MORE >

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