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 Kyrgyzstan

Pedigreed bees instead of imported ones

A protected zone in Osh oblast will help in the conservation and breeding of pedigreed bees, prevent the spread of diseases and parasites, and improve the quality of honey produced here. MORE >

UNDP in Kyrgyzstan

A desert, a mountain, and an oasis

Residents of three Turkmen communities are working to increase their resilience to climate change by implementing water efficiency and irrigation measures, and developing water user associations benefiting over 30,000 farmers. MORE >

UNDP in Kyrgyzstan

Can we produce meat without destroying our planet?

The world’s meat production is growing at an unprecedented rate and the driving force behind this surge is a combination of population growth, rising incomes and urbanization. MORE >

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