The Italian National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSDS) has been formally approved by CIPE (Inter-ministerial Committee for Economic Planning) on 22 December, 2017. The NSDS is an update of the former Environmental Action Strategy for Sustainable Development in Italy from 2002 to 2010, and a first step towards a holistic policy framework, widened to include social and economic dimensions in line with the 2030 Agenda.

Following the framework of the 2030 Agenda, the NSDS is organized into five core areas: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. It is supported by a set of sustainability vectors to serve as crosscutting, transversal areas of action essential to guiding, managing, and monitoring the integration of sustainability into national policies, plans, and projects. A formal Plan of Action will be developed and will include numerical and quantitative targets for the year 2030, as well as monitoring and review mechanisms and analytical models capable of measuring the impacts of policies on the NSDS objectives.

To support this work, the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), lead of SDSN Italia, will host the 1st Global Conference on “Reporting for Results-based REDD+ Actions” on January 30-31, 2018 in Milan.

The Reporting for Results-based REDD+ project is a three-year project to build capacity for measuring reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and the enhancement of carbon stocks in agriculture, forest and other land use in 21 tropical and subtropical forested countries. The Reporting for Results-based REDD+ project is a joint initiative of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), which is managed by an alliance of organizations led by PricewaterhouseCoopers. REDD+ stands for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and also includes conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks. It refers to a mechanism developed by countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to create financial value for the carbon stored in forests, by offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands. This provides developing countries with the opportunity to receive results-based payments for actions to conserve and restore forest lands.

The two day event has two specific objectives:

  • The first day will take stock of the progress one year after the launch of the project, checking possible new solutions and articulating next steps in the years ahead.
  • The second day opens the floor to representatives of the public and private sector and the press to identify opportunities for collaboration across sectors within the initiative, which is essential for RRR+ success.