The UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the international community decided to take action. In New York, all 193 member states of the United Nations (UN) signed and adopted Agenda 2030, a programme of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). In 2016, Agenda 2030 and the SDGs came into effect and provided significant additional impetus to the issue of sustainability, which had already become a major trend. “The implementation of the sustainable development goals over a period of 15 years will lay the foundations for a global economic, social and ecological transformation towards more sustainable practices,” says Alexander Schindler, Member of the Board of Managing Directors of Union Investment.
The 17 SDGs cover topics such as sustainable growth, sustainable city planning and responsible consumption. Further key objectives are to reduce inequalities in the quality of life, to promote equal opportunities and to implement sustainable methods of managing natural resources that ensure the conservation of ecosystems and strengthen their resilience. Healthcare, high-quality education, gender equality and the ending of poverty and hunger also form part of the programme. Justice is another topic that features prominently, along with action against climate change and the promotion of innovation. Industrialised nations, emerging economies and developing countries are all required to play their part in the implementation of the goals. It is a joint effort in which politicians, companies and investors work together as partners.