Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The UN’s Agenda 2030 is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.
The Agenda 2030 established the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which the whole world needs to work towards.
By adopting the 2030 Agenda in September 2015, all world leaders made some very bold commitments including:
– to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty,
– to heal and secure our planet, and
– to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path.
In doing so they pledged that no one will be left behind.
Leaders committed to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment; to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations; to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature; and to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence.
By adopting Agenda 2030, leaders envisaged a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination; of respect for race, ethnicity and cultural diversity; and of equal opportunity permitting the full realization of human potential and contributing to shared prosperity. A world which invests in its children and in which every child grows up free from violence and exploitation. A world in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed. A just, equitable, tolerant, open and socially inclusive world in which the needs of the most vulnerable are met.
They envisaged a world in which every country enjoys sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all. A world in which consumption and production patterns and use of all natural resources — from air to land, from rivers, lakes and aquifers to oceans and seas — are sustainable. One in which democracy, good governance and the rule of law, as well as an enabling environment at the national and international levels, are essential for sustainable development, including sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development, environmental protection and the eradication of poverty and hunger. One in which development and the application of technology are climate-sensitive, respect biodiversity and are resilient. One in which humanity lives in harmony with nature and in which wildlife and other living species are protected.
It is important to emphasize that the world leaders of all countries committed to this vision but the Pacific Green Business Centre can recognise leaders of a number of countries that are certainly not abiding by these commitments. Their people need to hold them accountable.