Sustainable Science & Technology
What are the United Nations SDGs?
Over recent decades, humanity has made unprecedented economic and social advances. But this has come at a cost to our people and our planet.
And our population continues to grow. By 2050, estimates suggest that the number of people on the planet will have increased by 2 billion, from 7.7 billion to 9.7 million – and could peak at nearly 11 billion at the turn of the century .
We are reaching a tipping point where our current path is no longer sustainable. By the early 2030s, it is predicted that we will need more than two planets’ worth of resources to meet demand . If the world does not act now, there will be catastrophic consequences that will dramatically impact on our lives and that of future generations.
We all now need to take radical action to protect our future and our planet. Achieving the necessary growth to lift people out of poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies to tackle climate change and preserve our environment – ensuring that we create sustainable ways to live.
In 2012, the United Nations set out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world. Three years later, these were adopted by all member states as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
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United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/