The measure is designed to improve public health outcomes but could also provide an important reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The Paris Climate Agreement for example, was the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.
As stakeholders point out the limitations of supply chain audits, companies have been pressured to raise accountability standards and implement new measures.
China is emerging as a once-unlikely champion and leading global investment in renewable energy, and European countries are continuing their advocacy for implementation of the Paris goals.
Burger King, Pfizer and Walgreens had to fend off accusations of attempting tax inversion. Long time horizons and the uncertainty surrounding possible climate futures also add to the dilemma facing politicians and policy-makers, as governments are asked to provide leadership and take action that incurs costs today to reap global benefits for future generations.
Some of the underlying factors behind environmental degradation include population growth, polluting technologies, and overexploitation of ecosystems driven by unsustainable consumption and production patterns.
Several countries are due to launch national experiments of basic income as a means to provide universal income as economies change through automation.
This is reshaping the funding landscape of international development worldwide. The rise of social media as a major distributor and sometimes publisher of news operating with little editorial or quality control has growing implications for government and business.
There is also an increase in the number of financial tools being launched with the intention of mobilizing capital aligned with achieving the Goals. Fake news stories impacted the US election, and with voters heading to the polls in Germany, France, Norway, the Netherlands and many other countries this year, governments are worried that fabricated news reports could tip voting outcomes.
Additionally, there is increased private sector activity on climate as seen in the number and seriousness of corporate efforts on science-based emissions reduction goals, ambitious renewable energy targets and improving climate-risk disclosure. Online courses and interactive applications expand access to education around the globe, providing new ways of learning, teaching and collaborative work.
Parliament will require businesses to report efforts towards eradicating modern slavery from their supply chains.
Climate Leadership Shake-Up While the ambitious Paris Agreement was ratified in latethe climate leadership landscape has undergone major shifts since it was negotiated, and the political will needed to support implementation may be increasingly difficult to build and maintain.
Energy In the face of increasing global demand for energy and pressures on the global environment, policy makers have acknowledged that the choice is no longer whether to participate or not in discussions about sustainable development but rather how.
Policy Instruments Bringing together the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development coherently and efficiently requires establishing appropriate framework conditions and implementation tools.
Autonomous, connected vehicles and IoT are particularly vulnerable to hacking. Studies have shown that meat consumption is also playing a critical role in growing global obesity rates.
Renewable energy made record gains in with drops in technology costs and rapid expansion of capacity and investments.y Sustainable development will need to be inclusive and take special care of the needs advancements in technology and trends towards development, namely: (a) sustainable cities, (b) food and nutrition security and (c) energy transformation.
The other challenges are important, but a comprehensive discussion of. Sustainable development is the organizing principle for meeting human development goals while at the same time sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depends.
The desired result is a state of society where living conditions and resource use continue. The Business Commission recently published its flagship report Better World, Better Business, in which it argues that sustainable development presents unique opportunities for companies and sustainable business could unlock $12 trillion in new market value.
TReNDS: Data and Statistics for Sustainable Development TReNDS seeks to identify new and innovative information and monitoring systems necessary to guide the SDGs, as well as existing approaches to data collection, compilation, analysis, and dissemination that might help data users to overcome gaps and limitations.
TReNDS is an initiative of and is governed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). We collaborate closely with SDSN’s network, including by seeking opportunities to work with its regional and national networks on local data action solutions and other projects.
TRENDS IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Small Island Developing States (SIDS) United Nations New York, DESA The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat is a vital interface between global policies in the economic, social and environmental spheres and national action.
The Department works in three.Download