BASAI STATEMENT

ADOPTION

OF

UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

( UN SDGs )

 

Date of Issue: 14 July 2019

In 2015, the United Nations will adopt a global sustainability agenda that will shape international and German policymaking up until 2030. The sustainability agenda is to be centered around 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that have been negotiated within various interstate and expert bodies, and were presented in a synthesis report from the UN Secretary General. These Goals will also apply to the industrialized states, one of several ways they differ from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which only found application to developing countries.

The following Goals have been set and have been adopted by BASAI:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

BASAI on Sustainable Development Goals, advocates the adoption of ambitious, coordinated goals. The proposed catalogue of goals is definitely to be retained. The Goals, the sub goals and, above all, the measures for their implementation and the review mechanisms must be well suited to meet the challenges ahead and pave the way to a worldwide social/ecological transformation.

This will require, among other things, measures to be taken urgently not only to combat the global climate crisis, the ongoing wastage of fossil resources and environmental pollution, but also to combat social inequality in German society. These measures should include the gradual phasing out of coal-fired power generation, which is extremely harmful to the climate, the dismantling of environmentally and climate-damaging subsidies, accelerated steps to stop the overfertilization of soils and waters backed up with a phased plan, the transition to sustainable agriculture, and prices that factor in the social and ecological costs imposed by the consumption of natural resources. Germany’s responsibility and pioneering role also make it incumbent upon us to take adequate account of the global dimension of our actions, which can be represented with, for example, the quantitative variables used to measure our national and international CO2 footprints. This global dimension encompasses the international impacts of our actions and the contributions to sustainability around the world.

In this connection, furthermore, BASAI wishes to underline the significance of mobilizing more domestic public resources and private financial funds, as well as overarching topics such as trade, technology transfers and financial market stability. For instance, the transparency of supply chains is elementary to trade that is informed by the principles of sustainable development. It is important that the industrialized countries take on a pioneering role in sustainable development under the global agenda.

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