UN report: Scaling up ambitions in implementing 2030 Agenda

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The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) published today underlines the necessity to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. According to the report, the globally growing social inequality, unchecked climate change, unabated loss of biodiversity and increasing volumes of man-made waste are particularly alarming. These developments are not only characterised by negative, hard to change or even irreversible impacts, they also pose obstacles to achieving almost any SDG. This, in turn, impacts negatively on economies and societies. The report concludes that efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda must become much more ambitious.

Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze commented: "The message of the scientific community is clear: If humanity does not change its ways, we endanger our natural livelihoods and thereby the very foundation of our societies and economies. We need a powerful change of course towards a more sustainable development. But there is also good news: The measures to achieve this have already been tested and are available to us - and resolute and swift implementation would also have considerable economic advantages." 



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