The UN Sustainable Development Goals – going local to accelerate progress

Launched in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the UN’s ‘universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.’ With a deadline for achievement of 2030, making this ambition a reality requires action on many disparate fronts.With that in mind, Luminous was delighted to participate recently in the UN Global Compact’s ‘Making Global Goals Local Business’ event, kindly hosted at Aviva.The session, the first in a worldwide series to help accelerate progress on the SDGs at the national level, included insightful discussions ranging from sustainable finance to integrating the goals into corporate strategy and using them to drive business innovation.The path to a sustainable future is not an easy one. It is estimated that to achieve the SDGs, £2.5–3 trillion will be needed each year until 2030. While that figure may seem unrealistic, it equates to just 3% of global GDP and investing in the SDGs could well yield benefits beyond the immediate aims of the goals themselves.Why should we take action?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals – going local to accelerate progress

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