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Global Sustainability Goals

The new global Sustainable Development Goals were officially adopted by the UN General Assembly at the Summit on Sustainability in New York in September 2015. With these goals, SDGs or Global Goals for short, the international community is looking to eradicate poverty, advance women’s equality, improve health care and take action against climate change by the end of 2030. This so-called 2030 Agenda follows on from the previous UN Millennium Development Goals.

The new Global Goals comprise 17 basic development goals, divided into 169 targets. A foremost concern is to put an end to extreme poverty ‘in all its forms everywhere’. According to the World Bank, it afflicts some 800 million people, who must live on less than US$ 1.9 a day.

The new goals have been enlarged in scope to apply to all nations of the world. They provide a frame of reference for sustainable economic, environmental and social development and call on all countries to make sustainable use of resources, set responsible social standards or curb the emission of gases that are harmful to the climate. Their implementation is voluntary and each government can decide itself on the measures to achieve the goals, but their success will be regularly monitored applying firm criteria.

The Global Goals underline, however, that development is a whole-of-government and whole-of-society task. To achieve them, everyone must act in concert.

Our contributions: think tank and training offers

The European Forum Alpbach has undertaken to help implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals and intends to enhance its audience’s awareness of them. It also maintains close partnerships with organisations that act to promote sustainability.

The events of the European Forum Alpbach will return again and again to the Sustainable Development Goals as a means of keeping up the pressure to implement them. This is the context in which each year the Alpbach-Laxenburg Group brings together leading figures from science, politics, business and civil society to develop concepts for achieving the goals. Our simulation game, Our World’s Future: How the SDGs work in practice, teaches young people the skills necessary to make their own contribution.