24.09.2019

IKI to support Sustainable Development Goals initiative with EUR 7.5 million

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Image: United Nations

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Image: United Nations

The global efforts for sustainable development must be increased. Despite the progress that has already been made, current estimates indicate that not all of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be achieved by 2030. Therefore, the German government has committed to international action programmes to advance those SDGs which are currently lagging behind most. According to an announcement made at the Climate Action Summit, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety will make  EUR 7.5 million available for the “Global Opportunities for SDGs” (GO for SDGs) within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

The initiative aims to accelerate sustainable economic activity all over the world. To this end, regional “sustainability hubs” will be established to manage sustainable procurement and consumption, resource efficiency and recycling. This will ensure the sharing of best practices and disseminate the latest knowledge of experts in these fields. The activities are mainly aimed at political decision-makers, business enterprises and civil society stakeholders, especially in the youth sector.

In order to make the transformation to a sustainable economy socially acceptable, the initiative will also cooperate with international trade unions, among others. At the same time it will build on existing partnerships and instruments, such as the One Planet Network, the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership (GGKP) and the ITUC Just Transition Center.

The “GO for SDGs” initiative is implemented by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the World Economic Forum (WEF) and other United Nations organisations.


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