Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda must be accelerated if the goals are to be achieved by 2030. This is the finding of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which was presented last week at the Sustainable Development Summit. The heads of state and government therefore formulated a call for action in the political declaration adopted at the summit, and called for a decade of delivery and action dedicated to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
Following a similar thought process, the Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) decided to advance successful approaches to sustainable economic activities and environmentally sound consumption in developing countries and emerging economies and to expand their application with the initiative Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO for SDGs). The BMU will make 7.5 million euros available from its International Climate Initiative.
Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze commented at the launch of the initiative in New York: "Today we already have a varied toolbox of policies, instruments and approaches that we can use to achieve the transformation we urgently need. We need to make better use of these tools and apply them widely. This is where GO for SDGs comes into play."
The aim of the initiative is to advance implementation of the 2030 Agenda through regional sustainability hubs, focussing in particular on environment and climate-related SDGs. The plan is to build upon existing initiatives and programmes such as Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the NDC Partnership and the One Planet Network, disseminating instruments and strategies that were developed under these initiatives at regional, national and local level.
UNEP will implement this initiative in cooperation with other UN organisations, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).