Realigning with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development: ERM Foundation adopts new focus area
28 September 2015
On 25 September 2015, the new the Global Goals for Sustainable Development were adopted at the United Nations General Assembly meeting of more than 190 countries in New York.
The Global Goals replace the Millennium Development Goals, and the concept was born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in 2012, in which ERM participated. These 17 goals have been developed through a UN-led process which brought together governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), business and civil society, with the objective balancing the three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic. The new goals will guide governments, business and civil society for the next 15 years, providing an important long-term framework that will define new ways of doing business while supporting prosperity and societal needs.
The business voice into the Global Goals process is being led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). ERM is a member/signatory of each of these organizations and has been involved in consultations with this consortium on the role that business can play in implementing the Global Goals.
The ERM Foundation and the Global Goals
The adoption of these new goals presents an excellent opportunity for the ERM Foundation to re-align its activities with the Global Goals through the addition of ‘Empowering women and girls’ as focus area, in recognition of the important and often overlooked role that women and girls play in the multiple challenges that face this planet.
The ERM Foundation focus areas are now:
- Conservation and biodiversity
- Low carbon development
- Clean water and sanitation
- Environmental education
- Empowering women and girls
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