The state of global sustainable development is dire – Solutions, however, do exist

The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development, the first Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), highlights the significant hindering effect the growing inequality, climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the mounting waste problem have on reaching sustainable development goals. The six keys for a systemic change are:

  • Strengthening human well-being and capabilities
  • Shifting towards sustainable and just economies
  • Building sustainable food systems and healthy nutrition patterns
  • Achieving energy decarbonization with universal access to energy
  • Promoting sustainable urban and peri-urban development
  • Securing the global environmental commons

The report was written by an independent international group of 15 researchers from around the world. One of them was the vice project manager of the ORSI project, professor Eeva Furman of the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE.

It was published September 11th 2019 in New York. The group creates estimates on the state of global sustainable development every four years by the decision of states of the United Nations.  

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