“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
United Nations 2005 World Summit:
Sustainability requires the reconciliation of Environmental, Social and Economic demands-
Three Pillars of Sustainability
In 2015, The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was endorsed by all UN member states, proposing an ambitious strategy for peace and prosperity for all people across the world. Core to the strategy are the The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Attaining all goals is essential for a just, equitable and sustainable world. Many goals are interconnected due to dependencies between them. For instance, gender equality requires quality education and sustainable cities requires clean water and sanitation.
However, as the following hierarchy illustrates, a functioning and prosperous economy requires a just and stable society all of which is dependent on the natural world where the its ecosystems, habitats and environment are preserved and protected.
The United Nations Sustainable Goals Hierarchy