The roll-out of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) comes with a ‘leave no one behind’ strategy that moves from reducing to ending poverty, and one that puts sustainability and growth at its core, believes Abey Tau, Public Affair and Corporate Citizenship Manager for Samsung Electronics Africa.
Prepared to follow on from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unveiled with the aim of taking steps towards building a better world in the next 15 years.
This is no easy target. The UN has spent significant time analyzing the successes and failings of the MDGs in order to apply the learnings to the SDGs.
The MDGs did produce some good outcomes, such as contributing to decreasing the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 from 47% in 1990 to 14% in 2015. However, it is also acknowledged that progress has been limited, with many being left behind.
According to reports, the SDG strategy will require an annual outlay of $2.5 trillion for it to be implemented successfully, which will need to come from private investment. It’s certainly something the private sector …read more