Sustainable Development Goals

Why are there 17 Sustainable Development Goals? What goals? Here is our overview:
As part of the 2030 Agenda, 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 25, 2015. The department responsible, the UN-Department of Economic and Social Affairs details how this came about in this text.
Additionally, here is a short report by the ARD Tagesschau from the 25th of September 2015.

With these 17 Sustainable Development Goals, economic progress is to be brought into harmony with an ecologically sustainable and socially just world.
The term sustainability is omnipresent - and yet the concept is by no means new: a Saxon mining chief, Hans Carl von Carlowitz, acknowledged it more than 300 years ago in 1713.

As head of the Upper Mining Authority of Freiberg, Hans Carl von Carlowitz was responsible for supplying wood to the Saxon mining and metallurgy industries. Von Carlowitz experienced first-hand the vast amounts of wood required to run the ore mines and smelters of the Ore Mountains. The growing population also needed ever-increasing amounts of wood – to heat, cook, and build with. It was clear to Hans Carl von Carlowitz that the forest must be protected against this ruthless exploitation to ensure the supply of wood in the long-term and thus preserve the Saxon mining industry, because, even then, wood reserves were not inexhaustible, as had long been believed. He called on his contemporaries to think of the generations to come and to compensate for the logging by replanting trees. He recorded his ideas about this in a forestry textbook – the"Sylvicultura oeconomica".

Today, the principle of sustainability no longer relates to improving the resource-efficiency of forestry practices alone - but to all areas of society. The core of the concept, though, is the same as it was 300 years ago: it is about using only as much as can be replenished, operating in a way that can be maintained in the long-term and organising society in a way that ensures everyone has access to the same opportunities. In order to achieve this, the United Nations has formulated these principles into the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of its 2030 Agenda.
What specific progress has the EU made in its implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals? Eurostat has visualised the progress of each goal (click on the coloured panels in the circle; further information from Eurostat in the "Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context").


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