Growing threats to our planet need a global response form a body with global reach: enter the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The media assail us daily with articles about the risks to our planet’s environment and our human ability to maintain healthy, fulfilling and productive lives.
The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sets out a bold new framework for development cooperation over the next 15 years. These SDGs aim to ensure prosperity and well-being of all women and men, while protecting our planet and strengthening the foundations for peace. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), with its aims to link people with their environments, is central to tackling several of these goals.
While there are clear imperatives to move forward with this agenda in the developing world, the SDGs are also relevant in more affluent countries like ours. Our nation’s six Biospheres lie at the heart of the sustainability agenda of UNESCO in the UK as the focus for conservation approaches, enabling communities to collaborate and live in harmony with their environment...