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Sustainable development

For the coming generations

A global problem

Worldwide economic development and an unlimited growth model have been setting off warning signals for years:

Climate change - Extreme phenomena with major local impact are increasing: droughts and flooding.

Overpopulation - In fifteen years, the population will have grown by more than 1.2bn people.

Water scarcity - In 2030, almost half of the population will live in areas with water stress (where demand will exceed the available water).

Labour exploitation - Women, children, immigrants and indigenous populations are the most vulnerable groups at work,

Increase in inequalities - 1.2bn people live with less than $1.25 a day while 1% of the population owns 50% of world wealth.

Destruction of natural resources - We are consuming natural resources at a greater speed than the Earth’s capacity to regenerate them.

OUR COMMON FUTURE: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

On 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted a set of 17 goals to eradicate poverty, protect the ensure planet and prosperity for everyone as part of a new agenda of sustainable development. Each goal has specific targets which must be attained within the next 15 years.

The collaboration of governments, the private sector and the citizens is essential to attain these goals.

All the Sustainable Development Goals share water as an essential cross-cutting element to achieve success: reduction of poverty and inequalities, generation of clean energy, promotion of sustainable infrastructures, protection of biodiversity and oceans and the struggle against climate change, are just a few examples.

ECONOMIC

because it thinks about how to make economic activity more efficient, profitable and sustainable over time

SOCIAL

because it provides improvements for society: workers, suppliers, clients, local communities...

ENVIRONMENTAL

because human activity must be compatible with biodiversity and the protection of ecosystems

Discover the
three principles of sustainable development in depth with this video