The world aims to develop sustainably: in the 2030 Agenda the international community agreed on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are designed to pave the way for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development. As well as addressing the eradication of poverty and hunger, food security and the promotion of good health and gender equality, the SDGs also cover issues such as affordable and clean energy for all, sustainable economic growth and decent work, responsible production and consumption and action on climate change. The guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda include not only respecting human dignity and planetary integrity and promoting prosperity and peace but also developing global partnerships in the spirit of international cooperation.
Our consumption of energy and resources is increasing
The challenges for globally sustainable development are huge and multi-faceted. It is particularly important to address these issues in regions with rapidly growing economies, because as their consumption needs increase so too does the demand for energy, the overuse of raw materials and resources and the volume of electronic waste.
Knowledge-sharing for sustainability
The Oeko-Institut has been working with international partners for many years and in numerous projects. Its experts pass on their experience of issues such as environmental minimum standards, promotion of eco-innovations in the market and economic mechanisms that incentivise climate change mitigation and resource conservation. They work on projects in the ASEAN region (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar), in India, in African countries including Ghana and Ethiopia and in Southern and Eastern Europe.