The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of global priorities developed by countries, NGOs, businesses, the scientific communities, and other stakeholders from around the world. The SDGs were not explicitly devised as an investment framework but serve as a guide for companies’ and investors’ long-term sustainability efforts and as a mandate to address the eminent challenges facing our world.
Per the United Nations, the SDGs “are a call for action by all countries, poor, rich, and middle-income, to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand in hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.”81
The 17 SDGs are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. These goals “provide a global blueprint for dignity, peace, and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.” 82
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