Sustainable Development

In contemporary discourse, sustainable development has cemented its place as a crucial consideration for the welfare of present and future generations. At its core, sustainable development seeks to address the intricate balance between our current needs and the long-term viability of our planet, making it an intricate interplay of economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. This concept advocates for meeting the requirements of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

A significant impetus that has propelled sustainable development to the forefront of international agendas is the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Established by the United Nations in 2015, the SDGs are a set of 17 interlinked goals, designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all" by the year 2030. These goals range from ending poverty, improving health, and ensuring access to quality education to tackling larger systemic challenges like climate change, inequality, and peace.

What's remarkable about the SDGs is not just their breadth but their holistic approach. They recognize that individual challenges are not isolated; for instance, climate action (SDG 13) directly affects life below water (SDG 14) and life on land (SDG 15). Thus, it underscores that solutions must be intersectional, requiring cooperation across sectors, disciplines, and borders. Moreover, the SDGs emphasize the idea that no one should be left behind, echoing the inclusivity pillar of sustainable development.

By highlighting specific targets under each goal and setting a deadline, the SDGs serve as a tangible roadmap for nations to realize the broader vision of sustainable development. The relationship between sustainable development and the SDGs can be seen as symbiotic. While sustainable development provides the overarching philosophy, the SDGs provide specific pathways and benchmarks to actualize that vision. As the world grapples with unprecedented challenges, from climate crises to socio-economic disparities, the fusion of the sustainable development ethos with the actionable framework of the SDGs offers hope. It provides a comprehensive strategy to ensure that growth and progress occur in harmony with our planet's finite resources and the broader well-being of all its inhabitants.

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Launched in 2018, the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge is a first-of-its-kind global competition for women entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
In this episode of the "World We Want" podcast, Márcia Balisciano interviews Lene Bjorn Serpa, Director, Head of Corporate Sustainability & ESG, A.P. Moller - Maersk. They discuss how her work at Maersk aligns with the United Nations sustainable development goals and how companies can contribute to a positive change by engaging with sustainability from a corporate standpoint.

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Michael F. Ashby, Chapter 3 - What is a ‘Sustainable Development’?, Editor(s): Michael F. Ashby, Materials and Sustainable Development (Second Edition), Butterworth-Heinemann, 2022, Pages 51-68, ISBN 9780323983617.

This chapter advances the UN SDG goals 11 and 12 by defining what is meant by a 'sustainable development' and describing the challenges inherent in planning one.

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Interconnections are central to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015, the SDGs inspire global action to overcome the world’s related challenges — from hunger and poverty to equality and peace. Governments, businesses, civil society, and the UN system are working together to achieve the goals by 2030, and improve the lives of people everywhere.

Sustainable Development Strategies, Engineering, Culture and Economics, 2021, Pages 1-25

This book chapter advances SDG 11 and 13 by introducing the concepts of sustainable development. The definitions as evolved over time have been briefly discussed. The evolution of the sustainable development concepts coupled with the underling theorems, philosophy, ethics, and social responsibility has also been described. The dimensions of sustainable development along with the recent trends have also been discussed.

The new 2030 sustainable development agenda is likely to dominate policy and academic debates at both national and international levels over next 15 years and beyond. It is, therefore, a crucial time to critically reflect how the SDGs are likely to shape - and be shaped by - the wider research community. Each peer-reviewed paper will address the common question of: “how is the SDG agenda influencing scholarly debates in different research areas, and vice-versa?”.


Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, Volume 13, October 2018

A brief review of Chilean policies on sustainability along with the academic efforts related to green chemistry, in order with this new scenario are discussed. Topics considered are extraction processes, new solvents, CO2 transformation and emerging photovoltaics materials.

Sustainability theory shows that the sustainability problem is a value orientation problem. In a recent study, Klaas van Egmond identified an underlying pattern of a crossed circle, representing affirmative and adversative value orientations, whose disintegration engenders unsustainable tendencies. This article explicates how Shakespeare's allegories invite to quests for ‘values worthy of pursuit’, grounded upon a similar immanent cyclical pattern of value orientations, moving from and to the centre of Shakespeare's works.