‘International green goals won’t be met without accelerated ambition’

The International Energy Agency (IEA) says hitting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is essential for reducing poverty, improving health and ensuring environmental sustainability

‘Schoolchildren to swot up on UN’s SDGs”

The Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has urged the Secretary of Education to include the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the National Curriculum. Mary Creagh MP wrote a letter to Justine Greening, demanding inclusion of more awareness surrounding the goals in schools. In March, the previous EAC published a report which found […]

World ‘must invest $3.5tn to meet UN 2030 green goals’

Meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for universal water and electricity access will cost $3.5 trillion (£2.7tn) by 2030. That’s according to new research from the G20 Global Infrastructure Hub, which suggests a rising population and increasing urbanisation will mean a total infrastructure investment of $97 trillion (£74.3tn) will be required. The organisation suggests an estimated […]

Green standard steps up sustainability credentials

A new standard to measure and verify the benefits provided by green projects and programmes around the world has been launched. Gold Standard’s new model aims to ensure the contributions made by corporates, impact investors and government bodies towards climate change mitigation and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are credibly reported. Established by […]

‘Global water resources need cleaning’ say millenials

Global governments need to prioritise sanitising and managing water resources. That’s according to a new poll from the World Water Council (WWC), which shows more than three-quarters of millennials think governments need to step up efforts to make global access to safe water a reality. More than two-thirds of the same group aren’t convinced enough is being done to achieve the […]

Government ‘not working domestically to deliver sustainable development goals’

The UK Government seems more concerned with promoting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals abroad than working with businesses domestically to meet the targets. That’s according to a group of MPs, who believe the government’s “doughnut-shaped approach” – which is to see the goals as something for the UK to help other countries do, rather than […]

UN partners up to assess green targets

The UN’s climate branch has forged a sustainable partnership with a standards and certification body. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Gold Standard will work together to assist organisations, including businesses and cities, in setting green targets, assessing the environmental impacts of their actions and fighting climate change. James Grabert, Director of the UNFCCC, said: “Governments […]

Green experts see little progress on UN’s goals

There is little progress being made towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That’s according to a new survey of around 500 sustainability experts from more than 74 different countries, conducted by GlobeScan and SustainAbility. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social entrepreneurs are seen by experts as doing the most to advance the goals, with their […]

UN labour and climate departments team up

Two UN organisations have teamed up to promote a fair and sustainable transition of the workforce towards low carbon economies, especially in developing nations. The International Labour Association (ILO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will conduct studies on global and national levels to measure the impact of climate change and the […]

Theresa May: UK will be at forefront of delivering UN sustainable goals

The Prime Minister has responded to calls for the UK to commit to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Theresa May has written to the 84 leading companies which penned the letter, including HSBC, IKEA and Unilever. The Prime Minister agreed businesses, the civil sector and the public all have an important role to play in working towards […]