Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Building a more sustainable, safer, prosperous planet for all humanity
Bruce Knotts’ speech at the GCSRF’s Inaugural Event
2012 Establishing SDGs
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that met the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.
The SDGs are unique in that they cover issues that affect everyone. They reaffirm an international commitment to end poverty, permanently, everywhere. They are ambitious in making sure no one is left behind. More importantly, they involve us all to build a more sustainable, safer, more prosperous planet for all humanity.
2015 Businesses for Sustainable Development
In a commitment letter to the U.N., thirty-two businesses from around the world pledged to work for the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a global development agenda adopted by 193 UN member states, guided by the SDGs.
Known as Agenda 2030, the document embodies a transformative vision for the planet’s future, targeting poverty and hunger eradication, health and education improvement, urban sustainability, climate change combat, and the protection of oceans and forests.
2018 GCSRF Establishment
In 2018, the GCSRF was established to support and promote the UN’s SDGs, develop programs, and bridge the global corporate community with U.N. initiatives.