Scientists call for urgent, targeted action to avoid reversing the development gains of recent decades

“The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development,” the report finds that the current development model is not sustainable.

NEW YORK, 12 SEPTEMBER – Achieving human well-being and eradicating poverty for all of the Earth’s people—expected to number eight and a half billion by 2030—is still possible, but only if there is a fundamental—and urgent—change in the relationship between people and nature, and a significant reduction in social and gender inequalities between and inside countries, according to a new United Nations report by an independent group of scientists to be launched at the 2019 SDG Summit, but made available today.

The Report, requested by all countries to evaluate progress on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, is the first of its kind since the landmark Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted four years ago. Entitled “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development,” the report finds that the current development model is not sustainable, and the progress made in the last two decades is in danger of being reversed through worsening social inequalities and potentially irreversible declines in the natural environment that sustains us. The scientists concluded that a far more optimistic future is still attainable, but only by drastically changing development policies, incentives and actions.

The report argues that understanding the interconnections between the individual SDGs and the concrete systems that define society today will be essential to devise policies that manage difficult trade-offs.

 

The full report, “The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development,” can be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/gsdr2019

A complete list of the scientists is available here:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/gsdr2019

Media contact:

For further information, including requests for interviews of individual scientists, please contact either:

Mr. Dan Shepard, UN Department of Global Communications T: +1 212 963-9495| E: shepard@un.org

Ms. Stephanie Rambler, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs T: +1 917 367-8188| E: rambler@un.org

Upcoming events
September 2019
2627282930311
2345678
9101112131415
161718
19
202122
23242526272829
30123456
19 September / Thursday
Follow us on: