Key changes and results
Environmental issues received significant attention in the assessment of contributions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2019. The main reason for this was the poor progress made in improving the environmental situation globally.
Generally, three of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are classified as relating to the environmentSDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 14 (Life below Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Land). Nevertheless, given the interconnectedness of all the 17 UN goals, the environment also affects the achievement of the other goals.. According to the Sustainable Development Goals IndexSource: the Sustainable Development Goals Index,https://www.sdgindex.org/, no progress was made on any goal in 2019. Significant challenges remain, particularly as far as the preservation of healthy oceans and biodiversity on land is concerned.
Experts and scientists point out the urgent need to intensify collaborative efforts of governments, companies and public organizations. In particular, green investments equating to 2% of a country’s GDP could facilitate long-term growth and at the same time reduce negative impacts on climate, water resources and ecosystemsSource: Global Environmental Outlook 6, UN Environmental Programme, 2019..
The accelerated adoption of existing production and environmental technologies, the active use of scientific data, and greater funding for solutions to environmental issues were identified as the most urgent tasks, including for companies, since human health and well-being directly depends on the state of the environment.