Global sustainability defines the conditions under which humans and nature, societies and the biosphere, the world and the Earth can co-exist in ways that enable productive harmony, stability and resilience to support present and future generations. Sustainable development is the concept of development and economic growth that meets the needs of the future, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Sustainability is increasingly viewed as a desired goal of development and environmental management. The window of opportunity to create a sustainable world, one in which people can lead healthy and fulfilling lives on this planet, seems narrower than ever before.
There is therefore a need to transform our approach to achieve the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and create a more sustainable, just world for all.
Remarkable progress has been achieved in recent decades. But inequality is on the rise- we are nearing catastrophic tipping points on biodiversity and climate change, and more aggressive transformations are needed to ensure a sustainable future for the 8.5 billion people expected to be on this planet in 2030, including around food, health, energy, cities, and our consumption and production.