The 2030 Agenda is one of the most ambitious sustainability action plans in the history of the United Nations. It emerged in the months and years following the Sustainable Development Conference that took place in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, attended by representatives of 193 states, and took shape as the result of a broad and participative consultation process.
This agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in late September 2015, is a call to meet challenges such as the eradication of poverty, and promotes a holistic approach to development, inclusive and sustainable economies, peace and good governance as essential to human well-being. It also establishes seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in relation to health, education, human rights, cities, terrestrial and maritime ecosystems, among other key areas.
Dr. Javier Solana, President of the ESADE Centre for the Global Economy and Geopolitics and member of the European Council for the Global Agenda of the World Economic Forum, has shared his analysis of this agenda in an article.
The conference “Connecting Actors for Sustainable Development in the Context of the United Nations 2030 Agenda,” held at Sant Pau on the 10th and 11th of November, also provided insight into the challenges and opportunities of working to meet the Sustainable Development Goals in local and regional contexts.