Industries and governments must work more closely together to connect the dots when it comes to the UN Global Goals, according to sustainability experts.

Calling for a smarter approach to the Goals, the experts, including University of Sussex Professor Joseph Alcamo, Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP) and former Chief Scientist of UN Environment, want to see action which ‘exploits the synergies’ between the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

“This is no time for taking small steps towards these momentous global goals. Bigger thinking is needed in this era of rising national self-interest. We need to get out of our boxes and grasp that the global goals are all interconnected, both across countries and across sectors. More, not less, strategic collaboration is needed between governments, across government departments, among different business sectors and different groups in civil society. We cannot go it alone,” Prof Alcamo said.

 

This need for cross-sector collaboration and action is the reason we launched Global Game Changers in 2017 with Newsquest Media. It rewards impact towards the Global Goals, and this September in Glasgow, the 2018 edition will welcome UN SDG advocate, Marc Buckley, who will speak on the need to accelerate this interconnection. Read what Marc has to say about the SDGs in the spring launch edition of Impact Innovators, produced in collaboration with Knowledge4Innovation.