The UN General Assembly, at its Sustainable Development Summit held from 25-27 September 2015, adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, a result of lengthy negotiations over the past few years. These are intended as a “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity”. The 17 goals cover all aspects of sustainable development – achieving economic prosperity, social welfare and environmental sustainability together, rather than a narrow focus on economic growth.
The SDGs provide a broader frame around the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity, which themselves address the broader issues of human welfare and sustainability, yet with a focus on biodiversity and conserving nature.
As a research and development organization focused on East African issues, CORDIO will undertake to frame its activities in light of the SDGs, to contribute to sustainable management and use of marine resources, and protecting the unique marine environments of our region.
SDG 14, focused on oceans, and Aichi Targets 6, 10 and 11, on fisheries, climate-vulnerable ecosystems and protected areas, provide an overarching mandate for our work.
The Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development