How CAs can support the UN’s sustainable development goals

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By Anne Adrain, ICAS Assistant Director, Sustainability and Assurance

1 July 2016

Anne Adrain discusses the United Nation's sustainable development goals and outlines how CAs can join in on a new campaign.

In September 2015, the UN announced that they had reached consensus on the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) needed to transform our world by 2030.

These committed world leaders to 17 goals to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years:

  • End extreme poverty.
  • Fight inequality and injustice.
  • Fix climate change.

What can we do?

The goals seek to realise the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. 193 countries, of which Scotland was one of the first, have signed up to the goals 

For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and each of us as individuals.

Over the next 12 days, members of the ICAS Sustainability Committee will be tweeting their photo featuring the goal that is most important to them using the hashtag #mwmatters.

While all of the goals are connected, and only by meeting all of them will we create our vision for the future, there are some that are more relevant than others.

The timing of the campaign coincides with The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project Measure What Matters event in London on 12 July, which with bring together leaders from across government, business, finance and civil society to inspire action towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.   

How can CAs get involved?

Why don't you join the ICAS Sustainability Committee by tweeting your photo with the number of the goal that matters most to you using the hashtag #mwmatters?

You can also have a look at some of the suggestions in the Lazy person's guide to saving the world: There are some things you can do from the comfort of your armchair, or outside the house, that will make you feel very proud of having contributed to the creation of a better world.

The UN's 17 sustainable development goals

  1. No poverty.
  2. Zero hunger.
  3. Good health and well-being.
  4. Quality education.
  5. Gender equality.
  6. Clean water and sanitation.
  7. Affordable and clean energy.
  8. Decent work and economic growth.
  9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure.
  10. Reduced inequalities.
  11. Sustainable cities and communities.
  12. Responsible consumption and production.
  13. Climate action.
  14. Life below water.
  15. Life on land.
  16. Peace, justice and strong institutions.
  17. Partnership for the goals.

Read more about the 17 goals

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