UNEP, German government launch SDGs Initiative

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the German Ministry for the Environment  have launched the Global Opportunities for SDGs (GO for SDGs) initiative, aiming to accelerate green economy solutions globally.

Go for SDGs will foster exchange on innovative and successful practices through newly designed regional sustainability hubs and sustainable business fora.

The initiative targets three change-agent groups: policy makers, businesses and youth.

It aims to raise ambition for building inclusive and sustainable economies and societies by showcasing exemplary approaches from countries and strengthening capacity for replication across regions.

Go for SDGs will share success stories and disseminate tools and instruments with a positive track record to support a total turn-around of our lifestyles, production patterns, and approaches towards policymaking for an inclusive green economy.

“To achieve the SDGs we need to completely transform our economic model, and transition all countries to an inclusive green economy,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.

“And in doing so we must tap into the innovations policies and practices, that can be accelerated and scaled up to transform our world.”

To ensure that an accelerated green transition is both just and inclusive, GO for SDGs will collaborate closely with international labour unions towards the creation of better paid jobs and safe and healthy work environments, ensuring that no one is left behind.

“The shift towards decarbonized economies that create prosperity while protecting the planet offers manifold opportunities – to people, to businesses and to society,” said Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Svenja Schulze.

“GO for SDGs will work as a lever to accelerate this shift across regions and unlock these opportunities.”