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14 Aug 2012
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As the world advances it is facing more and more pressing problems such as overpopulation, climate change, energy scarcity, poverty and so on. To help find solutions to the world’s most critical environmental, social economic problems, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has announced the launch of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
An autonomous global network of experts from research centers, universities and technical institutions, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network will tie up with stakeholders from business and civil society as well as U.N. agencies, other international organizations and multilateral funding institutions to identify solutions and best practices to achieve sustainable development.
The Solutions Network is part of the outcome of the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil last June and part of the Post-2015 Development Agenda that aims to drive global development after 2015, the deadline set for the Millennium Development Goals.
During the UN Summit in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals were established, representing eight goals that the world’s governments and global institutions would work towards achieving by 2015 to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development.
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According to a U.N. statement, while progress has been made towards these goals, more than one billion people still live in extreme poverty. With about 7 billion people in the world and a current yearly gross domestic product of $70 trillion, humans are already impacting the environment at a dangerous level.
With the world population is estimated to rise to 9 billion by 2050 and global G.D.P to more than $200 trillion, the world urgently needs a framework for sustainable development that addresses the challenges of ending poverty, increasing social inclusion, and sustaining the planet.
The Solutions Network, under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary-General on the M.D.Gs, will work to provide an independent global, open and inclusive process to support and scale up sustainable-development problem solving at the local, national and global levels.
According to Professor Sachs, the 20 years since the first Rio Earth Summit has seen the world largely failing to address serious environmental and social problems – a state of affairs that cannot be allowed to continue.
"We can't afford business as usual. We need to engage the academic and scientific community, and tap into worldwide technological know-how in the private sector and civil society, in order to develop and implement practical solutions," he said. – EcoSeed Staff