Our planet is nearing a critical state – entire countries are disappearing beneath the sea, climate change is increasing the strain on critical ecosystems that in turn is fueling refugee crises; violent intolerance, lack of access to education and justice.
Many leaders in the Sustainability area are telling us that we need to do things differently, and we need to start now.
On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Official Agenda for Sustainable Development, which outlines the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Collectively, these “Global Goals” aim to eradicate poverty in all its forms, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.
Many Sustainability leaders agree that there is one critical success factor to achieving every goal to its full potential – gender equality. Specifically, Sustainable Development Goal number 5; empowering all women and girls to find their full potential as leaders and innovators. These new leaders will provide a critical new dimension when looking at different ways to tackle problems that so far, as a species, we have failed to solve.