UNITED NATIONS - SDGs
The United Nations' had a great idea, the revision and focus on 17 areas of economic development that may help planet earth survive, with humans onboard, as the destructors of the natural world. The aim is to limit the damage we are causing.
As to sustainable transport and affordable energy infrastructure, we are concerned with SDGs 7, 9, 11 and 13. There is no SDG dedicated to transport and no UN organization for land transport, only marine transport: the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
In 2015, the parties signed a Declaration as to Electro-Mobility and Climate Change. That is as close as land transport gets to being recognised by the UN.
The Sustainable Development Goals shown below are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Note that these are goals, not agreements with any specific plan or legal force. It is up to the parties to the United Nations, to operate in a manner consistent with these aims, but geographical and political agenda's often conflict with stakeholder good intentions, to act responsibly.
The Goals are designed to address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.
The UN say it is important for every country to achieve each Goal and target by 2030. Clearly, the EU and US targets for transition to zero emission transport, are in conflict.
Given our reliance on fossil fuels for internal combustion engines, we'd say the parties have an uphill struggle. But we are doing our best to support these policies with suggestions as to pulling together using common sense cooperation.
Click on any specific Goal below to learn more about each issue from the UN's perspective:
The 17 SDG headings that the UN hopes will make planet earth a better place to live on. Each country must play their part. If they are a great farming nation, they must farm sustainably. If they have forests in abundance, they must plant more trees. Houses should be carbon neutral, vehicles too, energy should be renewable, industrial units fit solar and windgens (if possible) and politicians be honest about their intentions and tell the truth with complete transparency for the electorate. Unlikely to happen, sure, with the military having the exact opposite as goals, but high ideals, that one day may see off the warmongers amongst us.
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