In October 2017, Brazil took an important step forward in becoming one of the most engaged countries in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The University of São Paulo (USP) signed a partnership agreement with the UN to house the first regional office of the Cities Program, which is part of the Global Compact – a humanitarian agreement between companies, civil society organizations and other institutions around the world.
The office is located in the International Broadcast Center (CDI, its acronym in Portuguese), at Cidade Universitária. The goal is for the space to be a center of scientific research on the UN’s humanitarian topics in Latin America. That way cities and states can bring their demands and problems to researchers, who will propose solutions.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched on September 25, 2015. The document, which is part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is the result of lengthy consultations and debates between governments, academia, civil society and the private sector.
The Agenda lists the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 169 targets for achieving two goals: to strengthen universal peace and eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions. That is why the action plan works around the five Ps: people, prosperity, peace, partnership and planet.
The SDGs and IP Institute – The private sector’s engagement is very important for the UN to achieve its ambitious goals. Because International Paper understands that sustainability is crucial to the success of business, it also contributes towards achieving the goals. Through the new pillars of the New IP Way, the company has selected 11 goals from the UN’s 2030 Agenda to work on and develop at all of its units. They are:
- Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;
- Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages;
- Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;
- Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all;
- Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all;
- Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all;
- Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;
- Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns;
- Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy;
- Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development;
- Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.