Think about this: 1.3 billion people still don’t have access to electricity, a billion go hungry every day, some 900 million still don’t have access to safe, clean drinking water, and more than 2.5 billion lack access to sanitation.
Sustainable development is built on the triple bottom line: economic growth, environmental stewardship, and social development - or prosperity, planet, people. Without careful attention to all three, we cannot create a sustainable world.
In the 25 years since sustainable development was coined as a term, there has been progress, but the pathway to sustainable development must now be more inclusive green growth.
Progress has often come at the expense of our natural wealth. We have destroyed and depleted our natural assets to the point where we run the risk of undermining the precious gains.
At the same time, while globally the planet is flatter and more equitable, within countries the gap between rich and poor has grown unsustainably.