Investing In A Sustainable Future: Stories Of Impact From Around The Globe

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The path to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 requires collaboration and investment across sectors and borders. In a recent call for “SDG Good Practices,” over 700 submissions were received highlighting impactful initiatives supporting the SDGs.

One compelling example is the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), launched in 2013 following the Rio+20 Summit. This partnership brings together five UN agencies to provide integrated support for building inclusive green economy transitions. By putting sustainability at the heart of policymaking, PAGE assists countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and beyond to advance sustainable development and meet SDG targets related to decent work, economic growth, industry and innovation, reduced inequalities, climate action and more.

To date, PAGE has helped develop over 80 national policies and plans and trained over 15,000 individuals across partner countries. Looking ahead, PAGE aims to scale up its reach and impact, supporting 30 countries in green economy transitions by 2030.

The EU External Investment Plan (EIP) also demonstrates the power of investment partnerships, in this case attracting private finance along with EU funding to promote sustainable development beyond Europe’s borders. The EIP and its associated European Fund for Sustainable Development focus especially on creating jobs, supporting SMEs, and driving progress on healthcare, energy access, infrastructure and more within EU neighbouring regions and Africa. Even amidst the challenges of COVID-19, the initiative has brought in around 50 billion EUR in total investment so far.

These examples illustrate the importance of collaboration and smart investment to drive progress on the SDGs around the world. The collection of over 460 vetted practices provides a wealth of insights and inspiration for multiplying impact.

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