Achieving economic growth and sustainable development requires that we urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. Agriculture is the bigest user of water worldwide, and irrigation now claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater for human use.
The efficient management of our shared natural resources, and the way we dispose of toxic waste and pollutants, are important targets to achieve this goal. Encouraging industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste is equally important, as is supporting developing countries to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption by 2030.
A large share of the world population is still consuming far too little to meet even their basic needs. Halving the per capita of global food waste at the retailer and consumer levels is also important for creating more efficient production and supply chains. This can help with food security, and shift us towards a more resource efficient economy.
Everyone can help to make sure that we meet the Global Goals. Use these seven targets to create action to end poverty in all its forms.
IMPLEMENT THE 10-YEAR SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION FRAMEWORK
Implement the 10‑Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries.
SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT AND USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
HALVE GLOBAL PER CAPITA FOOD WASTE
By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.
RESPONSIBLE MANAGEMENT OF CHEMICALS AND WASTE
By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE WASTE GENERATION
By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
ENCOURAGE COMPANIES TO ADOPT SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING
Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.
PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PRACTICES
Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.
PROMOTE UNIVERSAL UNDERSTANDING OF SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES
By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.
SUPPORT DEVELOPING COUNTRIES' SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL CAPACITY FOR SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Support developing countries to strengthen their scientific and technological capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.
DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT TOOLS TO MONITOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.
REMOVE MARKET DISTORTIONS THAT ENCOURAGE WASTEFUL CONSUMPTION
Rationalize inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimizing the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities.