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Sustainability has become the watchword for development in the 21st century. No longer can development be defined simply in terms of economic growth; all elements of social and environmental development must be included, and national growth balanced with global interests.
At the turn of the century, the eight Millennium Development Goals were established under the auspices of the United Nations – with a time-bound target of 2015. These were replaced in January 2016 by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 targets, universally adopted by all Member States of the United Nations, with a target date of 2030
The collective resolve of all nations to achieve truly sustainable development through the Sustainable Development Goals has generated global momentum, but has also created large challenges for many nations in many aspects of their development agenda.
Nations face numerous challenges in maintaining sustainable development, including:
It is now widely recognised that the Anthropocene Era started around 60 years ago. Since then, many of the main hallmarks of changes in our natural environment, variations in weather patterns and global warming can be reliably attributed to human influence. Reciprocally, the negative changes in the natural world are having an increasing and accelerating adverse impact on the conditions of human life, in particular on the most vulnerable.
Uncontrolled development can only exacerbate this situation.
At CIP, we acknowledge that sustainable development entails different challenges for each region and country. We also appreciate that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are intertwined, so that an effective development strategy must include an intelligent appraisal of the role and importance of each goal and its relationship to the other goals.
We use our expertise in infrastructure sectors and capacity building to assist governments and the private sector in implementing a sustainable development strategy.