Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations General Assembly approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.   The SDGs are significant for a number of reasons, including, but not limited to:

  • The scope of the SDGs is comprehensive, covering the broadest range of actions that humans must address in the 21st Century.Goals cover poverty alleviation, hunger, climate change, and access to clean water, education, and health care, to name a few.
  • The SDGs were approved by 193 countries and are intended to apply to both developed and developing counties, including the United State of America, China, Japan, and the countries in the European Union.While the SDGs are not legally binding, it is anticipated that each government will establish national and subnational frameworks to achieve the 17 goals.
  • Addressing these 17 SDG challenges requires significant private sector action, including the abandonment of poor business practices and the implementation of new, more efficient technologies.Implementation of the SDGs calls for a full transition from business as usual and the externalization of costs to general society to business models that reflect full social, environmental, and economic costs and cradle-to-crave methodologies.

In this space, the Assembly Jobs Committee, with the assistance of the other stakeholders, will share information on how the SDGs impact the California economy, our trade partners, and long-term economic growth.

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