This article is written by the Waste Management project.
Mastering waste management can greatly reduce the impact of climate change. In fact, waste is responsible for 4 % of the world’s GHG emissions, the same impact as of civil aviation. Waste management is also related several UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as good health and well-being (3), sustainable cities and communities (11) and climate action (13).
Last Tuesday, a presentation was organized by the CLORA (Club des Organismes de Recherches Associés), a Brussels based organisation in charge of representing to the European Union the French research laboratories such as : CNRS, IRD, IFREMER, etc, to present two new scientific publications on ocean issues. These two publications have one common point, they are both highlighting the richness of our oceans and the necessity to protect them.
Back in September 2015 193 governments came together after a process of discussions and negotiation to sign the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs then replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were meant to be reached until 2015 whereas the SDGs are part of the post 2015 agenda, namely the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .
The Sustainable Development Goals turned 2 this year which is only one of many reasons to pay attention to them. Before taking a closer look at the 14th SDG about life below water we will discuss Sustainable Development in general and have a broad but short overview of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.