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Everyone has a role to play in sustainable development

24 Nov 2022 | Thursday Source: New Straits Times

There has been an excessive push for economic growth across the globe, and this push has led to the depletion of natural resources and social inequality.

The private sector is seen as the engine of economic growth and while it has contributed to technological advancements and provided jobs to many, it is also seen as negatively affecting the environment and ecological systems, as well as contributing to social inequality.

Thus, sustainable development is seen as a more balanced approach to growth where "development" should be underpinned by social inclusion, environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.

The United Nations (UN) developed the leading global framework, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, approved in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly. A 15-year plan was set out with 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.

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