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The wedding cake of SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The SDGs are part of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly: "2030 Agenda."

The SDGs are broad and independent social and economic development issues which have their own independent goals. All of the SDGs overlap with each other and hence the key to successfully tackling issues would be to work on related causes. SDGs are a step towards making the planet a sustainable, safer and healthier place to live.

The wedding cake

The SDGs include several economic, social and ecological aspects. The new model, based on the iconic ‘wedding cake’ figure, developed by Carl Folke and his team gives us a new way of looking at the SDGs.

The model aims at changing our current approach where social, economic and ecological development are seen as separate parts. It is an effort towards making the economy serve society so that it evolves within the safe operating space of the planet.

Speaking about this model at the EAT Food Forum, centre director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre Johan Rockstrom and board member Pavan Sukhdev concluded that all the sustainable development goals are directly or indirectly connected to sustainable and healthy food.

Food originates from the biosphere, is consumed by the society, involves various stakeholders in partnership and the overall system helps run the economy.

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