World leaders must take action at the Rio+20 sustainable development conference in Rio de Janeiro and formulate specific, sustainable development goals, according to the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, a group of Dutch multinationals, in an open letter co-signed by Cees ’t Hart, CEO of Royal FrieslandCampina.
It is about setting firm goals. According to the CEOs, their proposed Sustainable Development Goals must build on the Millennium Development Goals formulated by the United Nations in 2000. These include eight development goals that have been an important benchmark to bring the world greater prosperity, wellbeing and equality in 2015. According to the CEOs, agreement needs to be reached by 2015 on the exact nature of the Sustainable Development Goals, including measurable worldwide targets, with the aim of full implementation in 2030. It is vital that there is scope in the goals for public-private partnership in the field of sustainable development.
Implement specific goals
The Dutch businesses are calling for action. Specifically formulated goals must be implemented. For example, the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition is calling for specific goals in areas such as:
- reducing poverty
- food security
- reducing CO2 emissions and water consumption
- maintaining biodiversity
- protecting forests
- increasing the use of renewable energy
- clean development mechanisms
- the quality of health