Sustainable development means finding a balance between the well-being of people and the limited resources of the planet. The standard of living in the world and in Estonia has been growing tremendously over the previous decades, but economic success is sadly accompanied by damage to the environment and growing inequalities.
In September 2015, the United Nations agreed on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to end inequalities, protect the environment and ensure wellbeing for all. That everything we do in the future will not create any more harm to the planet or to the people. Sustainable Development Goals apply to different sectors, such as governments, businesses, NGOs, educational institutions and citizens in all countries.
Our citizens, the private sector and the state have extensive knowledge and impact on society and the natural environment, and are interested in a sustainable model of governance. We need to come together around the same table for the knowledge about sustainable development to reach the action takers, the needs of them to reach the decision-makers and the latter to make decisions that benefit society as a whole.
The Estonian Coalition for Sustainable Development brings together organizations, institutions and companies from all sectors in order to collectively influence and shape political, societal or personal decisions to be based on the principles of sustainability. Socially important decisions should always be based on an inclusive and open debate between the public, private and third sector. The agreement on our needs, opportunities and vision will create the preconditions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Estonian Coalition for Sustainable Development offers the opportunity to come together for all who emphasize the significance of sustainable development, carry a vision on this topic or base their actions on sustainable development.