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Singapore plans to launch their own sustainable development programme

Posted:  Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The recently conducted UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York saw more than160 Heads of State and Government, civil society and private sector leaders converge to discuss the 17 sustainable development goals for 2030. It is here that Singapore’s Minister for Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan announced their own programme which aims to provide technical assistance and capacity building to developing countries in the areas of leadership and governance, sustainable cities, and water and sanitation solutions.

In his speech, Dr. Balakrishnan raised the issue of transboundary haze which hampers the issue of sustainable development. He said, “Countries are individually tackling this problem of transboundary haze. But we need closer regional and international cooperation to apply legal and commercial pressure on errant companies to prevent them from profiting from unsustainable land and forest clearing”.

There are 17 sustainable development goals with 169 targets unlike the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) with 21 targets. Such extensive targets could weed out a wide spectrum of issues rather than addressing only the symptoms.

While the MDG addressed a more social agenda, the SDG, a brainchild of 193 UN member states, would address economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. With the implementation of the SDG, a wide spectrum of issues will be addressed.

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