WITH OUR GLOBAL POPULATION EXPECTED TO REACH 8.5 BILLION BY THE YEAR OF 2030, WE ARE CHALLENGED WITH LOOKING AT DEVELOPMENT DIFFERENTLY THAN WE HAVE IN THE PAST. THE NEED FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS MORE CRITICAL THAN EVER, WITH TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT, DEPLETING RESOURCES, EXPANSION OF DEVELOPING NATIONS, AND THE INCREASING NEEDS FOR HUMAN LIFE, WE MUST CHALLENGE DEVELOPMENTS TO SUSTAIN TOMORROW.
— PHIDAS
 

 Clean Water & Sanitation

The availability of clean water is paramount for the survival of any society and its economy. The link between agriculture, water access and poverty eradication is quite undeniable thus necessitating solutions that ensure sustainable development in the water sector. Sustainable strategies for ensuring a supply of clean water include increasing investment in sustainable water infrastructure (from small scale to large scale), provision of technologies to augment the water supply as well as guaranteeing water and land rights for poor smallholder farmers.

 

AGRICULTURE

There is a need for large sustained investments in agriculture. As the global population grows the need for sustainable and renewable food sources increases proportionately.  Food security and sustainable agricultural practices will move communities toward the goal of zero hunger, improve access to local markets for farmers, ensure soil quality, and improve the ecosystem for future generations.

 

 Sustainable Communities and Urban Development

Without sustainable development, high-populated areas will become more expensive and more difficult to maintain. The current sources used to build cities are being depleted and the fossil fuels used to power cities have a negative impact on the environment. As the global population increases, cities and urban areas will need to expand to accommodate the growth rate. Sustainable development can design and build cities that are more easily maintained in the future using materials that are sourced locally. Sustainable cities include green spaces, sustainable transport systems, and infrastructures that are beneficial to the environment indefinitely.

 

 

EDUCATION

Thinking sustainably in education is key for the future. Ensuring that every person receives a quality education will equip the next generation with vocational and technical skills that can be applied to a diversity of careers and entrepreneurship.

 

  ECONOMICS

Implementing appropriate economic development strategies allows for financially sustainable economies.  For example, these programs can help resource-poor economies gain free access to local and international markets, which in turn increases the employment rate, job creation, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

 

 

 
 

WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE


Sustainable development allows us tackle these issues while still furthering advancements of the human species. Meeting human development goals while sustaining the ability of natural systems to continue to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depend is the basic concept of sustainable development.