UN Sustainable Development Goals

6 years to go – where are we and why?

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World leaders came together in 2015 and made a historic promise to secure the rights and well-being of everyone on a healthy, thriving planet when they adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/


The Agenda remains the world’s roadmap for ending poverty, protecting the planet and tackling inequalities. The 17 SDGs, the cornerstone of the Agenda, offer the most practical and effective pathway to tackle the causes of violent conflict, human rights abuses, climate change and environmental degradation and aim to ensure that no one will be left behind. The SDGs reflect an understanding that sustainable development everywhere must integrate economic growth, social well-being and environmental protection.


United Nations: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/development-agenda

What you will learn

forewarned is forearmed

This webinar is intended to equip attendees with the abilities to explain the concept and principles of sustaiable development, and understand the business case for sustainable development, and the controversiies surrounding, international progress in terms of the 17 goals.

Join this webinar to learn how to:

  • Explain the concept and principles of sustainable development,
  • Understand the business case for sustainable development, and
  • Be able to explain what progress has been made against the 17 goals and why.

Supporting materials

Expert Guests

Alex Hetherington

Sustainability strategist | ESG investor |Climate scenario analyst
TCFD reporter | Third Line Group | Carbon Calculated | TonneZero

Member of the Advisory Committee

Alex Hetherington is a seasoned corporate sustainability professional with 25-years’ experience in carbon accounting, climate scenario analysis and investor insight into market-related climate risks and opportunities. He has worked with clients in Africa, USA, UK, Europe, Middle East and Australia.


Originally trained as a journalist, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Politics from the University of Cape Town (1993), Alex took a MSc in Environmental Management from Imperial College, London (2004), and recently completed a CPA in Sustainable Finance and Investment from Columbia University in the city of New York (2021).

Having established himself as an early pioneer in corporate sustainability strategy, Alex co-founded Carbon
Calculated, a carbon management and climate change consultancy, which has worked with over thirty companies and brands across multiple geographies. He currently consults on investor understanding of climate risk and response.

Martin Rich

Executive Director, Future-Fit Foundation

Member of the Advisory Committee

Martin is a sustainable investment specialist with over 20 years experience in mainstream and impact finance, working for JP Morgan, HSBC, UBS and Social Finance Ltd.

This journey eventually led him to co-found Future-Fit Foundation, a non-profit that develops open-source tools to help business transform and flourish in the 21st century.

He holds an MA and MEng with Distinction in Engineering from Cambridge University.

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