BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has called on the international community to do more for sustainability, such as climate protection and the fight against poverty and hunger. “As far as the global situation is concerned, it will not be possible to implement the sustainability goals by 2030 at the current pace,” said Merkel in her weekly video message published on Saturday during the general debate at the United Nations. “That is why the countries of the world have to step up their efforts.”
In 2015, the states agreed on 17 ecological, economic and social sustainability goals as a roadmap for the future. The aim is to enable a decent life worldwide and at the same time to preserve nature. This includes “clean” energy, equality between women and men and access to education for all.
“It’s about how we want to live in the future, how we answer the questions of the globalized world in business and society,” said Merkel. “The main goal is to create the foundations for a decent life worldwide.”
The federal government is committed to the goals and is working on them. Germany has made good progress in many areas, such as electricity from renewable energy sources. With other things, however, such as the unequal earnings of women and men, the Federal Republic must become even better./tam/DP/nas