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2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. The SDGs aim to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions-economic, social and environmental, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

Postcard on the Convention's linkages with the SDGs ENG  RUS

With the 17 SDGs of the 2030 Agenda, countries will, over the next fifteen years, mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The SDGs call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. The Goals emphasize the integration of the social, economic and environmental dimensions for supporting sustainable development in both developing and developed countries.

Several of the SDGs are directly relevant for risk prevention, preparedness and response in the context of the Industrial Accidents Convention. The main links between the Convention and the SDGs are:

Avoiding deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals by reducing the risk of technological disasters releasing chemical substances.Strengthening resilience to climate-related hazards and natural disasters by promoting adequate siting, land-use policies and emergency plans.
Preventing accidental water pollution from industrial accidents.

Providing a framework to prevent accidental release of chemicals, thus contributing to their environmentally sound management.

Promoting safe management of industrial installations to make them sustainable.Ensuring participatory decision-making by involving the public in discussions related to the prevention of, preparedness for and response to industrial accidents.
Encouraging integrated policies to achieve resilience to disasters, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

Industrial accidents and their potential far-reaching consequences pose a threat to countries' ability to achieve sustainable development. The UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention and Agenda 2030 strengthen each other, just as the Convention can support its Parties in their commitments to achieve the SDGs. That is why supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda and other relevant policies is one of the key objectives of the Long-term strategy for the Convention until 2030.

The Convention's biannual workplans supports countries' implementation of the SDGs throughout its activities. Both at intergovernmental and expert meetings, and projects and events taking place under the Assistance and Cooperation Programme, the link between the Convention's work and the respective SDGs are promoted.

If you wish to learn more on linkages between the work of the Industrial Accidents Convention and the global frameworks, see the information (including webcast) on the Joint UNECE/OECD "Seminar" Fostering implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 for industrial accidents prevention, preparedness and response. The seminar was held in the framework of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (28-30 November 2016, Ljubljana, Slovenia)