Securing Sustainable Growth, Development Requires Action On Climate By Global Leaders, Civil Society

Livemint: Securing a sustainable future
Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, and Graça Machel, former minister of education of Mozambique

“…Implementation and accountability [of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] are key. Fine words are not enough; leaders must commit to putting them into action, and civil society must be vigilant in tracking progress and blowing the whistle when not enough is being done. … To implement the SDGs and minimize climate change, massive shifts will be required to move away from our fossil-fuel-driven economic model. Public understanding and consent will be crucial. World leaders must have the courage to take bold decisions, explain their necessity and implement them in a just and effective way. They have no right to deny a decent future to our grandchildren. It is no longer a question of choices, but an obligation to prevent catastrophe. The time for action is now. We must not allow this opportunity to melt away” (7/17).