Sustainable Development is about protecting the environment, ending poverty and social justice. Sustainable development goals came into effect on January 2016, and are applicable till 2030. There are 17 Goals of UN sustainable development. United Nations Development Program is taking the lead role here through its financing program. The 17 SDGs are as follows
Good Health and well being
Clean Water and Sanitation
Afforestation and Clean Energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Life Below water
Life on Land
Peace, justice and Strong Communities
Partnerships for the Goal
These goals are based on three pillars of Sustainability:
All these goals are integrated with each other. If one is effects, there will be some impact on other goals as well.
Initially these goals were SDGs 2020 (target of achieving was 2020) but later changed to SDGs 2030 (revised target as 2030) due to slow progress towards them. Still progress towards 2030 goals is slow. According to UN report almost all of the targets are responding either slow or not even on track, due to on going worldwide war on terrorism and conflicts.
It was long realized how destructive fashion industry is towards environment. There are different organization like Sustainable Apparel Coalition , ZDHC , Textile Exchange , etc. currently working on sustainable fashion or reducing the impact of fashion industry on environment.
Sustainability basically consists of three components i.e.
So, United nations in this Alliance focus on all these sphere. According to UN report, the fashion industry (Clothing & Textile):
1. Adds $2.4 trillion to global manufacturing
2. 75 Million People are employees by fashion industry Worldwide, most of them are women
3. $500 billion of value is lost every year due to lack of recycling in clothing industry
4. 8-10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are released by Fashion industry
Fashion industry (clothing & textile ) is expected to grow many folds in future, as well as the socioeconomic and environmental impact.
Commitment towards sustainable development of fashion industry by UN will have huge positive impacts as this will include government level commitments specifically for fashion industry.
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