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What is Sustainable Human Development?

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For the past decade, the concept of Sustainable Human Development has been an important topic discussed prolifically at international conferences. What was at the beginning considered to be a reservation belonging in the periphery of NGO’s, namely the United Nations has now become a necessity for every state. As a result, critical global issues such as climate change and poverty have made sustainable human development a fundamental requisite for policy makers to consider. On the 25th of September 2015, 193 member states of the UN unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Human Development.  The agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals which will be addressed by a broad range of global stakeholders over the next 15 years.

 Generating necessary awareness for the concept at a national level, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) implemented the #2030NOW: Foresight and Innovations Summit for Sustainable Human Development which took place on the 23rd and 24th of May this year. Partnering the event was Munchee (CBL), the largest FMCG brand in Sri Lanka whose long standing viable business practises, pave the way for sustainable human development. 

Steering the way forward, ‘Foresight’ and ‘Innovation’ play a pivotal role in the concept. Foresight is crucial for long term development. It’s a process that requires analysing contemporary global trends, and taking necessary measures now so that we as a nation are ready to face challenges in the future. This includes adaptive and resilient policies that will involve public bodies to actively engage and work in a manner that is advantageous to citizens.

At the crux of human development is innovation. Innovation here involves re-evaluating traditional work processes by incorporating creativity, user engagement, and analysis with the aim of seeking more efficient methods of achieving better results.

It is necessary to understand that the very premise of sustainable development is based on the knowledge that wasting our natural resources and assets will leave future generations in a precarious condition making it unable for them to enjoy the resources that we take for granted today. Therefore adopting Sustainable Human Development has become a basic requirement if you wish to invest in a future.