Scientists call for SDG rethink

The UN needs to drop its current model for sustainable development, a letter from 100 global scientists says, urging an “urgent refocusing of international aid and cooperation”.

Released as the UN begins its summit on disaster risks in Bali, suggests that problems cannot be solved through the same ideology that created them in the first place, citing their attachment to material and technological progress.

The scientists and experts want the UN to abandon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its 17 targets that were created in 2015. The letter, headed: People will suffer more if professionals delude themselves about sustainable development – Letter to UN, calls on delegates to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to ditch the concept of sustainable development, due to “30 years of proven failure”.

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