Sustainable development

Sustainable development

Our core mission is building democracy worldwide. However, democracy must deliver tangible benefits to people and their environment if it is to be sustainable. Democracy supports social justice and ensures the fair distribution of resources; and sustainable development ensures that the necessary resources are available to current and future generations. Persistent poverty, rising inequality, continuing environmental degradation and climate change all indicate a deficit within democratic governance. As a global community, we have a duty to resolve these issues as a matter of human rights.

Sustainable development, which concerns both developed and developing countries, involves merging three policy areas: economic, social and environmental. We believe that more attention must be paid to finding ways to support human well-being other than by stimulating economic growth as an end in itself. Growth should go together with improved quality of life for all, respect for the environment’s regenerative capacities and more inclusive decision-making processes.

Our work on sustainable development hinges on helping MPs find common ground on major issues, providing them with tools to effectively participate in key decision-making processes at home and internationally, and with information and practical tools to do their work more effectively.

We focus on equality, health, development cooperation, trade and climate change. More broadly, we work to advance international commitments on sustainable development, beginning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015.

Our role is to help parliaments achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and helping them prepare for its implementation.
Many people around the world are still without access to basic health care. We work to improve access to quality health care for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We focus on cutting childhood death rates, improving the health of women and adolescents, and boosting HIV/AIDS care—all areas targeted in for action in the Sustainable Development Goals.
Climate change and natural disasters present a potentially irreversible threat to humanity and the planet. They exacerbate existing threats to development, peace and security at all levels, and require an urgent, collective and coordinated response.