‘Setting positive goals can be very motivating. Such unity of purpose can help to build unity in the whole community,’ an environmental expert has told a conference on reaching the UN 2030 Agenda.
The President of the International Environment Forum and former representative of the UN Environment Programme Professor Arthur Dahl stressed that it was up to individuals to make a change for the environment.
‘Expecting governments to resolve the world’s problems is not the solution and each individual has a duty to be a cog in the wheel of change.’
Prof Dahl was speaking at the fourth National Conference on Wellbeing organised by the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.
The topics of the conference revolved around the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically sustainable economic development, climate change and social progress.
‘The United Nations seems far removed from our local actions in our communities, yet the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs is a call for justice addressed to everyone,’ Prof Dahl told the audience.
The President of Malta’s FWS President Emeritus Marie Louise Coliero Preca explained that it vital that there was unity on meeting the goals of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.
‘The goals call upon us to enact the very best qualities which we have as human beings – our capacity to come together, to innovate and meet challenges head on, and to nurture our relationships with one another and with the earth: as one human family, in the only home that we have.’
Nationalist MP and Spokesperson for the Environment Jason Azzopardi also participated in the conference.