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Making connections

17 goals, 169 targets, all by 2030.

Release of this publication happens in extraordinary circumstances. The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented in our lifetimes. The effects will be lasting. Aspects of previously normal behaviour will change, throwing up new challenges for the world and making us rethink priorities.

One thing that hasn’t altered is the importance of addressing the world’s biggest to-do list: 169 targets, organised under 17 goals, to not only maintain every aspect of life on Earth but to create a much better and healthier place. Not just for some, nor even the many, but for all people. Everyone.

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set the same challenges for poor and rich, emerging and developed nations. The SDGs recognise that poverty, hunger, inequality and exclusion, ill health, poor education and environmental degradation are found everywhere, while climate change transcends national borders. Some of these issues will be exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

It isn’t hard to show that the projects our clients and we undertake contribute to individual SDGs, and sometimes to several. But do they achieve all that’s possible? Probably not is the honest answer.

We want to change that.

As a global engineering, health, education and development business, our projects have direct and indirect impacts on SDGs 1-16, while building partnerships, goal 17, is simply the way we operate. By spotting and developing social, environmental and economic opportunities, we believe each project can yield value far beyond its immediate benefits. It means we can confidently say we contribute to all the SDGs.

The project stories featured here – both old and new – offer a glimpse of what is possible.

The SDGs invite us on a journey of discovery, to find and make connections. More important than ever now, and in the future.

A barrier against poverty? more A safety net for Rwandans more
Strengthening the next generation more A water scarcity problem shared is a problem halved - or more more
Healthier outcomes by design more
Education for all more
Securing a woman’s place more Free to work more
Greening the streets of Philadelphia more Pipeline to prosperity more
Maximising the power of the sun more Affordable electricity for Somalilanders more
Job opportunities for young Mozambicans more Seaside renaissance more
Smarter asset management more A model for emerging economies more
Water for everyone more Quality social housing more
Underpinning Auckland’s growth more Building a more resilient Nepal more
Averting a public health disaster more
Path to a greener future more Cutting carbon, saving money more
With dolphins in mind more
Restoring vulnerable peatlands more Back to nature more
Crunching the numbers on climate change more Learning to deliver quality education more
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