Sustainability is a concept deeply grounded in ethics. The Brundtland Report (one of the documents standing at the cradle of modern SDGs) was based on fundamental considerations of social justice, poverty, and equality. As the understanding of sustainable development evolved from mostly issues of resource management and environmental stewardship to encompassing a much larger area including agriculture, infrastructures, transport, architecture, etc. the ethical became more potent.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are linked, interdependent and often require tradeoffs. Each of the seventeen proposed goals in the SDGs relates to a different morally relevant aspect of life, such as equal rights, safety, justice, well-being, education, good health and more.
This course unwraps the ethical challenges that leaders of institutions, organisations, and businesses face when taking responsibility for the achievement of SDGs. It will particularly focus on the decision making relating to selective SDGs focus and understanding of tradeoffs.
Participants at the end of the course will receive a United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) certificate.