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AAU and the world's necessary ambition

Picture of Per Michael Johansen, Rector at AAU.The population of the world has more than doubled during my lifetime. There are now more than 7.5 billion people on the planet. Combined with technological advances and their potential, this means that for the first time in 4.6 billion years, just one single species not only has an impact on ecological systems, the atmosphere, the sea, etc., but is also a critical factor in the changes on Earth. One of the pioneers of environmental science, atmospheric chemist and Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen has named the new epoch the Anthropocene: "The New Human Age".

So there is some logic in the fact that countries and governments all over the world have established 17 global goals for a sustainable earth. 


Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Global Goals for sustainable development were adopted at the UN summit in New York on 25 September 2015. The goals were adopted by the world’s heads of state and came into force on 1 January 2016. The Global Goals must help us move towards a more sustainable development in the world by the year 2030.
The Global Goals consist of 17 concrete goals and 169 milestones to be observed by the UN’s 193 member states.