Coal & the Sustainable Development Goals

Coal has impacts across all seventeen of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In order to better understand these impacts and explore how the industry can most effectively support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Coal Association has started an engagement process on coal and the SDGs.

IN SUMMARY:
  • What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • Coal & the SDGs events
  • Resources

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The goals build on the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’ and the Agenda emphasises a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.

The broad goals are interrelated though each has its own targets to achieve. The SDGs cover a range of social and economic development issues, including poverty, health, hunger, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, urbanisation, environment and social justice.

Coal & the SDGs events

WCA held its first event focusing on coal and the SDGs in London on 31 October 2017. The one-day event brought together a range of stakeholders to discuss the role of coal in four of the SDGs (SDG 7, 8, 9 and 13). While the event challenged perceptions about the coal industry, a key aim was also to challenge the industry about the future it can map for itself in a new global context.

WCA is holding a series of roundtables throughout 2018 to build up its understanding of the issues and opportunities around coal and the SDGs. The roundtables will bring together participants with different perspectives, covering a number of regions and will inform any future WCA work on mapping coal to the SDGs.

The first roundtable was held in London on 26 March and the most recent roundtable was held in Johannesburg on 3 July. Summaries of the discussions at both events are available to download below.

If you have any questions about this process or would like to be involved in any of the WCA events, please get in touch: [email protected]

WCA is holding a series of roundtables throughout 2018 to build up its understanding of the issues and opportunities around coal and the SDGs. 

Resources

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Coal & the SDGs London Roundtable - Summary

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Coal & the SDGs Johannesburg Roundtable - Summary