The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an intergovernmental set of 17 goals with 169 targets that are a core part of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
Key goals included responsible consumption and production, building a more resilient infrastructure and a commitment to mitigating and adapting to climate change (see the full list below).
Implementation of the SDGs would require key partnerships along the food chain and beyond, claimed FoodDrinkEurope.
‘Cooperation is essential’
“Cooperation with key institutions and agencies at European and global level are thus essential in order to foster positive results,” said the organisation.
“We believe that the establishment of the Commission high-level multi-stakeholder platform on the implementation of the SDGs at European level, where FoodDrinkEurope is a member, is a positive example demonstrating this.”
The multi-stakeholder platform on SDGs was set up on May 22 last year by the European Commission to support the implementation of these goals.
Mella Frewen, director general of FoodDrinkEurope, added: “FoodDrinkEurope and its members are committed to promoting sustainable practices and implementing the targets set within the SDGs.
‘Essential links between food and people’
“We aim to build on the essential links between food, people and the planet. We can make a difference with our actions and we intend to show it.”
FoodDrinkEurope represents Europe’s food and drink industry, the largest manufacturing sector and leading employer in the EU and a key contributor to its economy, embracing 289,000 companies and 4.2M employees.
Meanwhile, last month, Food and Drink Federation members significantly improved on the sustainability targets set out in its Ambition 2025 plan, according to the organisation, which is launching an online sustainability platform. The targets included cutting carbon dioxide and water use.