To highlight the vital role our members play in delivering on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, nine learned societies and membership charities collaborated to create a collection of must-read articles. This unique collaboration aims to cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries, as it is only by working together that we can achieve a sustainable future.
Tasha Mellins-Cohen (corresponding)
The Microbiology Society's ambitious A Sustainable Future project demonstrates the value and raise the profile of microbiology in addressing the world’s biggest challenges. Specifically, we are focusing on how microbiology can help to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are a collection of 17 global goals and 169 targets, adopted by all Member States of the UN in September 2015. They are the successor to the Millennium Development Goals launched in 2000, but are more comprehensive, covering economic, social, and environmental issues, and far more ambitious. The UN describes them as:
“…the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030”.
The members of the Biochemical Society, British Ecological Society, British Society for Immunology, Federation of European Microbiological Societies, International Water Association, Physiological Society, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Royal Meteorological Society are involved in finding solutions to immediately urgent problems, such as new and emerging diseases, as well as long-term issues, like antimicrobial drug resistance, food security and environmental sustainability. Recognising the centrality of the SDGs to our work, and to highlight the vital role our members play in delivering on them, these eight learned societies and membership charities collaborated to create a collection of must-read articles.
David Warrilow, OBE, President of the Royal Meterological Society, said “Weather and climate data and forecasts are essential input to many human activities which are fundamental to human well-being and development. Consequently, they are needed, in a form useful to policymakers and businesses to contribute to the effective implementation of the SDGS. I am pleased that the Royal Meteorological Society is able to contribute to raising awareness of the relevance of weather and climate information for the SDGs.”
Professor Arne Akbar, President of the British Society for Immunology, said: “The British Society for Immunology is proud to participate in this unique collaboration between eight learned societies and membership charities in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A core part of our mission is to disseminate and further the progress of immunological research in order to improve human health. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a call to action for everyone to come together to strive for a sustainable future. By working with our partners to link world-class research and share expertise in this joint collection, we hope to continue our mission and ensure sustainable progress in the life sciences field."