Born in 2012 at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were developed as a set of universal goals that aim to meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.

The SDGs are a bold commitment and if they are to be met by the 2030 deadline a significant increase in workers skilled to deliver them is required.

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Growing career opportunities in renewable energies and sustainability The Environmental Agency (UK) has a workforce of around 10,600 , with plenty of graduate jobs available. The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) employs more than 2,500 people across the UK. More than 4 in 10 firms in Latin America claim that they have difficulty finding workers with the right set of skills. The International Labor Organization (ILO) states that in Latin America and the Caribbean, a minimum of 1 million jobs are generated as a result of the use of renewable energy. The ILO also states that the region could generate another 4 million jobs with the development of the 'circular economy.' This economic model promotes the reuse, the repair, the recycling, the re-manufacture, and greater durability of products, as an alternative to the linear model of extraction, manufacture, use, and disposal. The Development Bank of Southern Africa has found that the share of activities associated with natural resource management is estimated total employment potential rises from around 45% in the short term to almost 50% in the long term. In the same report, the DBSA found that new direct employment opportunities in energy and resource efficiency activities are expected to rise, on average, from around 31,500 (32% of the total) in the short term, to almost 68,000 or just under 15% of the total in the long term. In Nigeria, the biofuels industries which rely on cassava and sugarcane crops are expected to generate 200,000 jobs , which can be transformative in a developing economy. Why action must be taken now: Fastest growing green jobs: Working in Sustainability can contribute to: Expansion of renewable energy Building a clean energy economy Increase of vehicle fuel efficiency Urban Growers Water Quality Technicians Clean Car Engineers Recyclers Natural Scientists Green Builders Solar Cell Technicians Green Design Professionals Wave Energy Producers Wide Energy Workers Biofuel Engineers Biofuel Researchers An increase in sustainability and transforming energy policy are generating a considerable number of new jobs. green jobs were created over the last decade, and this figure is expected to rise for the decade ahead. 3-4.2 million Limiting carbon polluters are allowed to emit Reducing tropical deforestation Implementing effective national and regional climate policies A global food and agriculture system could: create new economic value of over €1.8 trillion by 2030 and create 200 million jobs by 2050. The International Resource Panel, part of the UN's Environment Programme, says that using resources more effectively could increase the size of the global economy by $2 trillion by 2050. The International Labour Organisation projects the net creation of 18 million green jobs by 2030, including 4 million in manufacturing and 9 million in renewables and construction. Improving resource productivity by 30% could boost EU GDP by 1% and create a further 2 million jobs. 900,000 jobs in the field of renewable energy technologies can be created by 2030 by mobilising public and private investment. In road transport, over half a million net additional jobs could be created in Europe by 2030 by meeting existing fuel efficiency targets. To achieve the goal of limiting climate change to C , countries need to triple the level of their commitments made under the Paris Agreement. Only 57 countries (60% of global emissions) are on track to meet their commitments by 2030. In 2017, 77 million Nigerians (40% of the population) had no access to affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity. Diesel-and petrol-fuelled back-up generators supply the vast majority of electricity in the country. Around 1.6 billion people depend on forests for their livelihood.