WWF statement in response to formal adoption of the global plan, Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Statement from Yolanda Kakabadse, President, WWF International

“Game-changing government decisions that benefit both people and the environment come along very rarely and never before at this scale and level of ambition. Today’s decision is about survival. It’s a history-making moment that could fundamentally change how we treat our planet and all of its people.

“We all own this plan and together can make it a reality – a message underscored by His Holiness Pope Francis’ moving address to the General Assembly shortly before formal agreement by all 193 member states.

“Now world leaders must sustain this political courage at home and make the right choices, committing to a total economic, social and environmental overhaul.

“Today’s celebration must translate into delivery and quickly. For these goals to become a reality, decision-makers must demonstrate their intention to implement the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals is real and make their efforts transparent through careful follow-up and review.

“Bottom line: The world came together today and demonstrated that real solutions are both conceivable and attainable when we work as one and put politics aside. Now let’s make this happen together.”



Ian Morrison


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Lorin Hancock


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Anand Mishra
WWF International


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David Hirsch
WWF International


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About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the Earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.  www.panda.org/news for latest news and media resources.