In September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations unanimously adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This agenda requests that all countries begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years (by 2030). The goals are intended to end poverty, preserve the planet, and create equality and prosperity for all. The Sustainable Development Goals are essential towards achieving peace because development and peace are independent, yet mutually reinforcing.
LEMCO integrates the UN Sustainable Development Goals when implementing eco-friendly waste management, eco-system preservation and creating renewable opportunities. Click here for our statement of compliance for our most recent project, the Russell Islands Regional Redevelopment Program.
The incorporation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals within the proposed activities of the Russell Islands Regional Redevelopment Program will seek to achieve compliance with the following:
- Create local agriculture (including market gardens) and aquaculture to secure sustainable food sources.
- Enhanced local access to health care services, including community and preventative health services.
- Enhanced education facilities to ensure access to quality education services from early childhood, primary school, secondary school, and vocational/professional training.
- Recognition of gender equality.
- Provide adequate quality drinking water supply across the region.
- Installation of ecofriendly sanitary waste systems to treat effluent and ensure contaminants are not discharged into environment. Systems produce “grey water” for recycled use as well as nutrient rich supplements, as a by-product to assist in activities such as agriculture and aquaculture.
- Provision of renewable energy systems to meet requirements of both residential and commercial activities. Provision of Renewable Energy allows consumers to have access to such services as Virtual Health and Education through access to internet based services. Renewable energy also allows for enhanced safety provisions throughout the region, maritime safety beacons and the like.
- Provision of employment and career options for indigenous workers and others within the region to provide a reasonable wage to reduce poverty within the region. This initiative will include creation of new locally based businesses which are managed by the local community and use local resources.
- Creation of sustainable economic growth based on inclusion of sustainable development principles. Sustainable growth will be integrated across the region and within Solomon Islands.
- Setting employment conditions that provide fair and decent working conditions for all workers.
- Construction of infrastructure to support all operations, including provision of at least 3G telecommunications across all parts of the region, water taxi services to create safe efficient transportation networks throughout the region (e.g. school pick-up and drop-off, transport to health care and access to regional markets). Infrastructure development will also include the reactivation of existing airfields to provide secure and effective air services, particularly regarding potential for aerial ambulance service across the region.
- Creation of equal opportunities for community development and provision of development opportunities.
- Preserve and enhance local heritage and culture within sustainable communities. This will include development of initiatives such as History and Cultural Museums, development of local artisans and creative precincts.
- Create secure, safe regional environment that promotes effective community based justice and security institutions throughout the region, as well as adherence to national laws and regulations.
- Protection of natural environment (including land, sea and air). These initiatives will include such aspects as preventing and monitoring air, waste and effluent emissions for compliance to highest international standards.
- Creation and enforcement of Biosecurity Zone across the region to ensure pests such as the Rhino Beetle and Stick Insect are prevented from entering the sensitive zone. This activity will permit creation of quarantine measures in accordance with existing Solomon Islands procedures and regulations. The Biosecurity Zone will also allow for existing environments to be preserved and reinstated, particularly regarding aspects such as overfishing of marine resources, allowing for preservation of coral reef environments. The Biosecurity Zones will also preserve and enhance the existing marine water quality to allow for development of sustainable Aquaculture industries.
- Proven compliance to international treaties and agreements (e.g. COP21 and Ausaid agreements).
- Promote strong, effective partnerships between stakeholders, including all levels of government, indigenous groups, potential international markets and investors.