Veolia will contribute to the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

The UN General Assembly has just approved 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals reaffirm the link between fighting poverty, protecting the environment and sustainable development. A stakeholder in this new program, Veolia is committed to improving universal access to water, sanitation and energy and to taking action for more sustainable cities.

Between 25 and 27 September, the UN General Assembly has adopted 17 SDDs that will commit all countries, whatever their level of development. For several years now, a participatory process has been taking place internationally in order to identify technologies capable of meeting the 17 SDDs, and establishing the conditions for their deployment by 2030. Veolia has been involved in these discussions. To promote access to water, sanitation and energy services, the Group provides integrated solutions that take into account the specificities of the local context:

"In the poorest neighborhoods, the same people need access to water, sanitation and basic energy services: Veolia offers integrated solutions for these services. As regards sustainable cities, there is a race between deploying services and the growth in urban population. Veolia, through appropriate technologies for each territory, is able to build sustainable cities and meet the challenge of urban growth,” said Pierre Victoria, Director of Sustainable Development at Veolia.

> See the video of the interview with Pierre Victoria



The 17 SDGs will be accompanied by dedicated indicators and quantitative targets. Veolia will use these as a basis for future partnerships to contribute to the achievement of the post-2015 sustainable development goals.


The UN Agenda[1]

"Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development"
"The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, the planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want, and to heal and secure our planet. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals, balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental."


Some data from the 2015 Millennium Development Goals[2] report:

In 2000, the United Nations built a common global development framework for fighting poverty in all its forms, by defining eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs 2000-2015):

  • The proportion of the world population with access to a source of drinking water increased from 75% in 1990 to 91% in 2015.
  • Mortality related to malaria fell 58% between 2000 and 2015.
  • The proportion of the population in developing countries in extreme poverty fell from 47% in 1990 to 14% in 2015.
> More about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


[1] Extract from the preamble of the draft final document of the UN summit on the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (12 August 2015) [2] Extract from the Millennium Development Goals report