In 2015, all the UN member states adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help bring the world together in a global partnership to work towards a better and more sustainable future for all. 

The 17 SDGs cover a wide range of issues, ranging from ending poverty and inequality to tackling climate change. They are also protecting oceans and forests and improving education, health and economic growth.

Under each SDG are a number of targets to achieve by 2030 – these provide a measure of what progress industry and governments are making, allowing the public to make informed choices in their purchasing or voting. If the future of the planet is important to you, the SDGs are one of the best indicators of how society is doing to achieve a sustainable future.

ASC’s contribution

At ASC, our aim is to ensure the responsible treatment of the planet and the welfare of people directly or indirectly involved in aquaculture through our programme – so there is a clear alignment with the aims and objectives of the UN SDGs.

An evaluation of the ASC programme’s direct and indirect contributions to each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and of the 169 SDG targets within them points to several key findings:

  • Half (49%) of the 169 SDG targets can be considered within the scope of the aquaculture industry and thus also the ASC’s work.
  • The ASC programme addresses more than 80% of those targets in scope either ‘well’ or ‘very well’: ‘Very well’ 40.2%, ‘Well’ 41.5% and ‘Partially’ 18.3%.

The targets in scope are found across all 17 SDGs; which means that all of the 17 UN SDGs are being addressed by the ASC programme, but to different degrees.

  • ASC is contributing to the following SDGs in a particular strong and demonstrable way: SDG 2 (Zero hunger), SDG 6 (Clean water and sanitation), SDG 12 (Responsible consumption and production), SDG 14 (Life below water), SDG 15 (Life on land), SDG 16 (Peace, justice and strong institutions), SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals).

You want to read more about the findings on how ASC is contributing to the SDGs? Download our 2-pager on the topic here. The full report will be published in autumn 2022.

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