How EUMMAS contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Following EUMMAS’s mission to connect leaders, we put together businesses and academia i.e. companies, professionals, teachers, and students worldwide by creating a professional and academic network aimed at sharing knowledge and experience. It means establishing a platform for effective dialogue and cooperation among the academic institutions, the policy-making community, and the business sector organizing conferences, consultations, seminars, publishing books, magazines, and other publications on policy making, marketing, and management, as well as launching research projects relevant in the above-mentioned fields.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), or, at list some of them (SDG No. 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17), is a legitimate area of interest for EUMMAS and commitment to contribute to developments that will balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. In particular, we have in our focus these SDGs: quality education; gender equality; decent work and economic growth; industry, innovation and infrastructure; reduced inequalities; sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; peace, justice, and strong institutions, and last but not least, sustainable partnerships.

In this regard, EUMMAS supports lifelong learning opportunities and “achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirming that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development”, expressing strong support to equal access to affordable vocational training and universal access to quality education on all levels and genders.

In the same direction is EUMMAS support for substantial gender equality as a basic human right and commitment against any gender discrimination. In line with the EUMMAS mission and through the EUMMAS Women’s Forum, we promote full and effective gender-equal participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life.

EUMMAS in all its activities will work as an interface with the business community regarding “productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value”. In particular, we support “activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services”.

Following the previous, we accept the challenge to encourage state and regional authorities in developing “quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and trans-border infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all”. Also, we strongly support “scientific research, upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors … encouraging innovation and substantially increasing the number of research and development workers per one million people and public and private research and development spending”.

Of paramount importance from the EUMMAS perspective is “to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status; ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies, and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard” and to “adopt policies, especially fiscal, wage and social protection policies, and progressively achieve greater equality”.

Everything stated before will be just wishful thinking without “achieving economic growth and sustainable development” based on urgent “reduce (of) our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources”. In this respect, EUMMAS will do its best in its activities, as a socially responsible organization, to ensure the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature” and “move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production”.

Finally, EUMMAS strongly agrees with this point, that “we cannot hope for sustainable development without peace, stability, human rights, and effective governance, based on the rule of law”.

In sum, EUMMAS is strongly committed to fully supporting cooperation among businesses, governments, international organizations, local authorities, and civil society.