How EUMMAS contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

In line with EUMMAS’s mission to connect leaders, we bring together businesses and academia worldwide. Our goal is to establish a professional and academic network where companies, professionals, educators, and students can share knowledge and experiences. This involves creating a platform for effective dialogue and cooperation among academic institutions, the policy-making community, and the business sector. We achieve this through organizing conferences, consultations, seminars, and by publishing books, magazines, and other materials on policy making, marketing, and management. Additionally, we launch research projects relevant to these fields to advance our mission.

EUMMAS is deeply committed to contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompassing No. 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, and 17, which represent a critical area of interest. Our dedication lies in fostering developments that strike a balance among social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Specifically, our focus centers on the following SDGs: ensuring quality education; promoting gender equality; fostering decent work and economic growth; advancing industry, innovation, and infrastructure; reducing inequalities; building sustainable cities and communities; advocating for responsible consumption and production; promoting peace, justice, and strong institutions, and fostering sustainable partnerships.

In this context, EUMMAS advocates for lifelong learning opportunities and emphasizes the importance of “achieving inclusive and quality education for all,” reaffirming education as a potent catalyst for sustainable development. We strongly endorse equal access to affordable vocational training and advocate for universal access to high-quality education across all levels and genders.

Aligned with its mission, EUMMAS stands firmly in support of significant gender equality as a fundamental human right and opposes all forms of gender discrimination. Through initiatives like the EUMMAS Women’s Forum, we actively advocate for complete and meaningful gender parity, ensuring equal opportunities for leadership across all levels of political, economic, and public decision-making.

In all its endeavors, EUMMAS will serve as a liaison between the business community and the promotion of “productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including young individuals and persons with disabilities, alongside advocating for equal pay for work of equal value.” Specifically, we endorse endeavors that facilitate decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. Furthermore, we encourage the formalization and expansion of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises, including by enhancing access to financial services.

Building upon the aforementioned principles, we embrace the task of urging state and regional authorities to foster “quality, dependable, sustainable, and resilient infrastructure, including regional and cross-border infrastructure, to bolster economic growth and human welfare, with an emphasis on affordable and fair access for all.” Additionally, we advocate strongly for “scientific research, enhancing technological capacities within industrial sectors…promoting innovation, and significantly augmenting the number of research and development personnel per million individuals, as well as public and private investment in research and development.”

From the standpoint of EUMMAS, a pivotal objective is “to empower and advance the social, economic, and political inclusion of all individuals, regardless of age, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, economic status, or any other factor; to guarantee equal opportunities and diminish disparities in outcomes, including by abolishing discriminatory laws, policies, and practices, and advocating for suitable legislation, policies, and actions in this regard.” Moreover, it is imperative “to implement policies, particularly fiscal, wage, and social protection policies, and steadily work towards achieving greater equality.”

All preceding statements remain mere aspirations without the realization of “attaining economic growth and sustainable development,” which necessitates immediate action to “diminish our ecological footprint by transforming our methods of production and consumption of goods and resources.” In this regard, EUMMAS pledges its utmost efforts, as a socially responsible entity, to disseminate pertinent information and foster awareness regarding sustainable development and lifestyles harmonious with nature. Additionally, we commit to “transitioning towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns.”

In conclusion, EUMMAS firmly concurs with the assertion that “sustainable development is unattainable without peace, stability, human rights, and effective governance founded on the principles of the rule of law.”

In summary, EUMMAS is deeply dedicated to wholeheartedly endorsing collaboration among businesses, governments, international organizations, local authorities, and civil society.