From conflict prevention to human rights protection – companies are vital for the success of the 2030 Agenda and foreign policy alike. But progress on SDG implementation in the business world is at a turning point. Foreign policy can and must play a decisive role by building a robust knowledge base, making use of economic diplomacy instruments and bringing trade and foreign direct investment in line with the SDGs.
Civil society engagement is essential for environmental protection, especially in cases where institutional frameworks are weak and governance is lacking. Often, civilians are witnessing the illegal exploitation of resources and are better informed about crimes happening near their homes. They can help dismantle illegal enterprises such as rainforest logging. A new mobile app has been developed to make it easy for people to feed information into databases and contribute to better enforcement of environmental laws.