SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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Why Not Invest In Sustainable Development?

"Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Wikipedia

The concept of Sustainable Development is an approach to development that looks to balance different needs against an awareness of environmental, social and economic limitations we face as a society. All often, development is driven by one particular need, without fully considering the wider or future impacts. We are already seeing the damage this kind of approach can cause, from large scale financial crises caused by irresponsible banking, to changes in Global Climate resulting from our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy sources. The longer we pursue unsustainable development, the more frequent and severe its consequences are likely to become. Living within our environmental limits is one of the central principles of Sustainable Development. One implication of not doing so is Climate Change. But the focus of Sustainable Development is far broader than just the environment. It's also about ensuring a strong, healthy and just society. This means meeting the diverse needs of all people in existing and future communities, promoting personal well-being, social cohesion and inclusion, and creating equal opportunities for all. Sustainable Development is about finding better ways of doing things, both for the present and the future. We might need to change the way we work and live now, but this doesn't mean our quality of life will be reduced.


MPD Designs Pte Ltd is developing a Sustainable Smart City in the Maldives that will serve as a model to put into effective action the 17 Sustainable Development Goals listed by the United Nations:

Goal 1. The relief of poverty in all its forms by creating careers and jobs in the Sustainable Development Sector Worldwide. This Goal will be achieved in our Colleges & Universities.

Goal 2. The relief of hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by creating Sustainable Agriculture and Aquaculture Developments Worldwide. This Goal will be achieved in our Sustainable Smart Cities.


Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages by creating Sustainable University Teaching Hospitals Worldwide that will deliver Free Medical Services. This Goal will be achieved in our Sustainable Smart Cities.

Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities by creating careers in the Sustainable Development Sector. This Goal will be achieved in our Colleges & Universities.


Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by creating careers and jobs in the Sustainable Development Sector. This Goal will be achieved in our Colleges & Universities.

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation by creating Sustainable Smart Cities Worldwide.


Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by creating Sustainable Smart Cities Worldwide.

Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work by creating careers and jobs in the Sustainable Development Sector Worldwide.


Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation by creating Sustainable Smart Cities Worldwide.

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries by promoting and teaching the Sustainable Development Philosophy Worldwide. This Goal will be achieved in our College & Universities.



Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by creating Sustainable Smart Cities Worldwide.

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns by promoting and teaching the Sustainable Development Philosophy Worldwide. This Goal will be achieved in our College & Universities.


Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by teaching the Sustainable Development Philosophy Worldwide. This Goal will be achieved in our College & Universities.

Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources by promoting and teaching the Sustainable Development Philosophy Worldwide. This Goal will be achieved in our College & Universities. 


Goal 15. Protect and restore sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss by promoting and teaching the Sustainable Development Philosophy Worldwide. This Goal will be achieved in our College & Universities.

Goal 16.  Provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions by promoting and teaching the Sustainable Development Philosophy Worldwide. This Goal will be achieved in our College & Universities. 


Goal 17.  Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development by promoting and teaching Sustainable Development Philosophy Worldwide. This Goal will be achieved in our College & Universities.



Educating people about Sustainable Development is key and all our efforts will be focused on this major Goal. If we consider the fact that our social, economic and environmental problems are the result of a lack of understanding regarding Sustainable Development then the solution resides in educating human beings in a large scale.
Also, it is the first time that the Sustainable Development Goals from the UN are implemented in a Sustainable Smart City. We must integrate social, economic and environmental solutions into Sustainable Smart Cities in order to get the right result. And we must start at a smaller scale, like the one in the Maldives, as a Worldwide implementation would be too drastic and impossible to achieve at once.

Michele Puzzolante, Chairman MPD Designs Pte Ltd

Sustainable Smart City in the Maldives: A Model to Follow.

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