Quotes About Sustainable Development



"...if we are to make significant progress on meeting these Goals and stay true to the promise the world made to build a better, fairer world for all, there is no time to lose in putting in place the necessary policies and resources needed to achieve these aims."

Kemal Dervis



"If world leaders decide to [meet the Millennium Development Goals], I think it can be done by 2015...The question is, is there a political will to make this investment?"

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director, UN Population Fund



"The Millennium Development Goals are owned by the people."

Eveline Herfkens



"My colleagues and I took a stand in our work several years ago that we would not look for the magic bullet, because there is none. These are just basic problems requiring basic work. Nothing magic about it."

Jeffrey Sachs



"These often unsung heroes understand...that poverty, disease and famine are just as deadly and destructive as earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis. Individuals ...are taking on these challenges in their communities, volunteering to make a difference. They remain the true champions of our work towards the Millennium Development Goals."

Kofi Annan



"It is not in the United Nations that the Millennium Development Goals will be achieved. They have to be achieved in each of its Member States, by the joint efforts of their governments and people."

Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations



"The Millennium Development Goals can be met by 2015, but only if all involved break with business as usual and dramatically accelerate and scale up action now."

Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General



"Globilization in its current form cannot deliver the benefits expected of it. Civil society, particularly in developing countries, must ensure that it does."

Martin Khor, Director, Third World Network