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Finding Common Ground: Why Partnership Is Critical to a Sustainable Future

Balancing Nature and Progress for a Sustainable World: Thought Leadership by #SustXGlobal50 Awardee Michelle Benavides, Executive Director, International Society of Sustainability Professionals

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In this thought leadership article, Michelle Benevides, Executive Director of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and a recipient of The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ 2023 underscores the paramount importance of partnerships in achieving a sustainable future amidst global divisions. Despite deep global divisions in politics and culture, the sustainability field presents a unique opportunity for unity. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer a roadmap to tackle global challenges. Of these, Goal 17 (Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) stands out as crucial for the success of the other goals, in particular Target 17.16 and its emphasis on improving access to professional development and resources. In this article, she advocates for a unified approach through sharing knowledge, professional development, and fostering community while discussing the three pillars crucial for achieving a sustainable world: (1) sharing knowledge and tools across industry, (2) developing capacity through professional development, and (3) building community through personal connection. This article emphasizes that collective action and embracing diverse perspectives are essential for innovative solutions to sustainability challenges, making a case for increased collaboration across borders, industries, and cultures while stressing the importance of seeking diverse perspectives to innovate and achieve a sustainable future.


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