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In September 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations approved 17 global goals for sustainable and fair development by 2030. The goals, which replace the eight Millennium Goals, seek to abolish extreme poverty, to reduce inequality and injustice and to solve the global climate crisis. Reaching the goals requires governments, civil society and businesses to work together.

In 2016, leading global institutional investors attended the annual PRI conference to agree a shared definition of sustainable development investments as a means to support the Global Goals and to encourage other large institutional investors to take similar action. Afterwards, AP3 and the other Swedish AP funds joined some of Europe’s largest pension funds in signing a statement stressing the importance of institutional investors investing in solutions that promote the Sustainable Development Goals. AP3 is a member of Swedish Investors for Sustainable Development, a platform for learning and sharing information about Agenda 2030 for long-term Swedish investors and financial sector actors.

From words to action
The graphic below summarises the key areas in which AP3 can make a difference and where we have the greatest ability to drive change on behalf of the Sustainable Development Goals. For example, in 2016 AP3 signed the Paris Green Bond Statement along with a large number of other global bond market investors to promote green bond issues as a route to financing the transition that climate change necessitates.

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