A foundation to limit climate change and offer a future to the next generation
The history of the World Sustainability Fund foundation started in 2009 when Emile Van Essen, its founder, participated in a workshop with a group of collaborators from the United Nations. Together, they considered climate change as their primary concern. The working-group defined the Sustainable Development Goals, the goals that humans must achieve to maintain life on Earth.
Following this meeting, Emile created the WSF, a non-governmental organization in 2011. The WSF has three missions:
Perpetuation of life;
Promoting a healthy and dignified life;
Since its creation, WSF’s staff have taken action at all levels of society to achieve these goals including providing support to global organizations, countries, cities, businesses, and individual people by offering visions, plans, programs, projects, funding, consultancy, and education.
WSF is U.N. Environmental Program accredited, Member of U.N. Sustainable Development Steering Committee Rule of law and Governance, Member of U.N. Global Compact, and has a U.N. ECOSOC registration with Stichting Bronning Fonds. She is Partner of NATO CIMIC Common Effort Capacity Building and Humanitarian Aid, NGO Member Peaceoneday.org, and Member of sdgcharter.nl.
17 goals to reach carbon neutrality by 2050
Human activities emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, the production of which is responsible for global warming and thus climate change. The sustainable development goals aim to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, meaning that humans do not emit more carbon dioxide than the carbon sinks of the Earth (such as trees) can remove from the atmosphere.
Initially, there were 8 Millennium Goals. Since 2015, 9 other goals have been added to complete the list of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, including:
- No poverty
- Zero hunger
- Good health and well-being
- Quality education
- Gender equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic growth
- Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- Reduced inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible consumption and production
- Climate action
- Life below water
- Life on Land
- Peace, justice and strong institutions
- Partnerships for the goals
- We are transparent in our actions and in how we provide structure for our organization and relations;
- we act out of compassion for every life form and every individual;
- we communicate with respect for each other and with clarity in our message;
- we add value by connecting to what is needed and by providing customized support;
- we encourage diversity of experience, culture, ideas, and opinions among our staff and partners;
- we seek to ensure and to recognize that each of us can take responsibility and create opportunities;
- we help each other to reach our fullest potential.
Emile Van Essen, a founder involved for more than 30 years in the battle
Emile was 15 (in 1972) when he read The Limits to Growth of the Club of Rome and decided to take action. After completing his studies in architecture and urbanism, he started to work as a climate consultant in urbanism for cities and industries and promoted sustainable construction practices. Then he worked for different associations and foundations providing consultancy and establishing development plans.
Throughout the years leading up to the starting up of the WSF, Emile van Essen, has worked very closely with the United Nations (UN) in helping in integrative healthcare planning, education, poverty reduction and integral Development Planning that have altogether proved to be very crucial in the actions for sustainable development worldwide. Mr. Van Essen has played a role in the planning of the UN Post 2015 Agenda in systems concerning politics, economics, society, finance and technology.