All members of the United Nations implemented the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as a universal call for action to end poverty, protect the world, and ensure peace and prosperity by 2030. It’s also known as global goals.
The 17 SDGs are interconnected — that is, they understand that intervention in one field can impact others’ outcomes and that development must balance environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
Goal 1: No Poverty
Eliminating poverty is not a humanitarian mission. It is an action of justice and the gateway to opening an immense human potential. Yet almost half of the world’s population lives in poverty, and the lack of food and clean water kills thousands every single day of the year. Together, we will feed the poor, wipe out the epidemic, and provide everyone in the world a chance to survive and live a prosperous and successful life.
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Hunger is the world’s main cause of death. The earth has equipped us with immense wealth, but uneven access and lack of care leave many people malnourished. If we encourage sustainable agriculture with new technology and equal distribution networks, we will help the entire world’s population and ensure that no one will ever again suffer from hunger.
Goal 3: Good Health And Wellbeing
Over the past 15 years, the number of infant deaths has been halved, proving that we can win the battle against almost any disease. Yet, we are investing an astonishing amount of funds and energy on treating diseases that are easy to avoid. The new Global Good Health Target encourages healthier lifestyles, preventive measures, and effective, modern healthcare for everyone.
Goal 4: Quality Education
Education frees the mind, activates creativity, and is essential to self-respect. It is the gateway to growth and opens up a world of possibilities, making it possible for each of us to contribute to a progressive, safe society. Education benefits all human beings and should be made available to everyone.
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Gender inequality destroys our social structure and demeans all of us. It’s not just a human rights issue; it’s a huge waste of the world’s human potential. By denying equality to women, we deny half of the population a chance to live their lives to the fullest. Social, economic, and political equality for women would help people all over the world. Together, we will remove discrimination and advocate for equal rights and fairness for everyone.
Goal 6: Clean Water And Sanitation
One in three people still lives without sanitation. This causes severe sickness and death. Whereas tremendous progress has been made in providing safe drinking water, lack of sanitation undermines these advances. If we have affordable equipment and education in hygiene practices, we will end this needless misery and loss of life.
Goal 7: Affordable And Clean Energy
Renewable energy systems are becoming more efficient, cheaper, and more reliable every day. Our current dependency on fossil fuels is unsustainable and detrimental to the earth, which is why we need to change the way we generate and consume energy. It is important to introduce these clean energy technologies as soon as possible to tackle climate change, one of the greatest challenges to our survival.
Goal 8: Decent Work And Economic Growth
Economic growth is projected to be a positive factor for the entire world. That is why we must ensure that financial development does not affect the environment, but creates good and satisfying employment. We must uphold labor rights and bring an end once and all to modern-day slavery and child labor. If we foster job development with improved access to banking and financial services, we will ensure that everyone benefits from innovation and entrepreneurship.
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, And Infrastructure
The pillar of an effective society is a working and reliable infrastructure. Our industries and facilities must be upgraded to meet possible future challenges. To this purpose, we need to encourage creative, sustainable technology and ensure fair and efficient access to information and financial markets. This will bring growth, create employment, and ensure that we establish healthy and sustainable communities across the globe.
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Very few people own so much of the world’s wealth. This also results in financial and social inequality. For societies to survive, equality and prosperity must be accessible to everyone, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, economic status, or religious beliefs. When each human is self-sufficient, the whole world will prosper.
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities
The population of the planet is continuously growing. We need to construct modern, sustainable cities to accommodate everyone. For all of us to thrive and flourish, we need modern, smart urban development that creates secure, sustainable, and resilient cities with green and culturally inspired standards of living.
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption And Production
The earth has provided us with rich natural resources. Yet we have not used them safely and are consuming much beyond what our world can provide. We need to learn how to use and manufacture in a sustainable way that will reverse the damage we have caused in the world.
Goal 13: Climate Action
Climate change is a true and undeniable risk to our whole civilization. The consequences are already apparent and will be devastating if we do not act now. Through education, creativity, and commitment to our climate obligations, we will make the required improvements to protect the earth. These developments will offer tremendous opportunities for modernizing our infrastructure, which will generate new jobs and encourage greater prosperity across the globe.
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Healthy seas and oceans are important to our lives. They cover 70% of our world, and we depend on them for water, energy, and food. But we have managed to do immense harm to these vital resources. We must protect them by removing pollution, overfishing, managing, and protecting all marine life in the world responsibly.
Goal 15: Life On Land
A productive life on land is the basis of our life on earth. We are all part of the planet’s biodiversity, and we have caused significant harm to it by land degradation, destruction of natural habitats, and deforestation. Promoting the sustainable use of our habitats and protecting biodiversity is not a cause of this.
Goal 16: Peace, Justice, And Strong Institutions
Compassion and a genuine moral compass are important for any democratic society. But persecution, inequality, and violence are still rampant and breaking down the very fabric of civilization. We need to ensure that we commit to peace, global justice principles and have strong institutions everywhere.
Goal 17: Partnerships For The Goals
Global Goals can only be accomplished if we work together. Foreign investment and support are required to ensure creative technological growth, market access, and fair trade, particularly for developing countries. We need to be empathetic, creative, supportive, enthusiastic, and above all, cooperative to create a better world.
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