Why we should talk about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a UN Initiative that was created in 2015 to be completed by 2030. There are 17 goals that have been designed to help UN members to frame their agendas and political policies (All of the goals are illustrated above, to learn more, please visit https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs). These goals have been made to ensure that the world’s most complex development challenges such as poverty, world hunger and climate change are being addressed.

From March 1-3 the UN hosted the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development at the World Conference Center (WCC) in Bonn, Germany. The purpose of this conference was to bring together diverse delegates from a wide range of sectors from many different countries to discuss how we can meet these SDGs by 2030. Some development challenges that were identified include how we can address inequality in a rapidly globalising world, how we can promote economic growth and prosperity with environmental sustainability and how we can protect individuals and communities that have experienced shock and disruption.  According to Cristina Gallach, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, “The more we communicate about the SDGs and make people aware of the agenda, the more the governments will be accountable and will ensure that it is implemented.” At a time when some countries are reducing their emphasis on the environment and sustainability, it is encouraging and inspiring to see movement and discussion about these SDG’s. So let’s continue the conversation!

 To achieve these goals, everyone will need to be involved and do their best to create a better future. You can do this by helping out in your community, participating in charitable events, and you could even make a difference by being more conscious of your own lifestyle (this can include recycling/waste reduction, carpooling, etc.) Global change can start with you! How do you plan on transforming the world?