United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

On the 25th September 2015 the first step towards an ideal world was made. On this date, world leaders met at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit and they adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Goals. The agenda includes seventeen Sustainable Development Goals and they are all about ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, as well as tackling the problem of climate change. The aim is to work and try to solve these problems by 2030. These goals are built on the basis of the Millennium Development Global Goals which were set in 2000. The Millennium Development Goals included fighting poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality and working towards giving access to clean water, education and medical care to all. Even though these goals were not entirely achieved by 2015 as planned, huge progress was made and now the Sustainable Development Goals can take over and continue the hard work that was put into achieving these goals.  Here are the new goals:

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry innovation and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate action
  14. Life below water
  15.  Life on land
  16. Peace and justice
  17. Partnerships for the goals

If you would like to work towards achieving these goals along with other sustainability enthusiasts, you might want to check out UNA Canterbury which is a volunteer-run group. The volunteers get involved in activities which range from fundraising events to coffee mornings and film screenings with the purpose of raising awareness towards the work of the United Nations at local level. ( Find out more about UNA Canterbury here: http://www.una.org.uk/members/branches/un ) . You can sign up here: http://www.una.org.uk/membership – membership for students costs £ 15.

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