The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 – Meaning
You probably must have heard of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Otherwise, you may have seen some colorful pictorial representation of it. Better still, you may be benefiting from it unknowingly. However, they are not merely goals to get involved with in passing. In fact these goals are rapidly gaining much more popularity now than ever before.
Thanks to the various agencies, corporate bodies, civil societies and individuals who are committed to propagating the goodwill message of the Sustainable Development Goals. Some certain literatures refer to it as “Global Goals for Sustainable Development 2030 “. However the terminology, it is an auspicious development by the United Nations and its member states that has come to stay.
Before now, there was the Millennium Development Goals MDGs. However, many argue that the MDGs targeted only the 3rd world countries and was focused on the incident and impending socio-economic problems of these countries rather than the cause from which these problems exist.
So what are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The SDGs are a set of 17 Goals listed in the paragraph 51 of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA Resolutions of September 25, 2015. They attempt to solve global existing and impending problems on Social, Economic, Educational, Environmental, Gender-based, Industrial, Health and Judiciary inefficiencies.
The goals have 169 targets in total with 304 indicators as markers for member states to scale their levels of impact. The original goals were written by technocrats from different walks of life who presented it to the United Nations as a proposal for adoption.
Meanwhile, the present day easy-to-understand pictures and captions are the handiwork of a group of communication specialists who have also played a key role in the awareness status of the SDGs as well as the United Nations Agencies. See the full list below. You may visit the United Nations website or other viable and trustworthy literature for mor details.
Full List of the SDGs
- 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 CLEAN ENERGY
8. DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
9. INDUSTRY INNOVATION AND INFASTRUCTURE
10. REDUCED INEQUALITIES
11. SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION OF MEDICINES
13. CLIMATE ACTION
14. LIFE BELOW WATER
15. LIFE ON LAND
16. PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
17. PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
The former UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon was quoted as saying,
“We have no plan B, because there is no planet B”.
To make the SDGs a reality by 2030 would require the conscious unrelenting efforts of all stakeholders in its implementation. This includes you the reader as the single most important factor in influencing its success in your local domain. You may follow my weekly posts here as I explore more into each of the goals.
Finally,, I’ll love to tell you that several opportunities abound for you if you have very practicable, feasible and ground-breaking ideas that can fuel the cause of the SDGs, especially for the Youths.