I am really excited about the Sustainable Development Goals. How about you? Have you already heard this term? What about the Millennium Development Goals? And how do these UN agendas impact our daily lives?
The Millennium Development Goals was a global solidarity agenda set in the year 2000 by the United Nations. This agenda was focusing on developing countries and it was to be achieved by the year 2015. It included eight goals, such as eliminating extreme poverty and hunger, reducing child mortality, and fighting dangerous diseases like malaria and AIDS. The 15 years dedicated to the implementation of the MDGs have witnessed substantial progress across developing nations, even though not all goals have ended up being fully met.
Before the 15 years deadline was over, world leaders gathered at the Rio+20 summit in Rio de Janeiro to discuss post-MDG development and new goals that would have to be established for the near future. It was decided that these new goals would be adopted as an inspiring and actionable framework applicable in all countries of the world. The SDG framework, encompassing 17 goals, was soon adopted in September 2015, and it set a new deadline for the year 2030.
What excites me about the Sustainable Development Goals is precisely this fact - that this time it is not only the developing nations to be involved (even though there is still much work to do concerning them). In contrast to the MDGs, the SDGs target all member states of the United Nations, which is roughly 99.44% of the world's population, inviting everyone to join in a global agreement and direction for humanity within the next decade.
This means that we can reframe each of our daily decisions and actions from an SDG point of view. Which goals do you resonate with? What goal is your action helping to achieve, or what goal is it going against? Can me and you be an important part in helping humanity move towards the SDG vision of peace and prosperity for all? These are all questions that each of us needs to answer for ourselves, but if we need that extra touch of accountability and daily inspiration, there are tools out there that can help us keep track of our progress, such as the Act Now app.
Whatever your choices are, the SDG framework gives us an opportunity to think of our impact not only in the context of our CO2 footprint, fair-trade or cruelty-free buying decisions - it keeps us aware about what kind of future our actions are creating, and their impact on future generations.
The Sustainable Development Goals have their own section here on our website because how could they not? This is, after all, the vision for where the entire humanity needs to arrive a decade from now if we are still to be on this planet at all. Follow our blog for more news and tips on the SDGs and Agenda 2030.