The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

What are they?

The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations Development Programme. The overall goal is to improve the modern society by reducing environmental, social and economic issues such as poverty, global warming and gender inequality.

What are the issues with these goals?

The main target of the UNDP is to make a better world. However, it has encountered some issues when setting up these goals. First of all, there are many goals and some people mean that the UNDP should focus on a lower scale of goals such as poverty and clean water. This is because they think that problems can be resolved more efficiently when focusing on less goals. Secondly, the goals are hard to achieve. The task here is not to make a sandwich or to answer question 7 in the textbook, it’s to actually change the world and make it a better place to live in. It’s making something (almost) impossible, possible. Something abnormal, normal. You can not just snap your fingers to stop starvation or clap in your hands for peace around the globe. Hard work and high money investments need to be put in to achieve all the 17 goals. It’s not a matter of days, weeks or months we’re talking about, but about years! The UNDP had as a target to achieve all the 17 goals by 2030. However, as it stands now in 2018 it doesn’t look like they’re going to make it by then which will cost them both resources and money in the next couple of years.

Can you tell me more about one of the goal?

Of course I can! Here we’re going to look more in depth on the poverty issue which is the most challenging issue faced by humanity according to the UNDP. Did you know that more than 650 million people still live in poverty? That’s 11% of the population and approximately 10 times the population of the UK! However, considerable improvement has been done since 1990 where at that time more than 1.9 billion people lived in poverty. The main concern of the UNDP is that the people affected by poverty are also encountering other issues such as starvation, lack of water supplies, and health troubles. The UNDP are committed to finish what they have started, and plan to end poverty in all forms by 2030 (which to be fair sounds completely impossible). They will target the most vulnerable communities affected by conflict and/ or climate-related disasters. If you are interested to learn more about the cause and help, click here.




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