Sustainable Development Goals

14 September 2015

Introducing the new development goals

This year the Millenium Development Goals will expire and on 25th September 2015, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 new Sustainable Development Goals. The goals address the challenges of the next 15 years, focussing on issues such as poverty, education, health and environmental change. The goals, guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, aim to be globally applicable whilst being aware of national situations and policies. The overall aim is to improve the quality of life for vulnerable sections of the population,including; children and youth, people living with disability, elderly people, migrants and indigenous people.

There are many resources available to help you find out more about the goals, we like this interative chart on the UK's Guardian website click here>>
Or you can go to the United Nations website here>>

The new Sustainable Development Goals are: 

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all level
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
The goals have been created around a time of increasing unemployment, conflict, extremism and crises regarding issues such as migration, but this should not force us to be deterred from achieving humanitarian goals that act to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.