Revisiting the sustainable development goals.
Following on from the previous blog looking at the definition of sustainability I thought that it would be useful to revisit the sustainable development goals .
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) arose from the report ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ which was adopted by all UN member states in 2015.
The SDGs for a core part of the report and comprise of 17 goals which act as a sort of ‘call to action’ for everyone .
The SDGs are :
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, justice and strong institutions
17. Partnerships for the goals
Still with me….? That’s quite a list to remember, obviously climate action had been all over the media recently and life below water has attracted a lot of coverage, especially following on from ‘The Blue Planet’ series.
Some of the others may seem more obscure in how they fit into the sustainability agenda or how individuals or small businesses can engage with them.
The SDGs can’t be seen as individual silos, independent of the others.
They should be seen as an interacting framework that work as a whole entity and need to engage as many individuals, companies and organisations as possible .
2030 is not far away, time seems to me to be running out fast and urgent action is needed.
Over the next couple of blog posts I will look at some of the SDG’s in more depth and present some ideas on how to get involved.