“This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom… All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan.”
That plan includes each and every one of us. It’s a pretty big task for someone to take on, but don’t worry—you’ll have some help. The entire planet is backing you up. You’re on an exceptional team. A team that is able to achieve the UN’s seventeen Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Think attaining these goals might be too hard? Let’s look at how we’re doing with the last round of world-changing goals set by the United Nations.
Looking back on 2015
Have the 2015 Millennium Development Goals been achieved? Not entirely. But, measurements show that many of the problems outlined in those 2015 goals have improved substantially since the year 2000. With the ever increasing speed of technology, development, and effort to make the world better, now is the time to reach further than ever before.
- Fewer people are living in slums
- HIV infection is down by 40%
- The maternal morality ratio is down by nearly 50%
- More girls are able to attend primary school
- Youth literacy rate has increased to 91%
- More than 1 billion people have come out of extreme poverty
What are the UNSDG goals?
The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals have a theme that’s similar to the Millennium Development Goals, focusing on improving the world and those that inhabit it. Yet, they go well beyond what was considered possible only fifteen years ago. It’s difficult to imagine that goals like “No Poverty” and “Zero Hunger” are achievable but there are actions that every one of us can take to “pay it forward”.
How can you help?
None of us is in a position to eradicate all hunger from the world, but we can contribute individually to the achievement of these goals. For instance, you can contribute to the goal of Responsible Consumption and Production. Start by using energy efficient light bulbs and switching to recyclable materials.
You can help achieve the goal for creating Affordable and Clean Energy. All you have to do is use it! Not only will you be contributing by using clean energy, but you will also help lower the cost.
You can also help with the goal of creating Sustainable Cities and Communities. Urge your company to join a business club, organization, or guild for sustainability. Becoming involved in a sustainable organization as a company, employees will become educated in sustainable practices. Maybe your business practices can even change to benefit your community.
Change for the better
There has been so much change since the turn of the century, why stop now? Exceptional progress has created better lives for coming generations. Education, equality, clean water, safety – all these thing have been improved. And they will continue to improve with your contribution!