The Global Goals for sustainable development

posted Oct 4, 2015, 7:05 AM by desmond Seeley   [ updated Oct 4, 2015, 7:08 AM ]

Leaders from around 200 nations gathered in New York on the 25 September, making it a special day in the world of sustainable development. Since 1990, where the UNDP's 1st report defined its approach and values as shifting its focus of development and economics from national income and economics to peopled controlled policies, the idea of development has grown on the agenda, and this date 25 September 2015, will be significant in Human Development.

While gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York, world leaders agreed to the UN’s sustainable development goals. A set of ambitious but achievable targets work to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change over the next 15 years. “The new sustainable development agenda embodies the aspirations of people everywhere for lives of peace, security and dignity on a healthy planet,” said UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

The Global Goals for sustainable  development consists of 17 goals and 169 targets, the new goals expand on the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) that have worked towards removing barriers for millions of people to be free from poverty.

According to the official United Nations Millennium website, the following has already been achieved;  extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990; the maternal mortality ratio has fallen by 45 per cent since 1990; in total, 2.6 billion people have gained access to improved drinking water since 1990. There is still a long way to go, thus making these new Global Goals a real opportunity to shift a gear.

The 17 goals are as follows:

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and wellbeing
  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 and justice strong institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals

For more information on the Global Goals go to