What are the SDGs? (Sustainable Development Goals)


In 2015 World Leaders at the UN committed to 17 Global Goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years.

  1. End extreme poverty.
  2. Fight inequality & injustice.
  3. Fix climate change.

Global and local collaboration and solidarity could enable humanity to actually achieve the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development adopted by over 190 Nations, and get these things done, in all countries, for all people. But if the Global Goals are going to work, everyone needs to know about them and the words must be translated into action. The Sustainable Development Goals are summarised in the image below.

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development are humanity’s collective response to ample scientific evidence that we have started to breach planetary boundaries. A set of ‘tipping points’ (have been identified, that once reached could cause irreversible ‘run away’ deterioration of the Earth’s critical life support systems. These tipping points have been described as Earth’s ”Achilles heels” as once they are triggered they will rapidly affect the entire planet and the future of life on Earth. For more information see: National Academy of Science PNAS, 2008.

You can find out more about the SDGs at http://www.globalgoals.org/

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