Article #60 The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Target

The former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, is a visionary and extremely brilliant man who strongly empathized and understood the ongoing problems in our world. As his 10 year term’s end approached at the end of 2016 he wanted to have in place a new plan. This plan has come to be known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).

He helped define and implement the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) that guided our planet between 2000 and 2015 with varying degrees of success. By the end of 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals had been drawn up by Moon and his team of experts from around the world. It was time again to foster the beliefs and the actions, that we could solve the world’s problems, no matter how large or complex they may be.

But what did we learn from the mistakes and successes of the Millennium Development Goals, that could be utilized in the new Sustainable Development Goals? Lets Look at the 17 all import goals we are targeting for 2030:

  1. No Poverty – End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  2. Zero Hunger – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. Good Health and Well-being – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  4. Quality Education – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduced Inequalities – Reduce income inequality within and among countries.
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  13. Climate Action – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy.
  14. Life Below Water – Conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
  15. Life on Land – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  17. Partnerships for the Goals – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Perhaps the most important Sustainable Development Goal of all is to eradicate all forms of poverty across the planet. (Photo Credit: Asian Development Bank via Flickr)
The business as usual approach of using fossil fuels like coal and oil is not sustainable for the long-term. We must as a global society continue to push our world’s leaders for widespread policy changes that will make renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and geothermal the norm. (Photo Credit: Asian Development Bank via Flickr)
According to the World Bank, during 2016 about 54% of people on Earth live in cities. By 2050 this number could reach 70%. For this reason it is imperative that our cities are run in an efficient, inclusive, safe, and sustainable manner. (Photo Credit: Asian Development Bank via Flickr)
Global climate action is essential for the long-term survival of our world. Mitigation of global warming and climate change is a complex issue that encompasses all 17 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. There is no easy solution to this monumental challenge and it is up to humanity to work together to ensure we have a livable planet in 100 years. (Photo Credit: Asian Development Bank via Flickr)
Sustainable Development Goal 15’s objective is to mitigate widespread biodiversity loss and the potential mass-extinction of life on Earth. Its other objectives are to reduce desertification, maintain the long-term health of the planet’s forests and to combat the reversal of global land degradation. These ongoing issues are paramount for the survival of mankind and must not be ignored.  (Photo Credit Asian Development Bank via Flickr)