What are the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? 🎯

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The Sustainable Development Goals (sometimes referred to as SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They were set out by the United Nations and adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They exist to address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

There are 17 Goals in total and they’re all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.

They are a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

What are the goals?

Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

How can you help?

Donate what you don’t use – 836 million people live in extreme poverty.

The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

How can you help?

Avoid throwing away food – over 1/3 of the worlds food is wasted.

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

How can you help?

Vaccinate your family to protect them and improve public health.

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

How can you help?

Help children in your community to read.

Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

How can you help?

Call out sexist language and behaviour.

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in.

How can you help?

Avoid wasting water – Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the world’s population.

Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

How can you help?

Use only energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs.

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

How can you help?

Buy from green companies that are equal opportunity employers.

Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

How can you help?

Think of new ways to repurpose old material.

To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

How can you help?

Raise your voice against discrimination.

There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

How can you help?

Bike, walk or use public transportations to keep our cities’ air clean.

Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all.

How can you help?

Recycle paper, plastic, glass & aluminium.

Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

How can you help?

Educate young people on climate change to put them on a sustainable path early on.

Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

How can you help?

Avoid single-use plastic to keep the oceans safe and clean.

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

How can you help?

Plant a tree and help protect the environment.

Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

How can you help?

Use your right to elect the leaders in your country and community.

Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

How can you help?

Get the SDGs in Action app to learn more about the goals.

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