The 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly continues in New York this weekend. The prime focus has been on sustainable development and it would seem that the member states are ready to take on a few challenges. During the talks at United Nations General Assembly’s session, the member states came up with 17 goals revolving around development priorities around the globe. The achievement of said goals is expected in the next 15 years.
Critics and supporters both claim the goals set forth in the United Nations General Assembly’s session are rather ambitious. They are right to claim so too. These goals are called Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. They are set to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MDGs were adopted in year 2000 and will expire this year. Without further wait, let us introduce you to the SDGs as set forth during the United Nations General Assembly’s session in New York.
- Eradication of poverty in all forms globally.
- Annihilation of hunger, achievement of food security and improved nutrition with focus on sustainable agriculture.
- Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all regardless of age.
- Quality education.
- Gender equality.
- Clean water and sanitation.
- Affordable, clean and sustainable energy.
- Promotion of sustainable economic growth, and productive employment opportunities.
- Building of resilient infrastructure, and promotion of sustainable industrialization and innovation.
- Reduced inequalities.
- Sustainable cities and communities.
- Ensuring sustainable consumption and production.
- Prioritization of actions to combat climate change and potential impacts.
- Protection of life below water, responsible use of water and its conservation.
- Protection and promotion of sustainable ecosystems, combatting desertification and reversing and halting land degradation.
- Promotion of peace and justice.
- Strengthen global partnership for sustainable development.
The Millennium Development Goals as set forth during United Nations General Assembly’s session in the year 2000 focused on poverty, education and health in the poorest of countries. SDGs however, will cover all those problems on a global scale all the while introducing elements such as inequality, environmental issues and technology. Let’s hope that these goals are met in the next fifteen years, because we all know performance in the case of MDGs was not up to the par.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.