The UN threw a gauntlet this weekend at their General Assembly. The goals are meant to guide development priorities around the globe over the next 15 years. Critics say it is too ambitious but I say, “hell yes”. This is the kind of thinking we need right now and the UN has stepped into a nice leadership position by being bold here.
Let’s look at the 17 points and tease this out.
1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
This is one is ambitious and awesome. The target is to have no one living in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 (US) a day (anywhere) by the year 2030.
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and…amazingly- promote sustainable agriculture.
This goal calls for a doubling of agricultural production by small-scale farmers. This is a huge move to help local farming and, hopefully can nudge more sustainable and organic practices everywhere.
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
Global health is huge and pregnant woman are dying in the third world. That’s never OK and now the UN is going after it.
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for people around the globe.
They are saying that students everywhere should have free access to education through high school. BAM!
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Let’s end discrimination and violence toward women and girls. It also calls for the elimination of child marriage and female genital mutilation. This has been a long time coming and let’s push to get some traction on this ASAP.
6. Availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation.
Toilets and clean drinking water for everyone…good idea.
It calls for protecting and restoring natural water resources over the next five years. Many wars are already starting over clean water scarcity so this is a huge move.
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
It calls for access to electricity and more renewable energy for all. I’d prefer it if they pushed harder for renewables here…
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Leveling the playing field and bringing prosperity to poor nations.
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization…foster innovation.
Let’s modernize roads, dams, electrical grids and other infrastructure that’ll help economies grow and bring prosperity to all.
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
Let’s address the growing gap that’s emerged between the “haves” and the “have-nots.”
11. Make our cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
More green spaces and safe neighborhoods…make life livable everywhere.
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns for food and industry.
Let’s stop being so wasteful and buy less of what we don’t need.
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
They’ve been on this for a while…it is a big deal!
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
This calls for sustainable management of fisheries by 2020 and elimination of water pollution by 2025.
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Let’s also do the same for the land we’re polluting.
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Bring an end to violence and corruption so we could all get our fair share and get along.
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
The rich nations should help the poor ones come up.
All in all, this is awesome. Let’s push our local governments to understand that WE want this and agree. Let’s do it for our children and turn this ship away from the iceberg.
How can you support this plan in your life?