Sustainable Development Goals And Objectives

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Sustainable Development Goals The year 2000 marked the beginning of the Millennium Development Goals, a 15-year plan to combat poverty, child mortality and disease, as well as promote primary education, gender equality, maternal health, environmental sustainability, and global partnerships worldwide. (United Nations, 2015, pp. 4-7) In the year 2015, the United Nations Development Program created an additional seventeen goals with 169 accompanying targets, to build upon and continue the success of the Millennium Development Goals. These seventeen goals make up what is called the Sustainable Development Goals, which address economic, environmental, and social aspects of development and sustainability. (United Nations , 2015 , p. 5) UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark describes the Sustainable Development Goals as “a common plan and agenda to tackle some of the pressing challenges facing our world”. (United Nations Development Program , 2016) The Current Need Although great strides were made in the fifteen years of the Millennium Development Goals, there is still much to accomplish for the goals to be fully met and sustained. Overall, the percentage of people living in poverty has decreased over the span of 15 years, however the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” has grown. The poorest and most disadvantaged people are the ones left behind due to their age, ethnicity, gender and location. There continues to be an enormous disparity of opportunity, wealth and power within countries and throughout the world. (United Nations , 2015 , p. 8) The Millennium Development Goals Report of 2015 presents five major inequalities that persist. First, women worldwide still face discrimination day to day, due to a lack of access to employmen... ... middle of paper ... ... in the SDGS; responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, and life on land. Looking Ahead The SDGs are just as lofty, if not more so compared to the previous MDGs. It will be extremely difficult for the SDGs to be met. Today’s world is faced with so many global challenges, from climate change, health epidemics, and the detrimental repercussions of violence. Creating infrastructure for sustainable living is a very difficult. The goals that have been set in place will be challenging to accomplish, and may not be able to be completed in the span of 15 years. However, setting such a lofty goal is of no harm. The SDGs are concrete well throughout goals to promote human dignity, equality and equity. If these goals are closely followed, significant and sustainable progress toward the goal will be achieved even if total success is unreached.
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