Topic 2 SDGs definition

SDGs are navigation structures for actions to follow. SDGs provide gateways through which to interpret your impact in the long run.

In 2015 the UN General Assembly adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. It was a call for the world to change the perspective and act accordingly.

No development can be sustainable without including culture. Culture serves as catalyst for economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development to emerge.

UNESCO is the key institution responsible for recognising culture within 17 SDGs. Here is a deeper look into all SDGs with relevant data for each.

No poverty. Still, nearly half of the world’s population lives in poverty, and lack of food and clean water is killing thousands every single day of the year.

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

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

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

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

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

Affordable and clean energy. Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

Decent work and economic growth. Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions for quality jobs.

Industry, innovation and infrastructure. Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

Reduced inequalities.

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

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

Responsible consumption and production.

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

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

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

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

Partnerships. Revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.

SDGs have the internal capacity to work in multiple domains at once: societal, organisational and personal. Therefore, it carries out such an effect:

-It gives meaning to a process.

-It aligns actions.

-It transforms markets to ecosystems.

Knowing only that should be enough to find SDGs that suit your identity and grow.