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The UN 2030 Goals and Their Call For Action

What is known today as the 2030 UN Goals were first proposed by Colombia in 2011 in a preparation event for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20. On the actual event of Rio+20, the idea was picked up, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and its targets were presented.

An Open Working Group was established to define its working methods and executability. In 2015, the 193 member states of the UN agreed on a resolution for the 17 UN Goals for 2030, and later, in 2017, a list of targets and indicators were published.

That is how the popular SGD Goals came about.

What is more important than how they came to exist, is how they are going to be achieved. As the name indicates, most goals are to be accomplished by 2030, more specifically between 2020 and 2030. However, some goals have no end date. In order to track the progress of each goal, was created, a website that shares data regarding the goals in a transparent and widely available format. Similarly, the Global "SDG Index and Dashboards Report" is an annual publication that tracks countries' performance on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, highlighting the key challenges that each country faces when implementing them.

The 17 SDGs are:

  1. No Poverty

  2. Zero Hunger

  3. Good Health and Well-being

  4. Quality Education

  5. Gender Equality

  6. Clean Water and Sanitation

  7. Affordable and Clean Energy

  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  10. Reducing Inequality

  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

  12. Responsible Consumption and Production

  13. Climate Action

  14. Life Below Water

  15. Life On Land

  16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

  17. Partnerships for the Goals

Each SGD typically has 8 to 12 targets, and each target has between 1 and 4 indicators to measure their progress.

The UN goals are unprecedented because they are a call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. Furthermore, they promote multidisciplinarity between the economic, socio-political and environmental sectors. The implementation must be executed worldwide, through governments and private partners. Moreover, we, citizens of the world, should also be engaged too. In order to create awareness, the SGD Goals need to be represented by advocates, events and webinars, all in place to make them more accessible and known among the general public.

As a social innovation club, DANSIC is committed to spread information regarding the UN goals. We partnered up with Go Impact in order to help spread the message. Go Impact is a mobile app that releases simple, actionable tasks related to the 2030 UN Goals, and inspires individuals to take action and contribute to achieving the 2030 targets. You can check them out here, and help us spread the message. Talk to your friends, demand your leaders to take action and make small changes in your own lifestyle as well. We believe that together we can achieve the UN goals by 2030.

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