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The Sustainable Development Goals

Margaux Seiller
Every day, everywhere, the effects of climate change are growing. We can even call it today a climate crisis. The threat is visible for everyone, especially for the poor and the weak. To fight these numerous threats, the 193 countries of the UN decided to create 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be followed to reach a fair society. Society needs to achieve fairness for all individuals in terms of education, health, food safety, access to energy, and social protection. 

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace, and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected. 
The Sustainable Development Goals are the path to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we have to face every day, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The international community plan to achieve the Goals in 2030. 
The role of the UN
The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue to guide UNDP policy and funding until 2030. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through their work in some 170 countries and territories. 
Their strategic plan focuses on key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality. UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies. This work is already underway, as the UN support many countries in accelerating progress already achieved under the Millennium Development Goals.
We believe that achieving the SDGs requires a partnership of governments, private sector, civil society, and citizens. We all need to work hand in hand in the construction of a better future.

What are the 17 SDGs? 
GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 14: Life Below Water
GOAL 15: Life on Land
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

We are working now to reach the objectives for 2030. We are already shaping our new planet and our future, where poverty, hunger, discrimination, and diseases would be a thing of the past. We are shaping a future where respecting both humans, and the earth is possible and reachable. To reach these objectives, we have to combine forces of people who encourage them, governments that promote them, fundings that support them, and indicators that measure them. 

Article written by Margaux Seiller