SDGs stand for the "Sustainable Development Goals"
A set of 17 goals that set out a vision for a more sustainable world, free from poverty, hunger and disease.
The United Nations General Assembly set up the SDGs in 2015.
193 of the United Nation’s member states have pledged to it.
The SDGs were set up as the central focus of Agenda 2030 as 17 interlinked global goals. The goals are designed to be a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
Agenda 2030 is a plan set by the United Nations General Assembly to improve the world through the achievement of the 17 SDGs, in order to create a better and fairer world by 2030.
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Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 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
Goal 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
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
In 2000, leaders of 189 countries gathered at the United Nations headquarters and created the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in which they committed to achieving a set of eight measurable goals that range from halving extreme poverty and hunger to promoting gender equality and reducing child mortality, by the target date of 2015. This set of goals was very successful, which led to the development of a new set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which had the aim of carrying on the momentum generated by the MDGs.
The SDGs demands for participation by all. This includes governments, individuals, local communities, minorities, and businesses in the private sector. These people are defined as the stakeholders of Agenda 2030.
The SDGs are accompanied by targets and indicators which measure the progress towards of the 17 goals.
Targets name specific outcomes and means of implementations that are meant to be achieved between 2020 and 2030.
There are 169 Targets
Indicators are measurable characteristics that quantify the progress towards achieving the targets.
There are 232 indicators
Each goal typically has 8–12 targets, and each target has between 1 and 4 indicators used to measure progress toward reaching the targets.
The Sustainable Development Goals are the result of over two years of intensive public consultation and engagement with civil society and stakeholders from around the world.
Particular attention was paid to the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable. For more information please look to page 25 onwards on this PDF file: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/2703For_distribution_Stakeholder_Engagement_Practical_Guide_REV_11SEPT.pdf
Yes, it is. The goals can be categorized in three categories. There are four goals concerning the environment, eight goals concerning society, and four goals concerning the economy. Then they are all unified and brought together by the 17th goal of ‘Partnerships for the Goals’ to strengthen the capacities of all stakeholders to work together.
The 17 development goals are not a checklist for countries to meet. Instead, the different goals connect and impact one another, which helps to find and address the root cause of problems and create long-term plans.
For example, a health crisis such as tuberculosis (Bacterial infection of the lungs), could be affected by an unhealthy lifestyle, poverty, and poor air quality. This would involve the SDGs 3 of Good Health and Wellbeing, 1 of No Poverty, and 11 of Sustainable Cities and Communities.
All countries must use the targets and indicators to track their progress. They are then expected to regularly report their progress to United Nations through voluntary national reviews (VNR). https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/vnrs/
The main way to contribute towards the achievement of SDGs is through educating yourself about each goal and informing the people around you.
The next step would be to follow the United Nations guide of what everyone can do to achieve the SDGs. Its main suggestions are for people to reduce their consumption, eat and shop and more responsibly, and to reuse as much as possible.
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UN 2022 Water conference (Goal 14), Lisbon, Portugal
The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.
Solutions for a sustainably managed ocean involve green technology and innovative uses of marine resources. They also include addressing the threats to health, ecology, economy and governance of the ocean – acidification, marine litter and pollution, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and the loss of habitats and biodiversity.
7th multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals (Goal 17), virtual meeting
The seventh annual Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) will be held from 5 to 6 May 2022. The Forum will be convened by the President of ECOSOC H.E. Mr. Collen Vixen Kelapile, who has appointed two co-chairs – H.E. Mr. Kennedy Godfrey Gastorn, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations, and H.E. Mr. Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations.
As in previous years, the theme of the STI Forum will be closely aligned with that of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), that will take place just shortly after, under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. Forum STI will have an exclusive focus on the role and contributions of science, technology and innovation. The HLPF in 2022 instead will review in-depth Sustainable Development Goals 4 on quality education, 5 on gender equality, 14 on life below water, 15 on life on land, and 17 on partnerships for the Goals. The upcoming HLPF will take into account the different and particular impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across all Sustainable Development Goals and the integrated, indivisible and interlinked nature of the Goals.
Accordingly, the theme for the STI Forum 2022 will be: “Science, technology and innovation for building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
ECOSOC Partnership forum 2022 (Goal 17), virtual meeting
The 2022 ECOSOC Partnership Forum will be held on 2 February 2022 on the “Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Multiple actors and stakeholders will participate, including countries, the United Nations system, including international financial institutions, as well as international organizations, parliamentarians, local governments, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, civil society, scientists, academia, women, youth and others.
Participants will debate solutions and policies to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic guided by the SDGs. They are expected to (a) exchange new ideas, expectations and priorities which should be explored further by the Council and the high-level political forum in the following months; and (b) shine the spotlight on forward-looking actions and partnerships by countries and all relevant stakeholders that can help recover from the pandemic and accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda.
To prepare for the Partnership Forum, a global online stakeholder consultation has been set up to solicit views, experiences and proposals from all stakeholders and make them widely available in advance of the event. UNDESA has published a summary report to showcase the main findings (in the links).
Second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference (Goals 3, 9, 11), Beijing, China
The second United Nations Global Sustainable Transport Conference provided the occasion to focus attention on the opportunities, challenges and solutions towards achieving sustainable transport worldwide. It followed up on the first Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, and is expected to indicate a way forward for sustainable transport to help achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change in the Decade of Action.
Core focus of discussion have been universal access, enhanced safety, reduced environmental and climate impact, improved resilience, and greater efficiency. Main discussion core points have been: STI; poverty eradication, livelihoods and economic recovery; connectivity in rural areas and regions in special situations; green development, climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience; policies for sustainable transports; sustainable cities.
The event took place in limited presence and in virtual conference for the main participants.
World Oceans Day
The second UN World Oceans Day annual event: The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods. A light on the wonder of the ocean and how it is our life source, supporting humanity and every other organism on Earth.
Implementation of the Water-Related Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda
A meeting to promote the implementation of the water-related goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, showcasing solutions in various contexts, and identifying the lessons learnt and best practices.
Click here to go to the meeting webpage.
Climate change is overall today. But we need to understand the science behind global warming to avoid the most damaging and irreversible climate change impacts on people and planet. Climate change is arguably the greatest challenge of our time. Human activity has already warmed the planet by one degree Celsius relative to pre-industrial times, and we are feeling the effects through record heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding. If we continue to burn fossil fuels at the current rate, the planet will reach two degrees of warming by 2050—the threshold that many scientists have identified as a dangerous tipping point. What is the science behind these projections? We need to understand the science in order to solve the broader environmental, societal and economic changes that climate change is bringing. This course allows to develop a deep scientific understanding of HOW the climate system has been changing; to articulate WHY the climate system is changing; Understand the nature of these changes; Develop a system thinking approach to analysing the impacts of climate change on both natural and human systems. All through basic and simple principle of climate science.
This course discusses the challenges and opportunities of the agricultural sector in the Mediterranean basin. It summarizes global-to-local challenges related to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); outlines the history and culture of agriculture and its main characteristics with a focus on the “Mediterranean diet”; explains agricultural data with a focus on rural development models and value creation; explores EU policy frameworks and international agreements related to food and agriculture in the Mediterranean; and highlights emerging opportunities linked to innovation and sustainability in the sector.
A holistic view of how the ocean functions, how human interactions with the ocean can be understood, and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet. Is the ocean the real final frontier? Humans have a greater understanding of the surface of the moon than they do of the depths of these waters. But what we know of the ocean proves it hosts a wealth of opportunity – connecting the world; supporting important and basic economic, cultural and environmental functions – despite being under significant threat. Stressed by unsustainable lifestyles and the increasing demands of a growing global population, how do we become good stewards of this massive natural resource?
We are living in a water stressed world. It is a global crisis and therefore we must act now! What can we do to save the planet and ensure availability of water for all by 2030? Water is the source of all life. Without it, neither humans nor nature will survive. Yet lack of access to water is a rapidly growing problem and one of the world’s gravest risks. It is a global crisis. The water we have at our disposal is often too little, too much or too dirty. We must learn to manage it more wisely, fairly and sustainably to avoid a serious water crisis.
The SDG Academy and the Stockholm International Water Institute have come together to offer this MOOC on some of the most important water issues. We focus on the key role water plays in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, not least SDG 6, about sustainable water and sanitation for all. The course intends to explain the global water crisis through linkages between water, environment, and societal development, focusing on how to tackle issues such as growing water uncertainty and deteriorating water quality.
Agriculture is more than waving fields of wheat; our ability to grow food from existing natural resources –and without decimating those resources –is key to sustainably feeding the world. In this course, learn about food security worldwide, the effects of malnutrition, how we manage ecosystems that provide food resources and more. You’ll emerge from this course with a clear answer to the question: What can I do to make food consumption and production more sustainable?
What can the world learn from the Korean development story? In this course, you will learn all about how South Korea achieved a spectacular growth story within three decades and how other countries may leverage the Korean experience to achieve the SDGs! The leader in 5G has something to teach us.
The approach is based on three steps:
The analyst assesses the repercussion of the company activity on the achievement of SDGs. The repercussion analysis must embed a broader end, taking into consideration three factors. The first, the most weighted, is the repercussion of the company’s operating business. The second is the repercussion of the company’s internal initiatives. The third is the company’s repercussion related external initiatives.
Repercussion of the business: analyses and quantifies the impact that the company’s activities have on achieving one or more SDGs. This is considered the most important factor in assessing the company’s impact.
For example, a company which invests in telecommunications infrastructure in emerging markets can reduce inequality by connecting remote areas with cities and providing less developed countries and rural communities with employment and development opportunities.
Internal initiatives: analyses the meaningfulness, in line with the essence of the SDG, of initiatives undertaken by the company internally, towards its workforce and supply chain.
For example, by giving employees the opportunity to take advantage of nursery school, health services or professional and human development paths.
External initiatives: analyses the meaningfulness, in line with the essence of SDGs , of initiatives undertaken by the company to the benefit of communities, mostly in the places it conducts the business or in areas of particular need. The company can implement these initiatives directly or through partnerships.
For example, a company that gives its employees the opportunity to volunteer for the community during working hours.
The SDG attitude is divides in 2 steps: Ethical Attitude and Growth Attitude.
The Ethical Attitude tries to verify that the company, while producing a positive impact for the society through its activity, does not cause any significant harm to environmental or social factors.
This analysis is performed through extraction and processing of selected data from the sustainability analysis produced by Niche AM. The selected indicators change according to the sub-sectors and geographical characteristics in which the company operates.
The Growth Attitude aims to assess the company’s commitment to invest and develop those operational activities that generate positive repercussions for the achievement of one or more SDGs. In this way, even if, due to the size of the business, the company’s repercussion is still low, the analysis will produce a result aimed at anticipating future developments.
Companies’ business models are examined to define the extent to which their products and services revenue can be truly instrumental in achieving the SDGs, using proprietary taxonomies that take into consideration of the several peculiarities of the sectors in which the firms operate.
Finally, the analyst puts together the factors presented above in a matrix which assess the company IMPACT on achieving the SDGs. If the company falls under the highlighted green sections of the matrix, it can be categorised as SDG.
The SDG Impact of the portfolio is calculated by taking a weighted average of the SDG Impact of the individual companies in the portfolio.
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