The Global Goals
The Global Goals are integral to ensuring a sustainable future. Also known as the Sustainable Development Goals, they were adopted by 193 member states of the UN in 2015. Ranging from reducing social inequalities to protecting and restoring ecosystems, there are seventeen goals and they are all interconnected. The aim is to achieve all of them by 2030, but this can only happen if everyone collaborates and works together. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.
What can you do? Firstly, you can spread the word and educate as many people as possible about how important these goals are for the future, our planet and the people that inhabit it. Secondly, you can pick a couple of goals to work towards, whether that is supporting a charity or making changes in your own life, every positive action makes a difference.
The Goals are consistently measured, for example in terms of Goal 1: No Poverty, while global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions are still living with their families on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount. In 2017, economic losses due to disasters, including three major hurricanes in the USA and the Caribbean, were estimated at over $300 billion. As all of the goals are interlinked, set backs like this affect more than just Goal 1.
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