This is huge. On September 25th, world leaders gathered in New York at the United Nations to sign on to the most ambitious global agenda of our time: The Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals. Remarkable because of their universal nature, as well as their ambitious targets, these 17 goals are an invitation to collaborate, partner, and work together to move together toward a better world. Applying to every country, the goals outline a set of priorities to move our world forward, for everyone, everywhere.
Get to know the #GlobalGoals
The 17 Global Goals range from taking action on climate change, to eliminating hunger by 2030: from ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for everyone, to designing safe, sustainable cities. They recognize that global challenges are interconnected, and that sustainable development that leaves no one behind will require taking concrete action areas of critical importance for people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership.
From the UN Document, Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.
We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.
We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.
We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalized Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.
The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realized. If we realize our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better.
8 Canadian Youth in New York
SCIC’s Robbi Humble was in attendance at the historic UN Summit in New York alongside colleagues from coast to coast to coast. The Inter-Council Network of regional and provincial councils in collaboration with other Canadian civil society networks collaborated to bring 8 youth to New York and have the Canadian youth voice present at one of the biggest and most monumental Summits we have seen.
Check out her message from the UN Headquarters below, and her blog post here: World Leaders Just Agreed to Radically Transform our World (But it won’t happen without us)
www.globalgoals.org - The official global goals website
#TellEveryone - The global social movement for sharing these new goals
Partnerships for SDGs - The UN platform for sharing your global goal initiatives
Articles Worth a Read:
Development Unplugged Blog Series - The Canadian Council for International Cooperation
Transforming our World - The document signed by world leaders in New York
Making Partnerships Effective Coalitions for Action - Report from the OECD
Enhancing the effectiveness of the UN Universal Periodic Review - CIVICUS Alliance
Keeping Score: A Report on the UN Sustainable Development Goals - BC Council for International Cooperation