NL55 The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030
Iman Fiqrie@William E Hamilton,
Lecturer, Malaysian Maritime Academy
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (UNSDG 2030) are about transforming our world, the 2030 agenda for achieving those goals are presented here in brief:
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
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduced inequalities 11. Sustainable cities and communities
13. Climate action
14. Life below water
15. Life and land
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions 1
artnerships for the goals
As one can see, the sustainable development goals are many, and robust. Goal #1, No Poverty is all about ending poverty in all its forms everywhere – tall order; Goal #2, Zero Hunger, is all about ending hunger, food security issues, improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.
Most people want to be healthy and well, that’s what makes Goal #3, Good health and Well-being extremely important and is all about ensuring living healthy and promoting the well-being for all of us and all ages. One target for Goal #3 is how to reduce the global mortality ratio by 2032 to less than 70 per 100,000 live births. The Goal #3 targets revolve around years 2020 to 2030 and includes several important goals like preventable deaths of newborns, reducing by 1/3 premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases, and strengthening the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, and by 2020 reduce by half the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents. Also by 2030, ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive services, achieving universal health coverage, substantially reducing the number of deaths and illness from hazardous chemicals water air and soil pollution contamination and a host of other goals.
Goal #4 Quality Education, is all about ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and for promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all – here again the target for this is around 2030; ensuring that all girls and boys complete free equitable, quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. Also ensuring that by 2030, boys and girls have quality early childhood development and care, ensuring equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical vocational and tertiary education including universities; increase the number of youths and adults who have relevant skills including technical and vocational skills for employment in decent jobs and entrepreneurship, eliminating gender disparities in education, ensuring substantial portions of both men and women achieve literacy, ensuring all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development; including among other things – sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of culture, peace and nonviolence.
Much of the rest of the 17 sustainable development goals are just as robust and important, I’ll just go through a few more highlights and try and summarize them here. Goal #6 above, is all about ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; goal #7, sharing access to affordable, reliable and sustainable water energy for all; goal #8, promoting sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full, productive employment and decent work for all; goal #9, ways to build infrastructures to promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization while fostering innovation; goal #10, reducing inequalities within and among all countries; goal #11, making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; goal #12, share sustainable consumption and production patterns.
Goal #13, take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact seems like a pretty decent goal—we’ll take a little time here on this one. There are several targets for this goal; strengthening resilience, adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural disasters for all countries, integrate climate change messages into the national policy strategies and planning; improving education and awareness-raising, human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning. Also, implementing the commitment undertaken by the United Nations Framework to address the needs of developing countries in the context of a meaningful action and transparency; promoting mechanisms for raising capacity for effective climate change related planning and management in the developed countries.
Goal #14, concern and sustainably use of the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development; goal #15, to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage the forest, help combat desertification, and how to reverse land degradation and 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. And lastly, goal # 17, involve strengthening the means of implementation and revitalization of the Global Partnerships for sustainable development.
In conclusion, we can see that our work is cut out for us; Global Warming, Climate Change and Sustainable Development must be planned, implemented and worked out in short order! Many first steps have been taken, but let’s make no mistake about it–it can’t just be talk. We must leverage technology to help us manage our world more sustainably. Ask ourselves each day what have we personally done in the furtherance of these goals? For more information check out the interactive milestones for sustainable development topics at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/process /timeline