Why the Sustainable Development Goals are relevant to all of us

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were an ambitious set of eight incentives, ranging from eradicating world hunger to achieving environmental sustainability, agreed upon by all member states of the United Nations in 2000. The aim of the agenda was to reach the objectives by 2015.

Some of the Millennium Development objectives resulted in remarkable achievements and changed the lives of many people. The eradication of hunger and extreme poverty, defined in the goals as people living on less than $1,25 per day, has been the most successful achievement as the MDGs as 1 billion people now have better living conditions than 15 years ago. Moreover, today more girls than ever are in school which proves that there has been an unprecedented effort to achieve universal primary education and to promote gender equality.

“Yet for all the remarkable gains, I am keenly aware that inequalities persist and that progress has been uneven”, declared Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in the Millennium Development Goals Report issued in 2015. In addition, many voices, among which human rights activists, NGOs and public opinion, have pointed out the fact that many objectives remain ideals written on paper and have not been realised out in the field. For example, the gap between the rich and the poor is expanding worldwide and much has to be done to combat climate change and to create sustainable development and resilient communities as these challenges affect the poorest most.

In a call for continued endeavour by all the UN member states to create a better world for all, Ban Ki-moon emphasized that “experiences and evidence from the efforts to achieve the MDGs demonstrate that we know what to do. But further progress will require an unswerving political will, and collective, long-term effort”. Especially in the light of the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, global actors among which nation states, NGOs and international institutions must show the durable commitment to implement Global Goals.

To reach these Goals for everyone, we will need you to be engaged as well: by actig sustainably, by living diversity and by engaging in projects that improve the lives of people.

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