SDG Series: Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals
On the 21st of November, I attended the YOUth Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals and the idea came to me to do a series dedicated to the topic of Sustainable Development.
What are Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) I hear you cry? The UN describes the SDGs as ‘the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.’
There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are:
Achievement of these goals are essential if we want to save our planet from self-destruction by 2030. As Ireland was one of the two countries along with Kenya who brought these SDGs into fruition, it is extremely disappointing to see how badly we are doing in achieving of these goals. I am curious to see how badly we actually are doing in each of the 17 goals.
By focusing on each goal we will get a clearer view of what areas we are doing good in and what areas we are doing badly in. I will be starting with Goal 1: No Poverty which will be quite a controversial topic in Ireland at the moment given how many people are living in Poverty and Homelessness in our country.