With all our recent talk about the global goals, we thought it might be a good idea to take a minute to answer some questions.
What are the global goals? The global goals (also called Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs) are a set of 17 tasks focusing on three objectives: ending extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and fixing climate change, all by 2030. The 17 goals narrow down the work that needs to be done to make those three key objectives a reality.
What is sustainable development? Great question. It’s growth (in any area, really) that meets present needs without compromising the needs of the future.
Who came up with the global goals? All 193 UN Member States collaborated to create the goals. World leaders will formally adopt the global goals at a UN Summit on September 25, 2015.
Where will it be happening? EVERYWHERE! Everyone should know about the global goals: the more people who know about them, the more likely they are to be achieved.
Why are the global goals important? We want to make the world a better place but the steps to get there aren’t always clear. The global goals provide concrete actions moving toward the bigger picture. We have data and continue to collect information to be able to measure our progress and see where more work is needed.
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How can I help?
- The world needs your voice! Sharing the global goals is key to their success.
- Global Citizen is a fantastic resource for taking action and connecting with others who are eager to be involved.
- Sign up to receive email updates on the global goals from the UN Foundation.
Visit UN.org/action2015 to connect with the UN and keep up with the progress of the global goals.
- Which of the 17 goals most resonates with you? Share which means the most to you and you could be part of a film about the global goals! Learn more from this short video: