UN Sustainable Development Goals 2016

ESD had finally earned its place in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (see SDGoal 4 below) which are to replace the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals). ESD in fact relates to all of them as they could not happen without ESD. Here are the proposed SDGs from the UN Open Working Group at a conference held in nagoya, Japan in December 2014 – they are based on Rio and other declarations and the UN Charter of Human Rights.

GOAL 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

GOAL 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

GOAL 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

GOAL 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

GOAL 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

GOAL 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

GOAL 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

GOAL 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

GOAL 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

GOAL 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries

GOAL 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

GOAL 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

GOAL 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

GOAL 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

GOAL 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt 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

GOAL 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

They will start on 1 January 2016. The SDGs will constitute a shared global agenda for people and planet which impact on all areas of government policy – economic, environment and social. They are designed to drive poverty eradication, especially extreme poverty in low-income countries, but also address patterns of consumption and production in the developed world and at the same time ensure environmental sustainability.

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