How to shape the future

After promising progress in the last 15 years the world community wants to finish off what they started and tackle the next challenges: Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) or a post-2015 Development Strategy which still needs to be agreed and finalized in detail. The goals is to drive five big transformation shifts until 2030:

1. Leave No One Behind
After 2015 we should move from reducing to ending extreme poverty, in all its forms. We should ensure that no person – regardless of ethnicity, gender, geography, disability, race or other status – is denied basic economic opportunities and human rights.

2. Put Sustainable Development at the Core
We have to integrate the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. We must act now to slow the alarming pace of climate change and environmental degradation, which pose unprecedented threats to humanity.

3. Transform Economies for Jobs and Inclusive Growth
A profound economic transformation can end extreme poverty and improve livelihoods, by harnessing innovation, technology, and the potential of business. More diversified economies, with equal opportunities for all, can drive social inclusion, especially for young people, and foster sustainable consumption and production patterns.

4. Build Peace and Effective, Open and Accountable Institutions for All
Freedom from conflict and violence is the most fundamental human entitlement, and the essential foundation for building peaceful and prosperous societies. At the same time, people the world over expect their governments to be honest, accountable, and responsive to their needs. We are calling for a fundamental shift – to recognize peace and good governance as a core element of well-being, not an optional extra.

5. Forge a New Global Partnership
A new spirit of solidarity, cooperation, and mutual accountability must underpin the post-2015 agenda. This new partnership should be based on a common understanding of our shared humanity, based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. It should be centered on people, including those affected by poverty and exclusion, women, youth, the aged, disabled persons, and indigenous peoples. It should include civil society organizations, multilateral institutions, local and national governments, the scientific and academic community, businesses, and private philanthropy.
(source: Wikipedia)

My thoughts: Quite a program, quite a show. Wondering why the genocide in Rwanda was allowed to happen and why Iraq was invaded. Both seemingly go against what humanity wants to achieve. Let’s find out what the world community of 193 countries will agree on in their September 2015 meeting. What are your opinions?

(photo by U.N. on flickr)


2 thoughts on “How to shape the future”

  1. It’s done. The global community has agreed yesterday. Here are the 17 new goals and 169 targets, with links to pages on the United Nations’ website that list the targets associated with each goal.

    1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

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

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

    4. Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.

    5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

    6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.

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

    8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.

    9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

    10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.

    11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

    12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

    13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

    14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

    15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.

    16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies and strong institutions.

    17. Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

    Sustainable Development Goals 2015 - 2030


  2. The current SDG draft contains 169 goals, according to Bjorn Lomborg from the Copenhagen Consensus Center. Far too many to use the funds effectively. By focusing on “bang for the buck” his CCC came up with 19 clear objectives, where an investment of 1 $ needs to bring a benefit of at least 15 $. Hmmm, interesting concept!


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