World leaders to commit to ‘people-centered, transformative’ Global Goals

Jodesz Gavilan
Over 150 world leaders will commit to ending extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by 2030

BY 2030. The Global Goals aim to make the world free from problems that currently plague countries in 15 years.

MANILA, Philippines – On September 25th, the world will commit to achieving 3 things within 15 years: end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.

Over 150 world leaders at the United Nations will adopt the 17 Global Goals to help achieve sustainable development in all countries and for all people. The UN Sustainable Development Summit on September 25 to 27 also aims to increase awareness of the importance of the 2030 Agenda.

The goals are part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda which serves as a “call for action” for people to help improve the state of critical areas. These areas include people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership.

The “people-centered, universal, and transformative” agenda recognizes that eradicating poverty should include a plan that also works on building inclusive economic growth and addressing social needs, all while tackling climate change.

These goals include the following:

  • End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
  • Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  • Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • Reduce inequality within and among countries
  • Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  • Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  • Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  • Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable developments

Efforts by all

In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon gave assurances that nations are “committed to ensuring lives of dignity for all people, and a healthy planet for future generations.”

The 17 Global Goals, he added, pave the way for a new perspective on solving the problems that have plagued the world in recent times. (READ: What’s next for hunger and poverty after 2015?)

“The global goals provide a unique opportunity to end poverty, reduce inequality, build peaceful societies and fix climate change,” he explained.

The Global Goals come after the deadline for meeting Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015. (READ: Sustainable goals: From the MDGs to the SDGs)

According to a report by the UN in July, the relative “success” in meeting set MDGs provides some leverage for pushing for the Global Goals by 2030.

Collaboration is a main ingredient in attaining these targets. Stakeholders – especially those in government – should work hand in hand with those on the ground such as civil society groups.

 “All nations and all citizens have a role to play to achieve these global goals,” the UN Secretary General emphasized.

Starting the goals

Rappler, together with the United Nations in the Philippines, will kick off the global conversation on the Global Goals at the Innovation +SocialGood on September 26, Saturday.

To be held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Pasay City, Innovation +SocialGood will gather movers, shakers, and innovators to discuss how we can make the world a better place. (READ: What you need to know about the Social Good Summit)

Innovation +SocialGood is part of the global Social Good Summit based in New York City. Initiated by the United Nations and Mashable, the summit is in sync with, and “opens the conversation” of, the exclusive UN meetings.

Inclusive efforts and understanding, after all, are important in helping achieve the Global Goals in 15 years.

“We hope that the message of the goals will reach everyone on the planet this week,” Ban Ki-moon said. – Rappler.com