The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) often called the Global Goals are a series of 17 goals that aim to address the worlds most pressing issues. They provide a pathway for the whole world to align their development activities to ensure the greatest possible impact.
The goals are for everyone. They were created to benefit all and to be used by all as a guideline to which activities can be aligned. Governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses, service providers and individuals around the world are all taking action to support the goals.
The 17 goals are No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequality, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life On Land, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions and Partnerships for the Goals.
Underneath each goal is a set of performance indicators that can be used to measure performance on each of the goals. We are currently in the decade of delivery a key window of opportunity to deliver substantial progress against the goals before their intended completion by 2030.
It is vital that we actively work towards moving the needle of progress on each of these goals. As young women we are in a unique position to drive change at a pace never before seen. There are currently 1.8 billion young people around the world. The largest youth population in recorded history.
By taking action ourselves and encouraging our communities to do the same we can generate change that will affect generations to come. As young women we bring a unique perspective to long standing issues in the world.
We don’t see the world as it is. We see it as it could be. More than that we have the power to start creating that world we see for the future. Every time you take action on any of the goals you move the world towards being a better place.