The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals
"The earth is what we all have in common."
What are the SDGs?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Concerned for the state of the planet, a United Nations committee drew up a framework around which they could develop policies and overseas aid programs designed to end poverty and improve the lives of poor people. In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals were adopted with a fifteen year expiration date. As that date approached, about 1 billion people still lived on less than $1.25 a day – the World Bank measure on poverty – and more than 800 million people did not have enough food to eat. Women were still fighting hard for their rights, and millions of women still died in childbirth.
Before 2015 arrived, the UN conducted the largest consultation program in its history to gauge opinion on what the Sustainable Development Goals should include. Representatives from 70 countries eventually developed 17 suggestions, with 169 targets divided among the Goals, to put provide a bit of specificity. The SDGs were officially adopted at a UN summit in New York in September 2015, and became applicable January 2016. The deadline for the SDGS is 2030.
How Can Students Help with the SDGs?
The World's Largest Lesson aspires to educate all young people about the Sustainable Development Goals. Children can unite and take action locally. They can also collaborate with children anywhere in the world to change their world a bit at a time. Fighting unfairness, conserving water, protecting safe play areas, teaching peers and adults....all these actions not only work toward the common goals of the SDGs but empower young people to make an international difference.