UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012, to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world. The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty.
At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
UN Chief on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
Theme 1: Covid-19 Pandemic
Covid-19 has brought unprecedented crises and chaos around the world. The Covid-19 that has caused 2 million deaths since February 2020 is still bringing various problems such as food insecurity, economic crisis, and the restraint of educational opportunities. “Although Covid-19 affects all societies and people, the pain that people are suffering is different depends on the person. The damage caused by Covid-19 intensifies the level of inequality,” said, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, pointing out the problem of the Covid-19.
According to the UN SDGs (the Sustainable Development Goals) Report 2020, people suffering the most from the incident are socially disadvantaged groups such as the elder, the children, the disabled, and so on. More than 1 billion socially disadvantaged people around the world are now facing a variety of challenges due to Covvid-19, including lack of residence, lack of drinking water and restrictions on access to medical and educational facilities. Also, increasing usage of disposable products due to the Covid-19 is accelerating the speed of climate changes.
Due to the problems brought by the Covid-19, the implementation of the UN SDGs has also been disrupted which was willing to achieve until 2030. Which way should UN SDGs go? And what we can do in the Covid-19 crisis?
Theme 2: UN SDGs
All programs and activities in Hope to the Future Association (HFA) aim to contribute to the achievement of SDGs. SDGs are adopted by the UN Assembly in 2015, which is willing to achieve by 2030.
Under the slogan “Leave no one behind," SDGs set the 17 main goals that put the common human goals at first and they are classified under the 5 categories called 5P (People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity, Partnership). SDGs have goals to terminate hunger, gender equality, respond to climate change and so on.
The SDGs-themed GLEC aims to share ways for future generations of young people around the world to think about and practice what they can contribute as members of the international community and citizens of the world. Why much do you know about the SDGs? As a member of the world, what you can do to achieve the SDGs? Let’s think, share and practice together!