In 2015 the United Nations adopted its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It comprises 17 main goals that the international community aims to achieve by 2030. We’re publishing a series of news items and describing all these goals and how organisations and institutions can work towards them. In each article we’ll also be giving input on how to effectively communicate this engagement.
To facilitate global development, promote human wellbeing and protect the environment, in 2015 the UN set down 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs address a broad range of factors, focusing on environmental sustainability in addition to social and economic development. They also cover areas such as peace, security, justice and good governance that are crucial to sustainable development. To give private and public sector organisations ideas on how to get involved in making these sustainable development goals happen, we’re launching a series of news items presenting each goal individually. In each article we’ll also be giving tips on how to effectively communicate this engagement. We’ll start with the fight against poverty.
The first goal on the Agenda for Sustainable Development is “no poverty”. The aim is to end extreme poverty in all its forms everywhere by 2030. There are still more than 800 million people, around 70 per cent of whom are women, living in extreme poverty. To thoroughly address the problem, in addition to the main goal the UN has set also set a sub-goal of ending relative poverty.
There are a number of factors underlying poverty. It affects people who are particularly hard hit by economic and political crisis, a loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, natural disasters and violence. To ensure that people who escape poverty don’t fall back into it, the UN wants to help make them more resilient and set up social security systems.