- What are SDGs
(Sustainable Development Goals)
- The Sustainable Development Goals (also known as the Global Goals) are a call for action by all countries - poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet and leaving no one behind. The SDGs recognize ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social justice, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. The SDGs are interconnected, yet each of the 17 goals has a separate list of targets to achieve by 2030. Achieving all 169 targets would signal accomplishing all 17 goals.
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“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth. These are one and the same fight.
We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”
- Ban Ki-moon
SDGs in the News
Honorary chair of IGEE, Ban Ki-moon (8th United Nations Secretary General)'s article regarding climate change issue amid COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow the link below: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwiXjai1yrDqAhWZFogKHWRLBvoQFjAAegQIBhAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcontent%2F1e63ae1f-9d1a-4d29-9979-0ab463456032&usg=AOvVaw0SBMPAZ5MX52yw1eIe7j_Q
The world’s largest automakers asked Donald Trump not to loosen a climate change standard. Find out why and how climate action would help the businesses' bottom line. https://time.com/5602460/donald-trump-climate-change-automakers-industry/?xid=tcoshare#d5bf9d50-0aa0-41c1-8a5d-696edb2a74e0?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article Photo Credit: Time
UN Environment has warned universities about their "scattered and unsystematic" struggle for a better environment. However, some universities give us good examples of achieving sustainability. Find more details here: https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190517142734250 Photo Credit: University World News
Food containers made of Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene, will be officially banned from businesses in Maine after governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law Tuesday. The law, which will go into effect January 1, 2021, prohibits restaurants, caterers, coffee shops and grocery stores from using the to-go foam containers because they cannot be recycled in Maine. Read more here: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/01/us/maine-ban-styrofoam-trnd/index.html Photo Credit: CNN
According to a study from the University of Michigan, purchasing a Meal-Prep Kit is more eco-friendly than usual meal preparation activities. By using a Meal-Prep Kit, you can reduce CO2 emissions by 2kg per meal. Find more here: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2019/apr/23/meal-prep-kits-environment-waste-study Photo Credit: The Guardian
The SDGs help cities deal with various challenges vital to the health and well-being of their residents. Click the link below to read the full article on Brookings: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2018/12/19/us-cities-leading-on-the-sustainable-development-goals/?fbclid=IwAR1aFva-I9VU3un5aLN4rejA5isRbqwOJnHnkqbDR9ax0QtRM-47Tzaiip4