The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the 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.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals came into effect in January 2016. They are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that each person enjoys peace and prosperity.
But there are lot of challenges in achieving these goals, which can be categorised into 3 main heads:
- Instability, such as conflict between nations
- Implementation, such as ensuring programmes fit the local context
- Governance, such as political will to transform development programmes into sustainable long-term practices
The growing insecurity in our lives is due to lack of protection. The effects of these processes are most in the developing countries, where problems such as hunger, poverty, community stability and access to education and health are most accused.
While these goals show the complexity of attaining them , have you been wondering what they actually mean or how they work?
Let’s take an example here:
To get grade A+ in maths exam, what do you do?
You set a goal. Now this goal can be achieved by studying all of the notes first, then sitting with somebody and carrying out the multiplication, division and addition process. So the same way these goals are attainable if people across the globe sit together and bring out an integrated approach.
The vision for a better world can be achieved by trying out these reflections:
- Don’t be disheartened or frightened
SDG’s aren’t about reinventing the wheel in any organisation, Every business is already fulfilling some part of SDG in the daily context like Goal 1,2,3, 5, 8 and 12
What you have to take care is which goals will impact the most and how? Getting an answer to how to any given situation will help out.
- Do not Focus on all 17 goals at a time
Don’t miss the meaningful action by applying all 17 goals at a time. Try finding out the relevant ones and exactly which SDG’s makes a massive difference.
- SDG’s adds value
The fact needs to be accepted that sustainability adds business value! Few organisations are better financial performers because by creating value for others, they create value for themselves and for their shareholders.
- Make small changes within yourselves
The most challenging global goal has to do with the over consumption by those that have more. Try reducing consumption of unnecessary things , eat and shop more responsibly and reuse as much as possible.
- Get the best possible skills
The biggest barrier to global progress lies in lack of access to skills.
If every organisation has an accountant to manage money, marketers to sell the product in the right way, engineers to improve the functioning of the product, videographers to help them document their work and data analytics person to help them measure their impact and improve.
If the right skill set is hired, a better organisation can be build.
- Give out money and donate
Set up monthly recurring donations to educational institutions, hospitals and charities which enable them to plan effectively for the needy kids and patients.
- Volunteer your free time
Volunteer in any capacity you can for any kind of local & international projects. Volunteer for the special skills you possess. This way you can grow your network strengthen your skill set and thus stay happier and healthier.
You are the difference! By following these goals, you are creating a better future. You are creating the world you want for yourself, your families and the next generations to come.
Be a part of the solution and not the problem!