Sustainable development has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
All systems and societies naturally develop. However, In this day and age, development is moving at breakneck speeds, thanks to advancement in technology.
It’s about improving the well being of everyone wherever they are and achieving this milestone collectively. Sustainable development goals also want companies to expand, people to have the best jobs, everyone to afford nutritious foods wherever they live, quality and affordable education for everyone, freedom of speech without violence, and our economies to grow exponentially. They want to develop innovative technologies while keeping the environment safe.
Two decades ago, close to 40% of the population of the developing world lived in extreme poverty. Since then, the world has halved extreme poverty, with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals greatly contributing to this progress.
UN has adopted an ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the next fifteen years, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
UN is helping in adopting global goals which in turn is helping individuals, organizations, and governments worldwide to agree on the direction – essentially, to focus on what really matters for our future.
Population is the main factor driving up sustainable development campaigns. So let’s have a look at the perspectives of why UN is pushing hard for SDG’s :
- To provide adequate essential human needs – With the explosion of population, people will have to scramble for the limited life essentials like food, shelter, and water. Renewable & sustainable options should be utilized more
- Agricultural requirement – Finding ways to feed more than 3 billion people can be staggering. Sustainable development focuses on sustainable agricultural methods such as effective seeding techniques and crop rotation to promote high yields while maintaining the integrity of the soil, which produces food for a large population.
- Manage climate change – Sustainable development practices seek to reduce the use of fossil-based sources of fuel like oil, natural gas, and coal. Fossil fuel sources of energy are unsustainable since they are responsible for the emission of greenhouse gasses.
- Financial stability – Sustainable development practices have the ability to create more financially sustainable economies across the globe. From the development of renewable energy technologies, development countries can create sustainable jobs
- Sustain Biodiversity – Life ecosystem is designed in such a way that species depend on one another for survival. For instance, plants produce oxygen that humans need for respiration. Humans exhale carbon dioxide that plants need for growth and production. Unsustainable development practices like emission of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere kill many plant species. This is not good for humans. Therefore, Sustainable development practices encourage the use of renewable energy resources, and organic farming practices that do not emit any greenhouse gas to the atmosphere.
So, understand the importance of Sustainable Development goals, understand their framework and their agenda to help the nation.
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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!
“[In] the last century [the thinking was], if you wanna grow, you should find a good
opportunity. But today, if you want to be a great company, think about what social problem
you could solve.” – Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba
Today more and more people are choosing the path of entrepreneurship. Rather than the
road less traveled, entrepreneurship seems to be something that everyone wants to give it
Why is that so?
The most important thing in becoming an entrepreneur is that you must be ready to hear &
accept a new idea! Yes it does take time for people to accept the new ideas but you can
always give them some hints & clues that will help them to come around to your way of
Entrepreneurship brings a new solution to old human problems. An Entrepreneur is the
visionary and solution provider who not only has the power to solve the crisis but to create
an amazing business model.
As technology continues to enable innovation, and passionate people around the globe are
able to connect and create, lot of good things are in the realm of entrepreneurship. People
choose to become an entrepreneur to explore all of their interests & share their skills with
According to Bill Aulet, Managing Director of the Martin Trust Centre for MIT
Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurs must have the 4H Club characteristics : heart, head, hands
To be an entrepreneur you have to have heart. You have to understand what the process is
and you have to be willing to fight through the hard parts you inevitably will face.
You also have to have the head, the knowledge and framework for your idea. But having the
head and the heart is insufficient if you can’t put it into practice.
You need to use your hands and make it work.
Ultimately, it’s the last “H”,that is about building a community."
So there is a huge mass of crowd in the world with these characteristics who take up
becoming an entrepreneur. They are the folks who discover what’s missing in the market,
they take risks, they show drive & initiative and most of all they identify such group who can help them achieve such goals. Statistics reveal that there are more than 2 million start-ups
in our country.
Every person wants to be creative and want to come up with a better idea. Look at this at an
environmental perspective. Good ideas generally come by collaboration between smaller
hunches. It often happens that the thing that turns into a hunch in a real breakthrough in
one’s mind, is another hunch that’s lurking into somebody else’s mind. So, you have to find
a system that allows these hunches to collaborate and come up with something bigger.
That’s why we have this program Startup Weekend , where they created the space where
ideas could mingle , swap and create new business models. This place is full of energy &
possibilities. They promote & encourage entrepreneurship in real sense.
So Entrepreneurship is the next big thing because it brings in tremendous amount of
creativity, learning, freedom & accountability. They believe not in changing the lives of
people, but to change the world!!
Author- Nisha Kotecha