The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that each goal and target is achieved by 2030. Details of each of the 17 goals can be found HERE. Goals 11(Sustainable Cities and Communities), 13 (Climate Action), 14 (Life Below Water), 15 (Life on Land) and are all closely tied to the question of climate change.

On the question of the relationship between these 17 goals and climate change, the UN Sustainable Development web site states the following in their Frequently Asked Questions section: How does climate change relate to Sustainable Development?

“Climate change is already impacting public health, food and water security, migration, peace and security. Climate change, left unchecked, will roll back the development gains we have made over the last decades and will make further gains impossible.

“Investments in sustainable development will help address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience.

“Conversely, action on climate change will drive sustainable development.

“Tackling climate change and fostering sustainable development are two mutually reinforcing sides of the same coin; sustainable development cannot be achieved without climate action. Conversely, many of the SDGs are addressing the core drivers of climate change.”

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