Global Goals Movement: Towards Sustainable Development Goals

Global Goals Movement: Towards Sustainable Development Goal

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We are happy to launch our journal, blog page & newsletter entitled  “Global Goals Movement: Towards Sustainable Development Goals” Global Goals Movement will promote Agenda 2030 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In the preamble of ” Transforming our world: The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development” the United Nations put forth this agenda as a plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace & partnership.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development marks a paradigm shift towards a more balanced model for sustainable development. It aims of securing freedom from fear and freedom from poverty for all, without discrimination, the goals are grounded in international human rights standards. The new Agenda strives to leave no one behind and puts the imperative of equality and non-discrimination at its heart.

It was assumed that all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets as set out in the agenda seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. It is accepted by all countries and is applicable to all people, taking into account national diversities, realities, capacities, and levels of development with due consideration of national policies & priorities. 

The goals and targets seek to stimulate action in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet: People, Planet and Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. The Sustainable Development Goals are interconnected & of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realized.

The goals are related to poverty; health & well being; education, skills & jobs; safe & fair world, sustainability & environment which seeks to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. They also seek to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive, and sustained economic growth, shared prosperity, and decent work for all, taking into account different levels of development and capacities. 

Core principles and commitments

The 2030 Agenda embodies the following core principles:

  1. Universality

The 2030 Agenda is universal in scope and commits all countries, irrespective of their income levels and development status, to contribute towards a comprehensive effort towards sustainable development. The Agenda is applicable in all countries, in all contexts, and at all times.

2. Leaving no one behind

The 2030 Agenda seeks to benefit all people and commits to leaving no one behind by reaching out to all people in need and deprivation, wherever they are, in a manner which targets their specific challenges and vulnerabilities. This generates an unprecedented demand for local and dis aggregated data to analyze outcomes and track progress.

3. Interconnectedness and Indivisibility

The 2030 Agenda rests on the interconnected and indivisible nature of its 17 SDGs. The agenda document specifically suggests and also warns all entities responsible for the implementation of SDGs to treat them in their entirety instead of approaching them as a menu list of individual goals from which they pick and choose.

4. Inclusiveness

The 2030 Agenda calls for the participation of all segments of society—irrespective of their race, gender, ethnicity, and identity—to contribute to its implementation.

5. Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

The 2030 Agenda calls for establishing multi-stakeholder partnerships for mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of SDGs in all countries.

Means of Implementation

The Agenda 2030 emphasize the partnership to ensure its implementation. The 169 targets under Goal 17 and other SDGs are key to realizing our Agenda.  The responsibility is given to both government & stakeholders & accordingly they should translate the goals into action through legislation, plan of action, and budget. It is suggested that doing so they must be open to and actively searching for partners. Coordination at the international level is crucial, making partnerships valuable. The Agenda also note that countries with less access to financial resources need partnerships with more well-to-do countries.

The scale and ambition of the new Agenda require a revitalized Global Partnership to ensure its implementation. The means of implementation targets under Goal 17 and under each SDG are key to realizing the Agenda and are of equal importance with the other Goals and targets. 

The agenda acknowledges the importance of international financial institutions to support the implementation of the agenda. It also acknowledges the essential role of national parliaments through their enactment of legislation and adoption of budgets and their role in ensuring accountability for the effective implementation of commitments. 

Follow-up and review

The follow-up as is crucial step in understanding the effectiveness, popularity & progress on SDGs at national, regional as well as global level. Some of the conditions set by this agenda for follow-up & review: it needs to be voluntary and country-led; should track progress; maintain a longer-term orientation; should be open, inclusive, participatory and transformative; people-centered, gender-sensitive, respect human rights, and have a particular focus on the poorest, most vulnerable and those furthest behind; will build on existing platforms and processes; will be rigorous and based on evidence; will require enhanced capacity-building support for developing countries; will have the active support of UN. 

Sustainable Development Goals and targets

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals with 169 targets, designed as a plan of action to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly which is called the Agenda 2030.  The SDGs were developed in the Post-2015 Development Agenda as the future global development framework to succeed the Millennium Development Goals which ended in 2015.

The 17 SDGs are: (1) No Poverty (2) Zero Hunger (3) Good Health and Well-being (4) Quality Education (5) Gender Equality (6) Clean Water and Sanitation (7) Affordable and Clean Energy (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth (9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (10) Reducing Inequality (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities (12) Responsible Consumption and Production (13) Climate Action (14) Life Below Water (15) Life On Land (16) Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions (17) Partnerships for the Goals. 

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