The 2030 Agenda is an action plan the United Nations (UN) developed to achieve sustainable development worldwide. It was adopted by UN member states in 2015 and contained 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which cover several priority issues that most concern our modern world. What exactly are the assumptions? We warmly encourage you to read it.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are actions relating to 5 strategic areas, such as:
Each of them had several tasks to be performed, giving 169 initiatives to be implemented. Progress in this area is monitored in each country. Regarding the Sustainable Development Goals in Poland, we are currently in 12th place in implementation out of 195 UN countries.
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List of 17 Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda cover the following areas.
No more poverty
The goal in this regard is eradicating poverty in all its forms. Activities in this area include: creating policies to support low-income people, especially those most vulnerable to climate risks.
Another area is activities helping to eliminate the problem of hunger while ensuring access to safe and nutritious food. Steps in this area are also based on improving small farmers’ production efficiency while increasing their income.
The assumption is to promote health, prosperity and reduce infant mortality. These include initiatives related to reducing road accident victims, better access to health care, and a reduction in the number of people suffering from AIDS, tuberculosis, or malaria.
Good quality of education
The assumption includes enabling free and fair education for girls and boys (primary and secondary). This scope also includes improving the quality of education in existing institutions and making them more inclusive.
The fifth Sustainable Development Goal is to end gender discrimination. This includes, above all, the elimination of activities leading to forced and early marriages and the mutilation of women’s bodies. It also gives women access to resources such as property rights, inheritance, and financial services.
Access to clean water
Further actions are aimed at ensuring access to water and improving sanitary conditions. In this regard, steps are to be taken to enhance the quality of water by minimizing pollution and reducing the use of hazardous chemicals.
Access to sustainable and clean energy is goal 7 of the 2030 Agenda. The steps taken are to include i.a. development of infrastructure, as well as the improvement of the quality of energy technologies, especially in the least developed countries.
Growth of the economy as well as decent work
The initiatives concern the promotion of inclusiveness in terms of economic growth, full employment, and access to decent work. Planned i.a., activities supporting creativity and entrepreneurship, as well as improving access to financial services to promote the establishment of micro and small business entities. This also includes measures to increase the level of employment among young people.
Innovation, industry, and infrastructure
The objective in the field of industry is also to support the construction of sustainable industrialization while supporting innovation. Once again, the need to facilitate access to financial services for small enterprises in order to improve their competitiveness was also emphasized.
The assumption is to reduce the degree of inequality between different countries. To achieve this goal, practices such as eliminating discriminatory policies and laws and facilitating decision-making in developing countries are to help. All this is at the level of international institutions.
Sustainability of cities
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals also intend to create more friendly cities so that they are safe and sustainable, which is the purpose of, e.g., development of transport, better protection of monuments, and reduction of the negative impact of aggregation on the environment.
Responsible production and consumption
Responsible consumption is another area, including, among others, reducing the amount of food wasted during production processes. The assumption is also to promote activities aimed at recycling and the reuse of products.
Actions in the field of climate protection
Counteracting climate change is another scope, covering various initiatives at the level of policies in individual countries and strategy and planning.
The goal is to protect underwater flora and fauna and to use the resources they offer wisely. To achieve this, it is intended to limit the pollutants that damage aquatic life.
Life on land
Among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, the protection of life on land could be included. In this case, the plan is a more sustainable use of ecosystems, including, e.g., sensible management of forests and soil.
Peace, justice, and strong institutions
The assumption is activities promote strong and equitable institutions that support social life. One of the steps in this regard is to keep the rule of law at the international level.
Partnership for goals
For all of the above goals to be achieved, the partnership of UN countries is essential. Initiatives in this area, however, are to include, in particular, support for poorer countries that may have problems with their implementation.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals also require business involvement. The latter is essential for measuring and reporting the implementation of activities, and they also contribute to many of the initiatives themselves.
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