In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals to create a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by this set of objectives, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.
What are they?
Three years have now passed since the launch of these goals. Perhaps now is an opportunity moment to ask: where we are now? What progress, if any, has the world made in adopting and acting on these aspirations?
While, overall, people are living healthier and better lives, violent conflicts and climate change have continued to contribute to the rise of world hunger and the forced displacement of millions of people.
Concerns continue to grow about plastics polluting our seas and rivers and endangering wildlife. Add in the pressure of CO2 emissions and it is easy to understand why there is real worry about the slow pace of change and the lack of tangible action from governments.
It is perhaps not surprising that it is young people who are speaking out loudly on these issues. After all, they are the generation that is most at risk. They are already showing enthusiasm about «taking a stand». Many UK students recently walked out of class in protest at the apparent failure of politicians to listen to them or even discuss environmental concerns in Parliament.
Add in tensions around trade disputes and it is hard to see where a global consensus might emerge from. What is more, there is a growing awareness of the potential impact of automation and AI on the workplace. Where will sustainable jobs for the next generation come from?
“Almost all areas where you see progress, if you look at the rate, or the pace of progress, it is never sufficient to meet the targets,”
said Francesca Perruci, the chief of the Statistical Services Branch at the U.N. Statistics division.
How can we support the global goals? It is critical not to give up but to continue to lobby for action and change.
One of the easiest ways is to spread the word. Those who care have the ability to influence through their grip of social media and can leverage their skill in communicating quickly and at a considerable scale.
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