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2030 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
In January, 2016, the United Nations ushered in the ambitious 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that aim to end poverty, hunger and assure gender equally while building a life of dignity for all over the next 15 years.
The 15-year cycle of the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to an end with 2015 paving the way for the SDGs, an even more ambitious set of goals to banish a host of social ills by 2030.
"The 17 SDGs are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders.
"They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success," he had said of the 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.
THE 17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
GOAL 1--End poverty in all its forms everywhere
GOAL 2--End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
GOAL 3--Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
GOAL 4--Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
GOAL 5--Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
GOAL 6--Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
GOAL 7--Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
GOAL 8--Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
GOAL 9--Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
GOAL 10--Reduce inequality within and among countries
GOAL 11--Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
GOAL 12--Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
GOAL 13--Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change)
GOAL 14--Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
GOAL 15--Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
GOAL 16--Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
GOAL 17--Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development