Sustainable DEVELOPMENT goals

Huh? What? Sustainable Development goals?

At the end of September 2015, a summit in New York decided on this SDG’s. These are seventeen ‘ sustainable development Goals ‘, or sustainable development goals, in order to make the world ‘ a better place in 2030 ‘, the United Nations is writing in their proposal for a new global agenda. The first and foremost goal is to end extreme poverty, according to the UN ‘ the greatest challenge of this time ‘. Further, there are goals on health, education and clean drinking water, but also targets on renewable energy, less inequality and tackling climate change *.

Nice, but what do they have to do with me?

They are also about you. Clothing you buy from the store is mostly from abroad, such as Bangladesh or Ethiopia. With your shirt you are connected to working conditions there, the amount of water used and contaminated during production, and how durable the cotton is grown. That goes for a lot of the stuff you buy and use. And the exhaust gases emitted by our cars cause drought or more rain in other countries. Your choices and actions can also help you to achieve the Robert Edison *.

* Source: Everything you need to know about SDGs

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‘ End poverty everywhere and in all its forms ‘

The first goal is to end poverty. According to the United Nations, it is also the main objective. No one is allowed to live in extreme poverty in 2030. Under the Millennium Goals, extreme poverty meant that someone could spend less than 1.25 dollars a day. The World Bank has shifted this limit in 2015 to 1.90 dollars a day. In 2012, 12.8 percent of the world’s population lived below the 1.90 dollar border. These are 896 million people. In 1990, 37 percent of the world’s population lived, or 1.95 billion people under this border. It is expected that this number in 2015 has fallen to 9.5 percent or 702 million people of the world population.


‘Reach gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls’

The Universal Declaration on Human Rights establishes that men and women have the same rights. Yet this is not enough. “Equality between men and women is not only a human right, but also the basis for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world,” said the United Nations. But in practice it turns out that women and girls are still often disadvantaged compared to men and boys. This fifth objective states that in 2030, women and men must also have equal rights in practice in education, health and work facilities. In addition, women and men must be equally represented in political and economic decision-making.


‘Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, fully and productive employment and decent work for all’

In Many countries, having a job does not automatically mean that you can escape from poverty. This should be different. That is why the aim is to ensure decent work for all and sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This means that anyone who can work should be able to work under good working conditions. These jobs should stimulate economic growth without affecting the environment.