Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Can we end hunger and poverty, halt climate change and achieve gender equality in the next 15 years? The governments of the world think we can. Meeting at the UN in September 2015, they agreed to a new set of Global Goals for the development of the world to 2030. Read my article “What if…this … Read more

SDG #2. Zero Hunger

Can we end hunger and poverty, halt climate change and achieve gender equality in the next 15 years? The governments of the world think we can. Meeting at the UN in September 2015, they agreed to a new set of Global Goals for the development of the world to 2030. Read my article “What if…this … Read more

SDG #3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

  Child health 17,000 fewer children die each day than in 1990, but more than five million children still die before their fifth birthday each year. Since 2000, measles vaccines have averted nearly 15.6 million deaths. Despite determined global progress, an increasing proportion of child deaths are in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Four out of … Read more

SDG #4 Quality Education

SDG#4 Education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to escaping poverty. Over the past decade, major progress was made towards increasing access to education and school enrollment rates at all levels, particularly for girls. Nevertheless, about 260 million children were still out of school in 2018 — nearly one fifth of the global population in that age … Read more

SDG #5, Gender Equality

SDG #5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.  There has been progress over the last decades: More girls are going to school, fewer girls are forced into early marriage, more women are serving in … Read more

SDG 6, Clean Water & Sanitation

SDG#6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in and there is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, millions of people including children die … Read more

SDG #7, Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG #7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all   One of those goals, SDG 7, calls for us to secure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030. Three months later, at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21), 195 nations negotiated an historic Climate Agreement— one … Read more

SDG #8, Decent Work & Economic Growth

    SDG #8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Economic growth alone is not enough to ensure equity, social progress and to eradicate poverty. All employees around the world should have decent working conditions. However, child labour and forced labour still persist today as … Read more

SDG #9, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

SDG #9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Industry, infrastructure and innovation are key drivers of economic growth and social value creation. Sustainable industrialization can lift communities out of poverty but needs to be managed carefully to avoid additional pressures on people and planet. In developing countries alone, this requires … Read more

SDG #10 Reduce inequality

SDG #10 Reduce inequality within and among countries Equality is fundamental to a stable, just, prosperous, and peaceful society. In recent years, the benefits of economic growth have disproportionately favoured the world’s richest. In OECD countries, income inequality is at its highest level in the past half century. In developing countries, it has increased by … Read more

SDG #11 Sustainable Cities & Communities

SDG #11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Over half of the world’s population live in urban areas; this is expected to increase to two thirds by 2050. Cities are centers of commerce, generating more than 80 per cent of global GDP, and play a key role in boosting productivity needed … Read more

SDG #12 Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production

SDG #11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable A company’s entire supply chain can make a significant impact in promoting human rights, fair labour practices, environmental progress and anti-corruption policies. However, UN Global Compact participants rank supply chain practices as the biggest challenge to improving their sustainability performance. Extending the UN … Read more

SDG #13 Climate Action

SDG #13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. The magnitude and urgency of the climate challenge are becoming increasingly apparent. Climate change has direct impacts on the way humans live on the planet, and how businesses operate. While the poorest countries and societies will suffer the most, the climate crisis will … Read more

SDG #14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans

SDG #14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Healthy oceans are critical to life on Earth by regulating the global climate and water and by maintaining the natural resources that provide 17 % of the global population’s animal protein intake. Many communities also need oceans for their livelihood. … Read more